Homeland – Season Two: There’s the smile and a wee bit of redemption, suspense and a whole lot of genius… TV, oh how I love thee…
The Sunday just gone marked the return of the second season of Homeland(in the UK), staged some six months after the last episode ended and from the onset, Homeland updates you and makes its mark, keeping you just as glued to the TV as the first season, except that this time, it’s even more enthralling and suspenseful. Being a week behind the US, I couldn’t resist the urge to catch the second episode and whilst there are some minor gripes with certain things (let’s just say the Skype call and the positioning of some people as examples), everything else feels spot on, from the revelations to all the sub-plots (the father-daughter relationship my particular favourite), the writing and of course, the acting. Clever, ambitious and above all else, entertaining, Homeland is quite possibly the best show currently on TV and for you to miss it would be a huge mistake!
Image from: Homeland, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here
Breaking Bad has all the elements of an entertaining, grimly funny and ultimately superb tv series thanks to a cast of well scripted and unforgettable characters from Hank, a DEA agent and the brother-in-law to our protagonist, Walt, a chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer turned Meth cook to Gus, a secretive and smart Meth distributer that will keep you coming back for more with their strong performances. From the opening scenes of season one to the final scenes of season four, we watch Walter White’s ‘demise’ that sees his life and that of those around him changing with each decision and dilemma he is faced with, filling us, the viewer, with concern as to what will happen in the next episode thanks to an intelligently written story that is shot with great flair where each character’s story arc is developed with pin-point accuracy as the well thought out plot thickens, leaving us on all manner of cliff hangers. With Walt beginning to lose our sympathy as each season goes by with his ever growing arrogance, ambition and audaciousness, we, along with his wife, begin to question his actions which will culminate in the fifth and final season that is a must watch.