When I watched the Homeland pilot last year, I thought the show was well-produced but not particularly engaging on an emotional level. After completing the show’s first season, my feelings have surprisingly still not changed.
I know this might seem like an unpopular opinion but I much prefer my spy-hijinks when they’re in the vein of 24 or Alias. Yes those shows might seem quite unrealistic in comparison, but they make up for that with consistent thrills and jawdropping twists. Homeland on the other hand is a quiet and low-key show that’s simply not my cup of tea. While I appreciate the work that goes into maintaining such a world, I was never necessarily wowed by it. I’m definitely in the minority here (as the accolades this show has received over the past year are overrated and undeserving in my opinion). I was just never truly emotionally invested in Carrie or Brody’s plight. The former in particular proved to be immensely annoying as a protagonist (and that’s not just because she’s bi-polar). I find Claire Danes to be an incredibly irritating actress and Homeland did her no favors. Leads like Jack Baur and Sydney Bristow are characters whom I immediately loved from the pilot. Carrie and Brody however, proved to be practically insufferable to watch.
Nevertheless, Homeland‘s season finale was undoubtedly the strongest offering from the show’s debut season. I much prefer Carrie when she’s full on bi-polar and unhinged so that definitely amped up the excitement factor. In addition, Brody becoming a full-on suicide bomber (in a room full of high-profile targets) at least elevated the stakes considerably and had me wondering how the episode would end. Carrie’s final electro-shock sequence was also an intriguing enough development to bookend the season.
All in all, I’m not particularly dying to catch up with season two which sadly is not a very good sign. Nevertheless, I will admit that on its own, the Homeland finale did manage to at least hold my attention which is quit the step-up after a slow moving season.
A solid season finale from a show that’s growing on me but still has a long way to go.