Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018– )
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I've just finished ep 3, and it gets so much better than the first!
I also see the organised, predictable, fake protest reviews by new accounts have flooded in lol!
**Still no social justice driven plot, no political party targeted, no special interest group pandered to. Just awesome action, and not the usual pc bad guys being only from USA or Britain.
**Just finished the series - great finish!
I really am a Clancy junkie - read every book, quite a few twice. Everything Campus, Op Center, Power Play, Net Force, and enjoyed every movie.
With so many series/movies being ruined lately by Hollywood social and political agendas, and everything overboard pc, so far after Ep 1 I haven't seen a hint of it! I hope that continues...
Very entertaining, good plot, going to be a nail biter Season 1, I think.
Lots of potential!
I think Tom would approve of this adaptation of his iconic character.
I am not a continuous follower of Tom Clancy´s works, but I have come across them occasionally (both books and movies) and found them okay at least - if not more. Clancy is undoubtedly a good writer, but as there are many other works by other authors on related topics (terrorism, intelligence, radicalization, etc.), there is less and less time to pick and see what´s worth.
But this 1st TV series caught my attention and I must say I am content. John Krasinski as Jack Ryan is pleasant and convincing (perhaps less "rude" than his predecessors), Ali Suliman portrays Mousa Bin Suleiman in a versatile manner... Females tend to be sketchy, but, well - in this field and era it is apparently natural. There are some cliches, anticipated scenes and solutions, political correctness, etc., but good cast and smooth script have let me watch it without blah! feelings. Some nice twists are included and the ending paved the way for Season 2 which I intend to watch as well.
Thus, 8 points from me and recommendation to see - if you like those topics.
I grew up with Jack Ryan and an affection for this character. This character was utilized beautifully in the past, a platform that lived through Clancy to breathe issues with-in our intelligence community in a intellectual manner. On episode 3, this is not what I see.
The show exploits the 'terrorist, CIA, cat and mouse chase' we've seen time and again. The entirety of the three hours I've been thrusted into a cat and mouse chase, superficial on the surface, strictly following bank accounts and phone call signals with no developments in sight. The show portrays a new "bin laden" in our misted to justify a presence in Yemen. Experienced terrorists going so far to utilize phone encryption (even though they are somehow found consistently) and are plotting something 'big' demonstrated through their extraordinary measures they take to preserve their lives and the "plan".
I refer to "Clear and Present Danger" where the movie gave the opportunity to analyze the CIA's illegal involvement in Columbia and their role in working the Columbian Drug Cartels. I do no speak for Tom Clancy from his grave, but this is how I remembered Jack Ryan -- not through the subtext deliverance of American terror propaganda. This show practically drips with it.
Unlike it's predecessors, the show fails to account for the serious foreign policy issues today and instead justifies it through the story of impending doom and terror. This is not Jack Ryan, it's Jack Ryan hijacked.
My review is purely selfish, and all opinions are not to be taken as truth. I understand people have put their lives into creating this, but I also understand and see when a great platform Tom Clancy used to communicate problems with our military apparatus, country, in a truly altruistic manner being abused as a vehicle for propaganda.
This show does live his legacy.
So I was looking forward to the new Tom Clancy series on Amazon prime.
After watching two episodes I must say I am very disappointed.
The series is not reflective of Tom Clancy's views and the portrayal of Jack Ryan misses the mark.
The fatal flaw for me is that the series spends close to half of its time trying to convince us that the Muslim terrorists Jack Ryan is going after must be understood and empathized with in the context they are only fighting the West because of what evil Israel did to their loving warm families.
The two main terrorists are brothers who have banded together to fight the West when in 1983 Israeli jets bombed Palestinian positions in the mountains overlooking Beirut killing everyone in their wonderful innocent family other than themselves.
So the surviving brothers show they a warm loving relationship as they work together to make the West pay for its killing of innocents.
Further, the leader of the Islamic terrorist organization, the older brother, is a warm loving husband and father who treats his wife with respect and admiration.
Unsurprisingly, the Jack Ryan character of this Amazon Prime series eschews the harsher forms of interrogation and because he exhibits compassion and understanding is able to gain insight into the terrorist that those using the harsh interrogation techniques were unable to achieve. All he has to do gain valuable intelligence is give the terrorist mastermind some water and food and voila!
But the final straw is that Admiral James Greer, a powerful, respected and highly effective leader in the intelligence community is now been transformed into a down on his luck CIA bureaucrat trying to redeem himself. And to top it off he is no longer a Christian, but is now a Muslim surrounded by caring loving Muslims who are trying to steer him back to his beautiful faith which he is having trouble with because his Muslim wife has left him.
Folks, this has the name Tom Clancy associated with it and it has the characters with the same names as Tom Clancy characters, but you will not be watching anything remotely like what Tom Clancy wrote. Instead, you will see left-leaning scriptwriters and producers using Tom Clancy's name to misrepresent what Clancy stood for. Clancy is rolling over in his grave.
The people who gave this idea to these writers, however, should be drawn-and-quartered. How the hell can you give material from one of the greatest best-selling writers in the history of best-sellers to a team of people who have never written anything better than a 5th rate romance paperback.
The budget for this series was big enough to make it into something half-decent and in stead someone high-up f^$%ed up and botched the fundamentals: Story, story, story!
This series deserved better, Tom Clancy deserved better.
Jack Ryan himself would be fired ten times over for constantly interrupting senior CIA colleagues, going awol, doing what he wanted when directly chatting to the main target via a video game, or attacking a CIA helper because he didn't like him. Krasnicki isn't right in the role, I do like him but he's too much of a nice guy still. His chemistry with the Cathy Mueller character is non existent too and they have THE most awkward sex scene ever.
Anyway I'll forget to watch the rest of it unless I'm bored.
There are bright moments. The adversary is interesting although his methods would not really work in that part of the world as far as a global movement is concerned. (no spoilers) as mentioned, John does a good job and the scenes of terror are legitimately terrifying.
There is a stench and a whiff of the current PC culture as some characters attempt to "whitesplain" why and how it is the Europeans and probably the Israelis who are responsible for the initial terror, which is shown as cause and effect. Luckily and fairly the actions of the adversaries are not painted in a rosy or sympathetic light.
All in all....not worth it.
Never written a review before, but this show was really disappointing.
Good acting. Feel of it all is okay. Filming style is good. John K is good actor. Well cast. But he is really trying to 'polish A turd' with this one.
The single most annoying thing is the choice to pick 'Muslims' as the bad guys. Such lazy writing for a modern programme.
Overall this is simply bad. If you have half a brain cell it will be painful to watch. Nothing makes sense. Lots of luck. Cheesy coincidence. Non sensical actions. Very poor technical advice.
Not recommended if you want a real Clancy remake. Pity :(
There are certain expectations/standards that come with the use of the names Jack Ryan and Tom Clancy. This series doesn't come close to meeting them. Tom Clancy would not approve.
This story is an overtly self righteous Hollywood politically correct hack. From the asinine PTSD UAV operator storyline to making Greer a Muslim and demoted station chief. It's a smoking turd of a story.
In addition, the producers must not have any military or tactical advisors working on this series. With every film/show it's fair to expect some liberties and viewers may have to suspend some amount of reality. But this has Clancy's name on it. We expect some common sense things to be done correctly and with a greater attention to detail. Have the producers and actors ever read a Clancy novel? It's incredibly sloppy. Examples include ignoring even the most basic military protocols (orders or defensive postures) and tactics (ex. apartment in Paris). The idea that a US outpost would take in and store "dead" bodies, especially after only a cursory viewing, is absurd. There are so many flaws to the entire thing that it's hard to capture them all.
If Amazon wants to produce this garbage, fine. Just don't put the names Jack Ryan or Tom Clancy to it.