Jack Ryan (TV series)
|Also known as||Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan|
by Tom Clancy
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42–64 minutes|
|Original network||Amazon Video|
|Picture format||4K (UHDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Atmos surround|
|Original release||August 31, 2018– present|
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, or simply Jack Ryan, is an American action political thriller web television series, based on characters from the fictional "Ryanverse" created by Tom Clancy, that premiered on August 31, 2018 on Amazon Video. The series was created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland. Cuse serves as an executive producer alongside John Krasinski, Michael Bay and Mace Neufeld, among others. Krasinski also stars in the series as the titular character, making him the fifth actor to portray the character after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine from the film series. In April 2018, it was announced that Amazon had renewed the series for a second season.
The first season follows the titular CIA analyst as he is wrenched from the security of his desk job into the field after discovering a string of dubious bank transfers, which are being carried out by a rising Islamic terrorist named Suleiman.
The upcoming second season has been described as following Ryan as he confronts "the forces in power in a dangerous, declining democratic regime in South America."
Cast and characters
- John Krasinski as Jack Ryan, a former Marine and a financial analyst working for the Central Intelligence Agency, specifically the Terror, Finance, and Arms Division (T-FAD), which is part of the Counterterrorism Center (CTC). Krasinski's interpretation of the character is said to be inspired by Harrison Ford's portrayal in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Director and executive producer Daniel Sackheim said: “What was so great about the Harrison Ford movies was that they were about an everyman hero. He was a guy who wasn’t a superhero. He was heroic, but he was vulnerable. He wasn’t afraid to be scared. He was a regular man and a hero.”
- Abbie Cornish as Cathy Mueller, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases, and Ryan's girlfriend
- Wendell Pierce as James Greer, Ryan's boss in T-FAD. He was previously the local CIA station chief in Karachi, but was exiled from Pakistan after murdering a Pakistani army officer. He is a practicing Muslim who converted to Islam for his now ex-wife.
- Ali Suliman as Mousa Bin Suleiman (season 1), an Islamic terrorist skilled in finance
- Dina Shihabi as Hanin Ali, Suleiman's wife
- John Hoogenakker as Matice (season 2, recurring season 1), a Black Ops operative for the CIA
- Noomi Rapace as Harriet "Harry" Baumann (season 2), an agent for German intelligence
- Michael Kelly as Mike November (season 2), a field officer in the CIA
- Jovan Adepo as Marcus (season 2), a former special crewman in the Navy now repairing boats
- Jordi Molla as Nicolas Reyes (season 2), the leader of a South American country
- Cristina Umaña as Gloria Bonalde (season 2), a politician and mother
- Francisco Denis as Ubarri (season 2), a senior government official in a South American country
- Karim Zein as Samir, Suleiman and Hanin's son
- Nadia Affolter as Sara, Suleiman and Hanin's elder daughter
- Arpy Ayvazian as Rama, Suleiman and Hanin's younger daughter
- Haaz Sleiman as Ali, Suleiman's younger brother
- Amir El-Masry as Ibrahim, the most trusted member of Suleiman's sect
- Goran Kostić as Ansore Dudayev
- Timothy Hutton as Nathan Singer, CIA Deputy Director of Operations
- Adam Bernett as Patrick Klinghoffer, Jack's colleague in T-FAD
- Eileen Li as Noreen Yang, Jack's colleague
- Mena Massoud as Tarek Kassar, Jack's colleague
- Zarif Kabier as Jabir
- Kamel Labroudi as Yazid
- Shadi Janho as Amer
- Victoria Sanchez as Layla Navarro, Ryan's colleague
- Matt McCoy as Dr. Daniel Nadler, leader of the contingent of hostage physicians from Doctors Without Borders
- Marie-Josée Croze as Sandrine Arnaud, a French intelligence officer
- John Magaro as 1st Lt Victor Polizzi, a US Air Force MQ-9A Reaper Sensor Operator
- Daniel Kash as D.O. Shelby Farnsworth
- Jameel Khoury as Colonel Al Radwan
- Kenny Wong as Danny, Singer's aide
- Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez as Teresa, Jack's colleague
- Al Sapienza as Lt. Gen. Marcus Trent, CIA Associate Director for Military Affairs
- Chadi Alhelou as Fathi, Hanin's uncle
- Stephane Krau as Lt. Bruno Cluzet
- Yani Marin as Ava Garcia, Victor's drone pilot partner
- Jonathan Bailey as Lance Miller
- Natalie Brown as Rebecca
- Blair Brown as Sue Joyce, Director of the CIA
- Ron Canada as Bobby Vig, Director of National Intelligence
- Youness Benzakour as Ismail Ahmadi
- Michael Gaston as President Pickett
- Julianne Jain as Marabel
- Tom Wlaschiha as Max Schenkel (season 2), a foreign operative
- Victor Slezak as Joe Mueller, Cathy's father ("Pilot")
- Jenny Raven as Dr. Yen ("French Connection")
- Cynthia Preston as Blanche Dubois ("Black 22")
- Lee Tergesen as Stanley ("Black 22")
- John Robinson as Buster ("The Wolf")
- Numan Acar as Tony ("Sources and Methods")
- Conrad Coates as Colonel Robert Phelps ("The Boy")
- Karen LeBlanc as Kalie Horn ("Inshallah")
- Jonathan Potts as Dr. Roger Wade ("Inshallah")
Season 1 (2018)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Pilot"||Morten Tyldum||Story by : Carlton Cuse & Graham Roland |
Teleplay by : Graham Roland
|August 31, 2018|
|Low-level CIA financial analyst Jack Ryan comes to believe that $9 million of aberrant financial transactions are connected to a new Yemeni terrorist leader named Suleiman. Jack meets medical doctor Cathy Mueller before he is whisked away to Yemen by James Greer, his tough new boss in the Terror, Finance, and Arms Division (T-FAD), which is part of the Counterterrorism Center (CTC) of the CIA. The man seemingly responsible for the payments—and his bodyguard—are being interrogated when the American encampment is attacked. The terrorists rescue the bodyguard, who an injured Jack realizes is Suleiman.|
|2||"French Connection"||Daniel Sackheim||Carlton Cuse & Graham Roland||August 31, 2018|
|Jack reconnects with Cathy, and Suleiman's wife Hanin is concerned about the armed terrorists he has brought to their home. Jack and Greer figure out that their target is Mousa Bin Suleiman, a French national. His phone records lead them to an apartment outside of Paris, where Suleiman's brother Ali is transferring funds. Jack and Greer accompany French intelligence in their raid, but an injured Ali manages to escape in the middle of the ensuing shootout, which ends in a suicide bombing.|
|3||"Black 22"||Patricia Riggen||Carlton Cuse & Graham Roland||August 31, 2018|
|In pursuit of Ali, Jack and Greer learn that he is traveling to a rendezvous point in southern France. Hanin escapes with her daughters, but Suleiman sends men after her. One kills the other and attempts to rape Hanin. Meanwhile, Victor, an American drone pilot based in Las Vegas, struggles with his conscience; he later saves Hanin from her attacker with an unauthorized drone strike.|
|4||"The Wolf"||Daniel Sackheim||Carlton Cuse & Graham Roland||August 31, 2018|
|Suleiman starts an insurrection within ISIS and imprisons its leader, consolidating control of the organization and taking control of 12 hostage physicians from Doctors Without Borders. Jack and French intelligence officer Sandrine Arnaud track Ali to a remote gas station; Sandrine is killed in a shootout with Ali, whom Jack shoots and kills in self-defense. Meanwhile, Suleiman's terrorist cell in Paris stages a sarin gas attack on the funeral of a well-known French priest.|
|5||"End of Honor"||Patricia Riggen||Story by : Stephen Kronish |
Teleplay by : Stephen Kronish & Daria Polatin
|August 31, 2018|
|Hanin requests political asylum for herself and her daughters in a refugee camp in Turkey, naming Suleiman as her husband and attracting the attention of the CIA. In the aftermath of the Paris church attack, Jack manages to make contact with Suleiman using the messaging board on a video game, posing as Ali. Suleiman detects the ruse, but Jack confirms that Hanin has indeed left her husband, and tells Suleiman that Ali is dead. Jack and Greer proceed to Turkey to extract Hanin and the girls, but she has paid someone to smuggle them from the camp to the coast.|
|6||"Sources and Methods"||Carlton Cuse||Story by : Patrick Aison |
Teleplay by : Patrick Aison & Annie Jacobsen
|August 31, 2018|
|Jack and Greer, with aid from a Turkish sex trafficker, track Hanin and her daughters to the Turkish coast, where they dispatch Suleiman's henchman who has been pursuing the women. Greer reveals that he was PNG'd from Karachi because he had killed his asset, a Pakistani army officer, who was going to turn him in to the authorities to be tortured and killed. Meanwhile, Victor learns that one of his "terrorist" targets had been misidentified, and travels to Syria to make amends with the family. Cathy investigates a man infected with a strain of the Ebola virus thought eradicated. It is revealed that six months before in Liberia, Suleiman and Ali had dug up the body of a person who died from the same strain.|
|7||"The Boy"||Patricia Riggen||Nazrin Choudhury & Nolan Dunbar||August 31, 2018|
|Cathy is questioned about her Ebola report, and is furious to discover that Jack works for the CIA. Meanwhile, CIA officials debate on whether to capture Suleiman or kill him in an airstrike. Jack and Greer try to convince their superiors to settle on a covert ground assault to do the former, as well as extracting Hanin's son, Samir. The CIA has learned about the hostage doctors, and US President Pickett approves the mission. JSOC forces storm the compound but find no sign of Suleiman; instead, they locate and rescue the physicians. As one of them, Dr. Daniel Nadler, is welcomed by his longtime friend Pickett, Jack and Greer realize that the doctors have been intentionally infected with the Ebola virus.|
|8||"Inshallah"||Daniel Sackheim||Carlton Cuse & Graham Roland||August 31, 2018|
|Pickett, as well as other high-ranking government officials, are quarantined for exposure to Ebola. Suleiman arrives in the US with Samir to carry out another attack, this time a release of cesium into the ventilation system of Washington Memorial Hospital, where Pickett is being confined. Jack and Greer warn the Secret Service, and Jack chases Suleiman to a nearby train station and kills him before he can activate the device remotely. Jack and Greer later return Samir to Hanin. For stopping the terrorist attack, Greer is promoted to deputy station chief in Moscow, and Jack replaces him as head of T-FAD.|
On September 22, 2015, it was announced that Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland were developing a television series adaptation of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series of novels. The potential series was described as "a new contemporary take on the character using the novels as source material". Production companies involved with the project were slated to include Paramount Television, Platinum Dunes and Skydance Media. A week later, following a bidding war among multiple television networks, it was announced that streaming service Amazon Video had purchased the rights to the series.
Amazon proceeded to put the production into development during which time they ordered three scripts written by Cuse and Roland. On August 16, 2016, it was announced that the production had been given a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes.
On April 24, 2018, it was reported that Amazon had renewed the series. The second season will be set in South America, where Ryan takes on "a dangerous, declining democratic regime." On May 14, 2018, it was reported that Richard Rutkowski had served as cinematographer for the pilot and that Checco Varese had acted in the role for the following seven episodes of season one. On August 14, 2018, it was announced that Phil Abraham was joining the series as an executive producer and would direct the first two episodes of the second season. On September 4, 2018, it was reported that Dennie Gordon would direct three episodes of season two and serve as an executive producer.
On April 29, 2016, it was announced that John Krasinski had been cast in the series' title role. On November 3, 2016, it was reported that Abbie Cornish had been cast as Ryan's fiancee Cathy Mueller. On December 16, 2016, it was announced that Wendell Pierce, Ali Suliman, and Dina Shihabi had been cast in series regular roles. In March 2017, it was announced that Peter Fonda, Mena Massoud, Timothy Hutton, and Al Sapienza had been cast in recurring roles. On June 5, 2017, it was reported that Amir El-Masry had joined the series in a supporting role.
Alongside the announcement of the series' renewal, it was confirmed that Krasinski and Pierce would return for the second season. On May 4, 2018, it was reported John Hoogenakker had been promoted to a series regular for season two after previously appearing in season one in a recurring capacity. On July 20, 2018, it was announced during Amazon's San Diego Comic-Con panel that Noomi Rapace had joined the main cast for season two. In August 2018, it was announced that Michael Kelly, Jovan Adepo, Jordi Molla, Cristina Umaña, and Francisco Denis had joined the cast of season two as series regulars. On September 25, 2018, it was reported that Tom Wlaschiha had been cast in a recurring role for season two.
Jack Ryan was filmed in multiple locations. On May 10, 2017, Krasinski was spotted filming his scenes in Washington, D.C. For the next several days the TV series was also shot in Maryland, Virginia, Quebec, and Morocco. Production for season two is set to begin in the summer of 2018 in Europe, South America, and the United States.
During September 2017, a series of promotional teasers were uploaded across the TV series's official social media accounts, culminating with the final teaser showing first footage of John Krasinski as Jack Ryan which was released on October 3, 2017. On October 7, 2017, the series made its debut at the New York Comic Con coinciding with the release of a new teaser trailer. Krasinski, Cornish and creators Cuse and Roland attended the NYCC panel, where they also debuted the first seven minutes of the pilot episode.
On January 30, 2018, the Super Bowl trailer for the series was released online, five days before the football event and marking the first time that Prime Video has released a Super Bowl ad for one of its original shows. In a statement, Amazon Studios' head of marketing Mike Benson said, "Given the colossal scope and scale of the series coupled with the popularity of Tom Clancy’s novels, we knew Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan would be a natural fit for Prime Video’s first Super Bowl ad. The global nature of the audience provides us with a unique opportunity to give viewers a look at this thrilling new series coming to Prime." It also announced the show's release date for August 31. On June 11, 2018, the official trailer for the series was released. On July 4, 2018, a trailer entitled "Presidents", featuring quotes from U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and John F. Kennedy, was released in tandem with U.S. Independence Day.
On June 16, 2018, the series held its world premiere at the 58th Annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The event included a screening of the series' pilot episode that was attended by cast members John Krasinski, Dina Shihabi and Wendell Pierce, alongside series creators, showrunners and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland.
The series has been met with a positive critical response upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 72% with an average rating of 6.27 out of 10, based on 58 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though not as thematically rich as some of its geopolitical predecessors, Jack Ryan is a satisfying addition to the genre buoyed by exceptional action sequences and a likable cast." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 66 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
In a positive review, RogerEbert.com's Nick Allen praised the series saying, "Expertly plotted by creators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is all the more impactful for its restraint and scope, offering excellent character-based drama that's concerned with much more than just its namesake." Similarly favorable, The Gazette's Terry Terrones awarded the series a grade of "A−" and directed specific approval towards Krasinski's performance saying, "This version of Jack Ryan is relatable, but also admirable because the actor portraying him can balance so many aspects of the character with ease. Krasinski plays him so naturally I couldn't tell where he ended and Ryan began." In another enthusiastic appraisal, Rolling Stone's Alan Sepinwall accorded the series three and a half stars out of five and complimented it saying, "Like Jack Ryan himself, the Amazon show is smart and confident and thorough. That’s enough to get the job done."
In a more mixed assessment, TVLine's Dave Nemetz gave the series a grade of "C+" and offered the series restrained commendation saying, "Amazon’s awkwardly titled Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is at its best when things are exploding, delivering a number of impressively high-octane action sequences on a scale rarely seen on television. The rest of the series, though, is disappointingly mediocre ... and its choice of leading man may be a major stumbling block." In a negative critique, Vanity Fair's Sonia Saraiya chastised the show saying "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is hysterical. Hysterical as in histrionic; hysterical as in somehow funny; hysterical as in you wish its team had worked harder to take the temperature of the world around us before sending this highly charged and obscenely blinkered James Bond manqué into the world." Equally dismissive, Paste's Amy Amatangelo criticized the series saying, "But more often than not, the show plods along with no real sense of urgency. I often had to restrain myself from scrolling through my phone. I was that bored while I was watching. Those indoctrinated into the Jack Ryan canon via the books or the movies will find the eight-episode series is faithful to the spirit of all that preceded it. I'm just not sure we needed it at all."
The series has been criticized for a scene in the episode "Black 22" that features the use of a transphobic slur and, as alleged by LGBT activist Eliel Cruz, treats a major cause of violence against trans women as "a throwaway joke." Similarly, the series has also received criticism in French publications for its depiction of the country, specifically in the episodes "French Connection" and "Black 22", where various scenes have been condemned. Stéphanie Guerrin of Le Parisien expressed her concern for the dialogue spoken by and about the French saying, "This series of dangerously caricatural comments leaves one wondering." Le Point's Bastien Haugel specifically took grievance, in an otherwise positive review, with the portrayal of a French policeman who espoused anti-Muslim views calling it a "dangerously caricatural".
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