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In SLEEPER CELL: AMERICAN TERROR, the Muslim undercover FBI agent, Darwyn (Michael Ealy), discovers that another terrorist cell in Southern California is planning a catastrophic attack that will be more successful than the last attempt. Meanwhile, Farik escapes out of the country and directs another terrorist operation, beginning a parallel storyline between Southern California and the Middle East.

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L43PGQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,742 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam M. Donaldson on May 12, 2007
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Dahood on April 8, 2007
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane D. on September 18, 2008
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 31, 2007
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The producers made some interesting choices for the second season of "Sleeper Cell: American Terror" in that when Muslim FBI agent Darwyn Al-Sayeed (Michael Ealy) is sent on his next deep undercover mission the show is still following the other members of the first season's cell who also survived. Farik (Oded Fehr) has been captured and is being interrogated by the American government, while Ilija Korjenic (Henri Lubatti) makes his way back to his Europe to visit his homeland of Bosnia. Darwyn is trying to start a new life with Gayle Bishop (Melissa Sagemiller), but ends up back in another L.A. sleeper cell. Adding insult to injury, Darwyn ends up with a new FBI handler, Agent Warren Russell (Jay R. Ferguson), who would have to work really hard just to be an idiot. There is no doubt that this clown is going to get people killed.

A turn of events makes Darwyn the leader of the new sleeper cell, which consists of Salim (Omid Abtahi), an Iraqi ex-patriot raised in the U.K., Beeny Velazquez (Kevin Alejandro), a member of a Latino gang who became an extremist in prison, and Mina (Thekla Reuten), a Dutch woman converted to Islam by her late husband. Initially Darwin is supposed to get his hands on a missile, but then the cell is ordered to get their hands on nuclear material. Meanwhile, Farik is standing up to his interrogation, forcing the Americans to send him back to Saudi Arabia where the laws on torture are quite different. For the most part during season two it is Farik who is the most interesting character and I think you have to root for him not to break as he is interrogated and tortured despite the fact he is the villain of the piece.
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