Johh Johnson 
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Re: “Idiot Boksen - Homeland and Why Showtime Is Not Great

I did take issue with bit about the storm bit. That was the only "come on" moment for me thus far. I'm having more issues with some of the editing here and there than any of your other examples, but though they're been iffy moments in the writing they've bee greatly outnumbered by the many tension-filled, perfectly executed moments. You can have some doubt while still giving a series time. No show is "the next great series" until it finishes its first season. The potential is there, it's sharply executed and completely engaging. Right now it's lacking some finesse. But I still believe it's had the strongest start of any drama in recent years. Even if it doesn't become more polished in its first season it'll still likely end up being my second or third best show of the year if they keep delivering episodes of this quality.

As far as Game of Thrones goes, I thought the first few episodes had way too many "tell don't show" moments, which may have been necessary to get the story started, but was distracting and too on-the-nose nonetheless. Even its supposedly best episode "Baelor" had a couple of those moments. Still a very good show, but I'm not willing to call it great yet. Though I have an open enough mind to think that might change with season two

Posted by Johh Johnson on 10/29/2011 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Idiot Boksen - Homeland and Why Showtime Is Not Great

Critics tend to overrate new shows with great potential. Boardwalk Empire and The Killing also had grades from Metacritic in or around the 90's. Even from the beginning I didn't consider either show to be anything noteworthy. At least Homeland is deserving of the gist of its praise.

Mad Men imo started off intriguing but not great. Its first few episodes were a bit shallow and listless, and the characters were archetypes. The Wire didn't start off great either. Breaking Bad began with an enthralling pilot, but much of the rest of season one wasn't that special. It was a bit one-note and overly dependent on Cranston's performance. That show didn't hit its stride until season two. Game of Thrones' first few episode were dawdling and heavy in exposition. So yeah, it is rare for a drama to start off as strongly as Homeland.

I can understand the slight confusion over its acclaim, but if it doesn't become what it has the potential to it will be called out by the masses, just like The Walking Dead and The Killing (which had its Metacritic score start out at 93 and then slip down to the lower 80's as the season progressed).

Homeland isn't as artfully done as many shows on HBO and AMC. It's not as visually slick and showy, but I've enjoyed the hell out of these first four episodes. It's had the strongest start of any drama I can think of. I'm seeing a confidence in the storytelling that has me convince that it will become something special. I'm prepared for it to be great or to fall off the rails or to simply not meet expectation. Either way, when it gets there most people and critics will have no issue pointing out its flaws or its genius. And of course, you or I have all right to disagree with the consensus.

Posted by Johh Johnson on 10/29/2011 at 3:53 AM

Re: “Idiot Boksen - Homeland and Why Showtime Is Not Great

You are obviously just looking for hits so I'll give you one.

Hmm, you don't think the show is great but you won't explain why. That's lame. If you can't give a legitimate argument then it's hard to take your position seriously.

I don't think it's great either, but it has potential to be great. The writing and acting are vastly superior to anything I saw on The Walking Dead, Rubicon and The Killing. It's also superior to a ton of one-season-only HBO dramas that have come and gone throughout the past decade.

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Posted by Johh Johnson on 10/28/2011 at 7:37 PM

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