Last season did a nice job of introducing characters and being true to the spirit of Clancy, if not to a specific book. Jack Ryan was a “boy scout” and he wasn’t a field agent. He had a knack for putting pieces together, and for the most part, he thought his way through problems. He could handle getting into the field when needed. As noted above, the threads introduced through the season all came together.
Season 2 - Jack the analyst boy scout is now Jack-007. Instead of having Cathy at home, he’s picking up chicks in bars. Apparently, he’s sooooooo good at it that agents of other governments will help him out after he’s blessed them with a night at Casa Ryan. There are secondary characters, but, hey, so what? Last season, Suleiman’s wife and children tie directly back to the main story, and we get to see what happens to them. This season, the general’s wife is around quite a bit, but in the end, we never learn what happens to her.
Uber, Og help him, was clearly (heh) meant to be a call back to Clear and Present Danger, but they never picked up that thread. In the book, Ryan is so committed to doing the right thing that he runs a rescue operation for US soldiers stranded by an off the books op. He even ends up supporting one of the families. Ryan (book Ryan) would never leave someone behind. This Ryan did. I expected the story to loop back, as a teaching moment for Ryan, but it never did.
Why did the prison camp even exist? If you’re going to disappear someone, wouldn’t you just kill them? As soon as the camp was found, they started killing prisoners, so what was the point of the camp at all? There’s no evidence that the families knew the prisoners were still alive, so they weren’t hostages. It was bullshit.
Also, as mentioned, what the fuck was the last episode? I could see some sort of covert extraction of the stranded agent. Instead, we get a one helicopter invasion of a foreign power. Sure. Why not? :rolleyes: It was the spy movie version of “let’s throw a play in the barn!”
It was Bond+24, without the jokes or style. I thought it was horrible.