Reacher is an extremely entertaining and well-crafted standout

by Ed Blackadder

I had no intention of ever watching this show. The books were never really my thing and I found the big-budget Tom Cruise movies just fine, but ultimately disappointing. However, I kept seeing clips of “Reacher” pop up on social media feeds. Every time I saw a clip, I would watch it. After five or six of these, I decided to give the Amazon-produced “Reacher” a chance. I am glad that I did.

“Reacher,” Amazon’s surprise hit series starring Alan Ritchson, exceeded all expectations with its first season. Ritchson, initially an unexpected choice for the iconic role, grew into it with astonishing prowess. His embodiment of Jack Reacher was a revelation, showcasing an unexpected depth and authenticity that resonated well with fans of Lee Child’s books.

The first season, though at times far-fetched with its counterfeit ring plot in a small town, was undeniably enjoyable. Ritchson’s charisma and physicality brought a new dimension to the character, making the series a refreshing and engaging watch.

In the second season, “Reacher” takes an ambitious turn with a compelling story arc that delves into Reacher’s past. The narrative focuses on his former Special Investigators team members being hunted down one by one, adding a layer of suspense and emotional depth to the series.

This storyline not only expands the scope of the show but also provides an intriguing exploration of Reacher’s connections and the consequences of his previous life. The second season solidifies “Reacher” as more than just a one-hit wonder, establishing it as a series with both staying power and narrative substance.

One of the standout features of “Reacher” is its impeccable production quality. The show is meticulously crafted, with well-choreographed action scenes that are a feast for the eyes. The attention to detail in both the set design and cinematography elevates the viewing experience, immersing the audience in the gritty and thrilling world of Jack Reacher. The series strikes a perfect balance between suspenseful storytelling and adrenaline-pumping action.

Alan Ritchson’s unexpected appeal as a leading man is a major highlight of “Reacher.” His portrayal of the titular character surpasses expectations, bringing a fresh and captivating energy to the role.

Unlike the Tom Cruise movies, where some fans felt the character was not accurately represented, Ritchson’s interpretation is both faithful to the source material and adds a layer of authenticity that was previously missing. The result is a series that not only pays homage to Lee Child’s books but also surpasses the cinematic adaptations that came before, making “Reacher” a true standout in the world of action-packed television.

Ed’s Grade: B+