- Network: Prime Video , AMAZON
- Series Premiere Date: Aug 31, 2018
Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings
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Positive: 7 out of 17
Mixed: 7 out of 17
Negative: 3 out of 17
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Dec 24, 2022This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After watching episodes 1-4, the biggest problem with season 3 is that we've really lost any attempt to define Ryan's character or his analytical skills. He receives intelligence, and he acts on it, but he's not really doing any clever analysis of what's going on in the way the Ryan of Red October does. He's mostly propelled by action and is responding to plot points rather than driving the plot.
Additionally there are some strange actions that defy explanation except to move the plot forward: He leaves his injured Russian scientist asset to herd some apartment dwellers out of the apartment, when he knows he's being pursued closely by the bad guys, surprise they grab his asset and kill him while Ryan attempts to return to the apartment. It just seems out of character in the heat of the chase. We also see Ryan taking phone photos of his chief adversary from about 8 meters away, WTF? Of course he is spotted and a close chase pursues. And we just don't see Ryan outsmarting his enemies, these are pretty standard car/market/dwelling chases that we've all seen before.
I get that the showrunners are trying to make each series' focus not necessarily Ryan, but the characters he interacts with. But season 3 has Ryan mostly isolated and reactionary, with some ham-handed plot decisions that just make the show a side-scrolling shooter.… Expand
Dec 27, 2022Paper thin characters acting in service of a paper thin plot. The writing is definitely geared towards the lowest common denominator. Expect to get smacked in the face by every plot point while characters explain everything to you. Character motivated plot is a lost art. It is hard to suspend disbelief to get invested in the plot because of inconsistencies in character driven decisions, aPaper thin characters acting in service of a paper thin plot. The writing is definitely geared towards the lowest common denominator. Expect to get smacked in the face by every plot point while characters explain everything to you. Character motivated plot is a lost art. It is hard to suspend disbelief to get invested in the plot because of inconsistencies in character driven decisions, a paper thin plot and a very noticeable departure from realism in the violence and espionage. It is hard to make a gritty political thriller with cartoonish action - there is no tension or the feeling of the massive stakes. Nuance, fulfilling action sequences, realism, and grounded commentary are all sorely missed. As it is, I found it mindless and unentertaining. This is mediocre to poor entertainment and you could honestly pass. You could probably watch it in the background while watching another show you care about and get all the plot points.… Expand
Mar 16, 2023Season 1 was great, season 2 was good, season 3 is just plain dumb. Feels like they wanted to make it more appealing to basic Americans - no foreign language or subtitles, basic plot with no intrigue, 2 dimensional characters… no way Tom Clancy was happy with this.
Jan 7, 2023This is what happens when you hire an intern that had only read the synopsis of the books and other seasons. Suspense was not suspenseful.
To much "You are going to have to trust me."
Jan 18, 2023Ooof. I liked seasons 1 & 2, not my all time fave but really enjoyed them. Season 3 is just schlock. It's like they filmed a first draft script. Cliches, tropes, exposition, generic bureaucrats, generic bad guys -- and crucially, most characters have no depth and no reason for their decisions. 20 scenes where a grumpy-for-no-reason superior barks "Your intel sounds like nothing more than aOoof. I liked seasons 1 & 2, not my all time fave but really enjoyed them. Season 3 is just schlock. It's like they filmed a first draft script. Cliches, tropes, exposition, generic bureaucrats, generic bad guys -- and crucially, most characters have no depth and no reason for their decisions. 20 scenes where a grumpy-for-no-reason superior barks "Your intel sounds like nothing more than a hunch, we can't act on that!" Perhaps for this reason, some of the actors come off REALLY badly. (Not to mention the main plot is just not very exciting.)
I went back to watch the first 10 minutes of the pilot, to make sure I wasn't misremembering. I wasn't. It was soooo much better -- driven by character, and each character had specificity.
Look, season 3 still has some good action and stuff so you could do worse, I just honestly couldn't believe how far this fell off a cliff.… Expand
With allies including CIA officer James Greer (the sturdy Wendell Pierce) and ex-spy mercenary Mike November (a wry Michael Kelly) on hand to have his back in an impressive array of European countries, Jack rises above the internal politics to be at ground zero. [2 - 15 Jan 2023, p.7]
Jack Ryan has successfully evolved its formula of spycraft and gunfights to accommodate John Krasinski’s brand of charm. In other words, it’s solidly-built, with just enough of everything that a show in this genre requires.
If nothing else, the show is a testament to the fact that Krasinski is a bona fide action movie star, an impressive evolution from his days wooing the receptionist on The Office. Jack Ryan has been the perfect vehicle to showcase just that, but that ride might be starting to run out of gas as it nears the finish line.