‘Jack Ryan’ — from analyst to hero
“Jack Ryan,” starring John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place”), premiered on Amazon Prime with eight hour-long episodes on Aug. 31. “Jack Ryan” is based off the character of the same name from espionage and military-science American novelist Tom Clancy.
Krasinski is the fifth actor to portray Jack Ryan, behind Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine, and the first to bring the character to the small screen.
Filming for the series took place in Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Quebec and Morocco. Four months before the premiere, the series was green-lighted for a second season. Production for Season 2 is underway with filming locations planned for Europe, South America and the U.S.
Ryan is just a financial analyst in T-FAD (Terror, Finance and Arms Division) at Langley, but that doesn’t mean he’s meek or afraid to say what he thinks.
He works at a desk until his decision to follow numerous, questionable bank transactions to a new terrorist called Suleiman (portrayed by Ali Suliman), someone who could be planning an attack bigger than 9/11.
This new series is full of dramatics, such as just before Ryan can ask out his new love interest, Cathy (Abbie Cornish, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) who just happens to be his former boss’ daughter. He’s immediately picked up by way of helicopter, and before he knows it, he’s flying to Yemen. But he’s not alone.
He’s accompanied by his new boss, James Greer, skillfully portrayed by Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”), whom he didn’t have the best start with after a near accident on Jack’s commute to work. In each episode, the two (slowly) learn to work side-by-side as each other’s yin and yang.
Between jetting off to a new continent at only a moment’s notice, trying to protect the public from threats unknown, Jack also tries to keep his secret agent life under wraps from Cathy, but that doesn’t last for as long as he’d like.
There are added storylines, such as the life and times of Victor Polizzi (John Magaro, “Orange Is the New Black”), an unmatched drone operator in Las Vegas. He receives one dollar bill for each successful strike he completes, but the guilt afterward kills him. Viewers follow Victor from work to the casino, where his continued luck with all of his collected dollar bills earns him $29,000 in winnings.
An additional storyline takes a look at the wife and children of Suleiman, as they recognize the dangers that might be ahead and make the decision to escape her family compound. The panic evoked in this storyline will keep you on your toes as Suleiman sends a ruthless hitman to retrieve his family.
“Jack Ryan” has proven to be one of those new, streaming dramas that truly draws you in, making it impossible to take breaks in between each episode. The new series is action-packed and thrill-infused, which adds a level of excitement.