If you have not yet watched the first 4 episodes of Homeland’s 3rd season, then don’t read this unless you want to be spoiled.
I loved the first season of Homeland. It was great, riveting, you didn’t really know what was going on, and it had that feel of potentially being realistic. Honestly, the show probably should have ended there, and then it might go down as the best show ever. The 2nd season? It was definitely not as good as the first one, but I don’t think there was a chance of that since the 1st was so good. But, it was not bad. It just lost some of it’d edge, and some of its realism. Some of the stuff that happened there, you just had to think, what? That can’t happen can it?
And then we come to season 3. I would be lying if I said I really enjoyed it so far. The show basically moved away from being a CIA, spy, terrorism series to one where Carrie is stuck in a mental hospital. The worst part about it is that it wasn’t even just one episode in which she is fighting her sanity. It was the freaking first 4, or one-third of the entire season. You think that at some point it is going to turn back into some type of terrorism show, but it just keeps going. And then at the end of the 4th episode of the season, it finally does turn back to it, and you are yelling out loud, “WHAT??!!” Have twists in shows is great, but this one was just so unrealistic that it goes beyond that. Carrie, all along, had planned with Saul to discredit her, and thus get recruited by the Iranians. Ummmm, ok. On the one hand, I’m happy that at least the show is finally getting back to being about fighting terrorism.
But, how they got there? It’s one thing for Carrie to go deep undercover and get institutionalized and discredited. But, there were too many things that happened that made it seem like she really was upset about being set up. The biggest one that jumps to my mind was when she was watching, from her home, Saul testify in front of a committee that Carrie was sleeping with Brody, thus discrediting her in front of the world. If this really was planned all along, then why the heck was she so upset watching this on TV? And don’t tell me that she was acting it out in case her house was bugged with a camera, because I wouldn’t buy that.
And don’t even get me started on Brody’s family. Is there a point in even having them on the show anymore? I like Morena Baccarin and all, but I don’t really see why they need her anymore on the show. The son? The actor who plays him is lucky for getting paid to pretty much do nothing. The daughter? I hate her character, and never really did like her, but I can somewhat see how her story might be interesting to some people. How a daughter would react to being hated by the world because her dad is a traitor and a terrorist. But, like I said, I don’t like her character, and it spills over to her storyline too. If it were me, I could do away with the rest of Brody’s family.
Brody? I was okay with the one episode he was in, but am curious as to what is going to become of him. I’m guessing he will die somehow, but that probably won’t happen until near the end of the season for dramatic effect.
Anyway, I am not a big fan of the first 4 episodes, but because I loved the first season so much, I want to see how it will now turn out since it is back to being about the CIA trying to capture terrorists. I know it won’t be as riveting as season 1, but let’s hope that it does at least become entertaining again.