Fall 2012: Homeland Season 2 Premiere “The Smile”

Homeland  Season 2 premiere airs “The Smile” Sunday September 30 2012 at 10pm et/pt Episode Synopsis : Months after the dramatic  events that prompted Carrie to undergoElectroconvulsive Therapy , the former CIA Case Officer has found a modicum of peace in her family’s suburban embrace. But the strides she’s made towards mental health are threatened when an asset from her former life comes in from the cold. Meanwhile, freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy. And Dana lets slip a vital secret. Read More...

Homeland Season 2: Fearless & Focused

Anytime you read  a story about Showtime’s brilliant drama  Homeland , you read a lot of very common adjectives. People discuss the “gripping” storytelling or “thrilling” action sequences. Still others talk about “tense” character interactions and the “brilliant” writing by show creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. Though all of those adjectives are perfectly applicable to the exceptional series about to enter its sophomore season, my favorite adjective used to describe  Homeland  is “fearless.” Fearlessness pervaded this show’s premiere season which garnered it massive amounts of critical acclaim and award nominations. Claire Danes attacked her role as CIA operative/crazy person Carrie Mathison with such a ferocious honesty that the Emmy race for Outstanding  Lead Actress was over by late October. Damian Lewis mastered the art of playing hard to read as it was almost impossible to get a fix on Nicholas Brody for the vast majority of the season . The show did a remarkable job of displaying the complexity of the war on terror and issues of religious differences/misunderstandings between the West and the Muslim World. Neither of those things are particularly easy concepts to cover, yet the show tackled them in a way that was respectful of all groups involved while showcasing the tension that exists between all the groups involved. Plenty of people took issue with the end of the season, but it is safe to conclude that this show is better off with Damian Lewis as part of the cast regardless of the plot contrivance needed to keep him involved. Read More...