TV Review - Tyrant: Season 3
Adam Rayner stars as Barry Al-Fayeed, the father in question. A lot of critics hated the fact that Rayner is a white actor playing a Muslim character and not just Muslim but also he's playing an Arab. A lot of critics felt it was typical and horrible, Hollywood whitewashing. I would agree, but I didn't have a problem with it until now. It's only problematic now because the best part of the show and a large part of the show was Ashraf Barhom who played Barry's brother, Jamal Al-Fayeed. Barhom was the balance that made the show good, particularly in the first season where Barhom was strong and sexy, yet vulnerable and virulent.
|Noah Silver in 'Tyrant'|
The narrative otherwise is building toward an election in Abuddin. The show has introduced three candidates. One of whom is a woman, the former First Lady of Abuddin, Leila Al-Fayeed, played by Moran Atias. Her political manipulations and access to all of the country's powers are likely going to be why she wins. Yet, it's difficult for me to care because she bounced better off Jamal too like Barry.
Alexander Karim plays Ihab Rahim, the show's resident villain. He was interesting last season but now he's more of a one-note bad guy. He's way more complicated than he is sheer evil. He is a terrorist, but because the show doesn't emphasize his religious motivations, it's easier to relate to his terrorism, as horrible as that might be. Homeland did it, meaning it allowed us to empathize with a terrorist, so it's not so unusual.
Three Stars out of Five.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Wednesdays at 10PM on FX.