One of the TV series I'm most looking forward to returning this fall is Showtime's Homeland. The first season, just out on DVD and Blu-ray, had a shocking finale.
Homeland involves a CIA operations officer named Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), who after an unauthorized operation in Iraq is assigned to work for her former mentor, Saul Berenson (an always welcome Mandy Patinkin), at the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va.
Carrie, who has been hiding the fact that she was diagnosed as bipolar when she was in her early 20s, was warned that an American prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaida and is planning an act of terrorism on U.S. soil. Her focus turns to Nicholas Brody (a superb Damian Lewis), a Marine sergeant who has been rescued after being missing in action since 2003, but her superiors see Brody only as a war hero.
A smart puzzler, Homeland deftly navigates between political intrigue and Carrie's angst. Danes deserves the Emmy for best actress in a dramatic series. The last time we saw her character, though, it was pretty shocking. The series returns Sept. 30.
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Homeland retails for $59.98 or $69.99 Blu-ray.