Homeland

Alright, so I know in my tagline that I claimed I would be including music, movies, tv, and sports in my ramblings and I’ve yet to do so, so I think I’ll talk about my favorite show from last season that is starting its second season in September I believe: Homeland.

A bit of background on my tv watching habits so you can decide if my recommendation means anything to you or not: my favorite shows for the last year or so have been Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones. I also have to admit that I watched and enjoyed Downton Abbey but outside of those, most of my tv watching is netflix streaming of documentaries and such.

I didn’t catch Homeland on it’s first go round because even though I have Showtime, I missed the first few episodes before I heard about it and didn’t want to start part of the way through. Unfortunately Showtime hasn’t grasped the genius idea that is HBOgo where if you’re a subscriber you can stream every single one of their shows/movies to your heart’s content.

I don’t do torrents and such and Showtime’s website didn’t offer full episodes so I just tried to avoid having Homeland spoiled for me and figured I’d catch it when it came out on dvd because I’d heard great things about it. Finally one weekend Showtime decided to show the whole run and I dvred all the episodes and blew through them in a day or so..nothing like binge watching a great show.

So anyhow, Homeland is apparently based on an Israeli show. It stars Claire Danes, who I can never decide if I think is hot or not, as a CIA agent that gets a tip that an American POW in Iraq has been turned into a terrorist. Shortly after, a Marine Sergeant is discovered in a prison/hole in the ground and she suspects that it’s him..despite the fact that everyone else hails him as a returning hero.

There’s a lot of “that guy” actors in the show..with good performances from Danes and Damian Lewis who plays the Sergeant in question, and a nice role by Mandy Patinkin as Danes’ mentor/boss at the CIA.

The other twist in the show is that Claire Danes’ character is basically batshit crazy and is unable to see a shrink because it would cost her her CIA job..so she cadges pills off her MD sister when she can.

I can’t really go into too much more detail without spoilers but as I’ve said, it’s my top show of the year in terms of suspense, twists, and just great acting jobs all around. So if you have the chance to pick up the first season on dvd, I highly recommend you do so before the second season starts next month.

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3 thoughts on “Homeland

  1. Try Strike Back on Cinemax. It’s suspenseful and a bit more action-y, but really well written and produced (BBC mostly). Although it does have typical Skinemax moments in the 1st season like Game of Thrones did, although they’ve sort of moved away from that in the second.

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