Tyrant: Season 2 Reviews

April 2, 2019
Arguably the most ambitious new show of the season on any network but the narrative's potential is often wasted on thin characters and a real lack of political context.
June 17, 2015
Lack of nuance is a huge problem for Tyrant, a tragedy considering the depiction of a foreign region's struggles is a pure exercise in nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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June 16, 2015
Tyrant is clearly trying to understand the desperation and horror in places like Syria and Yemen without trivializing that desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 15, 2015
This project from Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon suddenly exhibits the potential to become a fairly entertaining one, with the disclaimer that the terrain still contains an abundance of storytelling sand traps.
April 2, 2019
Tyrant has grown in ambition since season one, both politically and dramatically, but its narrative faults remain and are even more potent in the light of its escalated conflicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 2, 2019
From where things stand in the premiere, Tyrant has not made the kind of necessary adjustments to indicate things have been successfully turned around.
June 23, 2018
And while this drama isn't as tight as those others in their best days, it's still extremely intriguing to watch a political crisis that won't be solved by some Deus ex Americana.
September 26, 2017
I just wish the execution was better. I can enjoy the show as a soap but I'd enjoy it a lot more if it could be taken as a serious drama. It's not there yet.
June 18, 2015
In what world is leaving a drugged man alone in the middle of the desert with no food, water, or shelter not a death sentence?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 17, 2015
At its best, it's a family drama in an unusual setting. And after some tweaking, a more entertaining one.
June 12, 2015
Tyrant may be afraid to follow through with some of its most incendiary plot threads, but season two already feels fully-formed, less of a mirage of ideas and promises like last year and more of an actual, richly realized vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10