Wednesday, December 19, 2012
1787 - Homeland: season two
So I was pissed when they didn't kill Brody at the end of the first season - I thought it was a cop-out and didn't know how they would extend that character. The brilliance of what they did was the first season you spent rooting to kill Brody, and they managed to flip it where here you're rooting for him to make it out alive. Very very strong reversal for us emotionally as an audience member. For Claire Danes character this season has been a redemptive one, and she's as good as she ever was. And so if they coped out with how they ended the first season they emptied the kitchen sink here. This season was doing things in the second episode that I thought would take the entire season to get out - but they just plowed through a lot of great material with what seemed to be reckless abandon. A risk that paid off in spades.
This season moved along like a freight train and made the world much bigger - I think some people preferred the smaller scale of the first season and, really, I like both and I think they can work together as well. I love where this was left and how I can already see the seeds of the third season. Clean slate for everyone in a really wonderfully heartbreaking way. Hopefully the future seasons can sustain this quality, or they get out while they're still in fighting form. I loved this and can't wait to return to it next fall.