The first critical reviews for season 5 of Showtime's Homeland are in, and they're mostly positive!
After a creative resurgence in season 4, Homeland has apparently returned to what made the show great in the first place. Carrie (Claire Danes) is now living in Berlin and working as head of security for a philanthropic organization that may not be so charitable after all.
There is also a hacktivist organization (Edward Snowden-esque) that has released top-secret CIA info regarding the surveillance of Germany. Carrie is once again sucked into the world of spies and espionage.
Critics are seeing season 5 as the continuation of Homeland's resurgence, though not all of them are fully on board.
Entertainment Weekly writes, "the second that Carrie yields to her first fit of mania in years, pasting newspaper clippings all over her house and searching for connections between them--surely, there are computer programs now that allow people to do this without ruining their wallpaper!--it's deja vu all over again."
But indieWIRE believes that this is "peak 'Homeland,'" adding, "You can take that in both its traditional, positive light or its more recent reappropriation toward the negative. In the first three episodes of the new season, nearly everything that's led to the series' current reputation has been tossed into the mix. We've got a crystal clean philanthropic foundation in Germany that the CIA suspects of being a little too squeaky clean (nicely paralleling the Brody mystery of Season 1). We've got an impending refugee crisis and a cyber terrorist threat to illegal intelligence activities (keeping things current). And, of course, we've got Carrie losing her goddamn mind."
Homeland season 5 premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.