By Sam Kench
CLICK HERE to read my review of Season 1 first.
So I just went through Season 2 of “Homeland“. Very quickly I might add. I watched the entirety of season 2 in just a few days. This show really got me hooked.
Homeland quickly became one of my favorite shows after the first season, and season 2 only cemented that place for it.
Even from the first season I was skeptical about the lifespan of this show. The concept, while fascinating, seems very limited, meaning that it could run out of steam if not handled correctly. Thankfully the excellent writing stopped that from happening for the first two seasons. I only remain worried about the future of the show because of the network it is run by.
I’m going to compare this to “Breaking Bad” real quick. “Breaking Bad” ended. It had a conclusion. That show knew when to gracefully bow out. Now I’m not saying that “Homeland” should end yet, just that when the time comes, I hope Showtime has the decency to lay it to rest, instead of running it into the ground. Showtime shows have a history of starting out great and then ended as mediocre versions of their former selves like “Dexter” and “Weeds” which both started great.
The second season of “Homeland” doesn’t change the style of the show, which is a good thing. The pacing is a little faster, not to say that it was slow the first season, but there was considerably more action this time around.
The acting remains some of the highest caliber TV acting I’ve ever seen. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin all give award worthy performances. The son is still bad, the daughter is even better this time around and is again, very impressive. The wife however got more annoying. She reminds me of one of the really annoying women from Mad Men.
A couple character I neglected to mention from the first season are the surveillance guys. There are two surveillance guys on the show named Virgil and Max. They are both good, Virgil provides a little comic relief without being distracting to the story, and Max is a very interesting character. The actor does a good job at giving him a strange aura while making him a cool character at the same time. There is a new major character introduced and that is Peter Quinn. When he got introduced I was just hoping he wouldn’t be like Joey Quinn who got added to Dexter. Peter Quinn takes a few episodes to warm up to, but he is a good addition to the cast.
It is very interesting to see how the characters change over the course of the show. Especially Nicholas Brody played by Damian Lewis. This character has one of the most complex character arcs ever put into a TV show. His allegiances will be tested on both sides and seeing where he ends up is truly gripping.
Something good to note, is that the two seasons flow well together. They don’t feel seperated, and it doesn’t take any extra time to re-establish people or events from the previous season. Something that really annoys me in TV shows, is when the show feels the need to over explain everything to the audience. JJ Abrams’ shows are the worst at this. “Homeland” doesn’t hold your hand. They explain what they need to, but trust that the audience is smart enough, and perceptive enough to hold their own. Which at least to me, makes the viewing experience much more enjoyable.
The second season of Homeland remained just as fantastic as the first and I can not wait to go through the 3rd season.