What a difference a season makes. When this paranoid thriller first emerged, it was an instant favourite of the HBO classes, generating high suspense and political subversiveness from the cat-and-mouse antics of Clare Danes’s bipolar CIA agent and Damian Lewis’s Iraq-War-vet-cum-possible-al-Qa’ida convert.
But the premise also seemed to lend itself to a mini-series rather than an on-running one – and, duly, this second run of 12 episodes falls into 24-style ludicrousness as it tries to keep the suspense going. Which doesn’t make it an entirely awful show, just a more obvious one. Superior still, though, is the scintillating Danes.
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