These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Broken Base: Season 2. Early Season 3 had an intentional Base Breaker as Saul seemed to be pitted against Carrie, when Carrie had been The (Anti)Hero and Saul had been the nicest character on the show. Some fans questioned Saul's morality, and others Carrie's sanity (and some certainly questioned both). It turned out that Saul was moral, Carrie was sane, and they were working together in a Batman Gambit to fool the Iranians. Viewers now have a different thing to question, whether they should have been kept out of the loop for almost 4 episodes.
Season 3 in general has been this for many fans, as the increased reliance on twists, romance melodrama with Dana and Carrie's pregnancy, and the continued survival of Nicholas Brody have caused much debate about the shows quality.
Creator's Pet: A lot of people are starting to call Dana this in season 3, mostly because of the writer's decision to devote 35% of every early season episode ("Tower of David" excepted) to her Romantic Plot Tumor despite how pointless and unpopular it's been to date.
Designated Hero: Carrie, by Season 3. She drinks heavily despite being pregnant, and nearly compromises national security while pursuing her love affair with Brody.As noted by Andy Greenwald, Carrie is quite bad at her job.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Used in "The Good Soldier." The moral given is: "It's OK to cheat on your partner if your partner did it first." Brody and Carrie have drunken sex in the back of Carrie's car. Incidentally, Brody has had trouble getting aroused around his wife, Jessica.
The Season 2 finale, "The Choice", aired two days after the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre. While the real-life tragedy was not the exact same as the fictional attack depicted in the episode, the Newtown attack did provoke similar reactions to that of prior actual terrorist attacks.
Reviewers have long criticized the show for making Al-Qaeda more competent than they really are, though the writers tried to justify this deviation by implying that Abu Nazir's network is actually a Qaeda splinter group. Several months after the conclusion of Abu Nazir arc, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria came to prominence.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: We're clearly supposed to sympathize with Brody's spiral down into rock bottom, but let us not forget that the guy's a terrorist who was planning to a) infiltrate high office or b) blow up a lot of people. Not to mention that he did, in fact, kill multiple people in service to terrorism. He deserves everything he gets.
Narm: Some of Claire Danes' overacting appproaches it, especially when the sultry jazz kicks in.
Older than You Think: The concept of a homecoming American MIA convert to Islam has been explored much earlier in 2006, in John Wells spy novel series. Coincidentally, the author of the series is a friend of Howard Gordon's. In fact, Saul Berenson is named after the author.
Nightmare Fuel: Of all the horrible scenes that have happened in this show, an overwhelming chunk of audience agree that Carrie's near-drowning her own baby terrifies them the most. Does she mean it? Is she just careless? Or is it an illusion entirely? We'll never find out.
Romantic Plot Tumor/Just Here for Godzilla: Opinions among the lines "Get on with the CIA's War on Terror and please do show Nick Brody every now and then, because personal dramas pertaining other characters are of little concern" are not uncommon, especially regarding the beginning of Season 3.
Lauder is a jerk who, without his war wounds and occasional Cassandra Truths, has absolutely no redeeming value whatsoever. Of course, one could say that without his war wounds, and the ensuing alcoholism, he wouldn't be such a jerk.
Jessica's affair with Mike tends to be one of the the weakest storylines of any given episode. Her racist anti-Muslim rant in "The Smile" didn't do her any favors either.
Dana in Season 3, due to her boring romance storyline. Viewers are annoyed that a series who calls itself a spy thriller invests so much time on a teenager's angst.
Even Brody himself has become a scrappy for some. Around mid-season 2, he changes from a hardened survivor who's able to keep his secrets from everyone to a weak and whining pawn between the CIA and Abu Nazir.
Last and not least, Chris. He just isn't there.
Sophomore Slump: The first season is universally loved. The second season... not so much. Season three started off very weakly, with opinions of the last few episodes varying.
The Untwist: Averted and inverted at the end of Season 2. Abu Nazir is dead, which in Estes's eyes, makes Brody expendable. Estes orders Quinn to take out Brody. Quinn stands down, arguing that Brody and Carrie did lead them to Abu Nazir. So Brody lives another day, despite the buildup that had taken place in prior episodes. Estes lets Saul go, thus resolving the plot thread where Estes planned to ruin Saul's career. By this point in the episode, the show has almost run out of established story to move forward... until the car bomb goes off at Vice-President Walden's funeral. Ironically, in targeting someone he determined was expendable, Estes became expendable himself.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Season 2. After the discovery of Brody's suicide video, the writers could spend the whole season milking out Carrie's new operation on Brody and working out their relationship in a Death Note chess game-style. Instead they blew it right at the end of the episode.
Trapped by Mountain Lions: Dana Brody's storyline takes several notes from Kim Bauer's book, especially in Season 3. In the middle of a gigantic geo-political game, the show focuses on her relatively meaningless teen, angsty problems with her also troubled boyfriend.
Villain Has a Point: The Breaking Speech given by the lawyer in 3x04 to Carrie, about how the CIA will first break her, then kill her. He may be a slime-sucking traitorous whore, but he's probably right.
Villain Sue: As season 2 nears its conclusion Abu Nazir is starting to feel like this.
The Woobie: Nicholas Brody. He comes back to his family eight years after leaving them, tortured and broken and struggling to return to normal life—while also being forced to lie to them. Then he thinks that he's found someone who understands him—nope, she's been spying on him the whole time.
It gets worse in the second season after the CIA finally finds evidence that he is a terrorist, and forces him to work with them. He has to keep lying, and even more than he did before.
Therehasbeencriticism of the show's depiction of Muslims and the Middle East in general. Whether seemingly westernized and educated or ignorant and fanatical, the overwhelming bulk of the show's 'Muslim' cast have ended up being linked to the terrorists in one way or another. The Islam of Homeland is presented almost as a monolith, with Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda teaming up to kill Americans without complicated ideas like 'Shia' and 'Sunni' being introduced to complicate such a team-up or acknowledging that Hezbollah has never targeted the United States for attack. The show's presentation of Hamra Street in Beirut, in reality a bustling and cosmopolitan area with shops and cafes, as a dirty haven for terrorist and armed militia even led Lebanon to threaten legal action.
The third season makes things worse by making theentire nation of Iran the enemy and by making Javadi a cartoonish Evil Muslim who stabs his ex-wife to death because all Muslims are Straw Misogynists. Iran, a country whose people once held candlelight vigils for the victims of the 9/11 attacks, is here shown as a place where everyone cheers Brody the suspected terrorist when they discover who he is, with the CIA bomber quickly becoming a national hero.
In the Homeland universe, the entire nation of Iran is, in fact, the enemy, the nation behind the 12/12 bombings. It's ironic that the USA and Iran reached an agreement in real life as the season aired, but Iran had been a real life enemy of the USA since 1980, and any CIA official who could have placed a spy high in the Iranian hierarchy would have been applauded by almost all Americans who knew of it.