Tyrant is a bold concept for a TV Drama, from Homeland co-creators Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. It is struggling to take off but I would not cast it aside as easily as some other people have. It’s going to be an uphill struggle for this series, what with its difficult choice of plot, but it may prove its worth and give us some interesting and compelling television the likes of which we really haven’t seen or it may fall flat on its face and be likened to a soap opera.
The story follows Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed from the fictional war-torn country of Abbudin. He has been living in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles for nearly 20 years. Barry, the younger son of Baladi’s president and dictator. He ends his exile to return with his American family to his homeland for his nephew’s wedding. His arrival leads to a dramatic culture clash, as he reluctantly returns to the familial and national politics he once left. I heard someone say think Game of Thrones and Homeland had a baby and then boom….. I’m still not too sure if that’s a good way to describe it, but I can see where they are coming from.
The series is supposedly meant to show us how power corrupts, but the first episode has only teased us. Though the time is not wasted with a camera that makes you feel at times like your one with of the family, beautiful lavish sets, references to real world politics and a villainous son that rivals Uday Hussein, this series has potential, it just needs to realize it.
As I have said it’s a bold choice for a story fish out of water story. The Sombre husband, the protective wife, a rebellious daughter and a son who I think may have something else going on, stranded now in this dangerous country where they are top of the food chain, showing us some prisons really don’t need bars. I hope this series continues we really have not seen enough of Adam Rayner, he played the lead so subtly that it’s only near the end you see how good he really is. In a final note its really great to see Justin Kirk popping up in this, I loved him in Weeds and Justice League War, this will be a good role for him.