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Sleeper Cell - American Terror - The Complete Second Season
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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
- All 8 episodes from Season 2 on 3 discs
- "Infiltrating the Final Cell"
- "The Enemy Within"
- "Farik's Story"
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was sorry to see this series end. I don't know if this series was putting the cart before the horse in the sense that it may have been giving terrorists ideas to use in their... Read morePublished 1 day ago by SuzanTX
VERRY GOOD A RELEVENT TO WHAT IS GOING ON TODAY. WISH THEY WOULD CONTINUE THE SHOW.Published 1 day ago by deborah hairston
I thought this was a great show. Too bad it only lasted 2 seasons.Published 5 days ago by Patrick Callahan
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You should never give away what goes on in a series in case someone hasn't seen it yet and is reading everything in order to figure out whether or not to purchase the DVD.
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