Homecoming (Amazon original series)


#1

I thought some people here might be interested to check this out. It’s a drama/mystery show on Amazon that I watched over the last couple of days and enjoyed. It was cocreated and entirely directed by Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr Robot (which I haven’t seen, so I can’t offer any comparisons).

It was advertised as Julia Roberts’ big splash into modern television, but people here might be more interested in the costars: Shea Whigham and Bobby Cannavale (with appearances by Sissy Spacek and Hong Chau from Downsizing).

Also of note is that it is 10 episodes of 30 minutes each, which is strange for a streaming drama, but it certainly makes it easily digestible. Apparently it has been picked up for a second season, which seems like a mistake, but we’ll see.


#2

Why? I thought you liked it.


#3

It just does not seem like a story that they should try to continue.


#4

Okay, sure. I’ve seen stories like that. The ole, quit while you’re ahead.


#5

I agree with JPR here. This was a nice, neat little contained story told in easily digestible/bingeable 30-minutes chunks.

I don’t see where they go with a second season.


#6

I had figured it was a one-off.

I enjoyed it but it seemed a bit overloaded with style. Esmail obviously really likes 70s paranoid thrillers (at one point he basically just lifts the best shot in All the President’s Men). It’s all so ominous and sinister that the evil conspiracy actually seems a bit on the mild side.

Still, for the meticulous direction and the fine score and the performances, it’s worth watching. Shea Wigham kinda steals the show as the plodding, persistent DoD investigator.


#7

I didn’t realize this series was done by Esmail. I will have to check it out. It’s also nice to have some 30 min shows on the shortlist when I don’t have the time or attention for a 60 min watch.


#8

Just started watching this last night, and so far it is outstanding. Good writing, good performances, and a great eerie tone to the whole thing.