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Homeland on Showtime

30 Oct

Homeland on Showtime, is based on an Israeli series called Hatufim (Prisoners of War). The show stars Claire Danes as CIA officer Carrie Mathison, who is convinced a recently returned Iraq POW Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis was turned, and is a threat to national security.

Homeland’s creators and executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who brought us “24”, have gone in completely different direction with the tone of this show. Homeland delivers its protect national security message more quietly then “24”.  Homeland reflects the growth of the country and how we manage our fear and anxiety about terrorism.  Where “24”, was all hysteria the threat is everywhere, Homeland is a character study on the effects of that hysteria.

Both Carrie and Brody are dealing with their psychological demons brought on by their experiences in Iraq, as the viewer we get to see the parallel that is drawn between the 2, it is a nice piece of story telling.

The main action of the show surrounds the, “is he or isn’t he” question, so far the show has done an excellent job of keeping this unanswered. There are moments when you think you have a scene that shows he is turned, but then is zigs instead of zags.  For example, he is shown praying as a muslim, carpet and all, you could argue he is definitely turned, he has been brain washed or he assimilated to survive and hasn’t let go of that assimilation.

Rounding out the cast; the always superb Mandy Patinkin, who plays Carrie’s mentor Saul, and Morena Baccarin who plays Brody’s wife Jessica.

Bottom line, the show is worth checking out, the performances by Lewis and Danes are strong, and the story is compelling. 

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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