Tehran is a new Apple TV+ thriller which begins with flight 159 heading from Amman, Jordan to New Delhi, but don’tcha know it, they have some potential turbulence on the plane, but instead, it turns out to be an engine problem. The only answer is to change to another plane to get to India, stopping off in… yep, Tehran.
This is not positive news for two Israelis, Shira and Yoni, who claim they can’t land there because they’ll be arrested, but what have they done?
Meanwhile, we meet the main character of the series, Tamar (Niv Sultan), who meets up with another woman, Zhila. Tamar needs to stay and obtain some intel from Zhila’s place of employment, the Israeli National Electric Company, and it should be plain sailing in return for some codes from Zhila relating to an anti-aircraft system, in return for getting Zhila out of Iran for good. So, everything will go swimmingly, yes?
Well, what we have in this series is a bit of a daft ‘24‘, but then that series was rather daft, at times, as well. As you’ll remember, nothing ever went to plan for Jack Bauer, so a plan B was already required. And sometimes a plan C, and a plan D.
Will any of them get found out? Well, you’ll find yourself getting to the end of the first episode wanting more, as it does the ‘24‘-style thing of ending on a cliffhanger.
Old and tired cop Faraz needs to investigate what anyone doing anything dodgy is up to, but you’d think he was running the Keystone Cops the way some of them behave.
Episode 2 picks up right where episode 1 left off, without any summary of events so far, so make sure you’re paying attention!
I’m obviously not going to give spoilers so I won’t say when this happens during the series, but at one point, a body is hidden in a building that clearly is devoid of CCTV, and stuffed under a load of cardboard… erm… that’s a trick that might work for Agent 47 in the Hitman games, but not in real life!
And whenever someone’s downloading/uploading files with a computer, it always happens uniformly from 1-100%, whereas anyone who’s ever had to update Windows 10 will not it sits there going… 1.. 2.. 3.. 35… 60.. 99…. and then just sits on 99% forever.
It’s very difficult to go into detail about anything without giving spoilers, so all I can say at this point, after having watch two episodes, is that the series was shot in Athens, and I definitely want to check out the remaining episodes.
No doubt you will, too, but note that only episodes 1-3 are available on day one, with all of the others released weekly.
Tehran begins on Friday September 25th with three episodes on Apple TV+, and then follows weekly from there.
The series isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Episodes 1 and 2 Score: 7.5/10
Director: Daniel Syrkin
Creators: Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden, Maor Kohn, Omri Shenhar, Daniel Syrkin
Writers: Moshe Zonder, Omri Shenhar
Music: Mark Eliyahu
Tamar: Niv Sultan
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