Alessandra Stanley, a New York Times TV critic, calls the new “Homeland Security” reality show “more homage than reportage.”
“…there is something more than usually troubling about a network series that purports to cover the full canvas of homeland security and that is made with the assistance — and censorship (they call it “prescreening”) — of the Department of Homeland Security. The result is an exclusive, inside look at a recruitment video.”
This isn’t surprising. Security is a gritty business and one with legitimate privacy concerns. It’s hard to imagine day-by-day actuality being legitimate TV entertainment. It’s serious, professionally motivated, quiet vigilance.