The fifth season of “Homeland” is just around the corner and if you are like me there is nothing better than a marathon recap! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has brought exactly that on Bluray.

Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is now in Afghanistan working as the station chief and her main goal is to find Haissam Haqqani. When a tip comes in that Haqqani has been located, she orders an airstrike that kills people attending a wedding.

One of those survivors is Aayan Ibrahim (Suraj Sharma), a medical student who puts video on the internet. Carrie is back in the hot seat as Lockhart comes in to take over. Not about to be stopped, Carrie opens an office of her own recruiting Max (Maury Sterling) and Fara (Nazanin Boniadi) to help. She also reaches out to Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) who is lured by his feelings for Carrie.

Thinking about a plan that would work without alerting Lockhart, Carrie ingratiates herself with Aayan offering to help him get to London. What comes to light is that Aayan is holding his own secrets that he doesn’t want known.

In the midst of it all, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is kidnapped which sends Carrie into a tailspin. Quinn realizes there is more to this than just a kidnapping. Haqqani wants to exchange hostages and while heading back to the embassy the convoy is hit and the embassy is infiltrated.

All secrets come to a finale that will leave you speechless!

Danes as Carrie continues to bring more and more to this character. I have to say the moment with Brody (Damian Lewis) was so heart breaking as well as with her daughter. This season Danes character is pushes farther than previous seasons, at least I think so, dealing with her job and trying to present her ability to lead. Being attacked from within as well as without had my jaw dropping and I’m not even on the show! I enjoy watching Danes bring Carrie to levels I hadn’t considered; next season has got to be epic.

Friend as Quinn is another character that has no many layers. Starting out this season trying to find his place in the ‘normal’ world, Friend takes us through bottles and attempting to forget. It only takes a call from Carrie asking for help to bring him back around to doing what he does best – looking for the bad guys. Even when he is emotional, he’s got his self packed and stacked to the brim with intensity.

Patinkin as Saul Berenson is a character in Homeland that I so enjoy. He has a quiet demeanor but that doesn’t mean the cogs in his mind aren’t spinning. Trying to stay away from it all makes me wonder if he has fooled me! Slipping in to help Carrie where and when he can also shows that, although strained, their relationship is still there.

Sharma as Aayan does such an amazing job and it did not surprise me in the slightest. The twists of this character put me in such a state because, like Carrie, I never knew what he was going to do. Aayan is the definition of cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof with his jumpy behavior and yet the relationship with Carrie is one that freaked me out totally.

On a side note – F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal is a character that is just deliciously two sided. One moment he does everything he can to help a situation and the next – there is a side glance Abraham does that makes my spine shiver and a whispering ‘ut oh!’ escape. A favorite actor of mine, there isn’t a character he has played that I have not been impressed with but as Dar Adal, man he’s stellar!

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Homeland: The Complete Fourth Season” four tubs of popcorn out of five. The series has continued to bring intense plot lines with a cast that is never the same from one season to the next. Every year viewers learn something deeper and more intense about Carrie, Quinn and Sal and what they will do to complete any mission given them.

Each episode is crazy but in a fantastic way. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing at times which is the reason Homeland is such a huge success. What viewers want from their television experience is solid storylines, character driven actors that will take us deep into each episode, set and cinematography, intensity that is constant and believability – “Homeland” lands hard on each of these.

It is no surprise that “Homeland” has been given the Peabody Award in 2012, nine Emmy nominations with Claire Danes winning for Outstanding Lead Actress and Damian Lewis for Outstanding Lead Actor (which I will say honestly I screamed out lout about!). The series also received Outstanding Writing for Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff.

Let us not forget the 69th Golden Globes winning for Best Television Series, Best Actress and nomination for Best Actor. Lewis wouldn’t be denied the following year winning for Best Actor which, yes, brought me to squeals again.

The Bluray of “Homeland” includes the special features of Deleted Scenes, Character Profiles of Peter Quinn: The Assassin, Asar Khan: Lieutenant-Colonel, Fara Sherazi: The Analyst, From Script to Screen with Caught in the Crosshairs, Brody’s Return, and Storming the Embassy.

Showtime’s series “Homeland” will be back Oct. 7 and after this marathon I am more than ready. Until then, head out and pick up your copy of “Homeland: The Complete Fourth Season” on crisp and heart pounding Bluray!

In the end – they risk everything to protect this country!



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