October 3rd, 2011
11:43 AM ET
It's been over 16 years since "My So-Called Life" ended, but Claire Danes definitely chose a great series for her return to television.
Sunday night's premiere of the Showtime series "Homeland" starred Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer who is given information by an Iraqi prisoner that an American P.O.W. has been "turned."
When Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody returns to the U.S. after being held prisoner there for years, Carrie is immediately suspicious and starts bugging his home.
Of course, things are not as simple as they seem. For a while, Carrie seems to have no evidence whatsoever that Brody is working with al Qaeda, and she also has a history of breaching CIA protocol, not to mention the anti-psychotic medication she takes.
But then she thinks she notices Brody giving signals of some kind with his fingers whenever he is on camera, a discovery which keeps her out of trouble momentarily with her boss, Saul Berenson.
When it's revealed in the final scene that Brody apparently beat one of his fellow Marines to death, it's impossible not to want to see the next episode.
The show also focuses on Brody's home life, especially his relationship with his wife, Jessica, who started a relationship with another man, assuming her husband to be dead.
This first hour was completely gripping from start to finish, and much credit should be given to the rest of the cast, including Damian Lewis as Brody, Mandy Patinkin as Saul and Morena Baccarin as Brody's wife ("V," "Firefly").
So far, I agree with iReporter Kathi Cordsen that "Homeland" is worth watching. For me, this is the best new fall series I've seen, and the fact that it airs after Showtime's popular "Dexter" means it will likely have a successful first season (my only question is, will this mystery about Brody stretch beyond season 1?).
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