MOOD OF THE WEEK #24: HOMELAND

Whenever we tell people who haven't seen Homeland how much we love it, saying it's an amazing drama/thriller about the CIA, we can't help but notice some surprised looks. But the show, starring the lovely Claire Danes, is so much more than that.

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 Sure, it shares the same basic premise as 24, where CIA agents fight terrorists at home and abroad, and it's absolutely thrilling. But the show is really a meditation on the human condition, where seemingly real people with fully-fledged out lives and back stories grapple with the complexities of life. Claire Danes's character is constantly fighting herself for mental stability as hard as she has to fight terrorists and her own superiors in the CIA, while the lines between good and evil are constantly blurred and redrawn out of confusion, desperation, and love. Last week Claire Danes won a well-deserved second consecutive Primetime Emmy for Best Actress (congratulations, Claire!!), and season 3 of Homeland premiered in the US last Sunday, so if you haven't seen it yet, get caught up in time for next Sunday's new episode!