Summary: Decent plotting and a riveting performance from Claire Danes—whose character is willing to risk everything to keep a man she believes is an Al Qaeda operative from committing the next big terrorist attack on U.S. soil—make “Homeland: Season 1” a winner.
Excerpt: Homeland is an espionage drama series, with psychological thriller elements that pulls together a lot of ideas surrounding counterterrorism, paranoia, prisoners of war, damaged personas, and what it means to be a hero. I missed Homeland during its initial run on Showtime last fall, so I was happy to be able to catch up with in on Blu-ray, before the start of the second season.
Homeland: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review
8 September 2012
Conclusion: If the cancellation of 24 has left a domestic terrorism-shaped hole in your heart, check out Homeland —it's slower and less intense, but it's psychologically smarter and far more emotionally gripping. The show's first season delivers plenty of twists, and the implications of the finale will have you jonesing for the start of season two, which premiers on September 30th.
Conclusion: Boy do I love 'Homeland.' It's smartly scripted. Its characters cannot be pigeonholed into any sort of rote cliché. They're intriguing people puzzles that keep you guessing throughout the entire season. What I liked most is the fact that I could never predict what was going to happen next. 'Homeland' has taken a subject we've seen over and over again in movies and television and given it a unique twist.
Excerpt: Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) has spent the past eight years held captive by Islamic fundamentalists, during which time he was tortured, interrogated, and mentally broken. While he is now free from that horrific ordeal, the life he left behind has changed in his absence. His wife had an affair with his best friend and he struggles to reconnect with his children, the youngest of whom doesn’t even remember him.