Originally Posted by lonwolf615
Going completely off topic...Your comments and oink"s reminds me of the 3 blind men describing an elephant.Their descriptions were accurate as far as they went, but none of them got the overall picture. Everything you've said is true, but there is a lot more going on than that. Plus Danes' performance transcends any shortcomings in the way the character is conceived or written, at least for me.And thats the thing-strip Homeland of the premise and sometimes outlandish plot turns, and its clear that the series is more a character study of people under extreme stress than an action/spy show. Justified is much the same if you think about it. Despite all the action and twists, the show isn't really about that. Its not the details of the action that is important. Its the characters reactions to the action that is fascinating.I think thats true of the best tv, don't you? Breaking Bad isn't about the meth trade, The Walking Dead isn't about zombies, Dexter isn't a tutorial on being a serial killer. Its all about putting characters we can identify with in fantastical situations and seeing what happens. Believing in the story/plot is a lot less important than believing in the characters.
Yep, I agree with everything you say. That's the magic/mystery of it - why does a person accept the silliness of one show and reject the same in another? I dunno, but it must drive show and movie creators crazy, they say it all the time, how you just can't tell what will strike a chord and what won't.
I was primed for liking Homeland, really looking forward to it. Maybe my distaste for 24 (if you're going to base a whole show on cliffhangers, you'd better have a satisfying payoff and it didn't the one season I watched) reduced my tolerance.
Here's one for you - I was born and raised, lived 26 years or so, on the CA coast. For the past 30 years or so I've lived in the Lexington, KY DMA. So, it's normal for me when watching TV to see my old back yard, no matter where it's supposed to be. But with Justified, I'm actually supposed to be seeing my new back yard, but I'm still seeing my old back yard, and it's very odd. But it doesn't reduce my enjoyment of the show, even though they get nothing right (for instance, there is no Lexington police, because there is no city government - there's the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.)