The Galloway reading from last week mentioned how within the show 24, the space of the workplace is so dominating that there is no domestic space, all familial and personal relationships end up playing themselves out in the space of CTU because that is the only space presented. The line-of work featured on 24 is meant to seem so consuming that its characters literally have no time for a “home life”.
Looking at Homeland, one could easily argue that Carrie’s line-of work is just as consuming, yet we still get to look into her own domestic space. Here, the state of Carrie’s apartment gives us insight into her own character: it’s a mess. The fact that she is unable to separate her work from her home–evident by the transformation of her home into a surveillance headquarters of sorts for Brody’s family–shows us how obsessive she can be. And, as mentioned in class, the ease with which people freely enter into her domestic space emphasizes the show’s larger theme of invasion of privacy, on multiple levels.
Presenting tv viewers with visuals of domestic spaces on screen adds an element of realism to tv dramas. Even when shows are centered on workplaces, it’s comforting to see characters go home because it is a ritual also shared by tv viewers. Sure, Carrie’s job as a CIA agent might border on fantasy for the average viewer, but she still has to go home at the end of the day like the rest of us. Going back to 24, it’s interesting to then note that the show’s creators favored “time realism” over perhaps more traditional depictions of characters.
Within Homeland, The term “domestic” can also be viewed on a larger scale when considering the domestic space of America as a country, in opposition to the foreign terrorist threat. Looking at it that way, how does Homeland portray domesticity outside of the traditional settings of a private home space? Does it, at all? Perhaps I need to see more episodes of the series to note any possible patterns, but maybe juxtapositions of scenes of America with scenes from the Middle East might reveal more telling trends.