FIRST IMPRESSION: Homeland

Ladies and gentlemen: I have found my favorite most promising new show of the fall. And surprisingly, it does not include love-struck teenyboppers or any kind of supernatural being. I must be growing up!

Homeland is a drama / thriller on Showtime that stars Claire Danes as CIA agent, Carrie, who has been reassigned to a counterterrorism center after leading an unauthorized mission while in Iraq. Before leaving Iraq, she was informed by a knowledgeable source that an American POW has been turned and is now working for Al-Qaeda. When Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is miraculously recovered after being MIA for eight years, Carrie becomes convinced that he is the POW her source had been referring to.

I seriously haven’t been so intrigued by a pilot since LOST, the final shot of the episode honestly gave me chills. That being said, it’s very cinematic and almost feels like you’re watching a movie.

Now, I’m that rare journalist who has little to no interest in political current events, but Homeland (in my opinion) is extremely well done. And it’s coming less than month of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Of course, it’s on Showtime so there will be gratuitous use of the f-word, vivid torture scenes and graphic sex. But it’s well worth it. I am really looking forward to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Homeland officially premieres on Sunday October 2.

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