Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1-3 Review

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is a refreshing spy series the likes of which are hard to come by.

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1-3 Review
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is an interesting spy series that's just complex enough to make it that much more thrilling. Source: Amazon Prime Video.

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is a crime/thriller series following a CIA Agent Jack Ryan and his attempts to avert world-altering crises. Jack is a CIA analyst who gets in over his head due to his sharp wit and attentive eye and has to save the day by whatever means necessary. Jack Ryan is a thrilling series and let's see how it pans out in Seasons 1-3. The Series is produced by Tom Clancy, Michael Bay, and John Krasinski.

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Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1-3 Review

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1

Jack Ryan, played by John Krasinski, is following a money trail at his analyst desk. He notices huge payments going into an account in Syria. To him, the payments are huge and there must be plans for a big terrorist attack. He follows the money and has to convince his new boss, the head of T-FAD, Jim Greer that they need to act on the info. Greer has just been transferred from Karachi and has been posted to T-FAD as an admonishment for the events that took place there.

Luckily, Jim listens to Ryan and they go on the chase. Ryan is convinced that he's on to the next Osama bin Laden and is quick to prove himself right. While in Syria, the team captures two gentlemen, a bodyguard, and a money man. They interrogate the two in their base but it falls under heavy attack. The bodyguard escapes and is rescued by the attackers, turns out he was Suleiman, the new age Osama bin Laden.

Jack Ryan and Jim Greer in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1
Jack Ryan and Jim Greer. Source: Amazon Prime Video.

Jack and Jim go on the trail after Suleiman. Suleiman, played by Ali Suliman, mounts an attack in Paris that kills 300 people in a church. He is only becoming more and more dangerous and outs himself as the man behind the attack. Things get very sticky and Jack and Jim do their best to end Suleiman's campaign of terror. In the end, Jack nabs Suleiman in the U.S., where he'd been trying to off POTUS.

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 2

Season 2 of Jack Ryan is about Venezuela. Jack is in Venezuela with his friend, U.S. Senator Jimmy Moreno. While the two are in Caracas, they come under heavy attack and Moreno is killed. Jack is shaken and vows to bring the people responsible to book. He then goes on to investigate a mining company that's been trying to take advantage of the discovery of tantalum deposits in Venezuela. Tantalum is a mineral used in electronic devices.

Jack and Jim in Venezuela
Jack and Jim in Venezuela. Source: Amazon Prime Video.

Ryan then has to map out how the mining company is connected to his friend's death and what role the top leadership of the country has to play in it. Turns out that Venezuelan dictator, President Nicolas Reyes, played by Jordi Molla, is in on the crime. Reyes is ruthless and arrests and imprisons dissenters. Jack now has to find a way to prove Reyes' ties with Jimmy's death. He does so and ends up ensuring the removal of Reyes as president, after losing an election he tries to rig.

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 3

Season 3 of Jack Ryan takes us to Russia. Ryan realizes that there's a plot to re-establish the Soviet Union. The plot is the brainchild of hardline Russian soldiers who were part of the Red Army before the fall of the wall. The Russian dictatorship back then had a nuclear program known as Sokol, which was designed to create a nuclear weapon that was undetectable. Jack Ryan is on to this and has to find out who's behind Sokol.

Things start unfolding as the Russian defense minister Dmitri Popov is assassinated in the Czech Republic. These events lead to the appointment of a new defense minister, Alexei Petrov, played by Alexej Manvelov, who is part of the rogue cabal behind Sokol. Jack has to find a way to stop their nuclear warhead that's headed to the Czech Republic to be detonated, and made to look like part of a U.S. weapons shipment under a NATO convoy.

The men sent to arrest Jack Ryan by CIA director in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 3
Jack has to save the world while the CIA Director has ordered his arrest and these men are after him. Source: Amazon Prime Video.

Jack somehow manages to stop the nuclear missile and survive it going off. He unfolds the whole ploy, thanks in part to Luka Gocharov, played by James Cosmo, a Russian intelligence officer who helps him. They discover that the ploy was a coup attempt against the current Russian president and that the nuclear missile was just part of the escalations. There was also the intent to goad the United States into war but Ryan with the help of Luka manages to stop it.

Our Rating

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is a refreshing spy series the likes of which are hard to come by. The story is beautifully told and the actors all play their roles wonderfully. The complexity of the series's plot and how the story unfolds give it so much mystery while also making it very interesting. We absolutely enjoyed watching Jack Ryan Seasons 1-3 and we give the series a solid 8.5/10. Be sure to catch it and enjoy!