In the landscape of Homeland, all Arabic speakers are Muslim, all Muslims are terrorists, and the government is here to save us.
Herein lays the troubling thing about the politics of Homeland: It isn’t simplistic American triumphalism. In fact, it presents itself as liberal peacenik propaganda, but it’s being more than a little disingenuous about that.
The overarching message is, of course, hooray for surveillance, law enforcement tool of the future. Apparently everyone has forgotten Winston Smith cowering out of view of the telescreen.
Homeland is a strong, ambiguous, and complex thriller that holds a mirror up to viewers, but it’s also walking a highwire that could potentially lead to a devastating fall.