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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

What I liked:

  • Dana’s struggle to come to terms with what Brody was accused of, as well as finding her feet. I loved the relationship between her and her brother Chris. They really have to stand together now after all that has happened.
  • Quinn. Awesome and consistent character, though I feel he was immensely underused in this season.
  • Saul Berensen becoming a more central character. I love Mandy Patinkin’s portrayal of Saul, and it was awesome to see him get more screen time.

homeland season 3 quinn and dar

What I didn’t like: 

  • Right off the bat so we can get it out of the way: Carrie. Again. I don’t think I will ever get over moaning about her. Really. Such a self-centred person. Again, the hysterics and just doing what she wants, always pushing this endless line of people that want to be with her away.
  • The show has an extremely slow start, which is a bit of a let down considering how season two concluded. I was expecting more bang.
  • The way this season was laid out, the characters, everything. For one, the Brody family basically disappears altogether. There is plenty of drama going on, but we apparently don’t need to know anything.
  • So many issues were introduced, virtually none of these subplots came to fruition and closed off by the end of it, or they just plain down get forgotten.
  • Character growth was virtually nonexistent.
  • How neglected Quinn and his storyline was.

homeland season 3 brody and carrie

Rating:
GRADE 5I must admit that I thought this season was sloppy and badly written. After the bang that was season two, I expected a bit more. Instead I got this, and what a wreck of a season it was. Brody was MIA, which would have been fine, but then his family was overlooked completely, too. Not only that, the few scant times that they do bring them up, it is not solidly written at all, and things are rushed. Like where the hell is Mike? How is Chris coping with things? What is Jessica going to do? There’s just so much more that needed to be tied up there. Then after a few episodes, we are thrown a bone with a Brody-centric episode, which doesn’t actually change anything for us. All the characters that we cared about have been taken out of the equation and done away with, leaving us with a bunch of people we are not fond of. I think it is criminal that Virgil and his brother Max don’t get more screen time, and I think it is insane that we are expected to believe that Carrie can just do whatever the hell she likes whenever the hell she likes because she can. I don’t care how good an analyst you are, a company like that won’t keep you on. There was no real suspense or anything in this season, and it felt like a routine cop-out. Quinn’s story arc was completely neglected and disappointing, though he is still a favourite character of mine. I was glad to see Saul and Mira work their things out, and it was great to see Saul develop more and get some screen time. The pacing was really all over the show in this season, and I was immensely underwhelmed. Initially it’s a scatter and a mess and you don’t care, then all of a sudden they try a plot twist which fails – please. All that was was about saving face because the show was just bland and boring. I expected a lot more. About halfway through the season it seems that it wants to gather steam and go somewhere, and just as quickly it gets discarded. There were so many gaping issues here that I don’t even want to address them all, I will just get irritated. I cannot believe that there was such a crazy dip in this show, which started with a real bang. You know, the big thing with Brody by the end? No shock, no horror, no surprise, I was just like whatevs…. that is bad show writing people! That was a big character that had zero effect on the viewer by the end of it all. Something else this show lacked? The twists, the being suspicious of everyone, the telling the story from both sides… Another thing, for a show that felt so darn rushed, nothing happened, nothing resonated when all was said and done. Sadly I feel like I have wasted time watching this. The first two seasons were tightly written and presented. This is just not on the same level. I know you liked this significantly more than I did bestie, but eish (serious South African style for that). Let me guess, I am going to have to gear up to watch that whiny bitch and little else next season? I hope not…

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23 thoughts on “Homeland: Season 3 (2013)

  1. Natasha says:

    LOL oh bestie. Season 4 was much better again

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    1. Zoë says:

      Season 4 was brilliant! But this?!

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  2. table9mutant says:

    A 5? Damn! Well, that’s okay – I hadn’t planned on watching this anyway. 😉 I feel like all TV shows these days start out great for the first season or two then turn to shit… That’s why I rarely start watching any anymore. :-/

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    1. Zoë says:

      Well, everything else is really, really good. But not this season. Goodness, it was terrible and then some. I know what you mean! This one got very good again in four, and five has been quite good. But this was a total wreck. If you like political things and terrorists and all, then I would recommend this, but if not, steer clear!

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      1. table9mutant says:

        Politics & terrorists…. Nope! I’ll steer clear. 😉

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  3. Marta says:

    I agree with you Zoe, season 3 was a let down but it gets better and Quinn’s arc improves in season 4 (my favorite character too!). Hang in there 😉

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    1. Zoë says:

      Season three was godawful! I must say, season four was really good for me, and I was so worried about going back for more of this melodrama. Luckily it wasn’t the same 🙂 Did you watch the latest season?

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      1. Marta says:

        No, I haven’t had the time yet. Did you? Is it any good?

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      2. Zoë says:

        I did – just need to watch the last episode. It is different from the others, as it is all in Europe (Berlin) and cybercrime, but it isn’t bad. I have enjoyed it quite a bit, not as much as four or the first two, but infinitely more than this pile of junk. Well worth the watch, I think. I just wish there was more Quinn, less Carrie. UGH.

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      3. Marta says:

        That doesn’t bode well, whiny Carrie and not enough Quinn… mmm, I’m on the fence.

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      4. Zoë says:

        And you won’t believe it, but there is a character who is equally as questionable as Carrie. I never thought I would see the day…

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      5. Marta says:

        Oh no! that’s far from encouraging!

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      6. Zoë says:

        BUT there is a lot of Saul and Dar, which is well worth watching xD

        See how season five seesaws? Not a bad thing, though, will definitely keep you interested, and I think touching on the ISIS thing was pretty ballsy. No show wants to touch that with a ten foot pole.

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      7. Marta says:

        and now you have me intrigued ;-P

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  4. This was the season where I stopped watching the show. I still don’t know if I can watch season 4 if all Carrie is going to do is cry all the time.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Carrie is the pits – but season four had an excellent story and showed a lot more of the other characters, though she naturally still has her icky moments.

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      1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an unlikeable character in such a prominent role before. She really is the pits!

        #carrieisthepits

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      2. Zoë says:

        I totally agree with you! It is shocking that the show does so well, and yet nobody likes her. Their insistence on keeping her front and centre is beyond me.

        #CarrieMustFall
        #carrieisthepits

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  5. Chris Evans says:

    Love Homeland but had mixed feelings about season 3. Luckily seasons 4 and 5 are awesome (particularly 4) – you’re in ofr a treat 🙂

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    1. Chris Evans says:

      – FOR – a treat haha

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    2. Zoë says:

      I enjoy the show so much, but this season was terrible. I am a huge fan of season four, and five was actually very good, though I still need to finish the last episode 🙂 Great to see people enjoying this show!

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  6. ruth says:

    I haven’t watched any episode from this series but ehm, I was a bit distracted there by that gif of Rupert Friend 😉

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    1. Zoë says:

      Totally understandable – his Peter Quinn is just… delicious and super awesome. You know, for science and entertainment 😉

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