Monday, July 6, 2015

What I’m Watching: Tyrant

Tyrant: Season 2, Episode 3 “Faith” (C)

I didn’t feel right abandoning this show in the middle of an episode, but I think that this hour was sufficiently uninteresting that I can be confident that I wouldn’t be disappointed if I didn’t tune in next week. I can tell already that it’s going to be a long time until Barry tells anyone who he is let alone actually contacts his family, and I don’t have the patience or energy to stick around long enough to see how it all pans out. The patriarch of the family who found him seems intent on giving him the benefit of the doubt whereas his son is far less eager to trust him and much more interested in the imagined reward he will receive for turning him over to the authorities. Sammy inheriting $100 million from his allegedly dead father and telling his sister that he’s sure she will find a rich husband to make a comfortable life with was somewhat idiotic, and it certainly does seem that a good portion of that money could be used to help the victims of the chemical attack in Abbudin. Leila, who was always at Jamal’s side and usually ahead of him in terms of executing vicious methods for keeping the people in line, is suffering from an abrupt character transformation, where suddenly the reputation of her extracurricular activities matters to her much more than the big picture of ruling over the land with an iron fist. Jamal too has gone soft, and this show’s characters are all jumping ship from their previous principles.

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