Homecoming is an Amazon series directed by Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail. It has all the feel of Mr. Robot but with a different spin. It’s like MR. Robot meets “Get Out”.
Homecoming focuses on U.S. veterans coming back from war to a new experimental treatment facility. The goal is to transition back to civilian life or so it seems. The show has that eery claustrophobic feel throughout each episode. Followed by the desperate feeling of needing to just know what is going on here. You there is something not right. But just what is it. This is how Homecoming shines in my opinion. Those moments where you feel like you are getting close to an answer and it just slowly slips away.
The cast of the show is great as well. Julia Roberts handles her role delicately as you think she would. She has a conscience and yet is stuck in a situation she thinks she can control but inevitably can’t. Bobby Cannavale and Shea Whigham most notably from the HBO show “Boardwalk Empire are what in my eyes carry the show. They are the Yin and Yang that hold this together. One pulls to unravel the mystery while the other desperately pushes the pieces back together so as to not be discovered. Because something messed up and nefarious is going on here. I won’t give any spoilers but this show is one to take a look at. If not for the great story and cast. For Sam Esmail the creator of MR. Robot. He is a master of his craft.
The sounds of the show are masterfully done as well. It gives you that eery mystery feeling just when it is needed but does not intrude too much in the show when it is not needed. Every gingle and piano sound is there for a reason. I also really liked how the show goes back and forth from the past to the present. It reminds me of the HBO show True Detective. The first season to be exact. It’s very easy to know when they are in the past and the present which while making it easy to follow doesn’t make the mystery any easier to solve and even when you think you know what is going on. There is the why? Once you crack what is going on now you want to know why is this happening. What is the purpose?
I recommend this show to anyone that enjoys a good mystery and doesn’t mind a show that takes its time in letting you become part of the detective team.