Our preview of Fall TV continues, and today we're checking out one of Showtime's new original series, Homeland, a drama that's bringing Claire Danes back to TV. Danes plays a CIA agent working for homeland security who becomes worried that a recently rescued POW is actually a spy working for Al-Qaeda.
What it's about: When a prisoner of war who has been missing for eight years suddenly turns up, agent Carrie Anderson (Danes) becomes suspicious of the circumstances because of a tip she'd received months earlier. She believes that the rescued soldier, Sgt. Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis), was turned while he was imprisoned and is now a terrorist. Anderson conducts her own investigation while the series shows you both her and Brody's perspectives.
Where it works: The pilot does a great job alternating between making you believe Carrie's theory and making you doubt it. By the end of the pilot, you still don't know if Brody has been turned or not, but by seeing his experiences — including his efforts to re-assimilate into his family and his flashbacks of being tortured — you deeply sympathize with him.
Where it doesn't: The psychological mystery is the most compelling aspect of the show, so if it's solved soon, it may be less interesting as a straight highbrow political drama.
You might like this show if: You love a good conspiracy theory.
When it's on: Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime starting Oct. 2.
To see a preview for Homeland, just read more.