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    Homeland

    Post by Stephen77 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:44 am

    Homeland
    Airing Sunday, 10 PM ET, Showtime


    Total Seasons Aired: Two
    Total Episodes: Ongoing
    Current Status: Presently Airing in Fall 2012

    Discuss Showtime's paranoid thriller.
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    Re: Homeland

    Post by Traegonometry on Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:24 am

    Homeland is a televisual series that I enjoy very much. From time to time I watch and am pleased with its episodes. I am somewhat skeptical of the direction this season's going but unlike Todd I have (too much?) faith in the writers to make the finale at the very least very entertaining. He made a really good point in the last review that the low level espionage like just following a guy was as if not more thrilling than the crazy convoluted terrorist threats, and I think he's totally right. I'd love to see more of a return to the approach of the more low key surveillance that hooked me in the first season on top of the craziness going on, I think the show would be better for it.
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    Re: Homeland

    Post by UnregisteredGuyNamedEric on Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:21 am



    Holy shit, you guys, that episode was crazy.

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    Re: Homeland

    Post by Gauephat on Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:32 am

    I think it's jumped the shark. Part of the appeal in watching it for the longest time was that it could go off the rails at any moment, so it is kind of cool to see it happen. But also, you know, not.
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    Re: Homeland

    Post by UnregisteredGuyNamedEric on Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:58 pm

    It's interesting to have a show like Homeland that's basically a thriller, a high octane show. But it's slow burn, character-based stories, which are not at all heavy on spectacle, are so dense and mysterious (even while they try to stick to a naturalistic style). So when you get an episode that's actually distilled down to it's core conflicts, it's most tense and exciting elements, where characters outright state their philosophies or motivations, it feels wrong. To some people, it's a betrayal.

    Basically, it's a show that teased big things for 21 episodes, then when it finally went big, everybody's like "WTF?" It's like the opposite of what you'd expect from a spy show, where an episode that's too slow or boring would piss people off.

    I went back and forth while watching it. It was exciting, but felt on-the-nose. In the end, though, I'm happy with it as a potential transition from one set of plots into the next.

    I don't think Homeland ought to be held to the same standards as, say, Breaking Bad, which attempts to have as perfect and impenetrable of a closed universe as possible, where chaotic situations never crack the claustrophobia and the central focus on a very small group of people as being the center of the show's universe. Homeland has a slightly more pulpy quality to it: it needs to be able to expand in unexpected directions, which are in theory kitschy or incongruous, then to contract again around it's main characters.
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    Re: Homeland

    Post by UnregisteredGuyNamedEric on Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:13 am

    Spoiler:
    I was fucked the moment I left for Iraq.

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