June 7, 2022 by Alan Zeitlin
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Being a Mossad agent in Iran is not a job for the faint hearted. Viewers feel such intensity watching “Tehran” on Apple TV+, a show that will keep them hooked.
In Season 1, Israeli actress Niv Sultan proved as Tamar Rabinyan – a young Jewish woman born in Iran but raised in Israel – that she was able to hack into almost any computer system, shoot n anyone and happily risk his life for Israel.
In the Season 2 premiere episode, she must save the life of an Israeli pilot, Barak, who is to be taken from Evin prison in the Tehran neighborhood of the same name to a hospital where they can hopefully , get him out of the country. .
Tamara enters the hot water. She hopes to go to Canada with Milad (Shervin Alanabi), a man she could really take care of. But there is work to be done. She has to make sure the drug dealers don’t get her in trouble; to do this, she uses her seductive charms to impress a man who can lead her to a general and powerful figure that Israel wants to have assassinated. He is given a weapon to use which will be untraceable, but as usual there are complications.
The New York Times correctly points out that the show contains elements of Fox’s hit “24” with Sultan looking like an Israeli Jack Bauer and the FX spy show “The Americans”, which features Russian spies posing as Americans.
Tamar sees people who helped her and who she cared about being executed by hanging and knows that if she takes a wrong step, she will share that fate.
Tamar’s nemesis Faraz Kamali (Shaun Toub), head of investigations for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is out for revenge after he shot him last season when a double agent ruined Israel’s plan to attack an Iranian nuclear reactor. The Israeli pilots were saved, although the operation was a failure. Faraz has a wife in need of care, and although initially suspicious, he allows Marjan Montazeri – a top therapist, played surprisingly well by Glenn Close – to help his wife, Naahid. Since he is not portrayed as just a cardboard villain, Toub can show texture, as well as difficulty juggling his ego and loyalty.
Close’s acting is fantastic and her character knows how to screw people up with deliciously evil threats. And so she can be forgiven for not being able to pronounce the Hebrew sound “Ch” because she refers to the pilot’s last name as “Haim” instead of “Chaim”. (The dialogue is in Hebrew, Persian and English.)
Sultan, once again, is magnetic whenever he’s on screen – someone who has no problem getting rid of unsuspecting foes. Faraz has a protege, Ali (played by the strong Arash Marandi), who proves to be extremely skilled. Faraz makes a startling confession to Ali and a bizarre request. Sila Ommi is impressive as Naahid, a wife who understands that she’s usually second fiddle to her husband’s obligation to his government work, but she’d still like to make soft music with him.
“One of the best non-superhero female action characters”
The episodes are tension-filled and unpredictable, though at times audiences will feel that Tamar (like Jack Bauer) is overly arrogant and defies the rules of superiors, seeming to get out of any situation, no matter how precarious. Darius Homayoun is perfect as Peyman, the handsome son of an important leader who plays tennis and thinks he’s found a woman worth dating. There’s a scary moment when it looks like Tamar has stolen her phone, and her charming smile of desire turns into a suspicious look. Sia Alipour shows fine acting skills as Vahid, a man who thinks his looks, his fancy cars and a free gym membership offer should get him any woman. He has no qualms about planting drugs on an innocent person.
The sixth episode has an epic look between Tamar and Faraz, when Faraz gets an offer he’s not sure he can refuse.
Sultan’s strength, Close’s cunning and Toub’s tenacity pump up the adrenaline-filled show and make viewers wonder whether or not their own loyalties would lie in their lives, those of their family members or the protection of their lives. country. One cannot help but think of the real danger that exists for Israel in a region where so many actors want its disappearance, namely Iran. Yet there is hope on the horizon for a more peaceful future.
At the International Emmy Awards ceremony in November, “Tehran” received the award for Outstanding Drama Series, becoming the first-ever Israeli show to win the award.
“Tehran” offers one of the best female non-superhero action characters in quite some time. The writing is rich, and if some moments are slightly reminiscent of “Fauda”, it could be because head writer Moshe Zonder also wrote for this hit series. And since there are no real bullets here, “Tehran” is a terrific ride, worth jumping on.
Season 3 has yet to be announced, so take the time to binge and catch up.