Lead by John Krasinski (The Office US, A Quiet Place) in the titular role, the show is based on novelist Tom Clancy’s characters in the Jack Ryan book series.
An up-and-coming CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, is thrust into a dangerous field assignment that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit.
Jack Ryan uncovered a pattern in terrorist communication that lead him to a chase to stop imminent attacks on the western world.
This season the show mainly takes is to South America, Venezuela, to be precise and deals more with politics and corruption while remaining an espionage, action driven TV series. The fact that the two seasons are self-contained stories is a big plus for me. It makes diving into this one an exciting endeavor.
Jack Ryan is trained, he can handle weapons and fight a bit, but he’s not a super spy. It’s his wit and investigation skills that drives the story forward and it makes for a realistic, down to earth show, and highly entertaining show.
The antagonists, and protagonists, are nuanced and not straight up bad guys. Jordi Mollà did a fantastic job, because you could see the madness trickling in. You understood that the idealist, who wanted the best for his people, lost himself at some point and wasn’t always some power hungry dude. The ex-spies, spies, and mercenaries featured this season had their own agendas. They helped out when interests were aligned and did their own thing when it wasn’t.
Unlike most espionage movies and TV shows, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is not trying as much to save the world. He is helping, but that’s not his main goal.
I throughly enjoyed this season, even if I have a slight preference for the first, and I wonder what’s in store for the next one.