A bunch of shows have just finished their latest season, or are about to (making way for new seasons of Fargo, Better Call Saul, etc.--such is the constant renewal of peak television).
The Walking Dead, as big as show as there is, even if viewership is down, just finished season seven. The main plot was about going to war with the new bad guy, Negan. And after the finale--yep, they're going to war with Negan. Was this season necessary? Is this show necessary?
It's a decent show, and I look forward to next season. The central characters escaped from Los Angeles, which was going through complete rendition. The show is created, in part, by Carlton Cuse of Lost. Like Lost, it has constant action and lots of secrets, but a lot less complexity and substance. Oh well, you can't have everything.
Finally, there's the Showtime's award-winning Homeland. I remain a fan, but the show has never recaptured the power of its first season (and the first four episodes of season two where they resolved season 1).
But unless the finale on Sunday completely changes things, this season has gotten a bit absurd. We now have, as far as I can tell, powerful forces in the CIA working with some Alex Jones sort of character to overthrow (through violence) the U.S. government. This is a conspiracy worthy of Alex Jones himself.
Now don't get me wrong--I know the proud paranoia of partisans in our country, who think this group or that (almost always including the CIA, which has backed coups in foreign countries) is going to take over the government. Right now, in fact, many are hoping Trump can be impeached for some conspiracy they believe landed him in the White House (and if somehow he is forced out, then both left and right can claim there was a coup).
Indeed, I remember otherwise intelligent people arguing, for various reasons, that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were all planning to keep running things after their term of office ended.
This is a common argument of pseudo-sophisticates. But to see a show play into the silliness of it, as if what they're doing is relevant and ripped from the headlines, is tiresome.