Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan:                   Season One

                         review by Bobby Blakey

Over the years there have been numerous actors taking on the mantle of Jack Ryan including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. Like them or not, each has brought their own special something to the role. The latest to take on the role is John Krasinski for the Amazon exclusive series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan co-starring Wendell Pierce and Abbie Cornish. Could bringing this character to the small screen deliver or will it not be worth analyzing?

Jack Ryan follows CIA analyst Jack Ryan who stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers where his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the U.S. and her allies. For whatever reason I put off watching this show for way to long, but glad I have fixed that issue. This is a great series that reminded me of 24 minus the real time aspect. I have to say that as great as that show was this one captures the essence of this sort of thing a lot better on a lot of levels.

For fans of the franchise this series serves as another origin story for Jack Ryan, but works so much better in serial form. There are numerous elements we get to see moving here without it ever feeling bogged down. Krasinski is great in the role bringing an everyman vibe initially, but fully believable in the action side. The story here is not too far off things you have seen before in this genre, but getting to let the story build and not rush it all makes it more effective and time to fully invest in all involved across the board.

If I had any complaints is that it was just too short. There felt like so much more to tell and build on within this story, but they did a good job at wrapping it up for the future direction or the end had it not been picked up for more. Thankfully it’s been picked up for two more well deserved seasons. If you love the franchise or just these sorts of shows then you will love this series so grab your copy of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season One when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 4th from Paramount Home Entertainment.  

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