Prime Video’s iteration of the spy created by author Tom Clancy has just entered its fourth and final season. Adapted by Graham Roland and Carlton Cuse, the Emmy-winning series started with the titular Jack Ryan played by John Krasinski as a lowly CIA analyst thrown into his first-ever on-field mission. In season 4, Jack Ryan is more confident than ever as the agency’s acting deputy director and in a position to draw out corruption from within.
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 4
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Jack Ryan season 4 review
Season 4 starts thrillingly enough, with Jack Ryan being tortured somewhere in Myanmar. We then cut back to three weeks earlier when our hero is the new acting Deputy Director of the CIA, appointed by acting director Elizabeth Wright (Betty Gabriel). After the Nigerian president finds himself at the wrong end of a bullet that may have come from the CIA’s black ops, Ryan must inspect the off-the-book operations approved by the former director.
The investigation leads him to a mysterious former operative and current assassin, Domingo Chavez (Michael Peña), who reveals a conspiracy involving drug cartels and terrorist organizations. At the centre of it all lies the series’s main villain, drug kingpin Chao Fah (played by Louis Ozawa).
Now Jack Ryan and his friends, James Greer (Wendell Pierce) and Mike November (Michael Kelly), need to uncover the conspiracy and find how deep the corruption runs. As this is the show’s last season, we also get to catch up with Ryan’s love interest from season one, Dr Cathy Mueller (Abbie Cornish), as it appears the two rekindled their romance off-screen in the time lapsed between seasons three and four.
Fun yet forgettable thriller
The cast does a convincing job in their respective roles. It’s nice seeing Abbie Cornish’s character back in the series, even if her role is more ornamental than crucial to the plot as it was in season one.
Casting an actor known for comedy as the hardened assassin Domingo Chavez was an interesting choice, to say the least. Yet Peña proved he could successfully play ambiguous antiheroes. It will be interesting watching him take on Chavez’s character as part of his own spin-off (if the rumours are true, of course.).
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is among the most well-known series Prime Video ever made. It’s a straight-up spy thriller staying true to the genre while adapting a well-known character for modern audiences. What made Krasinski’s version of the titular analyst unique was his compassion and humanity. He seems to have evolved too much into an action hero / political machine. It’s still entertaining, but some depth is missing.
Saying that, if you’ve enjoyed the first three seasons, you are likely to like this one as well. It does exactly what it says on the tin. There’s a convoluted plot. We have a conspiracy the lead uncovers. And we get a second half full of fast-paced action sequences resolving the convoluted plot.
While fun to watch, the final season is all too forgettable. It offers more of the same we’ve grown used to from Jack Ryan but in a more compact six-episode package.
Lori C. is an entertainment writer who studied Film and Television at University. She watches and reviews films and series from most genres, but some of her favourites include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, and True Blood.