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BUZZSAW

Time to alter expectations of ‘Homeland’

There has been debate lately about whether “Homeland” has recovered from its weak second season, or whether it has gone down the drain for good, or whether Carrie and Dana’s rhyming cryfaces are a brilliant example of product placement by the lemon industry.

The ups and the downs of a TV series always stir strong opinions and counter-opinions and absurd efforts to come up with ultra-counter-opinions, especially in our era of weekly recap reviews. The polls on “How I Met Your Mother,” for example, seem to roller coaster predictably every season. But shows like “Homeland” are particularly closely scrutinized and judged because they were so ambitious to begin with. In its first season, “Homeland” promised us a brilliantly written drama that would move TV’s take on terrorism a few major steps forward, well beyond the cut-out figures of “24.” It promised, and we believed.

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