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This review is from: Homeland - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
With the plaudits thrown at Homeland I came to it with great anticipation. Its origins in 24 are apparent early on in the style of the scenes particularly where the CIA are involved, however it seems to aspire to something more serious with a slower and more thoughtful pace. Trouble is in the end that only helps to highlight the ludicrousness of the plot.
The good things first, Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison is a revelation at least for those of us who last remember her as Juliet. A really out standing and mesmerizing performance combining great strength an vulnerability. Less surprisingly Damian Lewis is good as Nicholas Brody the marine who may or may not have changed sides (at least until the ludicrous nature of the script lets him down at the end). But it's very much a two person show with the supporting cast not rising above caricature despite some tedious attempts to generate interest in one characters marriage.
It's the script that the main problem, a kind of war on terror update of Manchurian Candidate, it has real potential, but it can't really decide whether to play it as a taught political thriller or a deeper more emotional story. In the end we get neither. The pace is a times frustrating slow, yet the plot sketchy. While I found Brodys motivation unconvincing.
Finally like too many modern drama series it fails to deliver any sort of satisfactory ending, being more concerned with setting up Series 2. In fact the end of this feels more like a season mid-point. I wont be rushing to see what happens next.