Friday, October 28, 2011

Recommended Show: Homeland

If you know Damien Lewis from his character Richard Winters from Band of Brothers, then you know he's an amazing actor.  I personally love the guy in all of his work.

So when I heard that he stars in a Showtime series as a former marine POW turned Al-Qaida terrorist, I was immediately hooked.

I get the feeling that some of my more conservative readers may not like the show, but I strongly urge you to give it a shot.  It's very well scripted, even better acted, and it constantly keeps you on edge.  From the moment his character arrives home after nearly 10 years of "captivity," you don't know what to expect from him, and that's fairly intense.

The show is only four episodes in, but it's looking like it will be a doosie.  I'm also a sucker for stories like this, the sort of fallen man thing where we're led to try to sympathize with the tragic character.  You want him to be good, because you can sense that deep down he's a good and honorable man, so you can't help but keep asking yourself "how did they turn him?  Where did it all go wrong?"

Watch with an open mind.  It's not trying to push any agendas, it's just portraying the contours of life and the complexity of what we call ethics and morality.

Homeland airs Sundays at 10 pm, after Dexter, on Showtime.

3 comments:

Harrison said...

Thus far a good show but, of course, the "bad guy" is white and the tireless investigator whom nobody believes is a blonde. And they already showed us in the beginning that he IS a bad guy.

Jack Camwell said...

Well, him being white makes it all twisty.

Although the entire premise is built around him being a terrorist, there's still a lot of mystery surrounding the whole thing.

For example, how exactly did they get him to turn? Why did he eventually give in?

What's he going to do?

How does he feel about his family?

Does he at all feel conflicted about what he's going to do?

Harrison said...

Very Lifetime, Jack!