HOMELAND - Mid Season Report CardNovember 18, 2011


HOMELAND - Mid Season Report Card

Showtime

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: HOMELAND (Showtime).

 

HOMELAND - Mid Season Report Card

By Jean Tait

 

I know, I know. I just wrote about this show last month, but I said I’d be back for more, and I’ve got to tell you: I’m smitten!

 

“Homeland” is definitely the best show

on television this fall!

 



Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison just gets more and more fascinating. Obsessed with her job, is she going too far in her quest to get inside Sgt. Nicholas Brody’s head? Or is it something more than her job? Does she even have a clue what her feelings are or what they mean? Claire Danes and Damien Lewis have sparkling chemistry. The pull of their attraction is visceral, if confusing.

 



Another highlight is seeing the lovely Linda Purl as a steel magnolia representing the Vice President. Her charming smile and steely gaze would intimidate the toughest Pentagon bureaucrat. There is no doubt that her character is a political shark. The possibilities of her leading Brody into a political career are endlessly fascinating.

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NatGeo Channel (VOD Hidden Gem)April 26, 2012


NatGeo Channel (VOD Hidden Gem)

Media savant T Tara Turk goes deep inside cable TV to reveal Video On Demand's Hidden Gems so even the busiest of our readers can get the most out of On Demand TV. Tell Tara what VOD shows you think deserves her attention.

 

NatGeo Channel (VOD Hidden Gem)

By T. Tara Turk

 

My very first memory of watching television aside from Looney Toons and Mighty Mouse goes straight to my addiction for the Leonard Nimoy hosted “In Search Of...” If you weren’t born yet or your parents had you outside, you know, playing, “In Search Of...” was a great show about the mysteries of, well, everything. That was the beauty of it.

A few episodes still stick with me and one of them was the story of cult leader Jim Jones who famously took a bunch of his church followers to Guyana to leave “in peace” if living in peace means stealing life savings, sexually assaulting female churchgoers, mind control and, finally, drinking poison punch. My mother couldn’t get me to drink Kool-Aid ever again after that.

Though “In Search Of...” is gone, it seems like NatGeo is taking over its quest “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before” (I couldn’t resist the Star Trek bit...sorry). While major US problems like the economy, racism, health care and the like make headlines, certain aspects of the changing American culture seem to be often ignored. I’m talking cults, changing religious views and how we as Americans are growing up with a more global impact daily.

With that “I Escaped A Cult” on NatGeo has picked up right where my Kool-Aid fear has left off. The show is much like it’s “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” series but this time it explores people who have managed to escaped cults. You’re probably wondering, like me, if these things still exist but they indeed are still around and doing just as much damage.

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HOMELAND Season 4 - Her Without HimOctober 11, 2014


HOMELAND Season 4 - Her Without Him

Homeland (SHO)

On Demand Weekly provides new reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review:"Homeland" Season 4 (Showtime).

Seasons 2 and 3 of Homeland both started with Carrie in full lock-down psychiatric treatment. It would not have been surprising for Season 4 to start with Carrie in the hospital in full labor, but no, they skipped right over that and plunged us full into Carrie as Kabul Station Chief.

Carrie is already straining against the leash of her security team and wants to get out into the streets, but her staff is understandably not too happy with the attention an un-head-covered blonde walking around in a pant suit attracts. Back at her headquarters, Sandy (a buffed up Corey Stoll) is urging a hurried drone hit due to his never-been-wrong-before source. Carrie ok’s the hit, which of course kills numerous civilians and gets the ball rolling for Season 4’s Brody-free plot.

 



So how is our girl Carrie? She seems much stronger: confident and in charge. We see her taking her meds, although she is washing them down with Chardonnay, and needs a mouthguard, eyeshade and ear plugs to sleep. Yet when she successfully eludes her security team, we get to see The Smile for which Season 2’s first episode was named. That wonderful smile that Carrie just can’t contain when she is particularly pleased with herself.

Actually, we get to see that smile with some frequency this season (at least through the first 3 episodes). Carrie is feeling on top of her game, even when she screws up, she manipulates her way back into control. She even rather heartlessly uses Saul and Quinn’s love for her to get what she wants. I smell a big smackdown coming her way.

 

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