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November 1st, 2018   |   Updated on February 14th, 2022

Good intentions. Erratic bosses. Mounting paranoia. Unforeseen consequences spiraling out of control. Heidi (Julia Roberts) works at Homecoming, a facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life. Years later she has started a new life, when the Department of Defense questions why she left Homecoming. Heidi realizes there’s a whole other story behind the one she’s been telling herself.

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TV Series ‘Homecoming’ Review: The New York Times

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It has the cool tone, the paranoia, the visual flourishes, the mind-bending revelations. But these effects are concentrated on a single, intricate story, laid out in 10 swift and magnetic episodes.

he plot, of which it is best to say little, involves the corporatization of government, a favorite subject of “Mr. Robot.” Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) has just started work as a counselor at the Homecoming center, a privately run facility for the reintegration of combat veterans, where she sees clients like Walter Cruz (Stephan James), a wry, good-natured veteran struggling with survivor’s guilt.

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TV Series ‘Homecoming’ Review: Boston Herald

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Like “Twin Peaks’ ” David Lynch, Esmail is one of the few directors who takes full advantage of the medium, imbuing ordinary objects with menace – a trio of vending machines, fruit being harvested – and distorts sound to pluck your paranoia.

“Homecoming” is packaged differently than your usual drama — for one, it’s a half-hour show. What law stated all dramas have to be an hour? In the right hands, more can be said in less and it makes for an enticing binge. You don’t feel as exhausted from an hour show.

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TV Series ‘Homecoming’ Review: Slate

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On paper, Amazon’s Homecoming, sounds like a big, honking prestige TV show. A conspiracy thriller starring Julia Roberts (Julia Roberts!), it jumps between time periods as it unravels a nefarious corporate plot to “help” U.S. combat veterans suffering from PTSD, all while Julia Roberts (Julia Roberts!) tries to recover her lost memories of said plot. But Homecoming is, instead, surprisingly, welcomingly low-key.

With its lean storytelling, contained plot, and focus on characters as opposed to power structures, it makes chaos feel manageable.

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