Homeland Season Two
Starring: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Diego Klattenhoff, Mandy Patinkin, Jamey Sheridan, Navid Negahban, Rupert Friend and Morgan Saylor.
With the bar set incredibly high by the show’s debut season, it is to huge credit to the show’s crew and cast that they have somehow managed to maintain the highest of standards in the show’s second season. Danes and Lewis once again give powerhouse performances that are recognised at the Emmys and Golden Globes.
The season flows exceptionally well, and when the viewers begin to relax they are shocked back into a state of nervous excitement by events of intrigue, heart-pounding action and mind blowing revelations. From episode eight all the way through to the final episode (twelve) there is an anything-can-happen edge that lurks at the back of your mind, and these episodes are potentially the best episodes Homeland has released.
Danes’ performance as the bipolar counter-terrorism analyst is extraordinary in its realism and accuracy as well as her dramatic delivery. The chemistry between Carrie and Brody is palpable throughout the season, especially the scenes at the cabin as their character’s imbalances come together in an understandable and beautiful way. Both Carrie and Brody have evolved this season, Brody is no longer just the poster boy of the war on terror, he has become so much more, he battles against all the different personalities he has, trying to find the one that he belongs to. We do not truly know which one he belongs to which makes for hypnotic viewing as we are not sure whether to trust him or not.
The second season of Homeland sets pulses racing, stomachs churning and minds strategising. This suspenseful terrorism drama is one of my favourite shows, it reminds me of Spooks (a BBC spy-drama series 2002-11), in its realistic portrayal of the western counter-terrorism strategies. I am having a break from Homeland before I begin watching season three, as I am watching Mr. Robot, Westworld and The Big Bang Theory.