Dear Homeland

HOMELAND (Season 2)

Dear Homeland,

I hope this letter finds you well. I began writing this after the second episode, but then I thought I was jumping the gun and being a bit too harsh. I thought that it wasn’t fair to judge a show so quickly that has such a strong history.

However, after watching episode three, I can’t hold back anymore.

Homeland… you know when you’re reading a book and you catch yourself zoning out? Then, you have to go back and find the part that you last remember? That happened THREE times to me during Homeland on Sunday. THREE TIMES! How many times have I had that happen during a TV show before? ZERO—and for what it’s worth, it’s not like I watch TV once a week. One time when I was rewinding the show, I realized that the last part I remembered was Carrie building a house out of popsicle sticks in the psych ward. Yes, THAT was a “memorable moment” of last night’s show. A show that once had its viewers squeezing the couch as the main character was escaping burning buildings now has this same character building miniature houses out of popsicle sticks.

Homeland, it’s as if no one told you that your show started three weeks ago. After three weeks, I feel like I’m watching the part of a show that happens in between seasons that isn’t supposed to be filmed or seen.

Homeland, why wasn’t Brody, the second highest-billed actor on the show, anywhere to be found during the first two episodes? Not to mention, you left us with an entire episode about Dana, his daughter. No one cares about Dana. We don’t tune in each week to watch her walk around in oversized, hooded t-shirts while not making eye contact with anyone she’s speaking to. Please, please don’t tell me that you are trying to usher her into the Kim Bauer role. She can’t compete with anyone related to Jack Bauer. None of us can.


Also, Homeland, when are you going to apologize to the show that follows you on Showtime? After the credits of each snoozefest of a Homeland episode this year, the voice of Showtime says, “Like the heart pounding drama of Homeland? Then stay tuned for…” I laughed when I heard that this week. I bet each week that next show is like, “No no no no no, please don’t say it, please don’t say it, ohhh… there goes half our viewers.” It reminds me of the skit that SNL Weekend Update Thursday did in 2008 where John McCain was avoiding George W. Bush’s public endorsement of his campaign.

Finally, Homeland, here’s what we, the viewers, need. We need Brody back in America and out of whatever 5th-world-country he’s currently stuck in. We need no more of the guy with the spider neck tat, or the “doctor” who appears to be SNL’s Ladies Man’s brother. We need Carrie out of the loony bin. We need Saul, Quinn, and Carrie all in the same room working together, because that’s been a winning formula in the past. We need Carrie protecting this country with white wine and crazy pills. Mainly, we need a new threat on America. A threat on America will (or should) bring everyone back together, in DC, or at Langley, and Saul will have his chance to prove he can handle being the new leader. That’s what we need.

Homeland, get back to the basics.


Jeremy Wilson


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