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I was skeptical about starting this show at first. I'm not a fan of "middle east conflict" stories and the premise just seemed boring, but I have to admit, this show has me hooked now. Me and my girlfriend are Hulu and Netflix junkies. We'll typically find a show and binge watch seasons throughout our workweek. Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black were a few of my favorites and Tyrant ranks right up there with the best of them.
At it's heart, Tyrant is a story of two royal siblings with different views on how the kingdom should be run, set in a modern world. The show does a great job of portraying the struggles that people face in the middle east and gives some insight as to why the people there sometimes turn radical. I think it's a bold move for the producers to humanize many of the extremist ideologies for American TV in an age where we still think of fanatical Muslims as puppets unable to think for themselves.
Don't listen to the negative reviews without watching it yourself. Tyrant is packed with plot twists, shocking moments, and great characters. Honestly, I think Adam Rayner's acting is a bit on the weaker side to be cast as the main protagonist, but Basam Al Fayeed is a great character nonetheless, a "good guy" who can make tough, sometimes very violent, decisions on the fly. Basam's brother Jamal is probably the most entertaining "villain" I've watched in a long time (just as fun to watch as Walter White or Jeoffrey Lannister for me). The rest of the cast do a great job also.
10/10 for me. I can't wait for the next episode.
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