With the second series of the critically acclaimed Homeland nearing it’s close on Channel 4, I thought I would take a moment to voice my views on it.
The show revolves around Agent Brody, an ex US marine (played by the charismatic Damian Lewis) and Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes). Carrie believes that Brody, who was held captive by al-Qaeda was turned and poses a threat to the US.
(In order to prevent any spoilers here I will steer clear of going further into the plot.)
The first series, which was highly popular, received rave reviews (I remember one saying it was ‘near flawless’) and multiple awards. I can’t help but agree. I was completely hooked after the first episode. Full of nail biting moments, I spent the majority of the time watching it on the edge of my seat.
It seemed, therefore that the second series had a lot to live up to, and, I think that it largely has.
The first few episodes were a little bit wobbly (the CIA Skype call being a low). However it has since picked up and yet again I am enthralled by every episode. It’s clever without being pretentious (hum hum... TheNewsroom…) and it helps that the cast all give strong performances.
I have to say that Danes in particular is fantastic. As the viewer I am constantly questioning her decisions, motivations and whether we should actually trust her.
I’ve been telling everyone I know ‘you must watch this show’ and I really really think you should….
Homeland airs on Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4.