Series Premier Review: Tyrant

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After 24 and Homeland, its Tyrant for producer Howard Gordon. Undoubtedly, the Arab world has become a hot topic not just for the media, but also for TV series producers looking for a lucrative yet engaging plot, with a message. Only this time, the show runners have created a fictitious country of Abbudin, with a history and political scenario much like any Arab country that you may come across in your newspaper’s headlines.

Bassam ‘Barry’ Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner) is the son of the leader/dictator/king/president (phew!) of Abbudin. However, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and family, due to ‘issues’ with his father for almost two decades. Seems like daddy issues don’t just mess up hot strippers and bottle blonds! Anyhow, his nephew’s wedding beckons, and Barry takes a much detested trip back home on the insistence of his wife and son, and much to the chagrin of his daughter. Everything isn’t hunky-dory back home, protests and attacks are rampant, even threatening his nephew’s wedding. Things take a turn for the worst when… wait, no spoilers! 

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Tyrant seems legitimate enough, with the dusky and sandy streets of Abbudin, and you constantly have that prickly feeling at the back of your neck and in the bottom of your stomach that things are going to turn nasty soon. The show runners obviously want to keep away from naming names and at the same time be as accurate as possible, taking cues from past and current global events.

The only issue I had was with the costumes and the lack of ethnic wear, even during the wedding. Having been brought up in the Middle East I know for a fact that they would not constantly wear tuxedoes and gowns, at least not to a royal wedding; that’s just not how they roll, honey!

Tyrant is a far cry from Homeland, with the obvious glamour and fictitious settings. I am not completely sold on the show after viewing the premier, let’s wait and watch.

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Homeland Season 3: Giving Me the Jitters Already

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Just last week I mustered up the courage to watch Homeland season 3’s trailer. I know it had been out for a while, but I just couldn’t bring myself to watch the unfolding of dramatic and gut-wrenching events depicted in the the upcoming season before my eyes.

Anyone who has watched the show will agree with me that watching Homeland is not for the weak at heart, I mean quite literally, it could send your heart into a fill-blown and irrevocable cardiac arrest, to say the least. Watching one single episode is equal to spending at least a quarter of an hour running for your life on a treadmill. There have been times when I have had to pause multiple times when watching an episode just so that I could catch my breath and give a  much deserved reprieve to my thumping heart.

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This trailer has so many details in it that will widen your eyes to match the dainty lil saucer from which you sip on your herbal green tea. Claire Danes’ performance, who plays the CIA Intelligence Officer Carrie Mathison, steals the show as always, just like she stole that Emmy Award right from under everyone’s noses. Okay, I will stop now and let you watch the trailer for yourselves!