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Brief thoughts on the first season of Homeland

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Homeland is the first American TV drama my wife has watched with me probably since LOST. The first night we watched the first four episodes and we are now up to date with season two – 16 episodes in. But although its great TV my original concern is still at the forefront of my mind. By announcing a third season I fear my concerns may have just been compounded. Homeland really is a 2-3 season show at best based on the original premise. Introducing another story arc now would feel like dilution but by only having 12 episodes a season helps to keep things fresh.

Another trend that I did post about before looks to be reproduced in Homeland and with the most recent US TV drama(excluding The Walking Dead). I’m not ‘feeling’ the characters like I use to. Is this me getting older and possibly wiser…unlikely…or am I that much out of touch? I am only just connecting with Saul in Homeland while I feel nothing for the rest of the cast. Carrie irritates me more than anything else and I have seen nothing in her character that allows me any sympathy. All rather odd really.

Written by David Osbon

October 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

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Is Homeland another false dawn?

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I missed the first season of Homeland and surprisingly missed anything to do with the show until I saw that Channel 4 are to show the second season this coming weekend. A little of the hype around the TV show has now rubbed off on me and I have my PVR set to record the new season but I still have a nagging doubt. A doubt that has been bred by popular shows like LOST, Twin Peaks and The Sopranos.

My worry is that Homeland will either be cut too short – although I think 12 episodes a season is better for the overall health of a show – or the writers/producers will let it run past its best-by-date. But a good story is about the journey and not the ending, right? Am I being too harsh on US TV drama?

What made my decision easier to make on whether to watch Homeland or not was how well Claire Danes does of her portrayal of Carrie Mathison – a Bipolar sufferer. I’m not a suffer myself but have had episodes of depression in the last few years and am drawn to characters in drama that have mental kinks in their armour.

So the first season. I have 12 episodes to get into. The recent reruns on More4 are now half way through the season so I don’t have that option and Love Film are being useless as per normal. It would seem I will have to buy the first season box set or download via iTunes.

I’ll post more on Homeland as I get into a first season catch-up. Are my readers waiting for the second season to start?

Written by David Osbon

October 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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