It’s not too late. If you haven’t already been watching the Showtime series “Homeland,” now about to conclude its second season, you’ve only got a season to catch up on. If you’ve already been a fan, you know it won’t take long to catch up. “Homeland” is available via Netflix and iTunes and it’s well worth the money and time investment. Here’s why you should be a fan.
It’s pretty challenging to explain the concept of “Homeland.” But we’ll give it a try. It’s based on an Israeli series called “Prisoner of War” about what happens to military captives when they try to reenter society after being liberated. “Homeland” begins with a similar premise. Marine sergeant Nicholas Brody returns home after eight years in captivity and tries to return to his family and life. But his return attracts the attention of CIA agent Carrie Mathison who believes he was turned in captivity and now poses a threat to America. But Mathison has her own problems. The show won the 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, among other awards.
Both Damian Lewis and Claire Danes who play Brody and Carrie took home much-deserved Emmys earlier this year for their roles on the show. To say that they put on an acting clinic is to understate the genius of their work together. There are times that an actor meets a storyline and another actor and what takes place is truly phenomenal. That is what happens on “Homeland.” The ensemble cast is stellar as well, particularly veteran actor Mandy Pantinkin as Carrie’s CIA mentor and David Harewoodas her ambitious boss.
Though largely unknown in the U.S., British actor David Harewood should see an uptick in recognition now that he’s played David Estes, the head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Estes is a cooly ambitious man who has the tough job of reigning in Mathison, his most talented but most troubled agent. For sheer eye candy, the chocolate brown, solidly built Harewood is eminently watchable and he’s one of the strongest black male characters on TV.
Nothing about “Homeland” is TV formula. The first season is full of so many twists and reveals, it’s dizzying. Although some of the plotting does strain believability, the writers do a great job at conveying the tension of the relationships of the hunter and the hunted, as well as the challenging personal lives of those who work in secrecy to keep America safer. The writers flesh out the storylines on either sides making “Homeland” chock-full of satisfyingly complex characters. Lewis and Danes do exceptional work but it’s only because they can handle such meaty writing.
Regardless of what side you fall on U.S./Arab relations, there’s something in “Homeland” for you. The writers do a good job at maintaining the humanity of all parties, making a great case as to why people are often motivated by love to do the most horrific things.
Of course, “Homeland” is a show that has a decidedly pro-American slant but there is just enough exposition of the humanity that drives all the characters to make it palatable to anyone interested in world politics.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (6/18-6/24)
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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