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Homeland Insecurity

Post-Sept. 11 fear and regret loom over the gripping new season of the Emmy-winning terrorism drama

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Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in Homeland. (Ronen Akerman/Showtime)

The Israeli series, which is also less of a thriller than Homeland, highlights the adjustment families must make after loved ones return home from such a traumatic experience. The theme was much on the minds of Israelis while Gilad Shalit was being held captive in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Repatriated last October after being held incommunicado for over five years, Shalit visited the Homeland set when part of the new season was being filmed in Israel.

Prior to Hatufim, the reintegration of Israeli POWs into fast-paced Israeli society had never before been fictionalized in an Israeli TV serial. It was so popular that a second season is premiering on Israeli TV next month.

Working with Hatufim creator Gideon Raff, Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon adapted and produced Homeland as the American version for Showtime. Both Gordon and Gansa were part of the creative team that produced the hit 24, which also focused on a renegade counter-terrorist, Jack Bauer, and a team of homeland-security officials charged with protecting the nation from terrorism.

Gordon and Gansa’s learning curve attests to the differences in the two dramas. The Twin Towers were smoking, and memories of the Sept. 11 attacks were still fresh, when Jack Bauer routinely tortured recalcitrant suspects to prevent terrorists from nuking Los Angeles. But Bauer’s casual embrace of torture and other illegal counter-terrorism tactics sparked controversy and outrage among some viewers and reporters as distance from that traumatic event grew.

While 24 was driven by its nail-biting narrative and suspenseful endings of each episode, the first 12 episodes of Homeland, though hardly devoid of thriller moments, focus far more on relationships. If 24 was all about a thrilling plot, Homeland is far more about characters. Carrie and Saul are patriotic, brave, and often heroic, but they can also be cowardly, misguided, and duplicitous. Carrie crosses most professional boundaries, most notably, by sleeping with Sgt. Brody, the Marine she is surveilling. Carrie’s complex feelings for him—and also for Saul—coupled with her creative if unorthodox tactics, are the emotional driver of the series. What 24 and Homeland share is the ticking-bomb endings of each broadcast hour—drama that has made both President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton into fans.

Early in Season 2, Saul and the CIA will draw Carrie back into action for a crucial mission for which only she is qualified. And so for another thrilling season, we will be able to watch three of television’s most compelling characters and the gifted actors who portray them wrestle not only with America’s enemies, but with their own internal demons. Homeland is, as 24 was for what seems already a different era, a barometer of our times.


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Louie the Lip says:

If you were the person who owned & insured the 3 buildings that IMPLODED on 911 & whose contract for the Twin Towers stimulated that you would REBUILD on their footprint, in the event that they were destroyed, don’t you think people would say you were either very LUCKY or you were part of the group that did 911?

What do you think?

I regret that i read this article, given all the spoilers. Is the Israeli series available? I also hope that someday I can access the original Israeli series which led to “In Treatment,” another brilliant series.

brynababy says:


Louie the Lip says:

You’re disgusting- and stupid!

Miha Ahronovitz says:

I started seeing Homeland episodes since a week or so. I saw about 7 episodes recorded. As we are just after Yom Kippur, As the intelligence in human is a gift of the fear of God (Iraat Hashamaim), I wonder how this affects the characters in these series. You love a wife, but after six years of absence she is sleeping with your best friend, while still loving you, Every love affair contains a higher priority than feeling: I can not say what is still classified. Everyone must pass polygraph tests, that the agents, aka human people learned to cheat through will control. In fact they cheat the strange Gd they call CIA. This is idolatry, as FBI is a different Gd, worshiped by other deadly agents.

There is not true Gd in this movie, and if there is, no one cares about Him. There is no pity, no forgiveness, love is sex, let’s do what the heck. Then there is penchant for Jewishness. similar to the one pointed out by Raquel Shukert in another article

Intermarried A-Listers and Us .

Someone has to do this job, I suppose, yet this neverland world of spies has a magic attraction to all involved in it. I just learn that getting a CIA job is the dream of the top graduates from Ivy League Universities


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