Homeland – a review

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Dear readers,

I can cross another pilot off my list. Yay. Only tons more to go. But anyhow on to Homeland.

Homeland is produced by Showtime and based on Israeli series Prisoners of War. It stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA analyst who is certain that a Marine officer Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis), who was held captive by Al-Qaeda for 8 years, has become an enemy spy and represents a threat to national security. But not many at the CIA are willing to trust Carrie since she made a hash of things when she decided to conduct an operation in Iraq that wasn’t authorized by the agency (sidenote once I might tell you a story about a guy I knew who went around saying he wants to work for the agency. It took me a while to cotton on what he was on about but yes he was like it’s no big thing. I blame the movies and TV really).

But I digress. Carrie has a bit of a problem. And not only because she went all rogue. Carrie also has mental illness and has to take antipsychotics. Which you know… there is a lot of stigma around mental illness but honestly? We are all screwed up in one way or another. So it breaks my heart people who are genuinely ill should feel shamed by the society about their disorders. 21st century people, move the f* on! (end rant)

Where was I? Yes Carrie has a mental illness and obviously the highly pressured and paranoid environment of the CIA makes it even worse. In case you didn’t get that different characters mention three times over the course of the episode that “Carrie is intense”. Hm no really, three times.

I liked Homeland, it’s a good show. For a Showtime production it is rather fast paced. The writing is good and I like the cast (aforementioned Danes, Lewis and Mandy Patinkin as Carrie’s old boss). And obviously I am sucker for a good thriller in any form.

The only thing I don’t get is – Showtime episode run is 10, or in the case of Homeland 12 episodes. The storyline seems better suited for BBC format (6 episodes tops). Or a mini-series. I can’t see quite how they can spin this into a multi season run. So it will be interesting to see how the story develops.

Has anyone seen Homeland? What did you think?

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