Here at the link is R.J. Moeller’s new Big Screen/Small Screen culture podcast, featuring me discussing the show Homeland:
I listened to the podcast and really do have not much to say except that I agree with Andrew. The show is well done, especially the acting but does require a measure of suspension of disbelief regarding the plot. For someone to be a prisoner of Islamo-facists for eight years without being killed would make him very suspect.
I am liking the second season more because Brody’s situation has changed significantly rather that just continue with the status quo.
Yeah- terrific acting. I think a lot of good stories require a certain measure of what some famous politician’s famous politician wife once called ‘the willing suspension of disbelief (now what was her name?).’ One of the problems with the story line is that it is adapted from an Israeli TV drama, in which the main character in the US version is a composite of three characters in the original.
My biggest objection in the willing suspension of disbelief dept. was his conversion to Islam, and his airy explanation that there was ‘no King James Bible available’ to him.
I’m going to be rather un-PC here: The problem is that Islam, aka ‘the religion of peace,’ has no peace in it at all. It is a mostly fear-driven, insecure, depressingly negative faith system full of legalism, and has an implacable, vengeful, hateful deity. ‘Remember the peace that Allah gave you,’ says Brody’s terrorist chieftan mentor at one point. Yeah, right. I live in a part of the world where you run into Muslim refugees all the time, and outside the confines of their home cultures, there is a tremendous openness to Christianity amongst these people, simply because Islam is such a downer. Talk to some Christian ex-Muslims, they’ll tell you. Other than that, Homeland has me transfixed. In fact,you might say I’m kind of a Homelander…
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