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'Homeland' Season 5 Premiere Recap

10/7/2015 8:35am EDT
Homeland Season 5 Premiere
Previously - Carrie, Saul, Quinn, and Max (MAX!!!) survived the attack on the US embassy in Islamabad. Carrie discovered that gnarly (I don’t mean that in the same sense as “rad”) CIA ogre Dar is in cahoots with last season’s super—villain, bloodthirsty terrorist Haqqani. Saul pretty much handed off his soul to get back in the CIA by ignoring Dar’s usage of Haqqani to bring down all the OTHER terrorists. Carrie was freaked by this and was also dismayed to have JUST MISSED a chance to have a romance with Quinn. As happens.

It turns out last season’s finale was foreshadowing the excitement l...

Check Out 'Homeland' The Complete Fourth Season, Now On DVD And Blu-ray

9/11/2015 5:34am EDT
In the fourth season of "Homeland," Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is a CIA station chief who convinces Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Quinn to help her hunt down of the world's most dangerous terrorists.

But when Carrie recruits a young Pakistani as an asset, the lines between right and wrong meld and the operation spins out of control.

Facing unclear loyalties at every turn, Carrie must take extreme measures and risk everything to protect the United States.

"Homeland" season five premieres on Oct. 4 on Showtime.

'Homeland' Season Finale: Is That All There Is?

12/22/2014 8:22am EST
'Homeland' Season Finale Recap: Is That All There Is?
Before I begin with my last recap for Homeland season 4 (*sob*), I’d like to give some shout-outs. Firstly, thanks to Starpulse for letting me write these inane recaps. Thanks to the three of you who read these recaps (especially my girls Erin and Suzie) and the ones who Tweet with me every Sunday night. Big thanks to Homeland actor Maury Sterling (Max rules!) who has Tweeted with me and the other fans all season long during every episode. It was a Hollywood-adjacent type thrill for me when he would like or re-tweet. His wife is real nice, too. Ok, on to the end.

Previously - POTUS called ...

'Homeland' Recap: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth Quinn

12/15/2014 9:04am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 11: Vengeance Is Mine, Sayeth
Previously - What? I don’t know. I’m wrapped in a blanket and trying to talk myself down. I think Fara’s dead.

It’s pretty much an impossibility to sustain tension across multiple weeks of episodic television. When you overinflate the balloon, it’s got to pop cuz’ physics or something. If they had opened this ep. with Carrie trying to defuse a bomb (that’s foreshadowing), it might have devolved into later seasons of 24 i.e. totally ridiculous. Hence, it was nice that we were given a sort-of breather this week. We needed it. Otherwise, my cheap-ass IKEA couch was going to finally bust from ...

'Homeland' Recap: You Need A Muscle Relaxant To Watch This Show

12/8/2014 8:21am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 10: You Need A Muscle Relaxant
Previously - AAAIIEEEEHHHHHH!!!!!

This isn’t even hyperbole - Homeland is melting my face off. My face is currently oozing on the floor in front of my couch. That’s some pleasant imagery, eh? The show is that good this season. It’s a little less talky, and a little more feminist 24 but that isn’t a bad thing.

When we last left Carrie, Saul, Redmond and the US Marine equivalent of a Star Trek redshirt, their convoy had gotten all blowed up. Carrie is bloodied but alive. There was some talk that they might actually kill her or Saul off this episode and break the Internet in half. They ain’t...

'Homeland's' Latest Is Very Intense

11/24/2014 8:35am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 9: Latest Episode Is Beyond In
Previously - Everyone had a heart attack and died because this show is too intense.

You know how the ABC marketing team promos Scandal’s winter finale as this big deal where pulses will be pounded and none of us will ever be the same? Well, I’ve pulled this chair out for them so they can have a seat. They are the generic brand of suspenseful TV drama when compared to Homeland. I’m probably more into this show right now than my marriage (To the other Mr. Harvey: I kid, I kid!) because this “Brody who?” season 4 is killing it. Last night’s “winter finale” had me literally BELLOWING at the TV...

'Homeland' Recap: Save Saul

11/17/2014 10:06am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 8: Save Saul
Previously - Saul and his captor Haqqani debated world religions. Carrie’s bipolar meds were switched out by Prof. Boyd and Tasleem which drove her completely around the bend. All the way around. She’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes? She came around that mountain. Wow, was she tapped. She ended up at Khan’s house, and hallucinated he was Brody.

The best episodes of Homeland are physically uncomfortable, if not outright painful. Your chest tightens. You get hoarse from screaming at the TV. Honestly, it's the only television show that leaves me a little nauseated from the adre...

'Homeland' Recap: One Pill Makes You Larger...

11/10/2014 8:52am EST
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: One Pill Makes You Larger
Previously - Aayan’s dead, Saul’s a human shield, and Carrie’s cracking. SPOILER ALERT - the med switch this episode isn’t going to help her with that.

What’s a classic and shifty way in modern literature and storytelling to get an enemy out of the way when you have to be all circumspect about it? DRIVE THEM CRAZY. Evil people have been making our heroines look kazoo since they did a number on Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944). Nowadays, though, you don’t have to bother with spooky noises and moving the furniture around to mess with their heads. In 2014, you just switch out their bipolar m...

'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap: I Just Called To Say I Love You

11/3/2014 10:07am EST
'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap: I Just Called To Say I Lov
Previously - Saul was kidnapped. Quinn didn’t love that Carrie seduced Aayan. AAYANN finally admitted to Carrie that his terrorist uncle is alive. Everyone at home fell back in disgust at Carrie’s behavior.

Guilt is a terrible thing. For the person feeling it. The rest of us are just looking at her and screaming “it’s not like you didn't see this coming, you weirdo!”

Carrie and Aayan are spending a lazy Islamabad Sunday in bed, She’s grilling him on his cover story for when they “go to London.” That’s a euphemism for “reveal that I used and betrayed you.” She lies her awful lies about the...

'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: Here's To You Mrs. Robinson

10/27/2014 8:46am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: Here's To You Mrs. Robinson
Previously - Ambassador Martha’s husband Dennis was the deceased Sandy’s intel source, and now he's being blackmailed by the ISI. Fara discovered the deceased Haissam Haqqani is actually undeceased. Carrie’s morals remain deceased as she seduces Aayan to bring him into the fold.

In this episode, Quinn asks the dumbest question that has ever been asked on this show. I’m talkin’ Nicholas Brody’s son-level dumb (No offense to the actor, but man, did they make that kid look clueless). “Go to your room, Chris.”

Quinn asks Carrie if there is any line she won’t cross to get what she wants. *wild...

'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Do It For Your Country

10/20/2014 8:22am EDT
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Previously - Quinn tried to leave the CIA but you don’t leave the CIA unless Carrie says you can leave the CIA. Fara and Max are working with Carrie to acquire Aayan as an asset. And Quinn is SSSSOOOOO in love with Carrie, It’s, like, totally obvious. Jenn saw him, like, STALKER-LEVEL staring at her in Trig. It was totally pathetic. He’s kinda cute, though, if you don’t mind the PTSD stare.

How far is too far when it comes to your country? Is there such a thing? It doesn't look like it for Carrie Mathison. She used her body in service to her cause this episode, and it didn't require clothe...

'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie Loves Herself

10/13/2014 11:16am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: Quinn Loves Carrie, Carrie
Previously - Having taken a position as the CIA station chief on the Afghanistan border, Carrie orders a missile strike on a Taliban target. Unfortunately, the target was attending a civilian wedding. Medical student Aayan survives the bombing and his smartphone video of the incident goes viral. Carrie and Quinn investigate the source of their bad intel - CIA station chief Sandy Bachman. Sandy is killed by an angry Pakistani mob, and it's later discovered he was trading intel for intel. A situation of which CIA director Lockhart was aware. Carrie blackmails him into installing her as Islama...

'Homeland' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Mother Of The Year

10/6/2014 8:33am EDT
'Homeland' Season 4 Premiere Recap: Mother Of The Year
There’s some burning questions to answer about the season premiere of Homeland. Is Carrie blonde or brunette? Did Quinn have to show off his penis again? Did Dana finally tie her goddamn laces? I kid. The real question is - does it look like Homeland will survive without its co-anti hero, Sgt. Nicholas Brody? Spoiler alert for last season - dude bounced around til’ death on the end of a bright red rope in the season finale. Answer? Well, I have a stomach ache after watching the two-episode mega premiere. That’s indicative of the show being in top form! Brody’s gone, but not forgotten. Carr...

Weird Al Yankovic Parodies TV Theme Songs, Pushes 'Game Of Thrones' Writer George R.R. Martin To Write Faster

8/26/2014 7:23pm EDT
Weird Al Yankovic Parodies TV Theme Songs, Pushes 'Game Of Thron
There were few highlights to a rather uneventful and, frankly, boring 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony Monday night, but about halfway into the show, 'Weird Al' Yankovic took the stage for three-and-a-half minutes for a parody medley of the theme songs of hit shows "Mad Men," "Scandal," "Homeland," "Modern Family" and "Game of Thrones," the latter of which was the focus of the skit and co-starred Andy Samberg as the show's now deceased young king Joffrey Baratheon.

Dancers dressed in outfits the likes of the ones on the show surrounded the singer as he pleaded for writer George R.R. Martin to hur...

'Homeland' Season 3 Finale Review: Redemption And Betrayal

12/16/2013 9:03am EST
I'm not going to lie to you.  Although I'm a fan of Homeland, and although its season 3 finale was in some ways good television, there was little in the finale that I enjoyed.  Indeed, I found most of it infuriating.

I know that realism has its value but there is also something that should go beyond realism in great story telling. I don't mean fairytale happy endings.  I mean endings in which the triumph of the deserving at least has a fighting chance.

The one good thing about the ending of this season of Homeland was its redemption of Saul.  When he confirms that Akbari has indeed been a...

'Homeland' Season 3 Episode 11 Review: 'The Loyalist'

12/9/2013 8:32am EST
Homeland continues its improvement from earlier in the season, to the point where episode 3.11 was the best episode not only of this season, but in the three years of the series thus far.

The great strength of Brody as a character and therefore Homeland throughout has been that we can never tell exactly where Brody's ultimate loyalties reside - certainly not after the first season, when Brody decides not to set off the bomb out of love for his daughter not really his native country.  But we couldn't be sure of Brody all second season - until the end.   And in this season, it looked like Br...

'Homeland' Season 3 Episode 10: Someone Has To Die

12/3/2013 6:25am EST
Another powerful, action-packed episode of Homeland - 3.10 - which has really hit its stride, as well it needed to finally do, with only two further episodes left this season.

The mission with Brody trying to infiltrate Iran was outstanding in all kinds of ways, including who dies at the end of the episode, and Brody's interaction with the team, which includes some first-class military repartee between Brody and various personnel.

The scene back home in the U.S. was good too, with Saul standing up to pressures to forsake the team when things start turning bad.  I'm still not getting or li...

'Homeland' Review 3.9: Perfect Timing

11/25/2013 10:08am EST
Homeland 3.9
Well,  Homeland 3.9 was the episode we've been waiting for.  And, in an exquisite feat of perfect timing, the episode reveals and revolves around Saul's plan for the guy he turned and his role in Iran. Brody will assassinate this guy's superior, putting Saul's turned spy into one of the top three positions in Iran.  With Saul running him, Iran will at last be in position to abandon its aggressive stance and sit down with the U.S. and the rest of the world in peace.

Does this sound familiar?  It's almost precisely what has just been announced about Iran on other television screens - screens...

'Homeland' 3.7: Revealing What We Already Knew

11/12/2013 8:18pm EST
I'm still enjoying Homeland, but episode 3.7 was the one weakest this season, with a big reveal of what we already knew: Brody was not responsible for the bombing that took out the CIA.

I suppose this clears the boards, but it's not enough, especially with Brody MIA this season, with the exception of the one excellent, standalone episode.  Otherwise, Quinn is doing a good job, but other than his heroic action at the beginning of the season, he's fighting small potatoes battles.  And Dar continues to be intriguing - I still think he's working for Saul - but with no development at all of his...

'Homeland' Review Season 3 Episode 6: Further Down The Rabbit Hole

11/4/2013 8:17am EST
Well, another Homeland - 3.6 - in which pretty much everything goes from bad to worse for our major characters. This comes after last week's surprise that the Senator who was persecuting Carrie expects to be appointed head of the CIA - that is, not Saul.

We find that the repulsive Dar Adal seems to be cooperating with Senator Lockhart to Saul's detriment.  It occurs to me that possibly, just possibly, Adal may be double-agenting Lockhart and actually working on Saul's behalf.  We do see the two of them talking.  But as is always the case with good double-agenting situations, we just can't ...

'Homeland': Crazy Carrie's Got a Plan

10/24/2013 9:32am EDT
Carrie’s not so crazy! Turns out her and Sal have had a plan all along. Carrie’s next objective is to find out more about this swanky lawyer who has Iranian contacts. In the end of the episode Carrie shows up at Sal’s place but we find out that they’ve been in contact all along and have this idea…like they always do. It’s Sal and Carrie against the world. Whatever happened to Abu Nazir?

Meanwhile, Dana runs off with her crazy boyfriend. He escapes from the asylum and runs into Dana’s awaiting car. Then they decide to sell Dana’s moms car and trade it in for an older beaten up Honda. Later,...

Showtime Renews 'Homeland' & 'Masters Of Sex'

10/23/2013 6:23pm EDT
Showtime has greenlit new seasons of "Homeland" and "Masters of Sex." The spy thriller, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, is getting a fourth season, while new series "Masters of Sex" will return for a second season, the network announced on Tuesday.

Both programs will return in 2014 with 12 episodes each.

Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said in a statement: "Homeland continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television's most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows. It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons."


'Homeland' Recap 3.4: A Brilliant Twist!

10/21/2013 9:11am EDT
Well, Homeland 3.4 checked in with its best episode of the season so far, and a brilliant twist that was at once unforeseen yet in introspect felt instantly plausible and confirming of all that we knew in our hearts all along.

Fans have been chafing under Saul's cruel behavior to Carrie - I couldn't quite believe that he'd desert Carrie like that, and have her institutionalized, but Dar Adal made it just about believable.  We even see Adal at the peripheries of Carrie's release hearing - Carrie does too - and her release being denied thus makes infuriating sense.

We can thus pretty much b...

'Homeland' Review 3.3: Two Prisons

10/14/2013 8:25am EDT
A strong episode 3.3 of Homeland tonight, perfectly balanced in the misery Brody and Carrie are enduring, in two separate prisons.

Brody is back, yes, but not in very good shape.  He's "rescued" by some people in Venezuela, whose leader has some loyalty to Carrie.   But his rescue turns out to be a prison, because his rescuer doesn't want him to leave.   Along the way, Brody learns the hard way that he can't rely on Muslims to help him, even if he speaks the language.  There's a young woman who is liking him, but she's the rescuer's daughter.  And there's a doctor who's also stuck in the u...

Fall 2013 TV Report (So Far)

10/5/2013 2:06pm EDT
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Here’s how the Fall TV season has been shaping up.


ABC doesn’t have a lot to celebrate about. Once Upon A Time and Revenge are both down season-to-season, yet up from last season’s finales. So, really, you could say they are even for the night. Their new drama, Betrayal, however is a disappointment. Low ratings. Does ABC have anything ready to replace Betrayal though? They’re already definitely going to cancel the much lower rated Lucky 7 (an almost certainty), can they afford to axe two shows?

CBS has a nice strong lineup of returning shows, all performing well. FOX’s shows are ...

'Homeland' 3.2: Sneak Preview Review

10/2/2013 4:24pm EDT
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Just saw Homeland 3.2, to be aired this Sunday, courtesy of a screener provided by Showtime. Herewith a review, with some spoilers.

The main theme, as far as the central story goes, is Saul's continuing lack of support aka betrayal of Carrie. Saul insists to everyone who questions him about this - Carrie's family and Quinn - that he has something bigger in mind, and he's doing this to protect Carrie.

But it's hard to see how that would work. Carrie's being locked up against her will, prevented from pursuing her drug-free approach which seemed to be working, doesn't ring true as a way of h...

'Homeland' Returns With Lots Of Action And Surprises

9/30/2013 9:45am EDT
I just watched the first episode of the new season - #3 - of Homeland, courtesy of a screener from Showtime. Here is a review, with some spoilers.

The action starts some two months after the deadly attack that took out the CIA and 219 people, including Counterterrorism Director David Estes. He's been replaced by Saul - which might seem like a good thing, because he has implicit faith in Carrie, and is smarter than Estes. In fact, Saul's the smartest non-bipolar thinker on the show.  But he's subject to incredible pressure when he makes decisions, even though he strives mightily to do the r...

'Homeland' Returns: Season 3, 'Simpsons' Parody, Blu-Ray

9/29/2013 12:14pm EDT
This is a huge week if you're a Homeland fan. Not only does Season 3 launch tonight, but The Simpsons kicks off its 25th season with a parody of the hit Showtime series, and Season 2 has already arrived on Blu-Ray in spectacular form.

Season 3 resumes the action two months after Season 2's attack on Langley, with the CIA simultaneously targeting the responsible parties and still searching for the fugitive Brody (Damian Lewis). Saul (Mandy Patinkin), as the acting director of the Agency, finds himself in hot water when a Senate investigation into CIA practices is launched. And Carrie (Clair...

2013 Emmy Awards Predictions: Who Are The Favorites To Win?

9/20/2013 8:48pm EDT
2013 Emmy Awards Predictions

It’s been a while since we’ve had such a wild card Emmy season. Last year, Homeland was all but a lock in each of its major categories, but after a shaky second season, some strong competition from other long-running shows, and a buzzworthy new Netflix series, things are really up in the air pretty much all over the place. Still, I’ll do my best to make some predictions in the big categories. Just remember: This year, pretty much anything goes.

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

While I’d love to see Game of Thrones’ confident t...

'Homeland' Season 3: Five Spoilers You Need To Know

9/6/2013 3:39pm EDT
Fans are eagerly waiting for the next riveting season of "Homeland" on Showtime, which will focus on the aftermath of the terror attack at Langley and prompt a massive manhunt for Nick Brody (Damian Lewis).

According to the network, "As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts."

Spoiler #1: At the start of season three, Carrie and Saul will be on trial, testifying for th...