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In the series premiere, CIA analyst Jack Ryan uncovers a series of suspicious transactions that take him and his boss James Greer out from behind their desks into the field to hunt down a ... See full summary »


Morten Tyldum


Tom Clancy (based on characters by), Carlton Cuse (created for television by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Krasinski ... Jack Ryan
Wendell Pierce ... James Greer
Abbie Cornish ... Cathy Mueller
Ali Suliman ... Suleiman
Dina Shihabi ... Hanin
John Hoogenakker ... Matice
Timothy Hutton ... Nathan Singer
Haaz Sleiman ... Ali
Adam Bernett ... Patrick Klinghoffer
Helmi Dridi ... Omar Rahbini
Jameel Khoury ... Colonel Al Radwan
Goran Kostic ... Ansor Dudayev
Eileen Li ... Noreen Yang
Emmanuelle Lussier Martinez ... Teresa
Mena Massoud ... Tarek Kassar


In the series premiere, CIA analyst Jack Ryan uncovers a series of suspicious transactions that take him and his boss James Greer out from behind their desks into the field to hunt down a powerful new threat to the world. Hanin begins to question her husband's affairs after he brings a mysterious outsider into their home.

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Action | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

31 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pilot See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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When Jack mentions that he's written "a custom SQL" to bridge the gap between two databases, he's referring to Structured Query Language - a computer programming language that's specific to databases. See more »


In the pilot, the story indicates that Jack Ryan when in the US Marines was injured when he was in a "Blackhawk" helicopter crash. THe US Marines don't have Blackhawk helicopters, that is a US Army bird. Marines have Huey', CH46's and CH53's. See more »


Jack Ryan: [after meeting Greer] Anyone know why he got PNG'd back to headquarters?
Tarek Kassar: I heard he went all Colonel Kurtz in the desert, started making S.A.D. dip their bullets in pigs' blood so anyone they killed wouldn't go to Paradise.
Jack Ryan: Jesus.
Patrick Klinghoffer: Shit.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


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1 September 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan is a character driven political thriller about a CIA Analyst who worked behind a desk, is apparently now cornered on a field mission when the relationship among nations are under threat.

Recreating the character on screen, Cuse and Roland, the creators, have managed to live up to the expectation, if not excel, with a much more busier bubble than previously this iconic character received. Cuse and Roland; the writers of the entire structure of the season had the heart in the right place, with a mature story line and elaborated projects that is chewed in appropriately.

But the subjective procedure and inputs from various writers and directors, blending in, overpowers the taste and leaves things bit under-cooked. The art design should deserve the well earned applause on pulling off such complex and practical sequences that easily makes you cringe on your seat.

The background score is decent, the sound effects are sharp and not unnecessarily loud, the action or chase sequences are well choreographed and performed, if not executed, with a decent cinematography and camera work that offers palpable poignant environment.

The performance objective, is left short in here and is something that may grow like a hazardous virus as it ages on screen, since no supporting cast is helping the protagonist Krasinski, which literally makes it feel like a one-man job.

It is basically a game of ping-pong, but is done with such finesse that it is thoroughly entertaining and if not anything the attempt to reach for a higher ideal is definitely appreciative. The writers offers a definite closure in each episode which is always adequate and shows sign of its mature perspective.

The weakest link of the entire series would be its love track that just doesn't fit, no matter how much the writers attempt to fluently install it in, it doesn't work and the reason to that is also it being short on editing which is daft at certain point.

The weaving of the structure is so transparent that even audience can see the steps falling in pieces in front of it. Few one-liners, a knack for saying the last word in a conversation, elaborative script and Krasinski at the heart of it are the high points of the series.

Season 01

For an introductory act, it is far better than we usually get, but the expectations are higher and since it shows potential every now and then in storytelling, it aches to see when it shucks it away, by being obliged to its commercial aspect.


As much as strong writing is, Tyldem's execution might fluctuate especially when it ought to fill in multiple details on a sequence like action or accident, the depiction eerily sets loose itself; overall a promising start.

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