With “Homecoming,” Esmail solidifies himself as one of the best directors working in television. His style here projects a kind of refined paranoia, evoking Hitchcock in hypnotic staircase shots, trippy zooms and spectacular long takes.
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for stylish British-political-conspiracy thrillers. From Bond to BBC’s adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Night Manager,” even the most over-the-top and ridiculous plots are polished with those damned accents and impeccably dressed agents. BBC’s “Bodyguard” is another familiar addition to this canon, and while it is not groundbreaking, its nearly flawless execution makes the miniseries a worthwhile watch.
Despite the variances for each late-night program — from Jimmy Fallon’s choreographed, trepid shots at Trump to Seth Meyers’ more analytical dissection of his ineptitude to Samantha Bee’s outright, overt assault on the Trump administration — when you distill it down, everyone seems to be saying the same thing.