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Centers on Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Anderson, a driven (and possibly unstable) CIA officer who suspects he might be plotting an attack on America.
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beregic (18 May 2013)
... if by any chance that may not be the case (quiet sure it is) thanHollywood writers have completely lost touch with reality. i would haveexpect more from HBO, at least to insert the question "why they hateus" instead of just taking for granted the official governmental linethat is continuously fed to us 24/7 on the "news" channels...there isnothing here that explores motives and such, just same oldstereotypical bad guys... the shows takes itself serious while inreality that's not the case.the plot from the very start establishes a pattern of playing theterrorist card to inspire fear on its viewers and most important to yetagain justify the need for homeland security having a bigger and biggerbudget to hunt down its own citizens. every character that infringes on your rights as citizen is portrayedin a sympathetic way ( good intention my backside...sure...). watching"innocent" "well intended" Clair character reminds me how extremiststhe American security bureaus are themselves. for people that do suchaction as described here (Clair) there is no room for "second chances"when you play with the rights of the very same people you are sworn toprotect...who are they kidding?...if keep in mind its likely propagandist objective you might actuallyenjoy this show. i have already watched a few episodes and willcontinue do so but at the same time i keep having ironic smiles everyfew minutes or so especially with paranoid Clair (if this would be thatsimple in reality i could actually laugh )
aphra-1 (17 May 2013)
This series could be stronger with a more mature, engaged actor asCarrie Matheson. Claire Danes continually flips her scraggly hair anddigs in it as though frenzied rather than well chosen for the job. Shebehaves more like an egotistical teenager than like a professional CIAoperative with an emergency puzzle to solve. Her interaction with thecast is dubious, too spacey and me-centered to seem trained anddedicated. A real agent who was that insubordinate, argumentative, andlate for meetings would have been sacked long before. How can homelandsecurity be safe in the hands of so ditsy a character? The flashbacksto Beirut and prison are believable and well photographed. Much of the"are you all right?" directed at Brody is too repetitive, toogratuitous to seem like actual family and buddy concern for a lovedone. Also, the resurrection of Tom Walker seems contrived, as does theuse of utility trucks for listening posts. That ploy was old duringMission Impossible.
ani-for-prez (17 May 2013)
If you ask me why I love this show I would not know where to begin. Butbecause of the large number of parallels to its polar opposite, theshow "24", let me clear the air on how Homeland is everything "24"never was. Homeland is the mature older sister to the hyperactive, immature andschizophrenic brother that was "24". "24" was a farce, posing as arealistic representation of espionage and tension when clearly, all itwanted to be was a showcase of how excellently America's reputedcounter-terrorism forces can fumble a plan and how one man comes to therescue. It was about this man, running about on a single day, trying toprotect an immaculate and inconscientious President and the devastationand rampage he left in his wake. It was about how all foreign countriesare the devil and are constantly plotting to turn the "great US and A"into a smoking crater and how this one man cuts a swathe of bodies inhis adventure to stop said crater from happening. It was a massive egoboost to right-wing propagandists about how right they are to advocatethe massacre of foreign lands and their evil, maniacal peoples. It wasabout how no person ever needs to visit the bathroom in a day and howthey survive on 0 calories and how nothing seems to happen at threepoints every hour in their action-packed days, these peaceful periodslasting exactly 5 minutes. Just enough for us to be reminded ofcapitalism and its delights.Homeland is no such buffoonery. It deals with very real subjects suchas PTSD, inner conflict, terrorism and why they do it, imprisonment,true espionage and finally, the quest of a flawed and desperate womantrying to find answers. Terrorists are humans who have grievances andwant to be heard but go about the wrong means of doing it. The man whoreturns home after 8 years of imprisonment has real problems one ofwhich is connecting with his family who thought him dead. Spies doresearch, communicate and don't spout meaningless jargon to lookintelligent.Don't compare this to something as worthless as "24". Homeland is aserious that deserves recognition for its intelligence and originalityand anyone who is a fan of television needs to watch this.
biker451 (17 May 2013)
There was so much wrong with this show that it all couldn't easily bedescribed in less than a few thousand words, so I'll leave it to othersto point out the USMC errors and plot holes. I expected a thriller,maybe with a touch of humor; as Damian Lewis does wry humor as good asthe best. I'd hoped for something more likened to his character in"Life" but come on: an affair, a manic/schizoid CIA agent, every clichÃ©in the Lazy Director's Handbook, and absolutely brimming with soap. Itis not my cup of tea. I was looking forward to a good thriller when Iheard that Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin were in it but was sorelylet down. I won't be watching more than the first episode.
moonyx2002 (16 May 2013)
I found this TV show offencive in many occasion, specially againstArabs and Muslims, I think some of the movie plots were written by some"half idiots", for example what's the point of portraying an Arabdiplomat as gay!! He was also threaten by the CIA to cooperateotherwise his daughter who studies at Yale university will be sent backhome to live a miserable life in BURKA. Is that true? Some reviewerscompared this show to "24"? You must be joking? 24 is moresophisticated, fast, and highly entertaining, without stereotypingmambo jumbo , also in 24 bad guy can be anyone including the presidentof united state , a drug cartels from Mexico or Russian arms dealers Ialso think Homeland TV show is the "porn version" of 24, I mean what'sthe point of the scene where Broody and Carrie are having loud sexwhilst the surveillance team listening! The capture of Abu Nazir wasridiculous, he was one of the most wanted terrorist, he managed toenter the US after shaving his beard to be captured hidden inside someindustrial plant!!! nuff saidCheers
Smhasnb (15 May 2013)
Title: Homeland on Showtime Summary: Homeland is the latest chapter inthe endless list of CIA vs Terrorist shows/movies that pour it indozens from USA. A truly talented CIA agent with a mental disorder, isthe chief protagonist, who suspects a returning POW of being aterrorist. The show takes the viewers into the workings of CIA andterrorist group based out in Middle East. Based on the first 3 episode,here's the result: 3 Episode Test: ïº Plot: There's absolutely nothing new about the plot. It's the muchused and abused terrorist theme show. Of course CIA is shown to the bethe savior of the world and Muslims are portrayed as terrorist. Itmight be hard for the ill-informed average American to grasp the ideathat it could be the other way around as well. It would have beeninteresting to see the roles reversed for once. Now I don't know maybelater in the show, we get insight into why and how these terroristfunction. But, based on the first 3 episodes, it was text bookPro-American drama. People behind the show are from a mixed background;some of the writers have worked in the previous big name terroristdrama a.k.a. 24. While some others have Dexter experience on theirC.Vs. Together, they bring a little bit extra when compared to 24, but,not enough to get the Emmy. I didn't particularly enjoy how easily andobviously the story rolled in the first 3 episodes. They could've takenmore time to connect the dots. Carrie and Saul would have a lot ofhunches and viewers would be taken right to that story. Surprisinglynone of those hunches have been wrong so far. A little far-fetched. Iwould like to believe that there's a lot of human error and error injudgment involved in the workings of even the best intelligenceagencies in the world. The first scene was a bit implausible as well.That prisoner in Iraq would so easily believe and tell Carrie such abig secret about an American POW turning? I mean really? And Carriewould so easily walk in and out of the facilities. I believe they needto pay a LOT of attention to detail if Homeland has to become a greatshow rather than being just a good show, which it is right now. ïº Cast-ography: The cast is generally above average. None of them is ahousehold name, to be honest but almost all of them of have deliveredvery decent portrayals of their respective characters. The front runneris Claire Danes, who is playing a bi-polar CIA agent, Carrie, also theprotagonist for much of the show. She's done a fine job so far. But sheneeds to add a new range of emotions to her character. It's a caffeineoverdosed hyper active right now. We need to see a lot more of thatbi-polar disorder that she has. Also, when she was sitting at homespying, I found it hard to believe she needed to be so dressed up forit. Attention to detail. Damian Lewis plays the returning prisoner ofwar, Nicholas Brody. He's also given us a composed and concealedcharacter so far. Although his speech right after landing in USA wasquestionable. Again one would think that coming home after a decade oftorture, he would find it extremely difficult to communicate withanyone, let alone a large crowd. Attention to detail. Rest of the castis reasonably solid so far. No stand out performers per say, but, mostof them have just about pulled their characters' weight. MorenaBaccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff and Mandy Patinkin areother major characters on the show.ïº Generality: (Soundtrack, Music, overall look and feel): The openingtheme/sequence is pretty good. It gives us a nice military- ish feel toit. Soundtrack, background music and cinematography have all beengenerally good. A few of The Wire alumni are involved in the backroom,so it's the least we can expect from them. Final Grade: All in all, it's a good show to watch. It's nothing extraordinary so far. It seems like the elder sister of 24 who is a littlemore mature and a lot more into revealing skin. Some of thenudity/sexual content seemed vital to the story, unlike some otherShowtime series (Yes, you House of lies). The relation between NicholasBrody and his wife was handled with detail and seemed real. Watch thisshow, but, I would be really surprised if it gets the Emmy with showslike Breaking Bad, Boardwalk and Game of Thrones in the running. Anomination even would be a remarkable achievement. Overall Grade: B-
formala44 (07 May 2013)
Breathtaking cast!! Claire Danes is stunning, I mean outstanding! Everyaspiring actress should get a role like hers, try and depict a bipolarcharacter. She does it sublime.Homeland is much more interesting than the 2 lines of explanationsuggest: intelligent written thriller that doesn't bore any minute. Theonly part I FFed was when Terri goes to her Sisters house for the firsttime. This is a major scoop, for I rarely watch any TV-series in total,and more often than not fast forward plot lines that don't interest me.The only few minor negative points I can think of, is some ratherunbelievable plot twists like: *spoiler time, stop reading from here ifyou haven't watched the show*- A POW turned with a suicide mission, going soft on the momentsupreme? I seriously doubt it. If he was fanatic enough to go all theway, then he would never ave stopped at the end.- Im pretty sure the CIA would not let people get off without anycharge after wearing a bomb vest near half the future US government.Not even if Brody would hand them over Satan himself. Most likely stillget several years in jail, probably only spared death row.- Terry meets Brody at noon, and gets a call from Saul moments later.His watch reads 11:15. Sloppy.- A tortured POW, held for 8 years in captivity and when he gets backno psychological support whatsoever? I find that hard to believe.
simply-ajith (07 May 2013)
Homeland had a great scope of being one of the best TV show but itutterly failed. The whole Carrie and Brody thing made me not to watchthe show anymore. I wish no bipolar crap had come which spoiled theessence of the series. Series should be named as "Power of love" thanHomeland. I cannot take anymore of Carrie's overacting. Damien Lewisand Mandy were impressive. Carrie is the only reason I stopped watchingthis show in the middle of season 2. Lot of unnecessary fillers and badsub- plots. I was very disappointed as this show had a bigger scopethan they shown.One last thing "How can you have a nut case in CIA?"
Andix CastielFX (02 May 2013)
I've found out about this TV show from a friend of mine. He told meonly one thing : it's a masterpiece. When I saw the plot, I had mydoubts that I was going to like it very much. But happily, I was wrong.This show exceeded my expectations since the first episodes and itproves that it's not necessary to have a bunch of top rated actors anda well known director to make a great-catchy show. Better than everydrama series that you ever seen : this breath-taking show deserves alot more appreciations than it was granted.First of all , the performance of Claire Danes is a Oscar-worth one.She is playing the role of an CIA analyst who believes the newlyrecovered prisoner of war is a terrorist and it represents a main rolein Abu Nazir's plan to attack America . Her high quality acting keeps asteady pace from the first episodes to the last one. Testament to thatis her completely deserved Golden Globe for Best Performance by anActress in a Television Series - Drama.So far, so good - but there's more . Damian Lewis a.k.a. SergeantNicholas Brody is playing the role of his life in this show. Theycouldn't get anyone who could fit better in his character. As a soldierwho was far from home for over 8 years, his homecoming is disturbingfor him, as well as for his family. Soon he comes home, the realizationthat he doesn't fit in his own family makes him look for his happinesssomewhere else. The story complicates even more with every episode,maintaining a permanent pulse of excitement and intense emotions whichwill keep you addicted and waiting for the next episode.I won't tell more than this : this show deserves an Oscar . An Oscarfor every little thing that is on the show: the cast, the writers ,themain characters ,the story and so on .It keeps you waiting for more, itleaves you thinking what could happen next .And right when you expectless - Boom ! It hits you with a thing that you never thought it wouldhappen.For me, this is by far the best drama TV show and I won't give it lessthan 10/10.
Cook E. Munster (02 May 2013)
Annoying characters, meaningless drama and absolutely no attention todetail.This show would have you believe that the major CIA operations arebased on the whims and fancies of an out of control, emotionallyunstable over grown child. What a joke! The whole series ischaracterized by painful stupidity and unbelievable laxness on the partof both terrorists and CIA operatives.There is one scene where a terrorist lies down ON TOP of the backseatof a car with a blanket over himself and the driver never notices. Evenwhen she is stopped at a police check point by a cop with a torch(security for the vice president) no one notices anything!!! Really?In addition to all the stupidity, the show is also borderline offensiveto Arabs. I wish I had not bought the whole damn season on amazon. THE WIRE still reigns supreme as (by far) the best drama ever.... ...isthere no one else?
kkollwitz (30 April 2013)
My Fabulous Wife and I like to watch an episode of something each nighton Roku or Netflix. Lately we've been watching Season 1 of Homeland,and I've noticed some homages to a few of my favorite movies.The first homage I recognized is based on this line from 1974'sChinatown: "When Mulvihill here was sheriff of Ventura County, the rumrunners landed hundreds of tons of booze on the beach and never lost adrop. He oughta be able to hold on to your water for you." (JakeGittes) In one of the first couple of episodes of Homeland, Carrie(IIRC) makes a similar snide remark about a cop she thinks is corrupt,or at best, incompetent. She paraphrases the Chinatown line into areference to illegal drugs.Next is from 1972's The Godfather: "Hey, listen, I want somebody good -and I mean very good - to plant that gun. I don't want my brothercoming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hands, alright?"(Sonny Corleone). In Homeland, Carrie and an FBI agent are arguingabout a SWAT team fiasco. One of them uses the same vulgar imagery asSonny to describe the hapless shooters.In Episode 9, "Crossfire," a scene opens with a sniper in the woods. Ipause the show, and tell Janet, "This is going to be an homage to Dayof the Jackal (1973). He's going to set up a target on a tree, thenzero in his scope. He'll take two shots, adjusting his scope after eachone; then take a third shot which will hit the bull's eye." I pressPlay, and- he does just as I expected.Later on the sniper fires another shot, this time with his rifle heldsteady by resting the barrel on a knife he has stuck into a tree. Thisis yet another Jackal homage, when the assassin steadies his rifle bytying the barrel against a tree.Always fun to see that movie makers and I like the same movies.
Rachel Lee (30 April 2013)
This is hardly a passing grade series. The story unfolds way TOOOOOSLOWLY! 24 is a much better series in that category. It keeps at the edge ofthe chair the whole time. This one just makes you want to scream DO ITALREADY. I like the portrait of the military family. It makes me understand morewhat the military families are going through, appreciate more thesacrifice. It is very painful when their loved ones can't go home. Itis also painful when their loved ones DO come home but with a brokensoul. At the end of the day, war is BAD for everybody involved, eventhe ones that win the war and come back home as heroes.Other than that, it is a boring series.
odinsjoke (30 April 2013)
This is a great show and I anticipate each new episode. What I don'tlike about it and why I only gave 8 stars is the fact that there doesnot seem to be some sort of closure at each episode ending. Or worseyet, the bad guys always seems to win. I like the anticipation of thenext episode, but the sour taste left from the previous episode wherethe bad guys always seems to win makes me wonder why I watch this? HA!Guess that is the hook....eventually the good guys would win...right?As for the philosophical question on who is good and who is bad....wellthat seems obvious. The good guys are the Marines, the CIA trying toprevent the next terrorist attack, the US people. The bad guys beingthose who want to kill in the name of God. Anything else presented inthe show is just subterfuge. The writers of the show try to get you tofeel for the extremists and understand their cause as just. At times Ican sympathize but how can that be when the extremists kill withoutconsideration who dies? And they justify their killing in the name ofGod. I thought God loved everybody! Maybe I heard wrong. Hence myfrustration with the show constantly portraying the bad guys winning atevery turn. But I like it and I give it 8 stars for frustrating me,entertaining me and making me think. Otherwise....sure would like tosee the good guys win at least once! LOL
hansenr54 (29 April 2013)
I sit thru the whole episode and almost always can't believe theepisode is over. Writing is believable and dramatic and there are manysubplots happening that give you a panoramic view of not just theintense lives of the CIA game but the mundane challenges of everydaylife. We get to see the emotional ride that the main charactersexperience and how they handle the morality of each situation. How eachmain character thru their choices have built their own prisons andlonely lives. The actors are great! I have always appreciated Claireand she easily navigates the roller coaster ride her character is on.Damion's range is awesome and Mandy delivers a subtle but powerfulpresentation.
John Thornborrow (29 April 2013)
This program is obsessed with sexual perversion and depicting itgratuitously at every opportunity. Nudity is rampant and uncalled for.There seems to be little plot but for the sick sex scenes and nakedwomen, thrusting and sweating constantly. It is difficult to understandthe awards presented to this filth, especially to Lewis for stooping tosuch garbage after his heroic performance in Band of Brothers. The lateCaptain Winters, whom he portrayed so beautifully and with suchsensitivity, must be abhorred as he looks down on this hateful show.All concerned with the production should be ashamed of themselves forparticipating in this pornography. The actresses have debasedthemselves and allowed themselves to be exploited for no dramaticpurpose but for ratings alone. Simply a terrible program and one of thesickest to ever appear on television. Most decent people will besickened by what is depicted in their living rooms.
jsjeffjeff (29 April 2013)
Like everyone else, I've heard all the raves about Homeland. Finallylast week my son told me he was hooked on it and got me to try it. Iliked the premise and the pilot and watched the first nine episodesafter which I was seeing just too many weakness, poor scripting, poorcasting, poor acting. For example Carrie is a hardcore CIA operativewho's determined head off the next terrorist attack. Her instincts arearoused by a returning pow. Shes convinced that hes a terrorist but shedrinks with him, sleeps with him, falls in love with him and proceedsto tell him many CIA secrets. Yet her self esteem remains in tact asdoes her employment at the CIA. Lewis is totally miscast as theformerly gungho marine sergeant. Carrying himself in a casual posture,quick to smile and laugh, walking with toes pointed outward, hardly aman chosen and trained to project strength, power and deadly force. Bycontrast Mark Harmon of NCIS plays the older/former marine withappropriate focus and toughness. Whereas many soldiers return from warwith PTSD, somehow Brody emerges from 8 years of isolation andbrutality with a cheerful attitude more like someone who just spent aweek at Club Med. Far from being cautious and disoriented, Brody isquickly telling jokes, charming powerful people and displaying dazzlingabilities to manipulate situations. In one of the most unbelievablescenes Brody cons a senior CIA executive to give him access to arecently captured terrorist who is just about to cooperate. This notonly results in the terrorists death but never results in anyone inpower questioning Brody about it. In fact when Claire tells the CIApowers about her suspicions of Brody, they blow her off. Amazingly theyare angry that she raises questions such as 'why did they keep himsecret for 8 years?' Sure this is how they missed the 9/11 plot butstill they cant all be this stupid after fighting terrorists for 10years. When Brody went to Iraq he was just a sergeant, somehow theterrorists have taught him to be a tactical and interpersonal genius. Ireached a decision point when we were given an explanation of why Brodychanged sides. A boy he befriended while captive was killed by anAmerican bomb. Thats it. Forget about the Marine Barracks, the Cole,the World Trade Center, etc. Brody decides that the Americans are eviland the Muslim fanatics are victims and that he's going to help bringdown America. Have the writers ever been to the Middle East? They wantus to believe that Brody loves his kids but that he wants them to livein a violent, impoverished, 10th century theocracy ruled by an Iman. Ithink I'll just wait for Breaking Bad's new season. Bryan Cranstonbrilliantly acts the part of a terrified chemistry teacher morphinginto a drug lord. All the other characters are convincing and thescript is exciting and believable each week.
millatm3 (24 April 2013)
This show is like what 24 could've been had it been based in reality.It also shows that you don't need multiple murders and torturing inevery episode to make terrorism/counter-terrorism gripping andsuspenseful. Claire Danes plays crazy like a champ, and even though theemotional bits can start to get annoying, she is usually right and thatmakes you root for her. Damian Lewis does a fabulousguilty-conscience/conflicted veteran type. The CIA should actuallyrecruit Mandy Patinkin to interrogate terrorist. The only stereotypicalcharacter is David Estes, the angry black chief who wants all thecredit and doesn't want to upset his political connections.
Anthony Sheets (23 April 2013)
When I see Homeland on showtime, I always get excited for the secondseason. Sargent Brody(Damian Lewis) is one scary character. Greatacting, it was a thrill to watch him each episode. CarrieMathison(Claire Danes) Is a trip. Claire Danes, a woman not very big isthe film business, gives a spectacular performance. She is now on myradar and has proved she can act. All supporting characters,sub-stories, and the main story about a P.O.W. gone for 8 years, nowreturns and suspected to be turned, working for the biggest terroristthreat, Abu Nazir. Homeland will truly have you guessing and secondguessing what you first thought. A show for everyone to watch.
gradyharp (16 April 2013)
Episode 1 of the hew series for television HOMELAND has been aired andform the initial episode it appears that this will be an intenselyinteresting, psychological thriller. All of the ingredients seem to bepresent - fine writing (Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff),fast paced direction by Michael Cuesta, and a very strong castincluding Claire Danes in one of her most challenging roles, DamianLewis and Mandy Patinkin.The concept is very much in The public eye at this point - a study ofhow terrorists are followed and found and how the US IntelligenceService functions. The first episode introduces all of the maincharacters and fleshes out in a single episode the clues for all of thecomplicated substories and subplots that the series promises. Aftereight years absence Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) was thought MIAbut is discovered in a filthy cell in Iraq ad brought back to the US ina Marine Victory parade. Brody had been captured with another Marinewho was beaten to death and the reasons why Brody survived and hisfellow Marine didn't makes CIA agent Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes)suspicious - could Brody have sold out to Iraqi bad guy Abu Nazir(Navid Negahban) and that is how he survived torture and captivity?Anderson is driven to see if her concept is correct, gains the backingof her boss Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin, and successfully fillsBrody's house with surveillance equipment so his every move can beobserved. The sidebars include the fact that in Brody's absence hiswife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) has fallen in love with Brody's bestfriend, and in the intense questioning and shock of being back homeBrody begins to remember events of his capture and imprisonmentincluding the fact that he was the one who beat his fellow Marine todeath at the behest of Abu Nasir. Brody's physical condition and bodylanguage also give signs that perhaps Anderson's concepts that Brodysold out to Abu Nazir and is plotting an attack on America are viable.The stinger is that Anderson is discovered as being on antipsychoticmedication since a young girl - making her contributions tointelligence under suspicion. And so we are left with manypossibilities for stories that will play out until this season's runends in December.It appears that this is a very strong series, but then some of thepremiere shows of other series held great promise only to become ho-humas the season ended. Let's hope this isn't the case: the three maincharacters are so strong it would be a shame if their stories becamediluted. Grady Harp
Voxhalyn Rakkasan (16 April 2013)
Two words will say it all.Lawrence O'Donnell Episode 3 - O'Donnell's brought on to "interview" the recently freedMarine.Do they really expect us to believe that O'Donnell would treat naymilitary veteran with a fraction of the "respect" he demonstrated onthe show? Do they really expect their audience to believe that Lawrence O'Donnellcould go more than 2 minutes without busting a vein in his forehead byfalling into some clichÃ© tirade or invoke the "blame Bush" mantra? Seriously??When Claire Danes' character and the other guy see O'Donnell and gotall excited about it being "Lawrence O'Donnell" I fell off the couchlaughing.O'Donnell is a third rate hack with a tiny audience. The fact that thewriters/producers selected him for so much screen time sends a VERYclear message where the "hearts and minds" of this show reside.
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