Jack Ryan Amazon Prime
HE’S got a few body swaps to get through before he catches James Bond, but, by my count, Jack Ryan, the CIA agent created by Tom Clancy in 1984, is now on his fifth regeneration, having been previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. Stepping into the role this time is John Krasinski (familiar from the US version of The Office and, more recently, the sci-fi horror hit A Quiet Place), who brings a pleasingly low-key, uncertain touch to the hero. A deskbound, data-crunching analyst to begin, he gets pulled into action when his research suggests a terrorist plot being assembled in Yemen, and pinpoints its rising ringleader, Suleiman (Ali Suliman). As Jack and his boss James Greer (The Wire’s Wendell Pierce) follow the clues, the show becomes a globetrotting, postHomeland action piece. It’s very generic, but it does a decent job of updating Clancy’s Cold War character, and works better than it should thanks to the cast.