Tyrant Episode Three-Some notes and dialogue with review at the end. Minor spoilers only. On in the UK on FOX or Channel number 157 on Virgin Media Tv: Fridays @ 10pm repeated during the week.

Tyrant
Episode Three

TV warning: Sexual content violence.

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Some notes and dialogue.

Basssam, Yusuf & Jamal.
Yusuf:
“Her (Fatima) Loyalty was to Ihab..”

Bassam and Molly.
Of course the shower tiles have to be Arabic or Moorish in pattern.

Layla talks like she is dubbed.  It’s very odd.

Molly is still spouting psycho-babble: (to Barry)
“I am just so glad you finally made the connection..”

Barry or rather Bassam now, is already starting to look dictatorial.  He stands and sits stiffly, more stiffly than usual which is a triumph and stares, with his spotless white shirt on and dark suit.

Jamal: (at a Palace meeting)
Talks flannel as per usual.
“I sat in my father’s lap, soaking in his wisdom, his wit, his nerve,”
he pauses (he thinks) dramatically,
“Well I have soaked it all in!”

Jamal to Bassam:
“You can use it up,”
“Or wear it out”..!

Jamal is quoting Odyssey lyrics!
I told you he was making it up as he went along.

For a moment around the giant table I had a twinge of Peter Sellers in old movies.  Tyrant is a bit Peter Sellers mixed with a Spanish soap opera.

Yusuf to Walid:
“Stun grenades, that is all..”

I cannot believe that people really go on like this in terms of the speech and dialogue.

Another big meeting.  Basaam seems, genuinely, not to know that public hangings took place.

Some of Tyrant is rather corny.  However it is suddenly starting to get good.
When Bassam sits down with Fatima’s husband, Hafmid.

Later.
Bassam to Molly:
“This is me, pleading with you..”
“I cannot do it on my own..”
“It is so dark..”
“Every time I hit a basement,”
“There is a  sub-basement underneath..”

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End of Episode three notes and dialogue.
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Review

Poor Bassam.  Or Bazzer.  Bassam is finding it dark.  Down in the sub-basement.  Well it would be dark, wouldn’t it, down there in a whole new kind of basement.

The sort of basement sometimes arrived at in movies, when the hero or heroine was not expecting to go there.  Indeed never knew there was that basement at all.

Mind you sub-basement has all the sound of surreal thirteen and a third floors in John Malkovitch movies.  So horror is impinging on life in the Arabian palace already.

Did Bassam think the Privy Counsel, President’s brother was going to be a walk in the park?  Not likely.  Bassam knows.  He has always known.  He surely should have known that his family’s government still carried out public hangings.  Although such considerations of course, are only afforded in a viewers hindsight vision.

Still, in for a penny in for a pound, eh Bassam.  We cannot help but admire Bassam’s bravery in deciding to stay and try to improve things perhaps.  Fulfil his filial duty to his family.  Make things right.  So presumably, in his mind, he can fly back home feeling better, like he has righted wrongs and expunged his own childhood guilt.

All this is conjecture of course as it is hard to impute or infer the process as they say, by which Barry arrives at his decision to stay.  Bassam is kind of stoic in both facial expression and demeanour.  He is hard to read as a character.

Mostly Bassam’s sea blue eyes blaze.  A lot.

Obviously we already know or should know.  As Barry/ Bassam is forgetting he knew right back at the beginning: that there is no escape.  Nobody will be leaving for quite some time to come.  Particularly Bassam.  I mean it could be years.

The Arabian palace, like the beautifully tree lined streets is like paradise or Shangri-la. Where the people never grew old as long as they never left.

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