“Transparent,” Amazon’s Emmy Award-winning dramedy featuring the Pfefferman family and its existential crises, has been described as the “Jewiest” show on television. It’s little surprise then that the just-released trailer for Season 4 has Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) declaring: “I’m going to Israel!”
The release of the trailer, just two days after President Trump tweeted that transgender people would be barred from serving in the United States military, was joined by a statement from the show’s creator Jill Soloway and the cast.
It read in part: “We are honored to share the trailer for ‘Transparent’ Season 4. We feel very lucky to get to make art inspired by themes of love, home and boundaries, and how they operate in both human beings as well as nations.
“At ‘Transparent’ we believe in the integrity of the trans community, which we know firsthand because we are all either trans or allies to the trans community. It is a revolutionary act for a trans person to simply leave the house and walk down the street. We tap into the incredible history of survival the trans community has achieved against all odds, knowing that our fight is noble and on the side of justice and human rights.”
Last season, “Transparent” continued to explore the themes of identity, both sexual and Jewish, that have been at its heart from the show’s inception. There was also a brief allusion to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, when one of the characters (Leslie, played by Cherry Jones) gets into a debate with a woman selling Israeli coffee at a Shabbat extravaganza.
Soloway has said that, on Season 4 of the show, “things will get more political than they’ve ever been.” She didn’t give away any details, though, so we’ll just have to wait for the season premiere on September 22.