Who has seen Homeland
Bye-bye, "Homeland": memories of the best CIA agent
The "golden age of television" was still young when on October 2, 2011 the first episode of Homeland running. Around 250 new series are being created in the USA this year, Netflix is growing rapidly, but is still of little importance to people worldwide Homeland on television - at a given time, the US TV broadcaster Showtime produced and broadcasts the series. Series friends in Germany and Austria have to wait. Starts on German-language free TV Homeland only a year and a half later.
The pleasure in epic storytelling in series reaches its first climax. In Mad Men stroll the advertisers, in the Walking Dead the zombies drool in Breaking Bad good citizens cook crystal meth. 2011 start Enlightened, shameless and of course Game of Thrones. The last season of the style-defining series Homelandstarts in the US on February 9th. It is free to receive on Sat.1 Emotions and is expected to be broadcast in autumn 2020.
But it wasn't just the moment that Homeland let it strike from the start. The initial plot was as brutal as it was ingenious: During one of her missions, the CIA agent Carrie Mathison found out about a US soldier who is said to have changed sides while in Iraqi captivity.
Is that a terrorist?
In fact, a kidnapped marine is freed from the clutches of al-Qaeda after years of being held hostage. While the media and the public cheer up the man, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) rolls out the prayer rug in the garage at home and prays "Allahu akbar ...". But does that make him a terrorist?
Homeland reflected the paranoia of the time when Islam was under general suspicion, the USA defied the rule of law and the fear of terror had a firm grip on the peoples. Homeland, by Robert Gordon and Alex Gansa parallel to Gidon Raffs Hatufim (Prisoners ofWar), became a topic of conversation because this unbelievable betrayal seemed so frighteningly realistic and, in Claire Danes, brought into being a strong, at the same time mentally ill heroine, whose intense performance, especially in the first two seasons, should not be forgotten anytime soon.
The hype grew over the seasons. It peaked in the third, when seven million a week in the US wanted to see suspense with Carrie and Brody.
Eight Emmys won Homeland, two of them went to Danes and the series was nominated 39 times. That Showtime is there - similar to 24 - never "questions the importance of the patriotic security services and only superficially and pseudo-critically thematizes their legal and ethically dirty methods as a necessary evil, as she was accused of, is not true. Only the psychological instability of the leading actress reflects the unstable system.
The umpteenth Auszucker
The fact that the drama box was digested a little too deeply is more likely to be the case. If the collapse of the borderliner Carrie still affected, the umpteenth Auszucker became a parody, delightfully broken down by Tina Fey into Saturday Night Life. How hardly any concept seems to wear out more than one that only juggles with fear. The question of Nicholas Brody's identity was so intriguing that it somehow left the air afterwards. In addition, there was the glut of series with more than 530 series in one year. The scenes changed to Islamabad, Berlin and Washington, but it never got as good as it was in the beginning.
So now the eighth season. Carrie's partner Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) becomes national security advisor and as such is sent to Afghanistan to enter into peace negotiations with the Taliban. He wants to take Carrie with him because she has enough knowledge and experience. She is still recovering from the brutal treatment she received as a Russian prisoner. The season is supposed to somehow connect to everything. Of course, there is little hope that Carrie's mission will be done in the end.
"Nothing is like the first time," said Saul actor Mandy Patinkin about the quality of the series over the years. "The trick is to keep it good enough." Homeland may go. (Doris Priesching, February 5, 2020)
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