Tyrant Ep. 9 Review – Lights up the Sky

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Life in Abbudin gets more complicated as plans for the coup begin to form. Jamal’s (Ashraf Barhom) has shown more loyalty to Barry (Adam Rayner), than most people show to their spouses. Barry’s word is like mana from heaven as Jamal, the elder brother follows the younger one’s lead.

Jennifer Finnigan as Molly -- CR Vered Adir/FX.

Jennifer Finnigan as Molly — CR Vered Adir/FX.

All-the-while, Molly (Jennifer Finnigan) is on edge. Her life as a doctor is over and as she and the kids are about to return to America, they are no longer allowed to go home, but hide out in a safehouse until Barry’s coup is over. Life as she knows it no longer exists, claiming that after she leaves, they will never return, but you never know how the political aspirations of one brother will change the lives of an entire nation.

John Tucker (Justin Kirk) has just enough of the truth in there to make his lie believable and in that with the support of Jamal’s loving wife, Leila (Moran Atias), Jamal and Barry stop the supposed coup at the hands of their uncle, General Tariq (Raad Rawi). Not everything goes according to plan as Leila gets in Jamal’s ear to not surround all the commanding officers under General Tariq in order to publicly execute them, but to instead blow up Tariq’s airplane housing his top advisers, claiming it was an accident.

After Tariq watched his best men die and is imprisoned in the same torture chamber that he’s used over the past four decades. He explains to Jamal that the only person he was against was Barry and the rules new order he was bringing to the country. Jamal beats his uncle and leaves his brother to have a chat with him.

Barry uses the excuse that his uncle betrayed their father and wants to see his uncle be tried for war crimes. Tariq confesses, “I know your soul! You were a killer at 9 years old and you are a killer now.”

If you’ve every followed 20th Century Middle Eastern history, then you can easily see where this show is going and that’s perfectly fine. The relationship between of Barry and Jamal is inspired but Uday and Qusay Hussein. Barry is a blend of Syrian President Barshar Al Assad who is an eye doctor and Jordan’s King Abdullah who is also half British. Alice Krige’s character of Queen Mother Amira Al Fayeed is clearly inspired by King Abdullah’s mother, Princess Muna.

This show is brilliantly written, very well researched and visually amazing. The characters are complex and accurate to Middle Eastern culture. Abbudin may be a made up country, but the stores are incredibly realistic. Tuesday nights never come fast enough and there will be Tyrant withdrawls once the season ends.

Tyrant airs Tuesdays  at 10 p.m. on FX.

Featured Photo Credit: Pictured (L-R) Amir Boutros as Ziad, Ashraf Barhom as Jamal, Moran Atias as Leila — CR Vered Adir/FX.

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