TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN is a unique action, spy hero. His internal moral compass sets high standards for today’s CIA. Who questions the chain of command and thinks about what is right and wrong? Author, Tom Clancy, has provided that answer with Season three of his popular character, the infamous JACK RYAN.  

John Krasinski as Jack has created a believable spy thriller character who can get “our hearts a’pumping.” The car chase scenes, “killer” train rides, being pushed out of a helicopter into the Baltic Sea, and “stealthing” around put me on the edge of my seat. I love the choices John makes as an actor. He allows the viewers to see Jack’s flaws, enjoy his sense of humor, and “bulldog” tenacious tendencies. It all makes for an exciting, non-stop quest to save our country from the brink of another war (besides John looks great in black, the “go-to” spy wardrobe). 

The ensemble this season was massive. I thoroughly enjoyed old favorites James (Wendell Pierce) and Mike (Michael Kelly). Elizabeth (Betty Gabriel) portrayed a woman of power and strength to be admired. Luka (James Cosmo) was determined, extremely conflicted, and ruthless (don’t always believe his sad, “puppy-dog” eyes). Kudos to the massive casting of “ordinary” faces. It added to the believability. 

The locations were impressive. What amazing use of countries and areas that were almost considered as another “character.” The constant, pounding beat of music did the perfect job of building the intrigue and intensity up a notch or two. TCJR was slick and entertaining. 

On another note, I must mention John J. Kelly, Co-Executive Producer, and Unit Production Manager. He is a former student of mine. His IMDB resume is long and impressive. He traveled to all the many sites used this season. I am so very proud of what he has accomplished. I cherish my memories of him then and now. 

TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN’s story paralleled today’s world closer than we all wish. It gave us a behind-the-scenes second of time. I don’t want to know how often our country is pushed to the brink and back again. It makes the line “I was only following orders” more potent and powerful for history and our future. Thank goodness for smart, research intelligence officers all across our troubled world. 


Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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