Hey y’all. Yet another American television show has crept into my university routine. Some of you may have already started watching Homeland but if you haven’t I would definitely recommend it. Especially if you’re interested in American politics and foreign affairs because the show has them in abundance.
The show follows several characters scattered around different parts of the federal system and defensive factions in the light of an American marine being rescued after being in captivity for 8 years.
Many different debates arise because of the show and its comparisons with what is actually is happening modern day America. The nuclear threat from Iran, internal investigations and spying of American citizens are all topical debates that exist in reality as well as in the show.
During my McCarthyism module this year debates about democracy and Americanism have been omnipresent due to the fact some officials in America seem to act in an undemocratic way to ensure that Americanism is upheld. The definition of Americanism is ambiguous and these same debates can be witnessed in Homeland. This is because of some of the tactics that the CIA use to ensure the safety of the nation as a whole whilst overlooking indiviual liberties.
These debates make the show a very tense and unique experience which I’d recommend anyone to enjoy. (All of the action scenes are top notch as well.)
And to top it all off it’s one of Barack Obama’s favourite show so it’s got to be worth a watch surely?