Although this Season 1 BluRay first episode, scene 1 was startling and awkward, it laid the way for and was indicative of the jarring, off-centering story line that followed through the entire season.
British actor, Damian Lewis, who played Nicolas Brody, a US Marine Sergeant, rescued by Delta Force, had to develop and use an American accent to play his part. He never slipped in any of his American-English pronunciation and was totally believable as his character and carried out his military behavior to a T. His character development and story line was also totally believable.
Claire Danes’ character, Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer, was often pitted against but often with Many Patinkin’s character, Saul Berenson, a CIA ME Division Chief. The dialog between these 2 was a joy to watch. The back-forth between these 2 was in great repartee – sometimes in the manner of a superior; other times in the manner of an older person to one that is younger; and yet other times as friend-to-friend.
Brody’s behavior with his wife, Jessica (played by Brazilian actress Morena Baccarin, who like Lewis had no trace of anything other than an American accent), was understandably fraught with problems. These problems were painfully being worked on by both characters for the sake of keeping the family unit in tact. There were many layers that Jessica had to get Brody to reconstruct in his behavior, and there were some that she tried to get him to deconstruct, so that she could better understand the person that he had now become.
Diego Klattenhoff, as Mike Faber, was a Marine Corps Captain and Brody’s best friend. He, like Brody, kept a secret.
I have to admit that episode 1 was so gripping that we had to fight hard not to binge-watch the entire season at one time. Even after watching individual episodes, we needed to digest what we had seen and decompress.
To help us do that, we developed a strategy to continue with keeping up a driving storyline with another series. That was House of Cards (HOC), also season 1. This worked for us. After watching an episode of Homeland, we could keep up the same interest and pace with an episode of HOC. At the end of the 2 hours, it was if we had seen a film, and we felt OK about not binging, but we could take the time to discuss both. We also made a ritual of doing this only 1 night per week.
This spell-binding series seemed to have had its script almost lifted from the international news, and kept us glued to the next 3 seasons. I think that we are due for even more current seasons!
This is exactly the sort of series that is worthy of discussing with friends who also watch it.
This is an outstanding series. Season 1 was rated as the 2nd-best TV show in 2011.