Homeland : 'The Tailor' Sneak Peek (VIDEO)
Roya tasks Brody with a new mission.
Homeland : Bipolarity (VIDEO):
Writer and Consulting Producer Meredith Stiehm discusses writing a bipolar character.
An important part of the reason that HOMELAND resonates with people is the harrowingly realistic portrayal by Claire Danes of Carrie Mathison, a woman afflicted with the oft-misunderstood bipolar disorder. Instead of the 'disease of the week-type' of treatment that viewers are so used to seeing in television drama, Homeland has chosen, with the input of people including Writer and Consulting Producer Meredith Stiehm (see video interview above), to integrate having bipolar disorder as a very important component of what makes Danes' former CIA agent seem authentic and even relatable. I really do think that is part of why audiences have taken to her character so deeply.
I excerpted an article after the jump which further expands upon how "Carrie's" affliction serves to make her character perhaps the most identifiable for many viewers. It all comes down IMO, to the creatives behind the show including Ms. Danes, taking their character's disease very seriously--not glossing over it nor amping it up above what is believable. It works to serve the story in such a compelling & compassionate way.
BTW, Homeland episode 3 is the one that I 'warned' you about. Your mind will be blown. I can't say any more without spoiling it but I will say it is definitely worth watching more than once!
Homeland : 'Wired' Sneak Peek (VIDEO):
Carrie finishes up a report.
Below: Episode 2 Highlights VIDEO:
HOMELAND Episode 203 – “State of Independence” SYNOPSIS:
Written by Alexander Cary
Directed by Lodge Kerrigan
Fresh from her adventures in Beirut, a restless Carrie prepares for what she hopes will be a triumphant return to the CIA. Meanwhile, Brody learns that the Gettysburg bombmaker is on a terrorist watch list and in danger of imminent discovery. With no time to lose, Brody attempts a last-minute exfiltration. And Jessica takes risks of her own as she steps into the political limelight. (Source: Showtime)
Homeland : Dissecting a Scene: Beirut is Back (VIDEO) Interview:
The cast and crew discuss creating the assassination attempt scene.
'Homeland': Spy, Interrupted (Excerpt)
There's a great moment early in the new season of Homeland: Claire Danes as ex-CIA agent Carrie Mathison, back on the team for this one last mission, stalks the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. She spots a shady guy trailing her, hangs up on her boss, tosses the cellphone and executes a clever knee-to-groin takedown of her adversary. Then she breaks into a furtively girlish goofball smile, the first moment of happiness she's had in a long time. For once, she was scared of something that turned out to be real. Just because she's paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get her.
Created by a couple of 24 vets, Homeland might have seemed just like an old-fashioned story: the rogue American superspy who plays by her own rules to save the world from the latest Dr. Evil. She follows her hunches, defies her superiors, ignores the protocols. It might seem a little implausible that she's always right. But it works because it comes down to the story of this woman and her struggle with her sanity.
Danes makes it compelling all by turning on the crazy, with her quivering voice and flinching face muscles. Her main grip on stability is her relationship with her mentor Saul (Mandy Patinkin)... On Homeland, the geopolitical hot-button issues don't always come across as credible, but the psychological and emotional issues do. Here, the terrorist conspiracy is embedded so deeply in the U.S. that only the crazy Americans are patriots. Danes' wild-eyed fragility is the proof that she's for real. She's the only character we can trust because she's constantly about to flip the fuck out.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/homeland-spy-interrupted-20121012#ixzz299zmhhiF