He Said, She Said will be a weekly post brought to you by Joseph Williams and his lovely wife, Palmer. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything though…
Discussing thoughts and feelings about everything under the sun, from TV and film to awards shows and life experiences, they’ll bring a unique perspective on each topic. When they agree, consider it two thumbs up. When they disagree, consider both sides. But don’t write them off as typical-guy and typical-gal points of view. After all, Palmer doesn’t exactly like chick flicks, and Joseph doesn’t get all jacked up to see Transformers 3 at midnight.
Homeland, Season 1
He Said: As someone who followed 24 from its inception with its edited and delayed season premiere after 9/11, I was excited about Homeland. 24 is one of my all-time favorite shows. The first season was an inflection point for television drama, launching the return of serial TV. Although 8 seasons and a TV movie (and, fingers crossed, Jack Bauer on the big screen?!?) provided for some of my favorite TV-viewing ever, its home on network TV amid concept constraints (real-time, 24-episode seasons) provided for some predictability, inconsistency, and loss of nuance/depth as the series progressed. With Homeland, two of the writers from 24 have the opportunity to break out of the constraints of 24 and provide some of the best television drama I have watched in quite some time. Addictive, enthralling, mind-twisting, and with two of the most interesting characters (brilliantly portrayed by Claire Danes and Damien Lewis) on TV right now, the first season of Homeland provides a window into America’s foreign policy over the past decade. And you won’t be able to look away from the family dynamics, political machinations, and psychologically thrilling tale of what can be behind international terrorist threats and what can be done to try to keep America safe and strong.
She Said: Ok, for those of you who like TV but do not have a clue what my husband just said- this review is for you. I have never seen 24, or any other equivalent show, as my general scariness tolerance level is somewhere around CSI: Miami. So when Joseph told me that Homeland was a MUST WATCH for us, I patted him on the head, said yes, and then proceeded to make sure our DVR was filled so that we would never have the time to watch it. However after Joseph decided to switch our cable from Comcast to U-verse (WARNING: do not engage Joseph in a conversation about the brilliance of U-Verse v. the evils of Comcast unless you have a good two hours on your hands), our DVR was wiped out so I had no choice but to submit myself to starting Homeland…And surprisingly I’m very glad I did. Although I spent half of each episode crouched behind my pillow with my heart-beating out of my chest, the show’s twists and turns left me unable to stop at just one episode a night. I love that the storyline is not your average good guy vs. bad guy, but that the show brings depth and reality to the general “greyness” of the issues it tackles. I would say that if you are like me, and are easily stressed during a show, you may enjoy it more (especially if you are near the end of the series) to read a few spoilers beforehand so you know when the jumps are coming. Read more