Friday, October 9, 2020

What I’m Watching: Tehran

Tehran: Season 1, Episode 5 “The Other Iran” (B+)

Part of this episode felt a bit like filler, but I think that’s because, on a mission as intense and deep as this one, it’s possible that agents will be required to take extraordinary measures that they know could compromise them so that they can gain the trust of important allies. Milad really doesn’t seem to get the danger that Tamar is in, but she did also say that she was going to stay to take out the power grid, making her rush to get a passport and get out of the country feel considerably less urgent. Like Tamar, I learned something new about what a thumbs up means in Iran, reminiscent of the “drei glaser” scene from “Inglourious Basterds” that gave a British agent away as anything but a German. Dealing drugs isn’t the worst thing since, if she gets spotted by a real cop, she’s in enough trouble anyway, and she’s working Milad sufficiently to convince him that taking down the grid will be some sort of romantic gesture. Faraz was expectedly furious about his wife being taken, and it was a bold choice for him to forbid Masoud from leaving the country and try to turn him into an asset instead. That didn’t last long, as Mossad appears to have acted decisively right after confirming that he wouldn’t be taking his flight to Turkey. What that means for Faraz’s wife, I’m not sure, but Faraz has just demonstrated that he’s as willing to sacrifice for his cause as the now-deceased Masoud was.

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