Homeland is an American political thriller television series which I found myself recently being hooked too. The story is based on the Israeli series Hatufim which in English means “Prisoners of War”. This really opens the key message and the event disclosed in the series.
The series revolves around Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder, and Nicholas Brody, a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Carrie based on the the intelligence she has gotten 8 years ago believe that Brody, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was turned by the enemy and his rescue is not what it seems to be.
The story begins will the rescue of Brody. He roams around but with a death soul and lack of anyone he loves and anyone who loves him back. He has carried with him the nightmares of the war which would hunt him every night stopping him to attend any happiness every person dreams to attend. But, the writer wants to point out he may be free to roam around but is still in prison. Thus “prisoner of war” would be a great choice as its title.
The story is filled with irony. Any person sane would understand that the fault in both sides. A stranger will not even be able to differentiate between both of the groups. The Brody came up out of war confused too. He is confused that his Government is a terrorist or those who captured him. He is filled with the guilt of beating his friend to death and uses religion as the medicine to his heart ache. But, the irony is that he still again kills him after finding him to be alive without even any tiny bit of thought.
The American side claims to be protecting the world from terrorist but the irony is there task of droning the innocent people is much more dreaded and feared by the public. The Americans claim to be a victim and determined to get justice but act in the name of religion just as there enemies do. Pointing out how much unsecure and racism the Muslim community is facing in America.
The story lights us to the nature of human beings. The selfishness and the way with which we manage to give excuse for our faults. This is why I like the story.