WARING: spoilers for previous Homeland seasons below
Watching Brody’s corpse dangle at the end of a rope after his public execution at the end of season three, it was hard to escape a distinct sense of ‘meh’ regarding Homeland.
From its inception as a tense and genuinely thrilling drama that had interesting things to say about American foreign policy and Western paranoia about Islam, the show deteriorated over the course of three seasons into something that more closely resembled 24 in terms of wild plot leaps and thinly drawn characters.
Despite this – and the death of its co-protagonist (oh please, please don’t say Brody is going to somehow rise from the grave) – the show is back in October for a fourth run, with the first trailer released this week.
Homeland creator Alex Gansa has promised the show will feel like a ‘pilot’ again, a subtle admission that the Brody storyline should have been wrapped up far earlier and the show is in need of a reboot.
But will it deliver? The trailer, in stark contrast to the season 3 teaser that got our hopes up last year, seems high on action and low on family drama (have Dana and the rest of the Brodys been forgotten forever?).
Whether that’s a good thing or not depends on your tastes, but what we can say for sure is that Carrie has had her baby and is now very much ‘back in the field’ (Pakistan, in other words), with Quinn still killing for his country and Saul pulling the strings from CIA HQ.
‘There’s no place like Homeland’ reads this seasons tag line. That was certainly once the case – here’s hoping it can be again.