Homeland Renewed for Season 3, “New Car Smell” Reviewed

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It’s official! Homeland, Showtime’s powerhouse of a twelve-episode show had been officially renewed for a third season after a slew of Emmy wins and consistently stellar ratings. Last night’s (Oct. 21) episode “New Car Smell” blew audiences away with the last five minutes and makes us wonder if Brody’s (Damian Lewis) storyline will continue after Season 2′s final episode.

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Homeland “New Car Smell”

“The Emmy wins for Homeland have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. “The writers, cast and crew of  Homeland continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week.  We can’t wait for our viewers to experience what unfolds through the rest of season two.  Our partners at Fox 21 have been tremendous, and we are thrilled to begin the planning for Homeland‘s third season.”

If you’re not watching, trust me, you need to marathon this show. I have yet to recommend this show to anyone who didn’t come back and yell something like, “Oh my gosh, this show is incredible! I couldn’t stop watching!” My own parents were up until 2 am after watching Season 1. “New Car Smell” may have moved along slowly as it began, but it took such a turn! Spoilers ahead, so be warned.

Things are starting to fall apart very quickly for Brody. His wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) has had enough after he left her alone to make a speech in front of two hundred people while he was busy killing people in the woods. She confronts him with a demand for the truth, telling him to get out if he can’t. He packs a bag. I have to say, this is the first time I’ve actually really liked Jessica. Everyone in this show is sympathetic whether you feel good about feeling that way or not, and sometimes it’s hard to know who you’re rooting for, but this time it was her. Jessica has had an excuse for her bad behavior in the past, but it’s time she started dealing with things in a different way. I think she grew up this week.

Everyone in this show is sympathetic whether you feel good about feeling that way or not, and sometimes it’s hard to know who you’re rooting for.

Dana (Morgan Saylor), the conscious of the show gave her dad attitude for embarrassing her mother. This is the first time we’ve seen that, and it threw Brody for a loop. As he runs off feeling like he hasn’t a friend in the world, Dana is growing up too. She’s realized that her old boyfriend and doing drugs aren’t making her feel any better and she runs right into the arms of the Vice President’s son. She stops the kiss (that is one responsible teenager!) and says she won’t go further until she breaks up with her boyfriend. It’s hard to do the right thing, especially for someone so young, but she’s trying. She also speaks truth to power (which she’s been doing with her parents) in a way only a young person who isn’t living with the fear of consequences can do. She tells off the VP, for Pete’s sake! Anyone else totally love her?

And now the big stuff. First of all, has it occurred to anyone else that the people with the most damage in this show are the ones who see the most truth? Lauder (Marc Menchaca) is a drunk, but knows something is wrong with Brody. Carrie is a mess in so many ways, but she sees Brody for what he is (and falls in love with him anyway). She obviously doesn’t have the best taste in men. She meets Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend), a CIA operative who is just awful to her, and the flirting begins. I think Carrie is so damaged that she doesn’t feel she deserves anyone who cares about her. She gravitates towards people who are so beyond wrong for her (married Estes, terrorist Brody, obnoxious Peter) so she can concentrate on her job and continue to feel bad about herself.

Quinn aside, Carrie’s relationship with Brody is a huge factor in his capture. After she begins the ruse that she’s back at the CIA, he calls her to feel her out about whether or not she knows anything about him. She realized she’s been made at the bar when her anger at what he did to ruin her life bubbles through. She confronts him in his hotel room, knowing the CIA is on the way and takes him down before the big fish can swim away. Of course she’s terrified that he’s going to slip through her fingers and she’ll no longer be useful to the CIA. For Carrie, her job is everything. Even her love for Brody, which she admits can’t make her stray from her duty.

The last five minutes blew me away! This is one of those shows that cause people to yell at the television. (And possibly throw popcorn, which I’m still cleaning up.) It also makes me wonder if Brody’s storyline will continue after this season, as I said. I’m guessing that they put him back in his place and promise him immunity if he helps them take down the head of the snake. I just don’t see how this could go on long term. Do you guys have thoughts on that? If you want to hear more, check out my AfterBuzz TV Homeland after show below, where we get really in depth. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for the Season 3 pick up!

 

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