This article originally appeared on Dr. Mahaney’s Pet-Lebrity News
column on Pet360.com as; Boneland Serves Hilarious Canine Spoof of Showtime's Hit Show 'Homeland’
Are you a fan of Showtime’s hit political dramaHomeland
? If you're not aware of the show, it is a multi-Emmy award winning program which just broadcast the finale of its third season. It’s a favorite of mine, as I always enjoy watching the seemingly-psychotically driven Carrie (Claire Danes) pursuing the integration of her personal and professional interests while striving to maintain the supposed innocence of her romantic counterpart, the former Marine Sergeant turned terrorist Nicholas Brody (“Brody”, Damian Lewis).
Why is Homeland relevant to my Pet-Lebrity News
column? As I was perusing the Huffington Post, I discovered the article: Fighting terrier-ism! Homeland parody Boneland is unleashed... featuring an all-canine cast
. The article featured the hysterical Barkbox video Boneland: A Dog Homeland Parody
. Well, I couldn't resist taking a peek at what proves to be a credible canine cast portraying the human characters with remarkable emotional range.
So, what gripping canine action happens on Boneland? The story of the video closely follows the thrills of the seriously heart-pounding season three.
No Bones About It
Boneland opens with Carrie, a yellow Labrador Retriever, pondering her bulletin board in attempt to trace the location of Brody, who is a suspect in the CIA bombing at Langley. Carrie, exhibits the ups and downs associated with Bipolar Disorder until she takes her lithium (what appears to be a tasty dog treat) under the strict order of her CIA Director Saul (Mandy Patinkin), a Scottish Terrier.
Carrie is then reunited with Brody, portrayed by a sleek and energetic Viszla, who informs her of a new terrorist cell. Carrie questions Brody’s trustworthiness, which is reestablished by a brief moment of loving doggie licks.
The scene then takes us to Venezuela. Carrie and Brody have been spying on the enemy cell, which turns out to be a pen of “terrorist puppies”.
Both Carrie and Saul are stressed out by the emotional burden of their professional responsibilities, so we find them drinking to drown their worries. Exactly what is in their glasses is unknown, but Saul drinks amber liquid (whiskey? apple juice?) from an Old-fashioned Glass, while Carrie slurps a pink beverage (white zinfandel? cranberry juice?) from a wine glass. I find this image quite entertaining even though Carrie’s wine drinking is so season two. In season three, Carrie has moved on to tequila.
We are then taken to a touching encounter between Brody's lovely wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin ), portrayed by a pensive black Chihuahua, and their daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor), realistically personified by a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The hilarious yet simple mother-daughter banter of “Dana”, “What Mom?”, “Dana” prompts Jessica to exclaim “She’s run away again!” Dana’s delinquency was a common plot sequence in the early episodes of this season. Brody and Jessica’s other child, Chris (Jackson Pace), then pops up as an apricot Toy Poodle and states “When am I gonna get a storyline”. Poor Chris! Dana is always stirring the drama pot.
Of the shows most intriguing characters, the mercenary Quinn (Rupert Friend) is introduced as a fluffy Pomeranian adorned with protective goggles. Quinn has been stealthily monitoring Carrie’s progress and subsequently prompts Saul to drink even more by declaring “Saul, we lost Carrie”. Carrie then pops up to conclude the video by uncovering the location of the “terrorist puppies” and announces “I caught you! I caught you!”
What happens in Boneland’s next season is yet to be determined, as there were so many life-changing events occurring during season three, but I can't tell you here what they are without spoiling it!
Will you be watching next season’s Boneland, um, I mean Homeland? I’ll definitely be tuning in for the high drama, which hopefully infused with some canine cuteness to lighten up the heavy material.
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