Tom Clancy’s character of CIA analyst Jack Ryan has come to the small screen. And now the first season with all eight episodes of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” is available on Blu-ray and DVD.
This time Ryan is being portrayed by John Krasinski, taking over the role from the feature film actors who have played the iconic character in the past: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Ryan is ex-military, so although he is considered a desk jockey in this story, he knows how to handle weapons and himself in battle situations. And he will need all of those skills.
While studying bank transfers, Ryan comes across an interesting puzzle. Actually, his discovery could unmask a new terrorist. And lo and behold, it does.
Ryan uncovers Suleiman (Ali Suliman), an Arab who is out for revenge against the West for the murders of his family when he was a boy. Together with his little brother, they are putting together an elaborate plan for a major attack against the United States and the West. This attack, according to Ryan, will be much bigger than 9/11.
While Ryan and his boss James Greer (Wendell Pierce) travel the globe, they find themselves smack dab in the middle of the terrorist plot. They keep getting close, but the terrorists and Suleiman keep slipping through their fingers.
Timothy Hutton is Greer’s boss, and the director of the CIA is Sue Joyce, played by Blair Brown. And Abbie Cornish plays Cathy Mueller, who catches Ryan’s eye.
To say this is an edge-of-your-seat show is an understatement. But besides the terror and fighting, there are some human stories playing out. As Ryan is on the heels of Suleiman, he travels through the Middle East and Europe. The cast and crew traveled to Canada, France and Morocco (which substituted for Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Turkey) to make this show as realistic as possible. It couldn’t have been filmed completely on a studio soundstage and back lot to get these amazing scenes.
To say Krasinski had some big shoes to fill is an understatement, however, he is believable and enjoyable to watch as he takes over the persona of Tom Clancy’s iconic CIA analyst. This character cannot just be chained to a desk. In all the Jack Ryan shows he always seems to be in the middle of all the commotion.
To catch a new major terrorist, this time Ryan is put in many dangerous and impressive situations, but we all know nothing can stop Jack Ryan. And he survives for a second season on Amazon Studios, which at this time has a tentative drop date in Fall 2019.