Netflix’ Bodyguard Was Mesmerizing and Yet… A Bit Problematic

I was blindsided. I didn’t think I was going to watch it. The trailer made it seem interesting but not enough for me to watch it.

I was really excited about the Golden Globes this year (Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh were hosting!!!) and it came as a surprise to me that Bodyguard was nominated, even more so regarding Richard Madden’s nomination and subsequential win as Best Actor in a Drama Series.

And I was wrong.

From Richard Madden’s extraordinary performance to great writing, the show is actually really really great.

“Bodyguard” is very captivating and the constant twists and turns keep us all glued to the screen.

David Budd (Richard Madden), former Afghanistan War vet, is assigned to protect the UK Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes), a job that turns out to be a game of life and death.

Created by Jed Mercurio, the show is 6 episodes of pure tension. Thanks to out-of-focus camera shots and extreme close-ups, the directors don’t shy away from the angst.

According to the british press, the finale was one of the most watched series in Britain, since Downton Abbey in 2011 and Doctor Who in 2008.

As a hardcore Homeland fan, I saw a lot of it in this show which I appreciated and at times thought were overplayed.

We have the war vet with PTSD who embarks on a complicated relationship with a woman he should be with…

*cough* NICHOLAS BRODY AND CARRIE MATHISON *cough*

A terrible shooting in a car (Homeland 4×10 “13 Hours in Islamabad”) to a building literally blowing up (the explosive finale of season 2 “The Choice”).

CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT?!

Although there was a time Homeland consumed my life, I did not see it coming. I really didn’t. I should have. But I didn’t.

I was so wrapped up in the characters and in the story I didn’t even realize killing off one of the main characters was a possibility.

I was shocked. And I was just as amazed by the previous assassination attempt: the director Thomas Vincent and the editors, sound editors and all the people who worked on that scene were absolutely AMAZING. It came out of nowhere and scared the shit out of me.

It was beautifully shot and portrayed.

Both Madden and Hawes gave extraordinary performances and I could stay here and shower the show with compliments… which it absolutey deserves.

But for a brief moment, I’d like to focus on the one aspect that left me perplexed and doubtful.

I’m a Homeland fan and it holds a special place in my heart. But at the same time, I absolutely understand how islamophobic it is. Muslims can only be one thing: terrorists. And although there is a larger and more in-depth conversation to be had here, it is clear Homeland does enforce Muslim stereotypes.

But this is what Homeland is. It’s the concept of it. So you can image how surprised I was by the terrorist plot on “Bodyguard”.

The show revolves around a conspiracy INSIDE the British government and its agencies. Why not just leave it at that?

Why include the muslim=terrorist subplot? To tie everything together? Sure. But instead of using Muslims as scapegoats, why not a typical middle age white man?

Is it so difficult to grasp? It’s 2019. We do not need and we do not want Muslims depicted as terrorists on our television.

The show would have perfectly worked even without this subplot. And the fact they decided to include it makes me think we’ve gone back in time.

It wasn’t ideal in 2011 when Homeland first premiered and it definitely isn’t okay now.

In my opinion, it would have perfectly worked scrapping the terrorist plot line and simply made the show about a secret conspiracy within the British government.

Overall, I really really enjoyed it. It was gripping, captivating and both the writing and directing were stunning.

I was impressed by it and absolutely surprised by the high quality and the mesmerizing never-ending action.

Have you seen the show? Do you like it? What to you think about the terrorist subplot?

Let me know your thoughts and opinion!

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xxx

Georgia

P.S. I’ve had this in my drafts since February, along with a Sex Education post. Why I haven’t posted this yet is still unknown.


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