Season 1 Episode 12

Marine One

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 2011 on Showtime
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    Homeland: A War With No Winners

    Showtime's new thriller wraps up its strong first season with a thought-provoking and daring finale that's a strong statement on the War on Terror.

  • Episode Summary

    While Carrie is incapacitated, Saul investigates the timeline of her activities and begins to discover the unsettling implications. Walker preps for his mission and Brody gets ready for the Vice President's policy summit.

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    • A scene that I won't forget.

      I partially agree with users having mixed feelings about the last second twist with Brody not being able/not wanting to activate the vest. But the scene when he talks with her daughter on the phone was really really really intense and it really made the whole situation real and believable. I got goosebumps and almost cried. Thanks to the characters' stunning performance the entire twist could stand. Otherwise it would have been just a really lame excuse to start another season.moreless
    • I expected more of this show

      I just caught up with this first season, and this show is actually bad. Not awfully bad but why-is-this-so-famous bad.

      The pilot was kinda promising, but then things keep getting more and more boring and downright stupid, with the same few characters and their little redundant drama and nothing much else. We don't know for sure where Brody stands until this last episode, and even after that, we don't really know the guy, nor do I wish to know him better.

      Homeland security seems to be an office of four, five clueless persons not doing much. Carrie is very intense (too intense) and is running around in circles frantically but that gets boring pretty quickly. After the call-girl subplot, which was good albeit not very original, it seems like the writers ran out of ideas ALREADY.

      There's also too many dislikeable aspects to this show. First of which is the blatant racism. I'm a Christian myself, so I'm not saying this as a fanatic or anything, but come on. This show's definition of Muslims is "bloodthirsty morons". I need more to understand why Brody became this creepy lunatic than "you know, he converted to islam while he was there". And what's with his awful attitude towards his wife? That actress has the worst role ever. All she ever does is fix dinner and go check on the kids to see if they did their homework. And being generally oblivious and good looking.

      Saul has a great presence and charisma, but no role to play. Oh, right, he likes to lie on the floor instead of sitting on chairs (so edgy, yanno).

      The Saudi diplomat was a farce, the scene in the (empty???) floor of a bank building was ridiculous. The finale was just a teaser for season 2, and the whole amnesia business doesn't belong outside of a soap opera (partial temporary amnesia, really, REALLY?)

      Clare Danes is really giving it all, but that bipolar frenzy can't hide how neurasthenic the writing of Homeland is. Disappointing.moreless
    • Expected more from all the buildup

      I usually like "Shocks" from season finale, especially if the entire season was building up to this one episode. There really wasn't any "gasp oh my goodness did that just happen" moment in this season finale. A season finally should leave you reeling about the episode long after you have watched it. I will continue watching Homeland because I have faith that the writers would perfect it.
    • All the build up comes to a conclusion.

      The season finale is no doubt the best episode yet with all the build up coming to a conclusion As the episode went on Brody's plan became more clear when he had the bomb and forced everyone in that small room together With Carrie losing her job there was nothing she could do apart from tell everyone what she thinks of Brody but from everybody's point of view she appears to be a crazy woman who has a grudge against Brody and with the fact that Brody couldn't use the bomb it makes Carrie look more crazy The one thing I don't know now is how the second season will go because Carrie doesn't have a job and now everybody has to be a little suspicious about Brody after Carrie has told everyone I guess we will just have to wait and see.moreless
    • so convenient ...

      All in all, I was not happy with this season.

      I love the acting, but that is no surprise; with Patinkin and Lewis you can't go wrong, and Clare Danes is also very good. Everyone else is rather pale, but that's no biggie.

      But the gaps in the story are just too big. A lot of the things that Carrie did didn't make all that much sense, but her erratic personality made those actions not implausible.


      Carrie's assumption that Brody was turned is perfectly logical. Everyone knows for a fact that Walker was turned; Brody was in the exact same situation, so people should at least be suspicious.

      But no one is, for very convenient reasons:

      Estes does not want to dig too deep because he is dirty; Saul does not believe Carrie because he has actually seen her in her neurotic stages; and Carrie does not believe in herself anymore for the same reason.

      And since the whole CIA obviously consists of only these three people, the logical thing to put Brody under constant observation does not happen, and Carrie's assumption is just ignored.

      It is normal that the good guys can't put the pieces together until the eleventh hour, so we can have an awesome showdown; but the way they did it here is just lazy writing.moreless
    Linda Purl

    Linda Purl

    Elizabeth Gaines

    Guest Star

    David Marciano

    David Marciano


    Guest Star

    Jamey Sheridan

    Jamey Sheridan

    Vice President William Walden

    Guest Star

    Amy Hargreaves

    Amy Hargreaves

    Maggie Mathison

    Recurring Role

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