Looking at my Top 10 list, I realized it's as bipolar as "Homeland's" Carrie Mathison: On one side are five dramas that explore compromised morality and existential despair, and on the other, say hello to comedy!
If the goal of Sunday's "Homeland" was to turn a substantial portion of the audience into characters from the show, mission accomplished. Welcome to my insane-person corkboard.
In point of fact, Amazon isn't selling me a copy of Homeland. It's giving me a limited license to view it, under certain circumstances and within certain territories. And I'm guessing that they have the right to adjust those terms and conditions at any time.
There have been more memorable male characters in the last dozen years than female characters, but that may be changing.
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.
It won't be a surprise when the Abingdon Theater's mission to produce new plays by American playwrights turns 20 years-old right this very year. And, next Monday night, this company, which has produced 77 unique shows, will be awash in stars.
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.
But times change. I mean, boy, do they change! Chanel No. 5 will now be tempting women to spritz it on their collarbones and cleavage with... Brad Pitt!
You've got to hand it to the writers of "Homeland": They don't play it safe. Now we're left with a whole host of what-next questions, and that's just the beginning of what happened in this tense, eventful hour of television.
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.