The Homeland premiere captures the uncertain, unsteady mood of the nation, without any especially perceptive pieces of headline-ripping. ... Despite some outsized acting and the large implications of Keane's actions, on a narrative level the Homeland premiere is decidedly small.
As the light of democracy dims, Carrie has become more manic (understandable), and Saul more resolute. The world has turned upside down, and only they can set it right. We know they’ll eventually save the presidency, hopefully the president, too. We know real news will eventually prevail over O’Keefe’s incendiary fake variety. We know all this, but we also suspect the ride would be a lot more fun if Peter was along for it.
Fans will be happy that this involves the resurfacing of Carrie’s spycraft, and it’s a pleasure in the season premiere to watch her pulling her gear out of hiding, or duck into a hotel room and put on a disguise--it’s like she’s getting back into her own skin. On the downside, it also means that she’s back to willfully endangering the people in her life, a trait that could be seen as a complexity of character but has always registered as an unpleasant distraction.
Apart from the very annoying Claire Danes and the French ouble agent, all the other acting is pretty good. Patakin is really great. The pace of the series and the credibility of the plot is also superior to the last few seasons. Not bad. The show is underrated at this point
Seven seasons in, Homeland has already lost its original authenticity but simply a 24-like spy show with bipolar Carrie Mathieson's lone wolf rampage against a president who is paranoid by an assassination plot that is ill-planned and unnecessary in the first place. It seems like the writers of the show does not have creative ideas anymore to make the show look politically important rather than mere entertainment.