Homeland: TV Review

It's unlikely that any other new scripted series has these words in it: "Bin Laden is dead."Homeland, an intriguing and thrilling drama entry from Showtime, makes use of those words in a sentence that clearly puts the show on modern ground: It's not just a post-9/11 series; it's a post-Saddam, post-bin Laden look at terrorism that could have been shot last week.

The series, easily one of the fall's best, centers on Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), missing for eight years and presumed dead. He turns up in the rubble of an al-Qaida compound just lit up by U.S. bombs after a tip that one of the most wanted terrorists was going to be there. Brody is pulled out and returned home as a national hero. CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), an expert in Middle East terrorism, has immediate suspicions, but she's being marginalized at the agency because one of her recent missions in Iraq went sideways — and, besides, nobody wants to ruin the feel-good story that's making the agency look so good. Carrie's intel is that Brody had actually "been turned" and could be plotting an attack on America from the inside. Read More...


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