TV Series Tag #36: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan


Who doesn’t like to chase and beat the bad guys? This show delves into the life of a CIA analyst, Jack Ryan who discovers a trend of suspicious fund transfers he thought could be linked to the wanted terrorist Ali Suleiman. His hunches proved to be right and he is plucked from behind his desk into the field towards the search of Suleiman to prevent any impending attacks on his homeland.

1. Where would you rank it among your favorite shows?
I’d place it in my top 40.

2. From 1-10, how obsessed are you?
I’d rate myself at 7. I enjoyed the pace at which the plot unfolded.

3. How did you discover the show?
My sister shared it with me. She knows how much l like shows like 24 and kept asking if I had watched it. Honestly, I found the first episode quite difficult because I used to watch it when I was very tired. But she insisted I brave through episode one and that I would enjoy it. True to her word, I did. I love the ending of episode one so I needed no further encouragement.

4. What was your initial thought of the show and did it change after watching it?
I found it interesting…observing two men who both believed they were doing what was best for their countries. One through state investigation, the other through violence towards the country who kept interfering in their affairs. My interest was piqued in finding out how far both men were willing to go to achieve their aims.

5. Why do you like the show?
I love the suspense and the smart plays by both Ryan and Suleiman in trying to beat each other.

6. Who’s your favorite character?
Definitely Jack Ryan. He’s sometimes a little too moralistic for his line of work but he has a good heart. James Greer, Ryan’s mentor is also a good agent.

7. Least favorite character
That would be Yazid; one of his Suleiman’s men. He was charged to chase after Suleiman’s wife and daughters after they fled. The fact that he was trying to seduce his boss’ underage daughter and also attempted raping his wife just showed what a despicable person he was.

8. Who is your crush on the show?
Jack Ryan.

9. If you were to be a character, who would you choose?
Cathy Mueller. She is passionate at what she does as a scientist. She was also understanding of Ryan when she found out he had hidden his real work from her.

10. Favorite season
I’ve just watched the first season. The second one is yet to come out. And it has been confirmed that it has been given a nod for season 3 as well. Can’t wait.

11. Do you follow the cast and show on Facebook and Twitter?
I follow the show on Facebook.

12. Which of the characters would you like to meet?
Ryan, Greer and Suleiman.

13. If you could meet any of the actors, who would it be?
John Krasinki.

14. What lesson(s) have you learnt from the show?
Sometimes, the line of work we find ourselves in would compel us to compromise on our values in order to get things done but we should stand our grounds. If a job can’t be done the right way, then perhaps, it shouldn’t be done at all.
Also, two wrongs don’t make a right. The fact that someone hurt us doesn’t mean we should exact revenge the same way. Only innocent people get affected in the crossfire.

Have you watched Jack Ryan? What are your thoughts on the show? Kindly share and thanks for reading.

© Josephine Amoako 2019

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