SPOILER ALERT! This blog post contains spoilers for all seasons of Homeland.
Just like last year, I decided to put my thoughts on Homeland on paper and review the first episode of the show’s seventh season.
The Finale of season 6 left me devastated. I can’t believe how relevant and pertinent the show still is.
Season 6 dealt with a new president elect (A WOMAN!!! But don’t rejoy because she’s the worst), fake news, an Alex Jones’ radio host, friction with the intelligence community, islamophobia and sadly so much more.
Season 6 was painfully realistic. It resembled closely (maybe too much) the political and social landscape of today’s America. President Elect Keane’s deligimization of the intel community and other sectors of the US government.
Doesn’t that remind you of anyone? Maybe residing in the White House right in this moment.
I thought so.
Even though they shot and wrote the show before the back shit crazy events occurred (The Delegitimisation of the FBI and the intelligence community by the sitting US president, The war against reality truth and facts, and so much more), “Homeland“ pains very much divided nation, people on opposite sides fighting each other and believes that seem to come from another historical Era.
It has always been politically relevant and I’m so curious to see what they going to do with this seventh season.
In the aftermath of President Keane‘s election and wave of arrests she ordered against her own intelligence community, people are trying to navigate on which side they want to stand.
On a more personal note, Carrie is also dealing with the tragic loss she had at the end of season six (I will not talk about it because it upsets me too much), her living situation with her sister and her husband, and of course her medical condition.
On the show, the fight isn’t between Republicans and Democrats. In our reality, it is quite
clear where people stand and what they think about the events of the last year. On the show, the lines are blurred. On one side you have a president who locked up her own federal agents and is not trusted by more than half of the country. One the other side you have people fighting against her, but what they preach isn’t exactly better than what she believes in.
O’Keefe, who is the counterpart of right-wing radio show host Alex Jones, and his views increase the distrust among the American people. Him and his followers are saying to be part of “The Resistance”, just like the term the Democrats are using to fight against Trump.
So where is the parallel? Is there one?
To be perfectly candid it’s kind of hard for me to fully understand what goes on homeland, just like with “HouseOfCards”. It’s not easy to follow, especially now that’s all about political power.
And I have a couple of criticisms. Although putting a woman in the White House, as president, after the events of last years presidential election, felt like a good idea I’m now having doubts.
Hillary Clinton Was president now, maybe having a fictional and ambiguously suspicious counterpart would’ve been a good idea, but I’m afraid that showing a flawed and unprepared female president could deter people from electing one. It’s probably my naive point of you, and I am almost sure this won’t impact the publics opinion, but personally I wouldn’t have risked it.
Nonetheless I am ecstatic that “Homeland” is back. I am already planning to rewatch season four (which is probably my favourite season EVER).
I genuinely hope that you will enjoy this season and feel free to let me know your thoughts on the premiere and on the second episode.