I have to admit that I am quite behind the times when it comes to this series. They are presently in season seven of Homeland. Much has happened to Carrie Mathison and her CIA confreres. I have just finished watching season two. Much has been discussed about the series and its lead actress, Claire Danes. Most has been glowing. As such, when I watched season one a couple of years ago I have to say I was a little disappointed. Yes, it was well written and very timely in its subject matter, but for me it was boring. Plus I could not get into the whole Carrie/Claire thing. I know she was supposed to an odd and not your typical character but I just found her annoying. Plus, the whole not being able to stomach Claire Danes’ constant crying and that face she makes while doing it…Bottom line is that I was not looking forward to season two.
Glad I did undertake watching the 12 episodes of season two. It was miles better than the first season in my books. The story was tons more engaging, the characters were allowed time to develop and less annoyances courtesy of Claire Danes. Though I still have to say that there has probably never been a more unbelievable actress when it comes to doing physical things than Danes.
Carrie (played by Claire Danes) has been totally and utterly disgraced. She has been labelled as crazy and run out of the CIA by Assistant Director Estes (played by David Harewood). She is now teaching English to new immigrants and still living with her sister Maggie (played by Amy Hargreaves) and father (played by James Rebhorn). Slowly recoverying mentally from what she went through and now she is pulled back in.
A new terrorist threat has emerged and the CIA needs Carrie back working with them. Once again Carrie and Brody (played by Damian Lewis) lives’ become interwoven. Brody begins living a double or triple life as they go after Abu Nazir (played by Navid Negahban).
All the facets of season two are fascinating. The relationship Brody has with his family, with Carrie and who he really is. The intrigue going on behind the scenes in the CIA and Washington. If Abu Nazir will be able to carry out his plot for revenge against Vice President Walden (played by Jamey Sheridan). Will Saul figure out what Estes is up to? How does the newbie Quinn (played by Rupert Friend) figure in all this? Plenty of questions. Suspense is ever present. So much happens that you might have to rewatch scenes to make sure you get everything.
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