Sleeper Cell: Torture
(S02E03) Speechless. When the idea of television was first conceived, I don't think it was ever expected that it could feel this satisfying. Sleeper Cell is some of the best stuff out there, ranking with only a few other shows currently on and this, the thirteenth episode of the series, may well have been the best one yet. The simplicity of the episode title, "Torture," doesn't begin to describe the pains our characters went through.
Following his disobedience in the US prison, Farik has been extradited to Saudi Arabia where he's mercilessly tortured under the supervision of Bob, the creepy tea-sipping interrogator. In keeping with the fast-moving, in your face style of the show, Farik is busted out of the prison by a group of militants. It's leaked to the news outlets that he died in the prison break attempt. That's far from the truth. So now it's only a matter of time before he becomes involved with the new cell and encounters Darwyn once again. His involvement will likely stay over-seas, but the question unanswered is will Farik's vast network of contacts allow him to find out who Darwyn Al-Sayeed actually is? Remember, he was never willing to give up Darwyn's info to the interrogators. So either he truly knows nothing or he knows everything and wants Darwyn for himself.
What really held my attention this time around was Ilija's story. Up to now, it's been pointless. But upon making contact with someone from his past in Vancouver, Ilija's path is made clear and it leads to him murdering Carly. What a sad, but great, scene. Despite his contacts assertion that the powers that be may have use for Ilija in the new LA cell, seeing the news that Farik is "dead" shook him. Ilija knows that if he's captured, his fate could be the same. So I expect him to continue fleeing, but I'm looking forward to see how he deals with the guilt of killing the only woman who ever believed in him. I think he actually loved her and perhaps his guilt will lead to his breakdown? Wouldn't it be something if he turned himself in and somehow had a hand in bringing down the new cell?
Once again though, Russell's incompetence was the focal point of the show. The man just doesn't get it. Darwyn does and as a result, he's forced to keep his handler out of the loop. All comes full circle though when Darwyn makes a startling discovery: all three of the hospitals he could've chosen for their base had a radiation containment facility. Meaning? The mode of attack will be nuclear, target remains unknown. After hearing that, I think we'll be seeing a different side of Russell. Then again, maybe not. We know he's the nephew of the deputy director. So maybe his brash moves are to try and get out of that shadow? Regardless, he's a sleaze. His bringing Gayle into the game is the wrong move.
However, did he really have a choice? Mina has pegged her as having a relationship with Darwyn. So that means Gayle has to have a believable story. Mina doesn't look like someone you can spoon-feed bullsh*t to. That's only one of the minor stories though. I'm liking the potential romance set-up for Salim. He acts so hard and it seems pretty clear that he's going to end up falling for Farrah. Guaranteed, something like that will lead to him making mistakes in the future. Hell, he already has. Hassani's right hand anyone? Salim has a temper.
Overall, a fantastic episode. Tense from every angle and I loved how it officially put Darwyn in the position where he's calling the shots. It's on.