Tyrant Episode Five-Minor spoilers-Some notes, dialogue and description. On in the UK on FOX or Channel number 157 on Virgin Media TV. Fridays @ 10pm and repeated during the week.

Tyrant Episode Five

TV Warning:
“Scenes of strong violence”

Some notes, dialogue and description.
(on first watching)

Arabian ferns even have to adorn an outside seating area.  Even though they are plastic.  There is a film rule that says that anywhere in Arabia must have ferns and palatial marble bathrooms.
Except for the wonderful series Prisoners Of War.

Ihab: (giving a speech)
“The man who betrayed my father..”
“The agitation at the Plaza!”
” The galvanising of the people!”
“None of this matters..”

In Abuddin land: women, young women go out at night, alone and here, mix freely with men.
(if you’re a revolutionary that is)
Amazing.

Bassam: (about Ihab)
” A narcissist with a messiah complex is not going to  sit down and negotiate!”
“bla bla..
“Now he is sitting at the table all alone!”
he continues:
“I have to take him down a notch..”
(That’s your plan?)


Ihab on the phone to Bassam’s mate, Samira’s father:
“What do you mean you’re not coming?!”
“Bullshit!”
Told you Ihab was from Peckham.  A most un-Arabian utterance, methinks.

So Bassam is meeting in underground car parks now.  However even the car park has arched windows.

John Tucker: (appears out of the shadows)
“Garage meets, classic!”
Bassam:
“I want to meet Ihab’s father, the man who almost made peace with my father..”
Tucker:
“Whatever happened to the nice family Doctor from Pasadena?”

Layla to General Tariq:
“Who killed your puppy?”!

The ladies get to wear pretty dressed and they arrange the seating.

Molly and Barry.
Molly:
“Why are you putting your life on the line like this?!”
Basser:
(shouting)
“Because my name is not Smith or Jones!”

Bassam and his bodyguards jogging together is a thing of beauty to observe as they all jog in time balletic-ally.

The Shaykh: Shaykh Rashid & Bassam.
Shaykh Rashid
“I see you have met my son Nimar..”
Bassam:
“Yes, the hood somewhat limited the conversation!”

Jamal and Nusrat’s father.
Dreadful as well as mildly but faintly ridiculous scene.
Jamal drinks whiskey furiously with his pinky finger delicately held up.
(He also briefly sticks his hand down his trousers-yes we geddit-this makes him feel, err, macho)

Bassam and Shaykh/ Sheikh Rashid (the Obi-Wan-Knobi of Tyrant)
Shaykh Rashid:
“My home..”
He even talks like Obi-Wan-Knobi. With an accent like Omar Sharif in Doctor Zhivago.

Bassam:  (quotes from a South African writer)
“My greatest fear is that by the time we have come to love, they have come to hate..”
Shaykh Rashid: sounding like Darth Vader now.
“Have you come to love?..
Bassam:
“I have come to talk..”
Shaykh Rashid:
“This is a young man’s fight..”
(yes, where is your light sabre?)
The Shaykh:
“Death doesn’t scare me Bassam Al-Fayeed, I have seen too much of it..”

They have flutes playing now in the garden.  Added to the dreadful meaningful music melange.

Now some really funky Arabian music, almost Bangra style plays now.  This is because we are on, metaphorically, Arabian roads.  In the desert.

Jamal is in his best bib and tucker.  Or  rather military uniform.  He has a whole raft of medals. Which army I wonder.

At the Party.
Amira to Hakim: (Nusrat’s father)
“What is wrong with you?”
Hakim:
“It’s nothing, a hunting accident..”


Bassam and Molly.
Basser:
“Why did I think  I could do something my father couldn’t do?”
Actually now Molly probably would be a good time for your psycho-babble.  But no.  You see Molly has been psycho-babble cancelled out.

But oh wait, here comes Obi-Wan-Knobi and those much meaningful violins are playing..

Jamal to Bassam:
“You are my blood and you have betrayed me..”
Oops.
Nearly to the dungeon then.  That was a close one.

Did I mention that Jamal keeps intermittently watching the death or the death march as I think it was termed, of Saddam Hussein.  Cheerful.

I know I shouldn’t be chuckling.  As I was when Obi-Wan-Knobi came walking along with his indiscernible flag.  It was all a bit Jesus Christ Superstar musical.  Hosanna hey..

***

Tyrant Episode Five-Minor spoilers-Some notes, dialogue and description. On in the UK on FOX or Channel number 157 on Virgin Media TV. Fridays @ 10pm and repeated during the week.

Tyrant Episode Five

TV Warning:
“Scenes of strong violence”

Some notes, dialogue and description.
(on first watching)

Arabian ferns even have to adorn an outside seating area.  Even though they are plastic.  There is a film rule that says that anywhere in Arabia must have ferns and palatial marble bathrooms.
Except for the wonderful series Prisoners Of War.

Ihab: (giving a speech)
“The man who betrayed my father..”
“The agitation at the Plaza!”
” The galvanising of the people!”
“None of this matters..”

In Abuddin land: women, young women go out at night, alone and here, mix freely with men.
(if you’re a revolutionary that is)
Amazing.

Bassam: (about Ihab)
” A narcissist with a messiah complex is not going to  sit down and negotiate!”
“bla bla..
“Now he is sitting at the table all alone!”
he continues:
“I have to take him down a notch..”
(That’s your plan?)

Ihab on the phone to Bassam’s mate, Samira’s father:
“What do you mean you’re not coming?!”
“Bullshit!”
Told you Ihab was from Peckham.  A most un-Arabian utterance, methinks.

So Bassam is meeting in underground car parks now.  However even the car park has arched windows.

John Tucker: (appears out of the shadows)
“Garage meets, classic!”
Bassam:
“I want to meet Ihab’s father, the man who almost made peace with my father..”
Tucker:
“Whatever happened to the nice family Doctor from Pasadena?”

Layla to General Tariq:
“Who killed your puppy?”!

The ladies get to wear pretty dressed and they arrange the seating.

Molly and Barry.
Molly:
“Why are you putting your life on the line like this?!”
Basser:
(shouting)
“Because my name is not Smith or Jones!”

Bassam and his bodyguards jogging together is a thing of beauty to observe as they all jog in time balletic-ally.

The Shaykh: Shaykh Rashid & Bassam.
Shaykh Rashid
“I see you have met my son Nimar..”
Bassam:
“Yes, the hood somewhat limited the conversation!”

Jamal and Nusrat’s father.
Dreadful as well as mildly but faintly ridiculous scene.
Jamal drinks whiskey furiously with his pinky finger delicately held up.
(He also briefly sticks his hand down his trousers-yes we geddit-this makes him feel, err, macho)

Bassam and Shaykh/ Sheikh Rashid (the Obi-Wan-Knobi of Tyrant)
Shaykh Rashid:
“My home..”
He even talks like Obi-Wan-Knobi. With an accent like Omar Sharif in Doctor Zhivago.

Bassam:  (quotes from a South African writer)
“My greatest fear is that by the time we have come to love, they have come to hate..”
Shaykh Rashid: sounding like Darth Vader now.
“Have you come to love?..
Bassam:
“I have come to talk..”
Shaykh Rashid:
“This is a young man’s fight..”
(yes, where is your light sabre?)
The Shaykh:
“Death doesn’t scare me Bassam Al-Fayeed, I have seen too much of it..”

They have flutes playing now in the garden.  Added to the dreadful meaningful music melange.

Now some really funky Arabian music, almost Bangra style plays now.  This is because we are on, metaphorically, Arabian roads.  In the desert.

Jamal is in his best bib and tucker.  Or  rather military uniform.  He has a whole raft of medals. Which army I wonder.

At the Party.
Amira to Hakim: (Nusrat’s father)
“What is wrong with you?”
Hakim:
“It’s nothing, a hunting accident..”

Bassam and Molly.
Basser:
“Why did I think  I could do something my father couldn’t do?”
Actually now Molly probably would be a good time for your psycho-babble.  But no.  You see Molly has been psycho-babble cancelled out.

But oh wait, here comes Obi-Wan-Knobi and those much meaningful violins are playing..

Jamal to Bassam:
“You are my blood and you have betrayed me..”
Oops.
Nearly to the dungeon then.  That was a close one.

Did I mention that Jamal keeps intermittently watching the death or the death march as I think it was termed, of Saddam Hussein.  Cheerful.

I know I shouldn’t be chuckling.  As I was when Obi-Wan-Knobi came walking along with his indiscernible flag.  It was all a bit Jesus Christ Superstar musical.  Hosanna hey..

***

Wentworth Prison Series Two- Episode Six-Minor Spoilers only-Some notes, dialogue and description. On in the UK on Channel Five or number 105 on Virgin Media TV Wednesdays @10pm

Wentworth Prison Episode  Six

TV warning:
“With offensive language throughout with explicit drug use, violence, sexual violence which some might find distressing”.

Nb. Will do another review towards the end of the series

**
Some notes, dialogue and description.
(on first watching)

(wind gusting)


Liz:
“Holy fuck!”
“She’s on the roof!”
“You’re gonna fall!”
Sky:
“Na, I’m gonna fly over that fence and out of this shit-hole!”
Boomer (down below on the ground in the yard)
Yeah!


Horrible prison man to Franky:
“I’ll get you some pink dragon”
“its pure, you will be a legend..”
(they always say that)
dealers that is.

Liz looks at Franky.
Franky:
“What’s up your arse?”!

Liz not only stands up to Franky but she stands up to horror-movie lit Joan Ferguson.
Liz:
“What did you expect?  You can’t halve the women’s methadone and not expect this to happen!”
For once, Joan is silenced.
Then.
Joan:
“Feels good, doesn’t it?”
“Doing the right thing?”
Liz:
“No,I feel like Judas..”

(gates clang shut)

Joan’s fencing Master:
“Good, good, Joan,but remember, the timing of your attack is as important as the choice of attack, parry and thrust”
“remember, lure the quarry in then parry and thrust”!

Nb. The fencing is shot in strange yellow light.  Joan is really rather good at fencing.

Joan Ferguson to Simmo:
“Oh Slater, So sorry to hear about your uncle!”

Camera 13/ Cam 13-Exercise yard.
And Joan is watching at an opportune moment.

Simmo weeps on the phone.  Oh no.  Joan is listening in on the phone as well.  Like she was in The Lives Of Others and a Stasi agent.  (love that film)  Joan holds one black, vinyl/ leather head phone to her ear, smiling in a sinister fashion.

Bea:
“Simmo?  Simmo?”

Vera, Joan Ferguson and Vera’s mother.
Vera to Joan:
“My mother is a very, um strong personality..”

Vera’s Mum: (oh i remember this now from Prisoner Cell Bock H)
Cries and wails.
And Joan comes to nose around.  (because she is evil)

Yey- Joan says something to Vera’s mother that we are not allowed dramatically to hear.  Which seems to shut Vera’s mum up.  What did Joan say?!

I knew that nasty prison guy was going to do that.  Shit.


Dopey lady Prison Officer:
“Sierra six to Sierra three-we need help-we need help!”

So Bates is the name of the nasty prison man.

Nash, Doreen and Fletcher.
Both Doreen and Nash plead.
Nash:
“Please Sir..”
Fletcher:
“Its tough but you gotta let it go..”

Boomer to Liz:
Boomer:
“From zero to hero!”
points at herself whilst doing a little celebratory dance.


Joan Fergusn is watching Simmo on CCTV:
Cam21-Corridor.
Cam23-Corridor.

As Fletcher tears up sheets I am thinking that Liz is tearing it up this episode.

Joan & Franky.
Joan:
“Possession of a trafficable quantity..”
“Is that how you  look after your friend?”

Boom, boom, the orange yellow search lamps go on at night.

Kitchen Lady Marge:
In a Russian accent.
“Which one of you bitches stole my  rubber gloves?!”

She comes out into the dining room.  (brave)

Things are getting a bit Psycho movie.

Vera:
“This is Sierra 3, we have a code black in H4…”

Cam25-corridor.
As Joan stands framed in the doorway we now know what she is capable of.

Plus she has a seriously creepy fencing mask in her safe and has taken to wearing back leather gloves.

***

Wentworth Prison Series Two- Episode Six-Minor Spoilers only-Some notes, dialogue and description. On in the UK on Channel Five or number 105 on Virgin Media TV Wednesdays @10pm

Wentworth Prison Episode  Six

TV warning:
“With offensive language throughout with explicit drug use, violence, sexual violence which some might find distressing”.

Nb. Will do another review towards the end of the series

**
Some notes, dialogue and description.
(on first watching)

(wind gusting)

Liz:
“Holy fuck!”
“She’s on the roof!”
“You’re gonna fall!”
Sky:
“Na, I’m gonna fly over that fence and out of this shit-hole!”
Boomer (down below on the ground in the yard)
Yeah!

Horrible prison man to Franky:
“I’ll get you some pink dragon”
“its pure, you will be a legend..”
(they always say that)
dealers that is.

Liz looks at Franky.
Franky:
“What’s up your arse?”!

Liz not only stands up to Franky but she stands up to horror-movie lit Joan Ferguson.
Liz:
“What did you expect?  You can’t halve the women’s methadone and not expect this to happen!”
For once, Joan is silenced.
Then.
Joan:
“Feels good, doesn’t it?”
“Doing the right thing?”
Liz:
“No,I feel like Judas..”

(gates clang shut)

Joan’s fencing Master:
“Good, good, Joan,but remember, the timing of your attack is as important as the choice of attack, parry and thrust”
“remember, lure the quarry in then parry and thrust”!

Nb. The fencing is shot in strange yellow light.  Joan is really rather good at fencing.

Joan Ferguson to Simmo:
“Oh Slater, So sorry to hear about your uncle!”

Camera 13/ Cam 13-Exercise yard.
And Joan is watching at an opportune moment.

Simmo weeps on the phone.  Oh no.  Joan is listening in on the phone as well.  Like she was in The Lives Of Others and a Stasi agent.  (love that film)  Joan holds one black, vinyl/ leather head phone to her ear, smiling in a sinister fashion.

Bea:
“Simmo?  Simmo?”

Vera, Joan Ferguson and Vera’s mother.
Vera to Joan:
“My mother is a very, um strong personality..”

Vera’s Mum: (oh i remember this now from Prisoner Cell Bock H)
Cries and wails.
And Joan comes to nose around.  (because she is evil)

Yey- Joan says something to Vera’s mother that we are not allowed dramatically to hear.  Which seems to shut Vera’s mum up.  What did Joan say?!

I knew that nasty prison guy was going to do that.  Shit.

Dopey lady Prison Officer:
“Sierra six to Sierra three-we need help-we need help!”

So Bates is the name of the nasty prison man.

Nash, Doreen and Fletcher.
Both Doreen and Nash plead.
Nash:
“Please Sir..”
Fletcher:
“Its tough but you gotta let it go..”

Boomer to Liz:
Boomer:
“From zero to hero!”
points at herself whilst doing a little celebratory dance.

Joan Fergusn is watching Simmo on CCTV:
Cam21-Corridor.
Cam23-Corridor.

As Fletcher tears up sheets I am thinking that Liz is tearing it up this episode.

Joan & Franky.
Joan:
“Possession of a trafficable quantity..”
“Is that how you  look after your friend?”

Boom, boom, the orange yellow search lamps go on at night.

Kitchen Lady Marge:
In a Russian accent.
“Which one of you bitches stole my  rubber gloves?!”

She comes out into the dining room.  (brave)

Things are getting a bit Psycho movie.

Vera:
“This is Sierra 3, we have a code black in H4…”

Cam25-corridor.
As Joan stands framed in the doorway we now know what she is capable of.

Plus she has a seriously creepy fencing mask in her safe and has taken to wearing back leather gloves.

***