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“Homeland”: Season Two off to Emmy-worthy start

Melissa Hayer Published: September 27, 2012
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as Nicholas "Nick" Brody in Homeland (Season 2, gallery) - Photo: Nadav Kander/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: homeland_gal_S2_PR01_COLUMN_4C_300
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as Nicholas "Nick" Brody in Homeland (Season 2, gallery) - Photo: Nadav Kander/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: homeland_gal_S2_PR01_COLUMN_4C_300

 

With Emmy Award wins Sunday night for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress (Claire Danes), Outstanding Lead Actor (Damian Lewis) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff ), “Homeland” is getting its second season off to a great start.

In the series, Danes plays Carrie Mathison, an extremely skilled and intelligent CIA officer who ended the first season losing her battle with bi-polar disorder and being let go from the government agency.

Lewis portrays Nicholas Brody, a rescued U.S. soldier who was missing and presumed dead for several years – and someone Carrie believes may have been turned into an Al-Qaeda  terrorist.

As the second season begins, Carrie is asked to assist the CIA with the one-time assignment of speaking with one of her former assets claiming to have information that she’ll only share with Carrie.

She is given this offer despite the fact she’s just getting back on her feet and into a peaceful mode after undergoing Electroconvulsive Therapy.

Meanwhile, Brody is a freshman Congressman put on the spot with demands he doesn’t seem to want to comply with while dealing with issues at home. His wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) has also become enchanted with their rising position in society.

The Emmy honors are well-deserved for this series, as it is consistently gripping, intense and suspenseful.

It’s also appealing because it’s different from anything else on television right now and its story line is so relevant for these precarious times we live in.

If you haven’t had the chance to catch “Homeland” yet, Showtime is airing a Season One marathon beginning at 11 a.m. and running through 11:30 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 29 before Season Two premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

Watch “Homeland” -  I’m betting you’ll be on the edge of your seat.

– Melissa Hayer

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