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User Reviews: It’s a little tough to explain a show like "Homecoming". It starts off as what seems like a pretty straightforward tale of a veteran rehabilitation/transition clinic and quickly spirals into a X-Files-esque mystery where nothing is quite as it seems.
For a basic plot summary, "Homecoming" tells the story of Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts), who (in the present) has just been hired by Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale) as a Counselor at the Homecoming facility, which is engaging in an experimental treatment to help returning combat veterans better process their emotions and return home. Heidi takes a particular interest in Walter Cruz (Stephan James), a patient so engaging that the chemistry is palpable. Despite some interference and pressure from Colin, Heidi truly feels as if she is helping Walter and all the other Homecoming patients.
At the same time all of this is going on, however, "future Heidi" is seen in flashbacks working as a waitress at a crab shack. When questioned by government paper-pusher Thomas Carrasco (Shea Whigham), she seemingly has no recollection of working for Homecoming in terms of what exactly transpired under her watch.
How can those two story paths be reconciled? That is what plays out over Homecoming’s 10 episodes.
What makes this a five-star show for me, first and foremost, is the mystery behind all the plot elements. Nothing is ever quite what it seems, and you’d have trouble guessing how it all shakes out even if that was your express goal. It throws curveball after curveball to the audience and always seems to "zig" when you think it will "zag", setting up an engaging mystery that will likely have you enthralled to the very end.
The acting and general atmosphere are also top-notch. Roberts and James especially shine, while Cannavale and Whigham are perfectly suited to their roles as well. Plus, the entire spate of episodes has very much a creepy, mysterious vibe to it. The fact that each episode runs about 25-35 minutes allows me to classify it as sort of a serialized, X-Files type conspiracy/mystery, broken into little coherent chunks like, say, The Twilight Zone.
It all adds up to a show I can give only the highest marks to. The short running time for each episode makes it easy to binge (if that’s your style), and if you are a fan of creepy mysteries this is one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time!