Showtime has rolled out the season six premiere of “Homeland” over two weeks early on various online platforms. The story lines and themes that the episode is developing raises alarm bells and suggest that the show, always ambiguous about the War on Terror, has switched sides and is casting America as the villain in the conflict.

Some spoilers follow.

The venue has switched to New York. The time is just after the presidential election, and the new president-elect is a senator from New York named Elizabeth Keane who is decidedly skeptical about current American policy toward ISIS. She suggests to Saul and Dar that she might just withdraw entirely from the Middle East, leaving it to the tender mercies of ISIS, the theory being that if we leave them alone, they will leave us alone.

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The two CIA officials are alarmed at the idea, believing rightly that the terrorist army would use its caliphate to attack the West. The two suspect that the incoming president is angry because her son was killed in Iraq.

In the meantime, Carrie Matheson is working for a foundation that helps Muslims in America who are being oppressed by the government. In the world of “Homeland” no one seems to have shot up gay night clubs or office Christmas parties in the name of jihad. One client is a young African American who is posting videos on his website critical of American policy in the Middle East, an activity that has gotten him arrested for encouraging jihad.

Finally, Quinn, still suffering from the after-effects of being poisoned is season five, is a bitter wounded warrior.

We can leave aside the notion that Homeland is in an alternate universe where a Hillary clone got elected.

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Much of the series was shot before the real-life election at a time when Hollywood and much of the chattering class assumed that Ms. Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump like a drum. Few people conceived of the possibility that the opposite would happen. However, the result is not the ripped from the headlines feel that “Homeland” has striven for, but rather a left-wing fantasy that feels phony.

The focus on American perfidy rather than Islamist terror is likely to put off a lot of viewers. However, one can hold out hope that the series is setting up for a twist that undermines the assumptions established in the first episode. But many in the potential audience may not want to stick around to find out. #Television #Terrorism