Homeland (2011–2020)
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While Carrie is near catatonic, Saul investigates her unsettling timeline; Brody makes final preparations for the Vice President's policy summit at the State Department.

Director:

Michael Cuesta

Writers:

Howard Gordon (developed for american television by), Alex Gansa (developed for american television by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Carrie Mathison
Damian Lewis ... Nicholas Brody
Morena Baccarin ... Jessica Brody
David Harewood ... David Estes
Diego Klattenhoff ... Mike Faber (credit only)
Jackson Pace ... Chris Brody
Morgan Saylor ... Dana Brody
Mandy Patinkin ... Saul Berenson
Linda Purl ... Elizabeth Gaines
David Marciano ... Virgil Piotrowski
Jamey Sheridan ... Vice President William Walden
Amy Hargreaves ... Maggie Mathison
Hrach Titizian ... Danny Galvez
Chris Chalk ... Tom Walker
Navid Negahban ... Abu Nazir
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Storyline

While Carrie is near catatonic and confined to bed, Saul investigates the unsettling implications of her timeline; Walker secures a perch for his mission; Brody makes his final preparations for the Vice President's policy summit at the State Department. Written by SHOWTIME

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Ironically, the buckles used on the vest Brody is wearing are Marine Corps brass buckles, just like the one he's wearing on his web belt while in uniform. See more »

Goofs

Brody introduces himself as a "Sergeant" in the Marines and is addressed as such, both times while wearing the insignia of a gunnery sergeant, which is two ranks higher than sergeant. See more »

Quotes

Abu Nazir: Why kill a man when you can kill an idea?
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Connections

References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Homeland End Title
(uncredited)
Written by Sean Callery
Performed by Sean Callery Feat. Chris Tedesco
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Season 1: Well-paced and engaging drama despite some cougar moments along the way
1 April 2012 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Homeland came to the UK on a wave of praise from the US – or at least I'm pretty sure it did because after the first few episodes had screened in the US I had made a concerted effort to avoid all the talk on the internet from those a few episodes ahead. It was wise to do so because the crux of this story is that you don't know where it is going or quite what is happening, even when something seems pretty obvious and straightforward it is delivered with enough shading around it to include doubt and assumption. This works very well throughout the show and I was impressed by the pacing of it. Unlike 24 (a show I enjoyed a lot) Homeland moves at a very steady pace. The downside of this is that there are few moments where you are on the edge of your seat, because there are few "ticking clock" scenarios here and more just a steady creep of progress and twists.

Mostly this works very well because you are held as things are steadily revealed, twisted or changed in your understanding – the flashbacks are a big part of this as they present a muddling effect that enhances the already muddled present. I'm not sure how the show would play on a second or third viewing though, because the mystery is the all here and it is that sense of not being sure of anything that makes it as engaging as it was. The constant twisting when things are muddled helps later when things start becoming clearer and more "known" – because by this point the viewer is used to having half-truths in front of them so I was still sort of wary of fully believing everything that I was being shown.

The downside of this even pace is that occasionally we have sections where it feels like time filling – cougar moments if you will. Some of these are still engaging as side-threads informing the characters but sometimes they do feel like they are in there or extended to be able to fill a little bit more time that they should have done. This is a minor quibble though, because they are rather covered by virtue of the show being of a steady pace in the first place – so it isn't like moments in 24 where the constant forward motion would just seem to stop for the sake of stopping.

The cast play well with the constant sense of grey area. Carrie may well be a hard character to like but Danes plays her really well – she is a deeply flawed character and she works as such. Some of the plot contrivances don't full work in regards her character but Danes does well with them despite this. Lewis is by far the strongest of the cast – no matter what we think of him at any point in the show he is really well done, always giving enough to all points of view so that you never totally know where he sits or how to feel about it. Baccarin is stunning of course but also gives a good support and keeps the family side interesting although with good child performances – particularly the key relationship for Brody of Dana (Saylor). Patinkin is a real good presence, as is Harewood – even if it is a little odd for UK viewers to see him over there with an American accent! Homeland, despite the rave reviews, is not a perfect show and I don't think it would be as good coming back to it for a second or third viewing, but it is a well-paced and satisfying show that engages by having a constant sense of doubt about what everyone's motivations and aims are. Some of the red-herrings and cougar moments don't work particularly well but they don't disrupt the flow too badly and therefore are easy to forgive. I wonder how they can continue it into a second season while still maintaining the strengths from this first season, but for now this an enjoyable and engaging show.


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