Homeland : Season 3

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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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  • Summary: The incident from the end of season two causes major changes for Carrie, Saul, Brody, and his family. New cast members this season include playwright Tracy Letts.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 27, 2013
    100
    Imagine 24 devoting a substantial block of time to exploring the repercussions of one of its attacks, without moving on to the next threat, and you get the idea.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 26, 2013
    91
    Foremost, getting Brody off-screen turns out to be an inspired move. In his absence, there's a new world order, or disorder, with a lot of people left to assemble the pieces, including Saul, Carrie, and most of all, Dana.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Sep 28, 2013
    90
    The show has lost none of its expert knack for building suspense and tossing surprises.
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    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 27, 2013
    75
    The first two episodes of season 3 are reassuringly grounded in believable intrigue. [7 Oct 2013, p.49]
  5. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Oct 2, 2013
    75
    The business of powerful men demonizing a strong, if suffering, heroic woman makes for layered drama. As usual, Danes throws mind, heart, and jittery chin into making Carrie feel real.... For now, Homeland sans Brody feels too safe, too conventional.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 27, 2013
    70
    Homeland has its own rebuilding to do, and while some may miss the faster pace of last season, these are dark times, and the show is better for dealing with that reality in uncompromising terms.
  7. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 20, 2013
    40
    The third season doesn’t just stretch credulity, it tries patience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 38
  2. Negative: 11 out of 38
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    10
    This show just keeps getting better. Season 3 doesn't disappoint at all. Dramatic, surprising and amazing actors and actresses. It's evenThis show just keeps getting better. Season 3 doesn't disappoint at all. Dramatic, surprising and amazing actors and actresses. It's even better than season 1 and season 2. Expand
  2. Sep 29, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Homeland is back! Following the events of the season 2 finale, the show feels different, but it is still great. Claire Danes will win another Emmy and Golden Globe award for her performance in this season. I am interested to see how the Brody storyline will play out once he is back. Expand
  3. Oct 13, 2013
    9
    Season 3 takes it's time to deal with the emotional fallout from the devastating ending of season 2. Despite the slower pace and moreSeason 3 takes it's time to deal with the emotional fallout from the devastating ending of season 2. Despite the slower pace and more interpersonal bend, this represents a show attempting to confront the atrocities of aftermath (other shows do it better, such as Top of the Lake, and Rectify) instead of continually denying the pains and repercussions of war. So far, my hats off to an action show who shows a little humanity.

    (This review might display extreme bias, I really like this show.)
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  4. Mar 22, 2016
    6
    Third season begins seeking to right itself after the second's maddening narrative turns

    Few programs have experienced the explosive
    Third season begins seeking to right itself after the second's maddening narrative turns

    Few programs have experienced the explosive trajectory of “Homeland,” an Emmy winner for its first season before vaulting headlong into its second, wildly veering off course and, almost literally, blowing the whole thing up in the season finale. The third flight thus finds the series back on somewhat more sober terrain in addressing the fallout from those events, while suffering from big absences initially. Smart, watchable and extremely well cast, “Homeland’s” creative roller-coaster ride ultimately illustrates the gap between a popcorn show like “24” — not a bad option, but more limited — and the tougher-to-execute hairpin turns of a “Breaking Bad.”

    For those who haven’t caught up (and spoilers will only apply to them), the explosion at the CIA has left the world assuming former POW Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis, absent from these initial episodes) is dead, while the CIA agent who hunted and bedded him, Carrie (Claire Danes), must deal with the fallout, including congressional scrutiny regarding how this mess could have happened.

    Carrie’s mentor, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), is also trying to steer an agency decimated and devastated by the blast — eager for both answers and, perhaps less helpfully, revenge.

    Showrunners Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, who adapted the original Israeli series and gave it an electric turbo-boost that made even President Obama a fan, have demonstrated this is a world where very bad things might happen, which is helpful in keeping the audience off balance.

    It’s also a place where alliances and friendships are fungible and moral clarity remains elusive. Although “Homeland” doesn’t traffic in moral equivalency necessarily, it does pointedly drive home the notion that the threat of terrorism has a way of leading those charged with thwarting it into questionable thickets, which generally come with unpalatable tradeoffs and distasteful choices.

    At the same time, the show hasn’t escaped some of the dead ends that arose and became groan-inducing during last year’s uneven ride, most notably the ongoing mini-drama surrounding Brody’s teenage daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor), whose plotline continues to command far more screentime than it merits.

    Danes, by contrast, has made the most of a character whose paranoia is often justified, and Patinkin’s beefed-up presence to start season three (with F. Murray Abraham also hanging around) adds welcome edge and gravitas to the antiterrorism crusade.

    “Homeland” has forged a strong enough bond with most of its audience — and built up enough prestige as Showtime’s first best-series Emmy recipient — that it can probably punch its own ticket, but what initially appeared like one of TV’s finest hours slipped several rungs as it aggressively (and to its credit, fearlessly) chewed through life-and-death scenarios.

    These latest episodes represent a tentative first step toward seeing whether the show can re-ascend to those heights or, conversely, plummet into an abyss of implausibility. Like so much else pertaining to “Homeland,” at this point, it could go either way.
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  5. Jan 26, 2014
    5
    Just started out waaaay to slow. They used the whole season to set up one event. I mean i like the long con and all, but come on. It seemsJust started out waaaay to slow. They used the whole season to set up one event. I mean i like the long con and all, but come on. It seems like they had one good idea for the season and threw a bunch of crap in ther to fill time. I give it a 5 because in the end it really picked up, but i mean really in the END. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2013
    3
    Season three is like watching a balloon slowly deflate. Where's the eminent danger? This season has turned an exciting story line into aSeason three is like watching a balloon slowly deflate. Where's the eminent danger? This season has turned an exciting story line into a melodrama train wreck. How many more Carrie meltdowns are we suppose to endure? Hey writers it's time to catch some bad guys. Get on with it! Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2013
    0
    worst season ever.Carrie's over acting and stupid broedy's daughters psycho love story is really is bitter sweat pill to swallow Writtersworst season ever.Carrie's over acting and stupid broedy's daughters psycho love story is really is bitter sweat pill to swallow Writters were badly exposed since they cant copy anymore due to the unavailability of season 3 of Israel TV show.They tried to add twist and turns in scripts by believing viewers that Carrie worked for Iran but its flopped and damaged the reliability of script and causing majority if fans do dump the show. Expand

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