February 1, 2023

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Jack Ryan “Old Haunts”

Season Three, Episode Two

Is Jack Ryan really on the run, out in the cold, if everyone seems to know more or less where he is?

That seems to be the thing here.  I mean, sure, there’s a lot of stuff going on in Russia involving people there looking to rebuild, and their efforts got one Russian official killed, a scapegoat killed, and then the real killer killed.  Jack is wanted for the murder of a Greek cop that, yeah, he almost certainly didn’t do, but that’s how these things roll.  He’s on his own.

Except he isn’t.  The Russians seem to know where he’s going to be even if they always seem to be one step behind him.  Greer found a way to send him money, and a former adversary turned contact can hide Jack in his garage when the Russians come by.  As for Greer, his current boss Elizabeth Wright seems to know full well he sent Jack money and may or may not be all that happy about it.

The thing is, there are a lot of people looking for Jack, and he supposedly has no allies.  Except Greer.  And Mike November is back as a private contractor who can help Jack out.

Anyhoo, at the least this season hasn’t got plotlines that don’t seem to be going anywhere with characters I don’t quite understand whether or not I should care or not.  Yeah, there are those flashback scenes where that Russian soldier Luka is doing something involving some scientists who were developing a new nuclear weapon.  Except that guy, as an older man, is clearly involved in the plot in the future.  This isn’t like when the series spent a couple episodes following a drone pilot around, getting to know him for some reason before he momentarily got involved in the plot and then maybe hung around a little too much afterwards.

See, I know the series needs to fill a certain number of roughly one-hour each episodes, but that doesn’t mean I have to really get into some side character whose impact on the plot is minimal.  That in and of itself isn’t a problem unless other characters involved with that character aren’t given equal attention.

Take the boat guy from season two for example.  Yes, he played a role in the series, but did he need as much screen time as he got when the people with him were’t doing quite so much.  Sure, it shows the many facets of how American intelligence business works in this series while humanizing characters that otherwise wouldn’t get a lot of attention and certainly wouldn’t in a movie that has less time to develop side characters, but I never find these side characters that interesting.

I guess what all that means is I may be a bit disappointed if Tony the garage-owner gets a side plot of questionable importance.  Then again, for all I know, this is how Tom Clancy’s novels went.  I’ve never actually read one…

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