Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan:                   Season Two

                         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. In 2018 John Krasinski stepped into the role for the Amazon exclusive series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan co-starring Wendell Pierce and new additions in season two including Michael Kelly, Tom Wlaschiha, Noomi Rapace, Jordi Molla, and Cristina Umaña. Could the second season up the game to keep this series working or will it fail to capture its intended target?

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. In the second season of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, after tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan, portrayed by John Krasinski (A Quiet Place), heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack's investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President's nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos.

 

I took a bit too finally watch the first season, but loved it so much that was not the case this time around. I dived right in hoping for more action and intrigue and was not disappointed. Much like the first season, there are numerous elements we get to see moving here without it ever feeling bogged down. Krasinski is great in this role and gets to feel more at home with the action and

tension this time around. He was great in the first season as well, but Ryan was trying to find his way into the dangerous side. Here he is all in and ready to dive right in showing an evolution to the character that I hope continues to grow with future seasons. Pierce gets an interesting arc this time around too that adds more depth to his character and even more danger for them all.

 

As much action as there was in the first season this one felt even more action packed. The multilayered stories here are not too far off things you have seen before in this genre, but getting to let the story build and not rush it along with the perfection in execution takes this series to the next level. I thought this was an even better season than the previous one that was already excellent. It felt more packed with action, twists and turns and character drama to get you even more invested in these characters than before.

I know the show was picked up for two more seasons after the success of the first season, but I am hoping that there are way more to come. While we will likely have to wait a bit for the third season to hit what better time to dive back into the first too. Grab your copy of Jack Ryan: Season Two when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 4th from Paramount Home Entertainment.  

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