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Monday, September 24, 2012
Showtime Homeland Season 2 Preview
naming this review "Returning Home(land)."
2 of “Homeland” will begin on Sunday, September 30th, 2012 on
Showtime. Episode 1 is named “The Smile.” “Homeland” has plenty to smile about
today. The show and cast won four Emmys. The show won in every category in which it was
was voted the “Outstanding Drama Series.”Both of the lead actors and the writers also won Emmys
Lewis who plays Nicholas Brody (ex marine, current Congressman, and secret
terrorist involved in plots against America) won “Outstanding Lead Actor in a
Danes who plays Carrie Mathison, CIA agent with a bi-polar disorder) won for “Outstanding
Lead Actress in a Drama Series.”
also won in the “Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series” category for the pilot
is a 20 minute preview of the first episode of season 2 available online on the
Showtime website. http://www.sho.com/sho/homeland/home It looks like we are all
set for an exciting season of this psychological thriller.
Mathison is a CIA agent who suspected Nicholas Brody of having been “turned”
during the eight years he spent as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. Everyone
considers Nick to be a hero, but Carrie will not let go of her suspicions. She
becomes his lover to get closer to him and the relationship turns serious for
both of them when they go away together for a weekend. Nick discovers that she
is a CIA agent, Carrie confesses her suspicions, but says she was wrong about
him. Nick breaks it off with her.
the audience, know that Carrie is right about Nick. During his captivity he was
chosen by a prominent al Qaeda leader, Abu Nazir, to tutor Nazir’s young son in
English. Nick becomes very fond of the boy, and is devastated when the boy is
liked in a U.S. drone strike. Nick is now primed to get revenge for the boy’s
death. His particular target is Vice President William Walden, the former
director of the CIA, who played a prominent role in ordering the drone strikes.
after some initial difficulties, has resumed his relationship with his family
and his country. He is hailed as a hero, and Vice President Walden recruits him
to run for Congress. He wins. He had attempted a suicide mission to kill Walden
and other top government officials, but his suicide vest malfunctioned. He then
convinced Nazir that he could be a more effective agent if he worked from the
inside. In the season 2 premier, Walden, who plans to run for president,
approaches Congressman Brody and asks him to be on his short list of possible
VP picks. Nick accepts.
Nick is leading a charmed life, Carrie’s life is unraveling. She enters into a
manic state trying to prove Nick is a terrorist. We know that Carrie actually saved
Walden’s life by storming into Nick’s home and convincing Nick’s teen-aged
daughter to call him. The pleas of his daughter moved Nick not to carry out his
mission. Nick admits to having had a brief affair with Carrie, and everyone believes
she is the spurned-lover turned crazy woman who is stalking and harassing Nick.
The CIA learns that she is bi-polar, and she is fired from the agency.
the season 1 finale, Carrie is about to undergo shock treatment. One of the
side effects is short term memory loss. Just as she is being sedated for the
procedure she remembers that Nick had called out the name of Nazir’s son in his
sleep. She realizes that this connects him to Nazir. Her CIA mentor and friend,
Saul Berenson (played by Mandy Patinkin) is present, but she loses
consciousness before she can tell him anything.
the season 2 premier, Carrie is a happy woman. She is living with her parents, taking
her meds, gardening, and teaching English as a Second Language adult education
class. Her calm ordered life is about to change. An “asset” that Carrie had
recruited, a woman in Beirut Lebanon, has warned of an attack on America, but
she will not speak to anyone but Carrie. Carrie is asked to fly to Beirut to
speak with this woman. Carrie no longer wants to be part of the CIA (and has obviously
forgotten the clue she understood just before her shock treatments), but she
sees this trip as her patriotic duty. She reluctantly agrees. This is the
Girl,-you-don't-know-what-you-are-in-for moment of the preview.
gets into the car that will take her to the airport as the end of the 20-minute
preview of season 2 episode 1.She
thinks she will be gone for only three days, but we, the audience, know it won’t
happen that way. There will be complications, and Carrie will continue in her
crusade to protect America from terrorists and one terrorist, Nick Body, in
particular. I hope she packed her meds.