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latimes.com: As Brody, Lewis, last seen here on the tragically short-lived police drama “Life,” uses his extraordinary gift for radiant stillness to create a man who may be Carrie’s perfect contrast but is equally riveting to watch. That Brody has been broken by his experience is clear; what version of himself he has managed to rebuild is not.
WSJ.com: Ms. Danes herself has no problems filling the role of this character. Her portrayal of a woman regularly on the edge of desperation is impressive in its assurance. So is the performance of Mr. Lewis, perfect for the part of the stone-eyed Sgt. Brody, a man who looks as though he’s harboring secrets. All this, of course, we can attribute to his years of torture and isolation while a prisoner. He’s also given to flashbacks, a kind that raises our suspicions.
Aol TV: Given that he’s playing a career military man who plays his cards close to his medal-covered chest, Lewis (‘Band of Brothers,’ ‘Life’) has less scope to work with, but he does deft and even heartbreaking work as he takes us through Brody’s difficult return to a very changed family. Lewis has to depict a man of few words who may be plotting to bring down the country he had sworn to defend, and it’s to the actor’s credit that he makes both scenarios — Brody as terrorist and Brody as loyal but troubled American — equally plausible.
CharlotteObserver.com: While Danes delivers a convincing portrait of an intense but unhinged CIA case officer, it is Lewis who stretches the most in his role. He is calculating and enigmatic as the returning hero, but in flashbacks to his hellish captivity, he reveals a disintegrating character to chilling effect.
The Boston Globe: Who is the hero? The sustained ambiguity is awesome. And the actors make it fly. I can’t think of many other actors who could play Brody as convincingly as Lewis, who hides his British accent as thoroughly as Hugh Laurie in “House.’’ The red-headed Lewis knows how to bring so many layers to the same inscrutability he used to a more comic effect in the two-season series “Life.’’ You really can’t ever quite nail down Brody’s true intentions with his fellow Marines, with his kids, or with Jessica, who had begun another relationship when she thought Brody was dead. You just keep watching him for clues.
TV Guide: An even more fascinating mystery of duality can be found in the psychological thriller Homeland (10/9c), from the producers of 24, which offers two tortured heroes for the price of one. In the case of Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (the electrifying Damian Lewis), we’re talking actual torture. Rescued after eight years in grueling Al-Qaeda captivity, Brody is beset by alarming flashbacks and night terrors as he faces an uneasy hero’s homecoming to a world of secrets and lies and an awkward period of adjustment with a family that barely knows him.
TV Worth Watching: In Homeland, the returning POW is Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody, a sniper specialist missing and presumed killed since being captured in Iraq in 2003. Brody is played by Damian Lewis, an electrifying actor that’s long earned raves from me, for NBC’s Life, HBO’s Band of Brothers, and the imported dramas The Forsyte Saga and Friends & Crocodiles. Here, he embodies, and amplifies, what may be his most multi-layered and challenging character yet.
There are so many reviews coming in, here are a few excerpts that focus on the cast’s performance:
Philadelphia Daily News: Lewis, mesmerizing in NBC’s too-short “Life” as a different sort of ex-prisoner, projects an at times eerie calm as the man who, in a reversal of a paranoid fantasy, seems to be controlling a CIA operative though her TV set.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mr. Lewis brings his inscrutable, placid performance to Brody. Although audience sympathies over the first few episodes are squarely allied with Carrie’s investigation, Mr. Lewis’ performance offers enough room for viewers to question if Brody is really a terrorist.
The Hollywood Reporter: Both Lewis and Danes are excellent in Homeland. His coiled intensity — and mystery — contrast nicely with her manic need to be right.The cast also includes David Harewood as David Estes, head of the CIA’s counterterrorism center and a rising star in the agency. His future basically rides on Brody being the hero everyone believes him to be, thus he’s antagonistic to Carrie’s suspicions. Morena Baccarin plays Jessica Brody, whose life is turned upside down when she finds out her husband is still alive after all these years.
Newsday : This is one killer cast — the steely-curious Danes, who’s wowed us since “My So-Called Life”; the cheery/chilling Lewis, from NBC’s “Life” and HBO’s “Band of Brothers”; CIA mentor Mandy Patinkin, in whom confrontational yet needy Danes stokes an inner rage that’s electric; and dutiful Marine wife Morena Baccarin, from “V,” trying to reconnect with a distant husband who exhibits numbness, niceness and inhuman disregard for her soul.
San Jose Mercury News: The handsomely crafted and briskly paced pilot does a good job of building intrigue. Only scant hints are dropped about the backgrounds of both characters. Carrie, for example, has some kind of mental disorder, for which she’s popping meds. And the enigmatic Brody is clearly lying about a few things — but why? Both actors sell the premise in convincing style.
Huffington Post: Damian Lewis is mysterious and moody as Nick. He is stretched taut and each movement is a reaction to his past. Nick is the cipher of the show and Lewis keeps the secrets locked up inside Nick’s brain.
Variety: Given Israel’s proximity to forces plotting its demise, one can see how the premise — originated there by Gideon Raff, who shares a writing credit with Gordon and Gansa — would have been especially resonant in that small country. Yet the series effectively transfers those issues to the U.S., with Lewis (a Brit who previously wore a U.S. uniform in “Band of Brothers”) especially good at turning his face into an implacable mask.