Homeland (Season Three)
IMDb Rating: 8.4 (Overall)
Starring: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor, F. Murray Abraham, Nazanin Boniadi, Shaun Toub.
Humpo Show Rating | 4 / 5
Following the deadly Langley bombing that is blamed on disgraced congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and having helped him escape the US, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is desperate to solve the case and clear Brody’s name as the third season of the conspiracy thriller begins. But Carrie’s efforts are threatened when she becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation led by Senator Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) who believes the CIA is covering up the truth about the attack. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), now CIA chief, also feels the heat of the probe and it begins to undermine his efforts to revive the Agency. Trouble also brews in the Brody household when Dana (Morgan Saylor) starts exhibiting destructive behaviour and runs away from home. As for Brody, who has a $10 million bounty on his head, he begins to recuperate from a gunshot wound in Venezuela where he is held captive by armed gunmen in a ramshackle Caracas building called the Tower of David. With no passport, no money and no chance of escape, Brody slowly begins to realise that he may have to live out the rest of his days in this slum dwelling where Carrie has arranged for him to at least be safe. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Danes and Lewis once again give compelling performances in their respective roles as the fall out from the Langley bombing becomes the focus of attention in season three. As Carrie is admitted to a mental institution, her emotions and thoughts swill and spill as she is forced to take medication, forced to stay there, and forced to watch Saul denounce her in front of the Senate. Meanwhile, Brody is suffering problems of his own, he has a gun shot wound which he has with him as he is taken to the Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela. However, he soon realises his problems are just beginning as he is held captive there, drugged up to his eyeballs, with no chance of escape.
That is how the opening episodes set up the third season of Homeland, and as the season progresses, both characters play pivotal roles (naturally) in situations of natural security which have shocking consequences for them personally, and for the rest of the world.
Season Three of Homeland is full of conspiracies, close calls and thrilling, nail-biting moments which leave you thinking for a long time after each episode has finished. A new wave of characters are introduced seamlessly to fill the void of some characters that ‘left’ us in season two. And the final episode certainly set up season four which will be in a totally different direction to this season.
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