Claire Danes is back in the second season of last year’s hit show ‘Homeland’ in which she plays the part of a psychologically unstable, pill-addicted, CIA intelligence officer Carrie Mathison whose self-assigned mission is to prove her own ‘intel’ over a recently freed American prisoner of war Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis, as been turned and is a sleeper fighting for the enemy.
Season 1 of Homeland had everything a political-espionage-psychological drama has to offer. The show’s 1st season was good enough to receive 9 Emmy nominations and that may only have raised expectations that were already high even higher for next season. Season 1 got us accustomed to rational villains able to do anything and to outwit U.S. intelligence and U.S. civil servants waltzing between political demands from higher echelons and complex tactical problems on the ground. If we are to judge by the trailer released on youtube, Season 2 should be a psychological showdown of the first order.
But beside the great acting and incredible story-line, ‘Homeland’ seems to be part of a new trend of smart, complex, based on current geopolitical issues scenarios that inspires American political fiction.
In my previous post I mentioned what is an example of such trend in HBO’s ‘John Adams.’ The show has being able to depict the American Founding Fathers as realistically flawed beings in difficult times, yet as heroes that inspired patriotism and pride.
We all remember ‘The West Wing,’ the political drama that, perhaps, has defined greatly what political dramas should be and forced us to look at politics for what it is instead of the ideal we want it to be.
Even characters like Jack Bauer( Kiefer Sutherland), from 9 years hit show ’24′, transformed from this great national hero and defender of the nation into a drug addict, giving depth to the character and displaying a dichotomy between the hero and a flawed man.
Claire Danes has come a long way from playing Juliet alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in the modern adaption of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Now we get to enjoy her acting alongside a solid group of actors such as David Harewood and Mandy Patinkin in what is surely the drama to watch this fall starting September 30 on Showtime.
- WATCH: Chilling ‘Homeland’ Season 2 Trailer (huffingtonpost.com)