Homeland 3.1 Review “Tin Man is Down”

Homeland enters its 3rd season this year, hoping for a smoother run than the bumps it hit during its second season.

Set a time after the attack on the CIA, Brody is still missing with the whole country still thinking that he was responsible for the attack that killed 219 people. The CIA is trying to recover from the attack with Saul acting in charge. The organisation however is facing pressure regarding a senate hearing into the attack and the handling of the Brody situation. Particularly having a hard time is Carrie, as the committee is quite hostile towards her; Carrie is still championing Brody, despite her lawyer’s best efforts to sway her from that path. She seems to be back to obsessing over him and what’s more she’s off her drugs which is never good.

I always forget how wonderful Clare Danes plays Carrie, hence why she’s won so many awards for her portrayal. She plays Carrie’s skittish personality and her daily battle with her mental health brilliantly, but she is also strong-willed and determined. The senate hearing blindsides her with statements and facts regarding Brody causing her to unravel during the hearing. It also seems that being off her meds is causing her to slip back into old patterns, sleeping with a random man after meeting him at a convenience store (and it’s sad that this guy also looks quite like Brody).

The episode also focuses on the CIA and how it’s coping in the aftermath. Saul is in his new role as acting director and he’s struggling particularly with his love life and his relationship with the long-suffering wife Mira. He’s also facing pressure from all areas to find Brody quickly, and bring them to justice.

Brody’s family are taking it hard – it’s an interesting decision but a good one to have Dana try and kill herself and enter rehab during the interlude between season’s 2 and 3. They’re being hounded by the press, receiving death threats and have lost their main source of income in Brody. The family have been broken apart yet again by the loss and disappearance of Brody and it’ll be hard for them to come through it united.

It’s a good solid first episode, choosing to focus on the CIA and Brody family rather than answer the Brody question. Where is he? What has he been doing? And was he responsible for the CIA attack? Those questions I’m sure will be touched upon whilst more rise up – welcome back to Homeland!

“I don’t buy it. I don’t buy half of what you and your colleagues are selling. You’re hiding something Miss Matheson and when we find out what it is we’re gonna put the whole lot of you in jail” (Committee Chairman, Homeland 3.1)

Reasons to Watch Homeland

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)