TV Show Reviews
Review of "The
State" 9/26/17 by
airs Mondays on NatGeo
I didn't think I would like this at first because I don't
generally like shows about the middle east or war.
However, it's a very gripping tale that drew me in right
away. My only complaint is that there wasn't any
closed-captioning, so I sometimes had trouble understanding
what the actors were saying. I was watching it On Demand, so
it's possible that the live shows do have the
closed-captioning. They also have helpful little
pop-ups that explain what some of the Muslim words mean.
The show starts with some British people crossing some
border in the middle of the night. We soon learn that
they've escaped their lives to join ISIS. It's a very
informative drama about what happens to people who join
them. They obviously did a lot of work on researching
this. It's not just educational, though. It's a great drama
with some very fine acting as well.
My favorite character was Jalal, a young man who joins up
to fight. He's played well by Sam Otto. He reminds me a bit
of Josh Henderson ("Dallas," "The Arrangement"). Ony Uhiara
is also excellent as Shakira, a young mother who's joined
with her son. Don't miss this one!
A powerful new drama from renowned writer/director Peter
Kosminsky, The State follows the experiences of four British
men and women who leave their lives behind to join ISIS in
Syria. In an unflinching depiction of the realities of life
under ISIS, The State provides a deeply authentic drama
through which we are able to explore and confront one of the
most important issues of our time.
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