Tyrant

A Despot's Palace

The Dictator (20120 - Home of a North African idiot man

The Dictator (20120 - Home of a North African idiot man

I finally watched Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator, and thoroughly enjoyed it (despite all the body humor).  In it he plays a North-African-oil-controlling-child-like-psychopath, and of course an absolute ruler deserves an absolutely over the top palace.  

Tyrant (2014) - Home of a Middle Easter dynasty 

Tyrant (2014) - Home of a Middle Easter dynasty 

However, the first shot of his palace, looks remarkably similar to the first shot of the palace in FX's Tyrant.  This got me thinking:  Are these structures representative of the homes of Mid-East/African rulers, or are they representative of what we collectively assume they look like?  Are these images helping us get a clearer picture of life on the other side of the world, or cementing an outlandish image in our collective conscience?

Aladdin (1992) - Home of the adorable Sultan of Agrabah

Aladdin (1992) - Home of the adorable Sultan of Agrabah

And the Tyrant Train keeps chuggin'

This is now my fifth post about the FX show Tyrant, and I already know it won't be my last.  Ridiculous!  I should just rename this blog Titillating Tyrant and devote the whole things to screen shots and fan fiction.  

Ex: Once upon a time two hot young Americans sat in in front of an elaborately tiled wall.....

I just finished episode ten and there were two new sets that need to be mentioned.  

Tyrant: Season 1, Episode 10 - All marble bathroom.  This is a room fit for two ignorant american princesses.  

Tyrant: Season 1, Episode 10 - All marble bathroom.  This is a room fit for two ignorant american princesses.  

Tyrant: Season 1, Episode 10 - No need to look at your watch Mrs. Al-Fayeed.  You are already in paradise.  

Tyrant: Season 1, Episode 10 - No need to look at your watch Mrs. Al-Fayeed.  You are already in paradise.  

More Tyranny

Tyrant: Season 1 - Meeting room in the palace

Tyrant: Season 1 - Meeting room in the palace

Tyrant has done it again!  I thought I was done sharing pictures from the FX show, but I'm not because any set that pulls off large scale gold patterned wallpaper needs to be acknowledged. 

Tyrant: Season 1 - The palace at night

Tyrant: Season 1 - The palace at night

And this is a shot of the palace at night, which I am including just because.

Take me to the palace!

I am really digging the tiled/wallpapered accent panels featured in the show, Tyrant.  

Tyrant: Season 1 - Bedroom of a psychotic dictator

Tyrant: Season 1 - Bedroom of a psychotic dictator

Tyrant: Season 1 - Bedroom of the brother of a psychotic dictator, who thinks he can make a difference (spoiler alert: that country is effed)

Tyrant: Season 1 - Bedroom of the brother of a psychotic dictator, who thinks he can make a difference (spoiler alert: that country is effed)

Tyrant: Season 1 - Office of the brother of a psychotic dictator.

Tyrant: Season 1 - Office of the brother of a psychotic dictator.

And the pièce de résistance: The office of a psychotic dictator.  

It's good to be king.