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Good series, but NEEDS to be better
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2018
Jack Ryan is a fantastic character and is RIPE for a tremendous series. This is a decent start, but there are some very obvious flaws. First off, I'm glad they didn't turn him into another Jason Bourne, he's still just an office worker with some military training who can defend himself when he has to. I love the international espionage spycraft movies as it is, so this really is in my wheelhouse. However, has a fan of Clancy's novels (and a huge fan of the Jack Ryan films) I have quite a few problems with what's being done with the character of Greer. Making him a converted Muslim makes absolutely no sense for that character and does very little for the story of this first season. Last of all, episode 3 of this season was absolutely terrible. The Ryan/Greer storyline got maybe 5 minutes of screen time, meanwhile we have an entire episode about some disgusting drone operator? Pointless and boring. I would recommend this series to people, but will tell them to 100% skip that episode. It simply felt like filler, which REALLY doesn't make sense with this being an 8 episode season!
I was very excited for a Jack Ryan series and Krasinski is perfect in the part, but if we are doing 8 episodes a season, let's keep it tight and focused. I would like to see them just update one of the many Jack Ryan novels to modern day, there is still plenty of tension with Russia, I feel like it would fit right in. Keep doing the show, I hope it only gets better from here