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Homeland Season 2 Blu-ray Review

Homeland Season 2 Blu-ray

The second season of “Homeland” is on par with the first season.

The 12 episode second season of “Homeland” picks up where season 1 left off. Carrie, who is now out of the CIA and recooperating from her electroshock therapy, is abruptly called back into action via an informant who will only speak to her. The informant claims to have vital information about a possible attack and the location of the wanted terrorist Abu Nazir. This, of course, leads Carrie to be temporarily assigned to a mission to travel to Lebanon to capture Abu Nazir. Meanwhile, Nicholas Brody (who is now a Congressman) is being groomed as a potential running for the Vice President all while still acting under orders from Abu Nazir and his follower Roya. Brody is also trying to evade the CIA who are hot on his trial. Other key subplots throughout the season involve Brody’s daughter Dana getting involved in a tragic accident, Peter Quinn (a dedicated CIA analyst), an alleged attack on the horizon, and game changing character deaths.  

Going into season 2, I thought the writing staff might have written themselves into a corner. To this day, I’m uncertain about the longevity of this series as it feels like

certain events or character arcs are resolved too soon (I’m being purposely vague here). With that said, however, one thing is for something- I will be on the edge of my seat to find out what happens next with each and every episode.

If you thought season 1 was intense, season 2 goes above and beyond expectations by being equally (if not more) intense. Yes, the show might get a bit far fetched in places, but the show never ceases to be enthralling. One of the most rewarding aspects of “Homeland” is not knowing where the show will go next. Sure, you can predict certain outcomes, but the fate of the characters and the direction of the show is always in flux (as evidenced by episodes 11 and 12).

Much like “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland” is an acting powerhouse. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, and an unrecognizable Mandy Patinkin all give bold and brave performances that have justifiably earned them acclaim (and in some cases awards). As good as the writing is, it is the cast that makes the show come to life.

Video/Audio:

The gritty, up close and personal cinematography has never looked better than it does via this 1.78:1 1080p Blu-ray presentation. Likewise, the 5.1 DTS-HD MA makes the show sound better than ever. I have absolutely no complaints with the video and audio departments.

Extras:
* Roughly 5 ½ minutes of deleted scenes total.
* “The Border: A Prologue To Season 3”- A brief, but important piece involving Brody.
* “Returning To Homeland: Filming In Israel”- The title says it all.
* “The Choice: The Making Of The Season Finale”- A 15 minute extra about the eventful and perplexing season finale that will have viewers wondering what will happen in season 3.
* “A Super 8 Film Diary By Damian Lewis”- Lewis narrates this collection of Super 8 footage he took on set.
* “Homeland,” FX, and Fox trailers.

Summary: Simply put, “Homeland” is one of the best shows on television. I can’t wait for season 3 to start September 29th.

September 24, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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