I’ve been told for a while now that I would enjoy Homeland, so I’ve finally gotten around to giving it a shot. I was hooked by the end of the pilot episode. Homeland opens up right in the middle of the action. Carrie Mathison, a CIA operative in the middle east, receives key intelligence in scenes that are now well-known and believable thanks to real-life events portrayed in recent films such as Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An American soldier has been turned by the terrorists. Soon after, Marine Nicolas Brody (played by Damian Lewis, famous for portraying Lt. Winters in Band of Brothers) is rescued by special forces after eight years in captivity in Iraq. Is he the turned soldier? The mystery begins, and the first season of Homeland slowly and masterfully unravels it.
I was particularly struck by how believable much of the plot is, something I could never say of comparable shows such as 24. I also felt that Homeland gives a powerful and complex view into PTSD and its effects on soldiers when they return home. My one complaint is that, like with 24, I find most of the subplots to be annoying, especially with Brody’s daughter Dana. Other than that, though, I definitely recommend Homeland to anyone who enjoys shows in this genre.