Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan - French Connection

After returning home, Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and Greer (Wendell Pierce) continue to investigate Suleiman (Ali Suliman). Despite being commended on their work, the politics of the CIA create some conflict about who will continue to head the investigation forcing Jack to choose between the boss he's not sure he can trust and his boss' boss (Timothy Hutton) who is more interest in who gets the credit than the actual capture of the the terrorist. Choosing the moral move rather than the offer to jump up the ladder, Jack's latest lead sends the two men to Paris where Ali (Haaz Sleiman) is collecting the money necessary to complete Suleiman's work.

As foreshadowed in the show's pilot, "French Connection" continues to show problems brewing within Suleiman's compound between the terrorists and his family (and the man's total disinterest in the tension), including a creepy interaction between one of the terrorists (Kamel Labroudi) and Suleiman's teenage daughter (Nadia Affolter). Mixing a bit of business with pleasure, Jack also stops in to see Cathy Muller (Abbie Cornish) at the hospital while having his back checked. While the entire sequence allows to show to force on audiences a questionable running gag about yoga, it does continue to lay the groundwork for the pair's relationship which will no doubt grow over the course of the series.

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