Binged the new Jack Ryan series on Amazon Prime. I’m a big fan of Tom Clancy and the Jack Ryan literary series and generally as a concept but I wasn’t hugely impressed with the TV adaptation tbh.
I will admit it is difficult to adapt fiction set during the late cold war into the modern age but they have alot of source material to capture the essence of what the Jack Ryan series is all about.
Plot was overall weak/basic, it had some interesting moments and twists but it wasn’t enough to negate the glaring plot holes or the well worn generic Middle Eastern terror plots that been done extensively on TV recently. The Series felt whimsical at times which is not what I expect from any material with Tom Clancy’s name attached.
The production values felt cheap at times, combat scenes were ordinary. Cast was full of D listers and well worn typecast TV stars who couldn’t sell themselves as CIA.
There was nothing unique or interesting about the any of the characters, the development was basic and felt forced tbh. James Greer in particular was poorly adapted.
Do I see Jack Ryan in John Krasinski? Unfortunately not, he came off too ‘boyscoutish’ whereas the literary Jack Ryan understood the cold hard realities of intelligence. The character should generally be mature older male set in a serious world but that isn’t commercially viable
Ultimately it is watchable but it’s not distinctive nor will it hold your attention. It was a disappointment to me as a fan.