My Lost Weekend—Sucked into Homeland

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in Homeland on Showtime
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes
So last week, Tara Gelsomino posted here on Criminal Element about Homeland on Showtime. I’d never heard of the show before, but her recap sounded so fascinating I thought I’d give it a shot.  Which, let me tell you, was a huge mistake.  Because I sat down in front of the television for four hours on Saturday and another three on Sunday.

All I can say is this: if you’re not watching this show, you should be. The storytelling is intense, the characters are all severely damaged (what, doesn’t everyone like damaged characters?) and the acting is fantastic. I am a sucker for the unreliable narrator, and neither Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) nor Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is really dependable. At first, you think it’s Brody who’s apt to be lying, but after six episodes, I was beginning to think Carrie was a whole lot more likely to betray not only her friends and family, but even herself and the viewer. 

And then I watched last night’s show, and everything changed…again.

I cannot stress this enough: if you get a chance, catch this show!


  1. Clare 2e

    You are not the only one who’s said this about this series. It’s not on my streaming yet, but I’ll track it down like a sleeper agent.

  2. KateH

    Damien Lewis is a stunningly good actor. And Claire Danes is pretty darn good, too.

  3. Laura K. Curtis

    I absolutely agree, Kate. And the writing is amazing…just when you think you know where it’s going, it switches direction on you.

  4. taragel

    Whoot! Glad I could convince you to give it a shot! Sooo good! That ending on Sunday–yet another game changer, eh? Wow.

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