Homeland “Marine One” Review

The season finale of Homeland cemented that this is not just the best new shows of the year, but one of the best shows on television full stop. The show has the makings of a classic if it can sustain the kind of quality this season had. Season two the characters are all starting off in very different places and I don’t even want to think about what the writers have up their sleeves – I just hope it’s in the vein of Breaking Bad, not Dexter.

But let us talk about this episode, shall we? Damian Lewis has a real serious chance of upending reigning champ Bryan Cranston at the Emmys, and this episode should without a doubt be his submission tape. The scene where his daughter calls him was so perfectly played, the directing – having the camera right up there on his face – was brilliant, allowing Brody to have the big meltdown that he had without alerting anyone in a room filled with State and Defence Secretaries and Secret Service agents that he was indeed having a meltdown. The writing of this scene was truly magnificent – what could have been dismissed as a deus ex machina (Brody’s suicide vest malfunctioning) wasn’t because the writersmade it very clear that Brody was totally willing to blow himself to smithereens, then went out and fixed the vest, and was once again about to blow the room apart when he daughter called. Read More...



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