Homeland makes its triumphant return after winning six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress for Claire Danes, Outstanding Lead Actor for Damian Lewis and Outstanding Drama Series. Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Lewis) is now a U.S. congressman, and former CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Danes) has returned to civilian life. But when a new and potentially devastating terrorist threat emerges, Brody and Carrie's lives become intertwined once again and they resume their delicate dance of suspicion, deceit and desire. Delve deeper into the edge-of-your-seat excitement with the thrilling second season of this "unmissable and gloriously suspenseful" (USA Today) hit show.
Homeland returns to home video with this three-disc, 12-episode set from its second season. That brings with it certain guarantees: Bombs will blow. Terrorists will terrify. Threats of global proportions will be confronted. Angst will be felt. And, oh yes, sharks will be jumped. As the season begins, the world is in turmoil, as Israel has launched several attacks against Iran. Agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes, a two-time Emmy winner in the role) isn't working for the CIA, as the events of the previous season led to an emotional breakdown, "electroconvulsive" therapy, and a belief that the guy who caused all of her problems, former prisoner of war-turned-hero (and Carrie's erstwhile lover) Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), is not in fact the terrorist convert she thought he was. But we know better. Indeed, Brody has managed to parlay his hero status into a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, the better to help carry out the nefarious designs of the bin Laden-esque terrorist Abu Nazir, who brainwashed Brody while he was a captive. Nazir's planning something, something big, and when an informant who might know what it is refuses to talk to anyone except Carrie, she's right back in the game, ready or not. What's more, we're only a third of the way through the season when Brody's cover is blown and he's taken into custody. That's when the real cat-and-mouse games begin. A somewhat reluctant terrorist in the first place (he backed out of a suicide bombing mission in the first season), will Brody come to his senses and help his country defeat the bad guys? Will his beleaguered wife (Morena Baccarin) and kids ever trust him again? Will he and Carrie reignite their relationship? And what of the budding romance between Brody's daughter Dana and the son of the vice president, who'd been considering naming Brody as his running mate in the next presidential election? Sure, Brody calling his wife while in the midst of murdering some poor sucker in the Pennsylvania woods, or managing to text Nazir while in a top-secret security meeting, warning the terrorist that he's about to be assassinated, are scenes that strain credulity, to put it mildly. But who cares? The very preposterousness of some of this show's storylines and relationships is what makes it so addictive and entertaining--with at least a couple more seasons in the offing, there are many more twists and turns to come. --Sam Graham