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Homeland – TV Review – Welcome Home, Marine?

Posted by on October 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

It would’ve been so easy for Homeland to take the easy path; to bank on buzzterms like “PATRIOT Act” and “the War on Terror” when describing the return of Marine Nicolas Brody (Damian Lewis) after being imprisoned by Al Qaeda for eight years. And they don’t – thank God – leaving us to wonder, along with CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), what exactly he was doing over there for so long, and why he’s acting so strangely upon returning home…

Claire Danes has never been this exciting to watch in her role as a borderline psychotic counter-intelligence officer trying to boil Brody down. She illegally bugs his house, works under the radar, out of a van with a telescope, scrapes for clues. Maybe it’s Danes’ maturity, but she slipped into the role perfectly. Of course, the CIA probably would’ve thrown her out a long time ago for all of the stupid stuff she’s done (including bribing Iraqi guards to meet with an about-to-be-executed terrorist) without the backing of former boss/mentor Saul (a super chill Mandy Patinkin). She convinces him that there’s more to Brody’s story than he leads on during their debriefings.

For Brody’s part, he’s got a life to get back into: a family he left behind, a wife (played by underscored V/Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin) that’s been hooking up with one of his best friends while he was so busy being dead. By the end of the episode, the good ship Homeland is turned in a very potent direction and I’m excited and curious where they go from here. This is one of the most exciting slices of TV I’ve seen in a long time. Lead on, Showtime.

9/10 FleshEatingZipper

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