Editor’s Note: Yeah I know it’s almost been two weeks since this episode came out. I was just slow in writing this review.
Since Breaking Bad ended its first half of its season last month and Mad Men still on hiatus, it didn’t look like I was going to be watching any dramas on TV for a while. Fortunately the biggest surprise of last season, Homeland, returned a few weeks ago and has continued to be one of the best shows on television.
With its surprise success at the Emmys and critical praise, I was a little worried that Homeland might not live up to the first season. But by the first few minutes of the second season opener, my concerns dispelled. Homeland is one of the best shows on television right now and with our current day situation in the Middle East, Homeland is completely relevant in each episode. The only scripted shows that have done this are South Park and Arrested Development (both are sitcoms and South Park is made is less than a week before broadcasr).
The episode takes place a while after the end of the first season. Carrie Mathison is now an ESL teacher, but is suddenly confronted by the CIA for a new mission to meet with a former asset of hers in Beirut. Meanwhile, Nicholas Brody now serves as a congressman but is confronted Roya and asked to serve as an agent for Al-Qaeda and aid them, which Brody reluctantly agrees to.
The episode was fantastic and everything was just great, like both Clair Danes’ and Damian Lewis’ performances, the direction, and the sets. Homeland is a powerhouse, proving that Showtime still has a punch.