Homeland – First Impressions

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For the last few months it seems as though everyone I’ve talked to has raved about the Showtime show “Homeland“. I can think of at least 5 people off the top of my head that have told me I have to watch this show. So as of last night I was able to watch the first 3 episodes and I figured I’d give my impressions of the show so far.

For those that don’t know what the show is about, a Marine named Nicholas Brody was captured in Afghanistan 8 years ago and was just found alive after a raid on a terrorist safe house. He’s brought home to his family who thought he was dead all this time, which caused some of them to move on with their lives. And then we have Carrie, a CIA officer played by Claire Danes, as she suspects that Brody may have been turned and is now helping to plot a terrorist attack on US soil.

Right off the bat, I like the show. It’s got good pacing and that “24” feel which I’m a fan of. The way it is shot is also a bit more gritty than things like “24” so it makes it seem a little more realistic. Through 3 episodes the plot hasn’t really gone through too many twists and turns yet, but you can definitely feel them coming. I already don’t know whether Claire Danes is being paranoid or if Brody really is helping plan a terrorist attack. I actually found myself going back and forth a number of times in my head. I think it was the last episode I watched that started to have a handful of flashbacks from when Brody was in captivity and it showed that he’s not telling the whole truth in regards to what went on when he was there. It’s just little things like that, that keep me going back and forth on whether or not I should trust this guy.

On top of that, Claire Danes is literally psychotic. I think that’s going to play a major role later in the season as she can’t get the pills she requires in the quantity she needs. I’m also a little sketched out by the surveillance guy’s brother, he seems shady to me, but I can’t decide if he’s really got ulterior motives or if he’s just a little slow. I will say that at the moment I really don’t care for the actor that plays Brody. I know that he’s supposed to be acting the way he is due to the fact that he has been in captivity for the last 8 years, but there’s just something about him I don’t like… And maybe that’s just because he’s that good of an actor and it’s his character in the show that is a little off to me.

I’m definitely going to watch the rest of the season when I get a chance, so obviously I’m enjoying it so far. I just hope that it lives up to the hype. I’m also thankful that it’s a Showtime show which means that I only have to watch 12-13 episodes to get through the whole season, which in turn means that there is more happening in each episode which keeps things moving. I always got a little bored at times with “24” since it was 22-24 episodes a season and they had to stretch out the end game that long. So hopefully I’ll be able to blaze through the rest of the first season of “Homeland” in the next week and I’ll report back with my overall conclusions.