The premiere of “Tyrant,” which aired on June 24, 2014, was a bit traumatic for viewers. Curious to know why? Read on for MNG’s “Tyrant” Season 1 recap of the Episode 1 “Pilot.”
Barry or Bassam Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) is your typical American family man who apparently is a physician and goes to work, comes back home and spends time with his family. He definitely works hard to provide for them. His life is just like the American dream and you won’t even suspect that underneath all of that are such dark secrets. One of his secrets is that he is the son of a Middle Eastern dictator and he tried to put everything behind him until he attended his nephew’s wedding. Take note, his wife doesn’t know anything about his family and what his family has done.
To be able to attend his nephew’s wedding, he went to Abbudin and of course, the whole family had to take a plane to get there, only to find out that Barry’s father bought the plane and they have the seats all to themselves! However, Barry refused and only chose to sit on the seats that he paid for. We also saw a scene where a man was raping a woman and this man was Barry’s brother, Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), who is his father’s right hand and enforcer.
When they got to Abuddin, it was such a wonderful sight with the vast palace welcoming them. Jamal and Barry went directly to see their father as well as their mother, Amira (Alice Krige), who is also Caucasian just like Molly (Jennifer Finnigan). It was such an awkward moment between Barry and his father because they haven’t seen each other for 19 years. Barry’s father asked to speak to Jamal alone and told him about the rumors of a terrorist attack that threatens the wedding. Jamal told his father that he will take care of it but he insisted that he take Barry along with him when he speaks with the leader.
During the wedding, Barry and Jamal went to talk to the leader and the leader claimed that he doesn’t know anything so Jamal started beating him to speak up. He was about to cut off his finger but Barry stepped in and suggested an alternative: invite the leader and his whole family to the wedding so the attack will stop and Jamal agreed.
The girl that Jamal was raping earlier in the episode was his son’s bride and we found out about this when he went to talk to her to tell her about the importance of being a virgin. Then, he reached under her dress to check if she still has her hymen.
During the reception, Barry’s father collapsed and they rushed him to the hospital. At the hospital, Barry’s father told him that he should have been his right hand but Barry left the room. Jamal and Amira went in and once they’re done, Jamal announced that their father is dead.
Jamal and his wife got into a fight. He stormed off and got into a car crash but he was still alive while Barry and his family were already at the airport. He got a phone call and he told his wife that they shouldn’t have come to his nephew’s wedding.
And that’s the “Tyrant” Season 1 recap of the Episode 1 “Pilot.” What did you think of it? Share with us your thoughts by posting your comments below! For the latest news, recaps and spoilers on “Tyrant” and other TV shows as well as entertainment news, make sure that you catch it here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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