One of the knocks against Showtime's Homeland, the best new show of last year, has been the question of sustainability. The series' premise—a decorated POW may or may not have been turned into a terrorist against his country—sounds like a fantastic logline for a miniseries, but for multiple seasons? How is that going to work?
Well the trailer below has shut this critic up with a moody minute-and-a-half of snippets from Season 2, all to the sounds of kids chanting The Police's "Every Breath You Take," which has no business working in this context except that it does! The dialogue-free trailer starts off slow, but by the end it's an accurate reminder of the paranoia, desperation, and tension that made Season 1 such a triumph.
Wow, could that have been pieced together any better? Things climb slowly with intrigue (why is Carrie going brunette? Why is Brody in the CIA's headquarters?), then get intense (why is Carrie in the Middle East? Who hasn't washed blood off of themselves at a gas station? Pill chugging!), then go full-blown insane (the Carrie cry-face! Brody flashbacks! More crying from EVERYONE!), all intercut with shots of surveillance before kicking us off the cliff with what the show is really about when Carrie *gulp* shows up at Brody's hotel room donning that remember-me-I'm-the-crazy-chick smile. Excuse me, I have to set my time machine dial for September 30. So, so good.
Homeland Season 2 premieres Sunday, September 30 at 10pm on Showtime.