Homeland Season 4 Blu-ray Review
The fourth season of “Homeland” is arguably the best.
In the 12 episode fourth season of “Homeland”, Carrie finds herself back in Afghanistan as a CIA station chief. We quickly discover that she and her team are searching for a dangerous terrorist target by the name of Haissam Haqqani. Believing they know his location, Carrie orders an air strike on his alleged location. This is when things go completely awry for Carrie and company. Not only was Haissam not at that location, but the site was actually for a wedding. Naturally, this horrible mistake has grave consequences and becomes a PR nightmare.
As the season progresses, Carrie becomes interested in an air strike survivor/college student (Aayan) who may help her in finding Hassaim. This sets the stage for a series of events that become increasingly worse for Carrie, Max, Fara, Quinn, Saul, and company. Without giving away too much, expect to see plots about a traitor leaking vital information, Haqqani outwitting CIA operatives, Saul being kidnapped, the U.S. embassy under siege, a tragic character death, and, well, changes for virtually every major character.
After the disappointing third season that nearly broke the show, season 4 thankfully bounced back in a big way. The season brought back the intensity, escalating situations, and thrilling edge of the seat entertainment that the first 2 seasons offered. More than that, however, “Homeland” was refreshingly unpredictable this season. Between the uncertain fates of several characters and the multiple crisis (being vague here), this season had viewers pondering what will happen next.
Now, there is one complaint many folks have had about season 4 and that is with the season finale “Long Time Coming.” The episode received major criticisms for being dull, but after all of the chaos viewers have endured, this felt like a nice comedown episode to me. On top of that, it was a proper character driven set-up for season 5. Personally, I don’t get all the hate for it, but I can understand viewers being upset with the fact that it lacked the drama of the season’s previous riveting episodes.
Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Uber sharp.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a lively DTS track (especially during action heavy moments).
* Fox trailers.
* 11 minutes of deleted scenes from various episodes.
* Character profiles for Peter Quinn, Aasar Khan, and Fara Sherazi.
* “From Script To Screen”- 3 segments in which writers and producers discuss characters, pivotal scenes, plots, etc.
Overall Thoughts: If you have yet to see season 4 of “Homeland,” pick up this set and catch up before season 5 airs Oct. 4, 2015.
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