"Homeland" Season 4 Is All About the Same Old Carrie, Except on Steroids

October 5, 2014 2:14 PM

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"Homeland" Season 4 Is All About the Same Old Carrie, Except on Steroids

Season one of Homeland was one of the best spy cons ever pulled. We were tricked—by the riveting chemistry between Claire Danes and Damian Lewis as a brilliant, unstable CIA agent and POW maybe-terrorist, by the creeping sense of near-constant surveillance and permanent danger, and by the apparent complexity of the moral arguments the show was making about the cost of the War On Terror—into thinking Homeland had the potential to be an all-time great drama. We thougt it would be a series that would help define the Obama era and captivate viewers on a level with, say, Breaking Bad. Seasons two and three took their sweet time dismantling that illusion, throwing pacemaker bombs and endless silly romantic complications into the mix. Homeland isn’t a great show. But now that Brody’s death has mostly freed it from the specter of that first season, it’s content to be a pretty good one.

Relying on its preexisting cast of characters minus a few exceptions (I’ll miss you Dana Brody, even if no one else does), Homeland has picked itself up and moved its operations overseas, tackling the same subject matter but with an approach that’s much more hands-on and less near-chamber drama. (Th...

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