One of the best, and most maddening, aspects of Showtime's new drama "Homeland" is its unpredictability.

One of the best, and most maddening, aspects of Showtime's new drama "Homeland" is its unpredictability.

A few weeks back there was the incredible scene in which Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis) finally had a truthful conversation. It spun the narrative of "Homeland" in an entirely new direction and made us rethink who Carrie and Brody really are.

Brody appeared to be an emotionally wounded and shamed soldier - not a terrorist - and Carrie not just a master manipulator and CIA operative, but a flesh-and-blood person with feelings. Feelings that are devastated when her secrets are revealed to Brody.

I suspected the remainder of the first season of "Homeland" would be Carrie and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) tracking down their new suspect, Tom Walker - a man long-thought dead at the hands of Brody - but "Homeland" pulled another switcheroo. Now, Brody is (I think) a terrorist and is running for Congress at the behest of mastermind terrorist Abu Nazir.

"Homeland" is the best new show this year. The slow-burn, subtle storytelling is reminiscent of the sadly canceled "Rubicon," and Danes, Lewis and Patinkin are absolutely killing it.

I've even enjoyed the twists in the last couple of episodes, but I'm becoming a bit weary of this storytelling technique. "Homeland" is a thriller, so it needs a couple of unexpected reveals as we reach the conclusion this season. But too many twists can derail the carefully crafted character groundwork that makes this series so impressive.

By letting the audience get to know what makes Carrie, Brody and Saul tick, it has made us feel invested in these characters, despite their flaws. I honestly don't want Brody to be a terrorist because he's such a well-formed character that being a bad guy, even an especially sinister and cunning one, would be kind of a letdown.

"Homeland" is created and run by former "24" writer/producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and these twists (including a mole inside the government, a "24" favorite) are becoming too reminiscent of that show.

"Homeland" is at its best when continuing the introspective character work while revealing the mystery without too many crazy twists and/or shadowy conspiracy-type stuff.