I ought to preface this by saying that I have not read a single book by Tom Clancy. I also haven't seen any of the Jack Ryan film adaptations, and no, I haven't the slightest idea how the whole "Ryanverse" is structured.
In short, I decided to watch this Amazon Prime show for the shallowest of reasons, and that's because John Krasinski, AKA Jim Halpert from NBC's The Office, happens to play the lead role. After seeing his face plastered on several promotional posters for season one in 2018, I made a mental note to binge-watch it. And now, having seen both seasons, I can honestly say that Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan was well worth my time.
If you've yet to watch the action thriller, it follows a veteran named Jack Ryan (Krasinski), who goes from working at his desk as a CIA analyst to working in the field as head of the Terror, Finance and Arms Division. Each season centers on a different story (both of which deviate from the original books), but in the process, we see Jack transition from quiet genius to full-fledged action hero.
From the compelling characters to the wild action sequences, here are five reasons you need to give Jack Ryan a chance.