songstersmiscellany replied to your post: I was just watching the season premiere of…
You mean it doesn’t praise the virtues of torture, er, I mean “enhanced coercive interrogation techniques”?
Okay, so I finished the episode of Homeland, and I was going to SCREAMING about it anyway, so why not make it a reply? Per my previous post, I love this show so much it’s a physical thing, I was shaking by the end. This is what television can do when it’s intelligent and nuanced. I just—the Arabic is so nice to hear when it’s not just ominous mutterings, and Beirut looks exactly like itself, and every important character is complex but believable and breathing and real, and I identify with Carrie probably a little too much. I’ll just leave it that I totally agree with this recap/review, and that that goes to show that this show works even for people who aren’t predisposed to respond to it like crack. (I am predisposed this way, can you tell?)
PEOPLE ARE BEING INTELLIGENT ABOUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE AND THE MIDDLE EASTAND MOOD DISORDERS ON TV AND IT TURNS OUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THAT
Okay but to actually answer your question, it does not. Torture from the American side hasn’t been dealt with so much (can’t go into detail without spoilers), but drones are a major concern on the show. We see Arab-American Muslims of a variety of allegiances, a white Muslim convert, veterans, CIA agents, government fuckwits (and while the show’s beautifully ambivalent about a lot of things, it’s pretty clear that the ones building their careers shortsightedly on violence overseas should get no sympathy from the audience), a former POW, military wives, some victims overseas, full-blown terrorists, Islam as a balm as well as a tool, and a deeply sensitive portrait of severe bipolar disorder. We do not get “and then Jack Bauer, our Lord and Savior, chopped off some guy’s fingers FOR AMERICA.”
EVERYONE JUST WATCH THE SHOW OKAY