Well, the premise isn't exactly new -- a returning war hero who may have been turned. The Manchurian Candidate fed off a national paranoia in its day, but maybe it's time for that again. The show is well done, and I like Mandy Patinkin in anything he does. But it looks to me as if the role of Carrie was written to give Claire Danes a shot at winning another Emmy. The role doesn't ring true to me; there's a note of falseness in it, of artificiality. And since Carrie is the focal point for the series, that note of falseness colors the rest of what's going on. I'll watch it again, but my expectations aren't very high.