So Homeland Season 2 has just started airing in the US and the UK, and I’ve wanted to catch up with the first season after it aired last winter. Recently the show cleaned up at the Emmys as lead cast members Damien Lewis and Claire Danes both won the lead actor and actress awards, and the show took home the Best Drama ahead of Mad Men and Breaking Bad. So here is just a few reasons why you should give this drama a watch!
The show is about Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody (played by the handsome Damien Lewis), who returns home after 8 years of being held captive by terrorists in Iraq. He returns home to his wife, Jessica (the beautiful and talented Morena Baccarin) and two kids, and tries to readjust back to his normal life. CIA agent Carrie Matheson (the amazing Claire Danes) is suspicious of him from the start, believing he is a sleeper agent turned traitor –is she right? Is he the real threat and in this drama about government secrets and conspiracy’s who is the real hero?
First off, the main cast of this series are fantastic, putting in solid performances every week, particularly the main 4: Damien Lewis, Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin (who some may know from Criminal Minds). I also particularly love David Harewood as Carrie’s boss David Estes, who particularly tries to undermine Carrie at any turn, and Morgan Saylor who plays Dana, Brody’s daughter.
Secondly, the writing for this series is superb – a collection of writers each do their fair share of the scriptwriting, although executive producing is one of the old show runners of 24, so the show is certainly in good hands. Like I mentioned at the start, the show recently swept through the Emmys and is certainly going to pick up a nomination or two at the Golden Globes.
As well as the writing, the pace of the show doesn’t let up – some shows suffer from dragging certain parts of storylines out for long periods of time, or having episodes that do not feature much progression with the story. However, neither of these happens to this show, with something happening during every episode, the audience captivated by character’s choices and the progression of the storyline. Trying to figure out whether Brody is really a bad guy or whether Carrie is simply crazy is something you are constantly asking yourself. You also find yourself questioning morals and people’s motivation for doing things.
Homeland is a fantastic, thrilling drama and certainly worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already. The first season is only 12 episodes long so it doesn’t take long to catch up with the new season that is currently airing Sunday night both in the UK and the US.
Why kill a man when you can kill an idea? (Abu Nazir)