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* AllArabsAreMuslims: Completely averted, with the terrorists weaponizing this stereotype to their benefit. They purposefully use people of other backgrounds to escape detection. Only two of the original cell's members are Arabs. In the second season, only one is.

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* AllArabsAreMuslims: AllMuslimsAreArab: Completely averted, with the terrorists in fact weaponizing this stereotype to their benefit. They purposefully use people of other backgrounds to escape detection. Only two of the original cell's members are Arabs. In the second season, only one is.


* BlofeldPloy: In the first episode, Farik claims that a member of his cell is a traitor, possibly referring to FBI++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ agent Darwyn. However, he was actually accusing Bobby Habib.

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* BlofeldPloy: In the first episode, Farik claims that a member of his cell is a traitor, possibly referring to FBI++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ FBI agent Darwyn. However, he was actually accusing Bobby Habib.


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* ConspiracyTheorist: Ilija hooks up with a woman like this after he's on the run in the wake of the first season's terrorist attack. She believes he's innocent, with both the attack and 9/11 being [[FalseFlagOperation staged by the government]]. As a result, she willingly shelters him so Ilija can flee the US.


* AllArabsAreMuslims: Completely averted, with the terrorists weaponizing this stereotype to their benefit. They purposefully use people of other backgrounds to escape detection. Only two of the original cell's members are Arabs. In the second season, only one is.



* BlofeldPloy: In the first episode, Farik claims that a member of his cell is a traitor, possibly referring to FBI spy Darwyn. However, he was actually accusing Bobby Habib.

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* BlofeldPloy: In the first episode, Farik claims that a member of his cell is a traitor, possibly referring to FBI spy FBI++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ agent Darwyn. However, he was actually accusing Bobby Habib.



** Type V. Only one of the terrorists in the Season 1 cell is Arab. The others are a white Frenchman, a white Bosnian, and a white American. The Season 2 cell includes a Hispanic American and a white Dutchwoman ([[TruthInTelevision all those examples were [[{{Expy}} based on real terrorists]]]]).
** White separatists also make an appearance, trading explosives to the cell for Afghan cocaine. They also appear to draw parallels between them and Al-Qaeda. Christian, an ex-skinhead, claims that he was once a lot like them. The leader of the white separatists answers that Christian is [[NotSoDifferent still like them]].

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** Type V. IV. Only one two of the terrorists in the Season 1 cell is are Arab. The others are a white Frenchman, a white Bosnian, and a white American. American (plus one Arab was also quickly killed off). The Season 2 cell includes a Hispanic American and a white Dutchwoman ([[TruthInTelevision all those examples examples]] were [[{{Expy}} based on real terrorists]]]]).
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** Type III. White separatists also make an appearance, trading explosives to the cell for Afghan cocaine. They also appear to draw parallels between them and Al-Qaeda. Christian, an ex-skinhead, claims that he was once a lot like them. The leader of the white separatists answers that Christian is [[NotSoDifferent still like them]].


* ArtisticLicenseReligion: InUniverse, on a train some thugs start harassing a Sikh man thinking he's a Muslim. Darwyn beats them up and then delivers a lecture pointing out that traditionally Muslims have actually been the ''enemies'' of Sikhs, with conflict going back centuries. He also notes multiple times that Islamic terrorists' twist real Islamic teachings to justify themselves, which disgusts him.

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: InUniverse, on a train some thugs start harassing a Sikh man thinking he's a Muslim. Darwyn beats them up and then delivers a lecture pointing out that traditionally Muslims have actually been the ''enemies'' of Sikhs, with conflict going back centuries. He also notes multiple times that Islamic terrorists' Muslim terrorists twist real Islamic teachings to justify themselves, which disgusts him.


* ArtisticLicenseReligion: InUniverse, on a train some thugs start harassing a Sikh man thinking he's a Muslim. Darwyn beats them up and then delivers a lecture pointing out that traditionally Muslims have actually been the ''enemies'' of Sikhs, with conflict going back centuries. He also notes multiple times that Islamic terrorists' twist real Islamic teachings to justify themselves, which disgusts him.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One for both Darwyn and Farik on their first meeting in a synagogue. Farik maintains a cover as "Yossi", a proud and kind member of the LA Jewish community. He verbally confronts Darwyn and asks if he's here to see the Judaic swine which Allah has condemned. This sets the precedent for Farik's use of subterfuge to hide his identity as the leader of an Islamic extremist cell, and his misunderstanding of Islam. In response, Darwyn tells him that the Quran only states that ''some'' of the Jews and Christians were turned into pigs, i.e. only the evil ones. This insistence on quoting and defending the holy text correctly underlines Darwyn's righteous beliefs in the law and the fact that he's the only true believer in the ways of his religion, unlike his fellow cell members. It also allows him to maintain the cover of a righteous terrorist.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
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One for both Darwyn and Farik on their first meeting in a synagogue. Farik maintains a cover as "Yossi", a proud and kind member of the LA Jewish community. He verbally confronts Darwyn and asks if he's here to see the Judaic swine which Allah has condemned. This sets the precedent for Farik's use of subterfuge to hide his identity as the leader of an Islamic extremist cell, and his misunderstanding of Islam. In response, Darwyn tells him that the Quran only states that ''some'' of the Jews and Christians were turned into pigs, i.e. only the evil ones. This insistence on quoting and defending the holy text correctly underlines Darwyn's righteous beliefs in the law and the fact that he's the only true believer in the ways of his religion, unlike his fellow cell members. It also allows him to maintain the cover of a righteous terrorist.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Darwyn invokes this on Farik to turn the cell's talents to justice for a change. Morally disgusted by their financier's use of child prostitutes, he flat out states to Farik that "this is ''not'' Islam!". With initial reluctance, the Saudi bossman leads an assault on the Mexican cartel. He tells the second in command that he can take leadership and a bigger cut of earnings from their [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking prostitution, gambling, drug dealing and pirated DVD sales]]. Just no children anymore.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Darwyn invokes this on Farik to turn the cell's talents to justice for a change. Morally disgusted by their financier's use of child prostitutes, he flat out states to Farik that "this is ''not'' Islam!". With initial reluctance, the Saudi bossman boss man leads an assault on the Mexican cartel. He tells the second in command that he can take leadership and a bigger cut of earnings from their [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking prostitution, gambling, drug dealing and pirated DVD sales]]. Just no children anymore.



* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: At the end of the first episode, Farik is still testing Darwyn. During the stoning to death of Bobby Habib, he orders Darwyn to throw one of the stones, but it misses. Next time round, he gestures to Darwyn to do it and hit Bobby this time. Darwyn feigns reaching for another rock, but he pulls Farik's ankle-holstered gun. Holding it on Farik for a second, he then shoots Bobby as a MercyKill. While the cell members are surprised by this turn of events (and Farik warns him not to do it again), this is convincing enough for them for Farik to officially induct Darwyn into the cell.

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* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten:
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At the end of the first episode, Farik is still testing Darwyn. During the stoning to death of Bobby Habib, he orders Darwyn to throw one of the stones, but it misses. Next time round, he gestures to Darwyn to do it and hit Bobby this time. Darwyn feigns reaching for another rock, but he pulls Farik's ankle-holstered gun. Holding it on Farik for a second, he then shoots Bobby as a MercyKill. While the cell members are surprised by this turn of events (and Farik warns him not to do it again), this is convincing enough for them for Farik to officially induct Darwyn into the cell.



* InsistentTerminology: They are ''not'' terrorists. They are '''holy warriors.'''

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* InsistentTerminology: InsistentTerminology:
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They are ''not'' terrorists. They are '''holy warriors.'''



* MistakenForTerrorist: As mentioned above, when Gail mistakenly thinks Darwyn is a real terrorist.

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* MistakenForTerrorist: As mentioned above, when Gail mistakenly thinks Darwyn is a real terrorist.terrorist (justified as he's undercover ''pretending to be one).



* OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: The secret password between terrorists goes-

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* OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: The secret password between terrorists goes-goes:



* PreClimaxClimax: Farik meets his wife in Las Vegas and they have an argument about his plot to martyr himself in two days' time. But believing he cannot be dissuaded, he ends it and seduces her for the first time in years (due to their enstrangment). [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, he neither got to blow himself up nor ever have sex with her again.]]
* PretendPrejudice: One of Farik's interrogators makes bigoted comments while questioning him. But when he meets Darwyn, he treats him courteously and knows not to offer a Muslim alcohol.

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* PreClimaxClimax: Farik meets his wife in Las Vegas and they have an argument about his plot to martyr himself in two days' time. But believing he cannot be dissuaded, he ends it and seduces her for the first time in years (due to their enstrangment).estrangement). [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, he neither got to blow himself up nor ever have sex with her again.]]
* PretendPrejudice: PretendPrejudice:
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One of Farik's interrogators makes bigoted comments while questioning him. But when he meets Darwyn, he treats him courteously and knows not to offer a Muslim alcohol.



* TranslationConvention: It can be assumed that this is in play largely during scenes with Arabic speakers conversing in privacy, especially in countries such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia. After all, one wouldn't expect senior Al Queda members to be using English with each other.

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* TranslationConvention: It can be assumed that this is in play largely during scenes with Arabic speakers conversing in privacy, especially in countries such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia. After all, one wouldn't expect senior Al Queda Al-Queda members to be using English with each other.other. This is averted by some dialogue though, which is subtitled Arabic.



* WesternTerrorists: Type V. Only one of the terrorists in the Season 1 cell is Arab. The others are a white Frenchman, a white Bosnian, and a white American. The Season 2 cell includes a Hispanic American and a white Dutchwoman.
** TruthInTelevision: all those examples were [[{{Expy}} based on real terrorists]].

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* WesternTerrorists: WesternTerrorists:
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Type V. Only one of the terrorists in the Season 1 cell is Arab. The others are a white Frenchman, a white Bosnian, and a white American. The Season 2 cell includes a Hispanic American and a white Dutchwoman.
** TruthInTelevision:
Dutchwoman ([[TruthInTelevision all those examples were [[{{Expy}} based on real terrorists]].terrorists]]]]).

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* TranslationConvention: It can be assumed that this is in play largely during scenes with Arabic speakers conversing in privacy, especially in countries such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia. After all, one wouldn't expect senior Al Queda members to be using English with each other.


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One for both Darwyn and Farik on their first meeting in a synagogue. Farik maintains a cover as "Yossi", a proud and kind member of the LA Jewish community. He verbally confronts Darwyn and asks if he's here to see the Judaic swine which Allah has condemned. This sets the precedent for Farik's use of subterfuge to hide his identity as the leader of an Islamic extremist cell, and his misunderstanding of Islam. In response, Darwyn tells him that the Quraan only states that only some of the Jews and Christians were turned into wine, i.e. only the evil ones. This insistence on quoting and defending the holy text correctly underlines Darwyn's righteous beliefs in the law and the fact that he's the only true believer in the ways of his religion, unlike his fellow cell members. It also allows him to maintain the cover of a righteous terrorist.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One for both Darwyn and Farik on their first meeting in a synagogue. Farik maintains a cover as "Yossi", a proud and kind member of the LA Jewish community. He verbally confronts Darwyn and asks if he's here to see the Judaic swine which Allah has condemned. This sets the precedent for Farik's use of subterfuge to hide his identity as the leader of an Islamic extremist cell, and his misunderstanding of Islam. In response, Darwyn tells him that the Quraan Quran only states that only some ''some'' of the Jews and Christians were turned into wine, pigs, i.e. only the evil ones. This insistence on quoting and defending the holy text correctly underlines Darwyn's righteous beliefs in the law and the fact that he's the only true believer in the ways of his religion, unlike his fellow cell members. It also allows him to maintain the cover of a righteous terrorist.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Darwyn invokes this on Farik to turn the cell's talents to justice for a change. Morally disgusted by their financier's use of child prostitution, he flat out states to Farik that "this is ''not'' Islam!". With initial reluctance, the Saudi bossman leads an assault on the Mexican cartel. He tells the second in command that he can take leadership and a bigger cut of earnings from their [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking prostitution, gambling, drug dealing and pirated DVD sales]]. Just no children anymore.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Darwyn invokes this on Farik to turn the cell's talents to justice for a change. Morally disgusted by their financier's use of child prostitution, prostitutes, he flat out states to Farik that "this is ''not'' Islam!". With initial reluctance, the Saudi bossman leads an assault on the Mexican cartel. He tells the second in command that he can take leadership and a bigger cut of earnings from their [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking prostitution, gambling, drug dealing and pirated DVD sales]]. Just no children anymore.



* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: At the end of the first episode, Farik is still testing Darwyn. During the stoning to death of Bobby Habib, he orders Darwyn to throw one of the stones, but it misses. Next time round, he guestures to Darwyn to do it and hit Bobby this time. Darwyn feigns reaching for another rock, but he pulls Farik's ankle holstered gun. Holding it on Farik for a second, he then shoots Bobby as a MercyKill. While the cell members are surprised by this turn of events (and Farik warns him not to do it again), this is convincing enough for them for Farik to officially induct Darwyn into the cell.

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* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: At the end of the first episode, Farik is still testing Darwyn. During the stoning to death of Bobby Habib, he orders Darwyn to throw one of the stones, but it misses. Next time round, he guestures gestures to Darwyn to do it and hit Bobby this time. Darwyn feigns reaching for another rock, but he pulls Farik's ankle holstered ankle-holstered gun. Holding it on Farik for a second, he then shoots Bobby as a MercyKill. While the cell members are surprised by this turn of events (and Farik warns him not to do it again), this is convincing enough for them for Farik to officially induct Darwyn into the cell.


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* MsFanservice: Gail is shown topless in a couple scenes.

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* MutualKill: Farik has ordered Khashul, the troubled Afghan would-be jihadi, to be killed as he's a potential liability for the cell. Darwyn hopes to have him safely escape from the US, but his ex has actually set Khashul up to be recaptured by the authorities. Ray Fuller takes him into custody, but [[spoiler: Khashul cuts his throat and runs away. Before he can escape though, Fuller shoots him dead, and both of these kills further the tragedy of the show]].


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** Darwyn appears to fake chauvinistic contempt towards Mina when he first meets her, because most Mujaheed would likely feel the same (it's a male-dominated ideology, [[SarcasmMode surprisingly enough]]). But he soon accepts her as a full member of the cell for the sake of the investigation.

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** Notably, nobody forced Darwyn into a moment like this over the second season, because for most of it he's the leader of the new cell.

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* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: At the end of the first episode, Farik is still testing Darwyn. During the stoning to death of Bobby Habib, he orders Darwyn to throw one of the stones, but it misses. Next time round, he guestures to Darwyn to do it and hit Bobby this time. Darwyn feigns reaching for another rock, but he pulls Farik's ankle holstered gun. Holding it on Farik for a second, he then shoots Bobby as a MercyKill. While the cell members are surprised by this turn of events (and Farik warns him not to do it again), this is convincing enough for them for Farik to officially induct Darwyn into the cell.


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One for both Darwyn and Farik on their first meeting in a synagogue. Farik maintains a cover as "Yossi", a proud and kind member of the LA Jewish community. He verbally confronts Darwyn and asks if he's here to see the Judaic swine which Allah has condemned. This sets the precedent for Farik's use of subterfuge to hide his identity as the leader of an Islamic extremist cell, and his misunderstanding of Islam. In response, Darwyn tells him that the Quraan only states that only some of the Jews and Christians were turned into wine, i.e. only the evil ones. This insistence on quoting the holy text correctly underlines Darwyn's righteous beliefs in the law and the fact that he's the only true believer in the ways of his religion, unlike his fellow cell members. It also allows him to maintain the cover of a righteous terrorist.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One for both Darwyn and Farik on their first meeting in a synagogue. Farik maintains a cover as "Yossi", a proud and kind member of the LA Jewish community. He verbally confronts Darwyn and asks if he's here to see the Judaic swine which Allah has condemned. This sets the precedent for Farik's use of subterfuge to hide his identity as the leader of an Islamic extremist cell, and his misunderstanding of Islam. In response, Darwyn tells him that the Quraan only states that only some of the Jews and Christians were turned into wine, i.e. only the evil ones. This insistence on quoting and defending the holy text correctly underlines Darwyn's righteous beliefs in the law and the fact that he's the only true believer in the ways of his religion, unlike his fellow cell members. It also allows him to maintain the cover of a righteous terrorist.terrorist.
** Christian is a sore loser when Darwyn beats him in touch football, so he brutally tackles him from behind during celebration like a cowardly scumbag.


* [[spoiler:BolivianArmyCliffhanger: The series ends with Darwyn lying in the street riddled with bullets but not quite dead.]]

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* [[spoiler:BolivianArmyCliffhanger: The series ends with Darwyn lying in the street riddled shot in a shoulder and suffering from other wounds sustained in a brutal fight with bullets Farik, but not quite dead.]]


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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One for both Darwyn and Farik on their first meeting in a synagogue. Farik maintains a cover as "Yossi", a proud and kind member of the LA Jewish community. He verbally confronts Darwyn and asks if he's here to see the Judaic swine which Allah has condemned. This sets the precedent for Farik's use of subterfuge to hide his identity as the leader of an Islamic extremist cell, and his misunderstanding of Islam. In response, Darwyn tells him that the Quraan only states that only some of the Jews and Christians were turned into wine, i.e. only the evil ones. This insistence on quoting the holy text correctly underlines Darwyn's righteous beliefs in the law and the fact that he's the only true believer in the ways of his religion, unlike his fellow cell members. It also allows him to maintain the cover of a righteous terrorist.


A miniseries showing between 2005-2006, starring Michael Ealy, Oded Fehr and Henri Lubatti.

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A miniseries showing between 2005-2006, starring Michael Ealy, Oded Fehr Creator/OdedFehr and Henri Lubatti.


* HollywoodAtheist: Bob, Farik's interrogator in Season 2, is a mild example (assuming his story is true and not just an interrogation tactic to shake Farik). Raised a devout Christian as a child, Bob died for twenty minutes after a drowning accident and saw no afterlife. After that experience, he became an atheist. Farik is not swayed in the least by hearing this.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Bob, Farik's interrogator in Season 2, is a mild example (assuming his story is true and not just an interrogation tactic to shake Farik). Raised a devout Christian as a child, Bob died for twenty minutes after a drowning accident and saw no afterlife. After that experience, he became an atheist. Farik is not swayed in the least by hearing this.


* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Farik has a wife and daughter while Christian has a pregnant girlfriend.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Farik has a wife and daughter while Christian has a pregnant girlfriend.wife (whom he's estranged from as she disagrees with his plans to commit terrorist acts).



* HollywoodAtheist: Bob, Farik's interrogator in Season 2, is sort of a Hollywood Atheist. Raised a devout Christian as a child, Bob died for twenty minutes after a drowning accident and saw no afterlife. After that experience, he became an atheist. Farik is not swayed in the least by hearing this.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Bob, Farik's interrogator in Season 2, is sort of a Hollywood Atheist.mild example (assuming his story is true and not just an interrogation tactic to shake Farik). Raised a devout Christian as a child, Bob died for twenty minutes after a drowning accident and saw no afterlife. After that experience, he became an atheist. Farik is not swayed in the least by hearing this.

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