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...



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