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Sleeper Cell - American Terror - The Complete Second Season

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The complete second season of the TV series Sleeper Cell.

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Sleeper Cell: American Terror is so consistently excellent that the series' cancellation seems woefully premature. Citing budgetary costs and the popularity of newer shows (like Weeds), executives at Showtime ended the series after this superb second season, which benefits from its limited 8-episode run by maintaining a riveting combination of brisk pacing, intelligent plotting, and an admirably meaningful effort to explore the true nature of Muslim faith. For posterity, both seasons of Sleeper Cell will gain lasting value for their astute and illuminating depiction of Islamic devotion on both sides of the battle against radical Islamic terrorism. In this regard, American Terror is even better than the first season, as it deepens our understanding of the religious and philosophical differences between undercover FBI agent Darwyn Al-Sayeed (Michael Ealy) and Farik (Oded Fehr), the radical Islamic terrorist (with connections to Al-Qaeda) who continues to mastermind attacks on American soil. As American Terror begins, Farik is enduring brutal torture at the hands of his American captors while Darwyn, still undercover, is pretending to lead a new sleeper cell consisting of a former Latino gang member (Kevin Alejandro) who became an extremist in prison; a closeted gay Iraqi ex-patriot (Omid Abtahi) raised in London; and a Dutch nanny (Thekla Rueten) with personal reasons for hating America.

While Farik's former right-hand-man Ilija (Henri Lubatti) struggles in vain to return to a quiet, normal life, American Terror takes all of its characters into darker, more dangerous territory, and heightened realism gives the series even greater emotional impact as unexpected tragedies befall several supporting characters. While Ealy and Fehr continue to anchor the series with their finely nuanced performances, these episodes ultimately lead to a powerful finale that, in many respects, returns Darwyn to where he began--with potentially greater threats looming in his future. While Fox TV's 24 favors nonstop action and increasingly implausible plotting, Sleeper Cell: American Terror presents a frighteningly authentic scenario that honors Islam while demonstrating how it's been perverted by radicals with evil intentions. Because the second season has a cliffhanger ending that may never be resolved, it's a pity the series wasn't allowed to continue, and the DVD extras offer minimal compensation: They consist of "Infiltrating the Final Cell," an interesting interview between Ealy and two of Sleeper Cell's FBI consultants; "The Enemy Within" (a first-season recap); and "Farik's Story," a pointless 90-minute assembly of nearly all of Oded Fehr's scenes from American Terror. Why bother, when it's all better viewed in the context of the episodes? --Jeff Shannon


Special Features

  • All 8 episodes from Season 2 on 3 discs
  • "Infiltrating the Final Cell"
  • "The Enemy Within"
  • "Farik's Story"
  • Biographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Ealy, Oded Fehr, Henri Lubatti, Thekla Reuten, Omid Abtahi
  • Directors: Charles S. Dutton, Clark Johnson, Guy Ferland, Leslie Libman, Nick Gomez
  • Writers: Alexander Woo, Andrew Barrett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 445 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L43PGQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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After reading some initially moderate reviews of the first season of "Sleeper Cell", I tuned into Showtime with minimal expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised by an efficient, nicely acted, and timely thriller. I became a big supporter of the show, and felt that it was much better than a lot of people gave it credit for--and eventually it was recognized with some accolades (an Emmy nomination for best miniseries among others).

So, I went into "Sleeper Cell - American Terror" with greater expectations. While, ultimately, I don't feel as if was as taut and exciting as the first season--it is still an intriguing and serious minded look at the world of terrorism. The show essentially revolves around Michael Ealy as Darwyn, an African-American Muslim who is also an undercover FBI agent. He thwarted an attack on Dodger Stadium in "Sleeper Cell." The show picks up with months after that incident with Darwyn looking to distance himself from field work and live quietly with his girlfriend. As a horrific fate befalls his previous handler, he is called back into action to help stop a current and impending threat. Using his previous connections, he not only joins a new cell--but eventually becomes its leader. With an inexperienced handler, he often has to go rogue in order to maintain his credibility within the cell. In concurrent storylines, we follow two other members of last season's cast--Farik, the mastermind of the Dodger stadium attack and another "soldier."

Farik, a great and believable villain, is a bit underutilized here--but Oded Fehr makes him a powerful presence. The action is filmed around the globe, and the scope of the show is ambitious and impressive.
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This is one of the most powerful and realistic depictions of the crisis we are embroiled in today with regards to radical Islam. This series helps you to understand true Islam a little better, which is something most of us need to learn about. It also gives some insight into what it is like for people undercover trying to protect us every day while we are blissfully unaware and living our lives. I wrongfully assumed that since the ending was left up in the air that I would soon be watching Season 3 but now after reading this website, I find that this oustanding, unique series is cancelled. There are plenty of mediocre television shows being made today but Sleeper Cell is in a class by itself and its message should continue to be proliferated making us aware of the realities of the war against terrorism.
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At first i wasnt sure about this show in the first season of the show. My brother had recommended it because he said it was really good. As the episodes went on i realized that to. This show in many ways is even better then 24 just because of the reality of the issues... It shows the struggle inside islam between the true islam of peace and love (the fbi agent muslim trying to stop them), and the extremists who claim they are muslims ( the terrorists), and the struggle with the image of islam in the west, as well as what our country is going through at the moment. In the end the plot, actors, and everything else are great and keep you interested until the very end. I cant wait for the next season.
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If you liked Season 1, you'll like Season 2. This is a real thriller.

All the characters that survived Season 1 are back, still as fanatic as ever. The not-too-bright girlfiend is back, along with in-laws that make things complicated. Darwyn's parents make short appearances, either approving or disapproving. The Feds are still powerful but rather inept, and in the end it is up to Darwyn, again, to save the day.

As in Season 1, there is plenty of explicit sex and violence. The bad guys are really bad, although they display an occasional hint of humanity. The good guys do a lot of things that are pretty awful, but they're trying to save the U.S.A., so I guess that justifies everything. The "girls just wanna have fun" and never think about how dangerous it might be. Darwyn looks unhappy and broods most of the time, and finally cracks under the strain. The body count is at least one per hour. A little unrealistic, maybe, but totally gripping.

At the end of every episode, I had an overwhelming urge to immediately watch the next one, because I couldn't wait to see what happens next. Just like Season 1, only more so.
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Warning: Spoilers for the 1st and 2nd Season follow.

I recently TiVOed the second and final season of "Sleeper Cell: American Terror" (8 episodes) off of Showtime. This show received very little fanfare when it premiered in 2005, but I found it to be the best thing I've ever seen on that channel, with the possible exception of "Stargate SG-1." In fact, I think it compares very favorably with the brilliant "The Wire" on HBO. Which is my way is saying its one of the best shows ever.

The first episode of season 2 had me off balance at first as I was trying to piece together the "Previously On" segments from first season to what was happening now. I obviously missed alot of details about how FBI undercover agent AND pious Muslim Darwyn Al-Said infiltrated an LA based terrorist cell led by charismatic Farik (Ardeth Bay from "The Mummy" movies) and ultimately foiled their attack on Dodger Stadium. But some basic facts emerged: Darwyn was emotionally recovering with his girlfriend in San Diego and Farik was in US custody and undergoing interrogation and former cell member Ilija Korjenic had escaped capture and dyed his hair "Spike" blonde and was hiding out in the apartment of his hooker girlfriend (who in the first season worked in a music store).

These three characters would not meet again until the final episode but the events and people surrounding them were so interesting you never cared. Darwyn gets asked to make contact with a latino gangbanger who converted to radical Islam in prison (where Darwyn apparently served six months in order to build a creditable cover identity). From there he gets recruited to a new terrorist cell and eventually takes over leadership.
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