Good news about the new sea­son of ‘Home­land’

Jerusalem Post - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - • By HAN­NAH BROWN (Reuters)

Car­rie Mathi­son (Claire Danes), ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite bipo­lar for­mer CIA agent, is back on the sev­enth sea­son of Home­land, and the good news is that this first episode has brought back ev­ery­thing that made the show a suc­cess.

Af­ter a lack­lus­ter sixth sea­son that fo­cused on the as­cen­sion of a sin­gu­larly col­or­less char­ac­ter as the new Amer­i­can pres­i­dent (El­iz­a­beth Mar­vel) and the hor­ri­bly maimed Pe­ter Quinn (Ru­pert Friend) and his in­evitable down­ward spi­ral, sea­son seven looks as if it will be about Car­rie and ev­ery­thing that makes her so mem­o­rable: her brav­ery, her ded­i­ca­tion and, on oc­ca­sion, her crazi­ness. And when Car­rie gets wound up, there’s enor­mous sus­pense to see what she will do next.

In the af­ter­math of the armed at­tack against Pres­i­dent Keane at the end of the last sea­son, there has been a sus­pen­sion of civil lib­er­ties in the US as she has tried to find and pun­ish the con­spir­a­tors. Car­rie is back liv­ing with her sis­ter, while Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is in fed­eral prison, caught up in Pres­i­dent Keane’s sweep.

For the first time in many sea­sons, Car­rie dons a dis­guise as she tries to per­suade a for­mer col­league from Kabul to tes­tify be­fore a se­nate panel about the pres­i­dent’s abuse of power. Max (Maury Ster­ling), one half of Car­rie’s per­sonal rogue sur­veil­lance team, is back, plant­ing cam­eras in the home of the pres­i­dent’s right-hand man (Li­nus Roche).

There’s a sub­plot about a rightwing talk show host on the run who is a sav­age critic of the pres­i­dent and who ex­pects to get ar­rested at any mo­ment, but what is great here is see­ing Car­rie be Car­rie again. There is a nice ar­gu­ment she has with her long-suf­fer­ing sis­ter, Mag­gie (Amy Har­g­reaves). Mag­gie can be for­given for say­ing, “There’s a vast gov­ern­ment ‘HOME­LAND’ STAR Claire Danes ac­cepts the award for fa­vorite pre­mium ca­ble TV show with co-stars Mandy Patinkin (left) and F. Mur­ray Abra­ham at the Peo­ple’s Choice Awards 2016 in Los An­ge­les. con­spir­acy and you’re the only one who can bring it to light, I know,” to which Car­rie replies, “I’m on my meds.”

Now you can re­turn to that spot on the edge of your seat where we all used to sit when watch­ing the show.

Home­land can be seen on YES VOD and on YES Edge on Mon­days at 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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