All of a sudden, in a rush -- though not so spectacular a Rush as the outstanding racing drama which went wide across the U.S. over the weekend -- Homeland is on a dramatically new course. Not just different, not a return to Season 1, as most of the characters are in very different places, but new.
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How many people spent the months since the Season 2 finale saying, "I wonder what's up with Dana?"
Sure, we've all decided on our favorite looks from the Emmy's. Some of us even had opinions before the stars set foot out of their cars. Like me with Lena Dunham. I always know she's going to look mildly disheveled. Is that fair? No. Is it true? Yes.
Mad Men is back, and I'm glad. Even though the two-part premiere episode wasn't perfect, it brought some keen acting, sharp dialogue, and stunning visuals. And it brought the show fully into the beginning of the fire that consumed the late 1960s.
It was always about drones. Almost everyone in "Homeland" has been piloted by something or someone else, at one time or another.
Nod your head if you understand why I love "Homeland." Yes, this series has been edging toward soap-opera territory at times. And yet, the good stuff is so good that there's no way I'm quitting it now.
I have a feeling "Q&A" may end up being the most divisive episode of "Homeland" yet -- maybe even moreso than last year's mostly acclaimed finale.
"Homeland" isn't throwing out the rulebook simply to make people freak out. It's going to the deepest, most valuable part of any story -- it's digging into the characters' souls -- for extraordinarily compelling dramatic reasons.
Uh, now what? Saul's plan made so much sense. Even Estes was on board! But then Carrie proved yet again that she's incapable of not going rogue -- and the writers proved that they are the Honey Badgers of premium cable.
Given how frequently her character goes off the rails, it's entirely possible Claire Danes will have an even better episode than "State of Independence" later this season, but she could do worse than to submit this one for 2013 for next year's Emmys.
With Homeland's second season premiering this past weekend amid excitement over its Emmy wins, we calculated what kind of vacation its addled but lovable heroine, Carrie Mathison, could afford to take on her (former) salary as a CIA officer.
In choosing to reflect back to the audience the challenges facing those in positions of power, Homeland makes the viewer examine their own moral codes in a complicated world.
After weeks of hype, "Homeland" is back where it belongs: on our TV screens! And judging from tonight's Season 2 premiere, didn't need to worry about the show finding a way to generate tension after solving the central mystery of Season 1.
Homeland gets attention because it won multiple Emmy awards and also ended last season with a storyline full of tension and suspense, as well as authenticity. Dexter, on the other hand, ended its season with our favorite serial killer being discovered by his sister plying his trade. Oops!
Even though Season 5 was a down year for Mad Men, it was still clearly one of the best shows on television. It took something very special to best it. Which brings us to Homeland. I'm pleased that Homeland won for best drama.