5 sentence review of Homeland on Showtime, pilot

The lovely Morena Baccarin found work in Showtime's "Homeland" after the failures of "Firefly" and "V." She celebrates the gainful gig with a topless sex scene in her first appearance in the show. General Tso approves.

5. If producers wanted “Homeland,” the new original series from Showtime, to be seesaw mystery over who is telling the truth, they may have shown too much in the pilot.

4. “Homeland” opens with hyperactive CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) botching an effort to save an Iraqi contact from execution and learning an American prisoner of war has been turned against his country.

3. Mathison gets reprimanded for her failure, learns troops rescued Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), who spent eight years as a POW in Iraq, suspects he’s been turned and illegally bugs Brody’s home.

2. Meanwhile, Brody is wooden in his reunion with wife, Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and kids, Jessica is forlorn because she’d begun a relationship with Brody’s buddy, Capt. Mike Faber (Diego Klattenhoff) and Mathison, as it turns out, has an emotional disorder which worries her spy pals.

1. The show is set up as a “what is real” kind of back-and-fourth, but the final scene of the pilot seems to tip things squarely in Mathison’s camp, which may or may not be true, but it lets a lot of air out of the mystery.

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