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Well conceived. The first five seasons of Homeland are outstanding--thoughtful and patient writing, excellent acting, characters with depth. As good as television gets.
Not the same. Could Carrie be more cold hearted?? I dont think she has a heart at all. Im disappointed
One of the worse seasons so far!!!
One of the best shows!
Season 4 of the spy drama begins with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) working as the CIA Chief of Station in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she receives an urgent intelligence report from her counterpart in Islamabad on the whereabouts of terrorist Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar) in Pakistan. Carrie orders an assault against him, but her actions result in the deaths of 40 civilians attending a wedding at the same location. Consequently, CIA director Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) recalls her back to the US. However, a major scandal casts shadows over Lockharts actions. Meanwhile, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) struggles to adjust to life in the private sector; and Carrie learns that Haqqani may have survived the initial attack, which could lead to deadly consequences for everyone involved. (Rotten Tomatoes)
* Major Spoilers From Previous Seasons Ahead*
Season Four of Homeland has hit a reset of sorts following the extraordinary departure of Nick Brody from the story-line. That decision was made probably at the right time as the show needed to move on from the Carrie-Nick tango which has lost some of the intensity that we saw in the opening two seasons. This season shows that the writers are prepared to move forward with the focus solely on Carrie and it is refreshing and boy does it pay off!
Homeland is fearlessly brave in its conducting of Carries bipolar, and now it goes even further as Carrie struggles with motherhood, being off her meds and trying to control the effects of a drone strike that is the centrepoint for storylines that come into play in this season. Carrie is now in charge of missions while in the Middle East, and she finds herself at the heart of an incident that threatens to undo US-Pakistani relations and she also has to prevent the resurgence of Islamist terror groups gaining more power.
Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn, takes over the mantle as the new male lead, and he and Carrie are refreshingly just colleagues. Quinn is a tortured lead that is more likeable than Brody ever could be, he has an interesting backstory, motives and is unquestionably loyal to Carrie and CIA, although the loyalties between the two are sometimes different.
The fact that the story begins with an innocent victim of a drone strike and seeing the horror from his perspective humanizes the violence and destruction from the ground level of these missile strikes the U.S. carries out in the Middle East. These are the people living their lives in the shadow of American might and Taliban/Al-Qaeda/ISIS terror, and while it might be easy to paint them all the same way with a wide brush of anti-Western sentiment, they are as varied in their thoughts and geopolitical stances as we are.
Homeland is about international intrigue and espionage, and Season Four firmly puts that as its central objective. The season is well paced and quickens up as the impending confrontation becomes more and more inevitable, with some brilliant acting performances all round, Homeland produces yet another fantastic season that is fats making it my favourite TV show.
Best season in the series
Had some good twists and continued excellence.
(Warning: this review will include spoilers from earlier seasons of Homeland).
Coming into this fourth season of Homeland, my expectations really couldn't have been any lower. After a rollercoaster third season where the finale really felt like a series finale rather than a season finale, I didn't know what to expect from a show that seemed like it was starting back from square one. After a few episodes of finding its way, however, this season really kicks into high gear and proves that (though rare) a show can sometimes re-invent itself on the fly.
For a basic plot summary (only minor spoilers here), this season begins with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) trying to come to terms with the absence of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), what with the daughter she now has that is his. She decides to run from that particular responsibility by taking an assignment overseas in Islamabad, where she investigates a terrorist bombing. A young man named Aayan Ibrahim (Suraj Sharma) is the best asset to solving that mystery, but that investigation leads down a completely new path involving figures of the foreign government, a restless Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), and a Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) who is about as unstable as the mission itself.
The first few episodes of this season are truly pretty bad. Just a couple of episodes in, I almost questioned whether I wanted to continue with this show. It was that much of a struggle for me to get through. The absence of Brody is glaring, and the writers don't quite seem to know yet how to move on. Even when Carrie arrives in Islamabad and begins an investigation, the show seems like just another run-of-the-mill procedural drama.
But then, about 4-5 episodes in, a few events transpire that really set the action into motion. I don't want to spoil everything, but suffice it to say that there is a scene with Damien Lewis, as well as a shocking event that will completely change the direction the show takes. From there, the show kicks into high gear and I couldn't wait for each Sunday night.
Basically, what happened in this fourth season of Homeland was that the show was able to completely re-invent itself on the fly. For the first two seasons, the show is an intense character drama revolving around Carrie & Brody, with the political landscape of international terrorism in the background. That arc stutter-steps to a close in the third season, and the door is slammed shut when Brody is hanging from a rope in the finale. What happens in this fourth season, though, is that the political drama comes from and center while the characters slide to the background just a bit. Not to say that there isn't intense character drama at times, but the "front lines" of the war on terrorism are showcased more during this campaign.
One HUGE reason why this season impressed me so much, specifically, was the growth of Peter Quinn's character. Carrie & Saul are such good characters that they practically write themselves, but Quinn was a breath of fresh air into the character storylines.
Overall, then, I was very surprised that I enjoyed this season as much as I did. I even thoroughly enjoyed a rather strange finale that many viewers did not like, but to me really set up the stage for a Season Five that could potentially be just as interesting as this one. Bottom line: I came into Season Four expecting absolutely nothing. I came out with my interest in Homeland totally revived.
A massive improvement over Season 3.
This review is mostly a tale of disappointment. I had high hopes for season 4, and nearly all were were nothing.
First of all, this season was a big let-down. After 3 interesting years of filming and production, some more than others, I had high hopes. But the story's focus was changed far too drastically, and after the incredible, exciting, and for some obviously sad ending of season 3, there were certain expectations.
Much like the star character, Carrie, the series was all over the place this time, and I was ready to stop watching. However, parts of the plot did speak to my curiosity.
The show that once rose to the occasion of being bigger and better than it's origin, now became just that. Raw and underdeveloped. But I found myself forgetting the parts about Pakistan, days after watching it. On the other hand, I remembered Brody's story for months after watching it.
This season is badly written, and the actors play a big part in saving it. The relative success can be attributed to the cast in general, and the stars in particular.
Danes and Patinkin help keep the story alive, and finally drive it home. The last episodes were far more interesting than the early ones, and in the last third of the season, the show came to make some sense again. At times, it became so realistic it was no longer entertaining. As a person who knows a thing or two about the intelligence community, I was bored. And then I was not. Patinkin and Danes kept me watching, and I imagine many viewer tuned in for the same reason.
The action packed cliff hangers were nearly gone, replaced with politic themed peaks, not too exciting.
Even with the improvement and exciting finish, this season just barely rose to the simple grade of B, barely enough to draw me in for season five.