The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Ten The third sea­son of the ad­dic­tive Home­land, based on the Is­raeli pro­gram Pris­on­ers of War (which re­turns to SBS One on Wed­nes­day) opens with no sign of Ni­cholas Brody (Damian Lewis). He’s the US ma­rine sniper who re­turned home af­ter be­ing held hostage by al-Qa’ida for eight years. Now he’s on the run af­ter the at­tack that de­stroyed the US in­tel­li­gence ap­pa­ra­tus in the last episode. The au­thor­i­ties sus­pect Brody, who has been act­ing sus­pi­ciously since he re­turned from Afghanistan, is the per­pe­tra­tor. Was he turned while in cap­tiv­ity? Cer­tainly CIA agent Car­rie Mathi­son (Claire Danes) has her doubts. Where will the plot go from here? All over the shop ap­par­ently. A con­gres­sional com­mit­tee seeks to ap­por­tion blame for the ter­ror at­tack on Brody and Mathi­son’s men­tal prob­lems flare up again. Brody has fled, leav­ing his fam­ily con­fused and os­tracised by the com­mu­nity. Were the writ­ers stretched for ideas or did they have too many? An Ira­nian spy, Ma­jid Ju­vadi (Shaun Toub) — known as ‘‘ the ma­gi­cian’’ for his skill at mak­ing peo­ple dis­ap­pear — is dropped into the story with­out enough ex­pla­na­tion. But US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama loves the show and, even if Lewis doesn’t ap­pear un­til episode three, it’s well worth watch­ing.

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