I just finished Season One of Homeland on the “Showtime” network, a show that has been running for a couple seasons now but that I am just beginning to watch. The show’s premise is that an American Soldier and Prisoner of War is found during a raid of a terrorist site in the Middle East after being held captive for eight years. The show documents the soldier’s return to the United States and the struggles that come with that for both he and his family, as well as others in the intelligence community, politics and his fellow surviving soldiers.
Without giving up too many details, some of these problems include the fact that his family had moved on from hoping for him to return and had concluded that he must have been dead after 8 years. Because they thought he was dead, the soldier’s wife had been sleeping with his best friend from the military and his friend was close to moving in with the family as a new father figure in the children’s life and a new partner for the wife. When the prisoner of war, Sergeant Brody, returns, there is tension and awkwardness as the family tries to accept him back in while attempting to act as though his friend had not basically taken his place in his family while he was gone.
An additional problem that arises is that while Sergeant Brody was being held captive, he was treated favorably by his captors at time and this led to him developing feelings of love for his captors. Additionally, the intelligence community had just received a tip that an American Prisoner of War had been turned to the terrorist’s side right at the time that they happened to rescue Sergeant Brody. This tip leads there to be extreme suspicion of Sergeant Brody and whether he is a loyal American or a traitor terrorist.
Overall, the story is crazy and what I have written about is just the beginning of the twists and turns this crazy plot takes. I highly recommend the show after watching Season One and I can only hope that it continues to be this good and does not fall of quality wise. The other thing I hope is that the show doesn’t get too ridiculous or unrealistic with it’s plot because that is usually something that makes me start disliking shows. On “metacritic”, the first season of the show got 28/28 positive reviews with nobody giving it a mixed or negative review. To read some of these critiques, click here.