Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Reacher - ATM

The unbending justice of former military investigator Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson) continues with the show's return for a Second Season. The episode gets its name from the short introductory interlude which reminds returning viewers just who Reacher is and also works as an introduction to new viewers when our good Samaritan helps out with a situation involving a carjacking and an ATM machine. Reacher's time in the military was referenced multiple times in the show's First Season, but the mystery he'll find himself in the middle this time around will allow for flashbacks to those days in with the 110th Special Investigators Unit filling in more of the character's backstory.

A murder in the Catskill Mountains and a call from Neagley (Maria Sten) will lead Reacher down a path colored by the events of his past and lead him to seek out former members of his unit and think back on events of the formation of the unit and its eventual disbanding leading to Reacher leaving the service. As with the opening scene, we see plenty of Reacher being Reacher in the first episode including the start of a running gag of him jumping a local drug dealer for supplies and his old school methods in getting into a mailbox which provides the first breadcrumb in his search. The episode is also notable for a murderer (Ferdinand Kingsley) traveling under assumed names whose journey will eventually dovetail into Reacher's story as well.

Season Two picks up months after the events in Margrave, but with Reacher still as we remember him. Events of the season are largely adapted from Lee Child's 11th book in the Jack Reacher series, Bad Luck and Trouble with some events and locales changed such as moving the investigation from California to New York. The novel, created by Child based on his own nostalgia of his life before becoming a writer, former friends and co-workers, and what might have changed for them in the same ten years, led to the creation of a book about reminiscence and reunion. Because of that, the season allows for more insight into Reacher's past than most of Child's other novels and provide this season with a more personal story for the character.

  • Title: Reacher - ATM
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