Fifth about The Seventh

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Season 1

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Season 1: Carlton Cuse & Graham Roland’s spy thriller series is certainly competent, but it cannot escape a tired, over-used storyline. To top it off, as it gets late in the season, plot holes the size of a small country appear; also, one storyline that is mostly unrelated to everything else doesn’t work as well as it could. There are elements that mitigate a bit: the (brief) moments where the eponymous character still is using his intellects, the focus on the main antagonist’s family. It’s a good cast, doing unspectacular work: John Krasinski has the physique and projects the innate goodness of the main character, but not his intelligence; Ali Suliman makes the most out of a generic villain; Wendell Pierce is the best piece in play, giving his character a hard edge; Abbie Cornish looks fine but is not asked to do much; Dina Shihabi, by the other hand, is asked and delivers. The series looks good, making the most out of a great variety of locations, and moves at a fast clip

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