Wait, what day is it? Yeah, I’m posting this on a Thursday because I did a Keanu Project entry on Tuesday. But it’s been so long since we talked about television, and I have things to discuss!
First things first: Who’s watched Jack Ryan? I want to talk about it but I won’t give any spoilers in case some of you are waiting to hear if it’s worth watching. I will say that I did enjoy it – I burned through all 8 episodes the weekend it came out. It is not as compelling as a great season of Homeland, but it does scratch the same itch.
To speak generally about it: the show shines in the scenes with John Krasinski. He plays Jack Ryan a little too much like a Boy Scout, but overall he’s great, especially in tandem with Wendell Pierce. Side bar: Jim Halpert really pulled a Chris Pratt glow up. But things drag when other characters take the spotlight. There’s a subplot about a drone operator that offers some interesting food for thought, but it goes off on a super weird and unnecessary tangent that honestly has no business having made the final cut. I can’t imagine what they were thinking.
Finally, the show examines reasons why people become radicalized and lays some of the blame on US policies, but never makes you root for the terrorists. At one point a sex trafficker who is helping Jack Ryan track something down can sense the American’s palpable distaste for him, and basically says, “You think you’re the good guy and I’m the bad guy. Maybe if I’d been born in America, I could be a good guy, too. Geography is destiny.” I’ll be interested to see if it gets criticized for its handling of these issues.
My other interest here is in finding out if anyone watched the pilot for Mayans MC, the Sons of Anarchy spin off? I wasn’t going to, but my coworker recommended it. I miss SOA and am still pissed off about how it ended, but I’m glad I gave Mayans a chance because the first episode is pretty dope!
What else are you guys watching right now?
P.S. I have a confession to make, I am really into Big Brother this season. I have the decency to be ashamed of it. But seriously is anyone else watching?