10 Cent Review – Homeland

How crazy is Carrie, really?

How crazy is Carrie, really?

political thriller full of realistically-portrayed mental health issues that gives me a heart attack weekly

If I tried to get into everything that makes homeland awesome, I’d be here for hours, and I’d spoil half the show for you.  Here’s what grabbed me from the first: all the characters are archetypes turned on edge and the acting makes them so real it hurts.

There’s the super sleuth who is so obsessed people think she’s crazy.  In Homeland, she is crazy, but that doesn’t mean she’s wrong.

There’s the war hero torn by PTSD who is being used by his government to popularize the war.  In Homeland, he might go the usual route and kill himself, but he might also be so torn up about it that he’s willing to blow up a room full of people to make his point.

There are others: the mentor, the grieving widow, the best friend, the hard-nosed boss, etc.  Each brings something new to the role.  Mandy Patinkin, in particular, shines beyond what I ever expected.  He was fantastic in Dead Like Me.  He is great in Homeland.

My roommate picked up Season 1 this summer, and within two weeks we were caught up and had ordered Showtime.  The plotting is tight, the characters are consistent, and it contains some of the most gloriously messed-up relationships I’ve ever seen on television.  I’m never certain where they will take the story next, but it always rings true.

5 out of 5 Deadman Switches


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