Back from eight years' captivity, Royal Marine Nicholas Brody is hailed as an American hero, powers-that-be planning to utilize his popularity. CIA's Carrie Mathison is convinced he has been brainwashed by the enemy and now plans a major terrorist attack....
The twelve part series keeps viewers guessing all the way through, nothing quite as it seems in a plot full of twists and turns. It also provokes some serious thinking. Who exactly are the good/bad ones here, or do all represent a mixture of both? Is much terrorism the direct result of atrocities by allies? Does it even matter if Brody does prove a terrorist, certain American high-ups thoroughly deserving what may be coming to them?
From those responsible for "24", another series adept at tightening the screws. Much stands out, not just the ever-accumulating tension but the wide-ranging emotions depicted. Flashbacks to three years ago are especially moving. (Some may have reservations about a certain romantic aspect - not only unlikely but dragging a bit.) Damian Lewis excels as Brody, outwardly often calm and seemingly in control, but plagued by nightmares. Which religion can best offer him inner peace? Claire Danes impresses in a difficult role, the character obsessive and so often an irritant. Particularly chilling are scenes when her mind threatens to unravel.
Bonuses include a commentary on the pilot and an interesting 30+ minute feature on how the show came to be. (Do not switch this off too soon, the closing credits accompanied by a few amusing outtakes.)
A great series, thoroughly deserving all the plaudits.