“Homeland Security” borders on the mundane

January 5, 2009
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ABC’s “Homeland Security USA” tracks the cops who save our nation from illegal aliens, drug smugglers and the occasional scofflaw belly dancer.

It’s less about terrorist threats than the title might indicate, perhaps in large part because there just aren’t a whole lot of those on a daily basis. In lieu of that kind of breach, we get a lot of criminals hiding weed and cocaine in spare tires during the premiere episode, which isn’t exactly Code Red Terror Alert time. So while the opening hour has a reasonable degree of success in holding our interest, the vibe one gets is that it might be tough to sustain sufficient dramatics week in and week out to keep viewers interested no matter how hot the Swiss belly dancer without a work visa may be. (Reuters)