Amazon’s Jack Ryan Delivers a Strong Second Season

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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan returned to Amazon Prime for a second season. Starring John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Noomi Rapace, Jordi Molla, Francisco Denis, Cristina Umana, and Tom Wlaschiha, season two is jammed packed. If you are a fan of Netflix’s Narcos, you will recognize a lot of familiar faces in this season. As well as Arnold Vosloo, who played Imhotep in The Mummy movies.

As a fan of the first season, I can confidently state that the second season is better than the first. While the first season was good, the second season felt more polished. Right from episode one, we were given an on the edge of your seat thriller that has so many twists and turns, you won’t know who is on whose side until the end. Even then, you won’t know. It is a spy series at its very core.

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Whereas season one takes place in Yemen and Europe, season two primarily takes place in Venezuela. The second season’s plot heavily leans on political corruption. There were times where I did feel that perhaps things were too over the top, but then I remembered that political games can be dirty. Things happen behind the scenes that we don’t know about. While something may look a certain way, the truth is what we see on the news is barely 5% of reality. That ended up being what I truly loved about the second season; showing how complex politics are and what is done to keep certain people in power. Of course, a connection can be drawn from the fictional election to the controversy around our own election in the past few years.

Jack Ryan does a marvellous job in telling its story from different viewpoints. Not only do we see everything through the lens of Jack Ryan and Jim Greer, but through those involved in the political game in Venezuela. Both Denis and Umana did fantastic jobs and while Molla became somewhat of a moustache-twirling villain towards the end, he still gave an unnerving and terrifying performance. Jim Greer and Jack Ryan were expanded upon and their friendship together expanded, which was really an endearing aspect of the story.

Who We Needed More Of

If the name Wlaschiha sounds familiar to you, then it is probably because he had played Jaqen H’ghar in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Personally, I’ve not seen him in anything else other than Game of Thrones, so it was really cool to see Wlaschiha flex his acting muscle. His character was very cold and complex and I would have loved to see even more of him, especially his interactions with Rapace. Need I say more about Rapace? She is fantastic and was a great wild card in this season, though; we definitely could have seen more of her.

Rating: 4.5/5

The action was in every episode and the plot kept a very steady pace, with each episode having an explosive moment in it. The eight episodes felt like just enough to make me want more, but satisfied in the story that they told. With how the second season ended, I absolutely cannot wait to see what Jack Ryan has in store for season three.

Let me know what you think about season two!