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Mission Possible for Gigachad: Review of Season 2 of Amazon’s Reacher

 

Much to the surprise of many, the first season of the series about military police major Jack Reacher became a huge hit for Amazon and a model for others to follow. Gigachad Alan Ritchson , with his simple face and incredible charisma, was able to revive the character of Lee Child’s books, offering the audience a male action film without Hollywood quotas.

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It ‘s no surprise that audiences were eagerly anticipating the second season of Reacher , expecting it to maintain its core principles and develop the story of a tough but simple white guy. And the directors did not betray the ideals of storytelling of the 90s of the last century, although for some reason they turned the series into another variation of “ Mission: Impossible ” (yes, the ghost of Tom Cruise is still stubbornly trying to inhabit Jack Reacher).

After a successful investigation into the death of his own brother, the main character switches to investigating the death of his former comrades in the squad formed while serving in the military police. Together with his colleagues, Reacher goes on the trail of an international syndicate that threatens the whole world.Such a trivial plot is reinforced by constant switching between events in the past and the present. This move is intended to diversify the eight-hour show, but in the end it only drags it out.

Excursions into the history of the anti-drug squad are tiresome with their artificiality and poor character development. The line in the present is more dynamic, but not without stupid and too unrealistic plot twists with a caricatured villain, ready to reveal all his plans to the heroes, and honest policemen, selflessly protecting the girl from bandits.
It is clear that these are also echoes of old-school action films, in which good people fight with their fists against talkative villains and measure testosterone with them. But in modern realities, such retro references look out of place.

The catch is that Reacher’s teamwork and even his new love interest are not able to distract the viewer from the idea that all this is devoid of its former charm. The success of the first season was built on the image of a noble and somewhat silent ronin who clearly followed his own path. Of course, the jokes about the main character’s only faithful companion—his toothbrush—remained in place, but the charm of the lone warrior faded.



As for the cast, Alan Ritchson looks a little less fresh and more shabby than in the original, although he retains his charisma. Maria Stan as Frances is responsible for the image of a strong and independent woman who prefers pants to dresses, and Serinda Swan does an excellent job as Carla , Reacher’s new love interest. Sean Sipes appears as David's tireless sidekick , who has a close-knit family.

The second season of Reacher is noticeably inferior to the first due to the dispersion of attention across two timelines and the abuse of cartoonish templates. But the series does not reach the level of "Mission: Impossible" due to the lack of tricks and humor.

But even so, the Amazon project remains based. Yes, fans will get a few bitter pills of disappointment, but in the end they will still get off their couches happy.

7/10

Such a trivial plot is reinforced by constant switching between events in the past and the present. This move is intended to diversify the eight-hour show, but in the end it only drags it out.

Excursions into the history of the anti-drug squad are tiresome with their artificiality and poor character development. The line in the present is more dynamic, but not without stupid and too unrealistic plot twists with a caricatured villain, ready to reveal all his plans to the heroes, and honest policemen, selflessly protecting the girl from bandits.
It is clear that these are also echoes of old-school action films, in which good people fight with their fists against talkative villains and measure testosterone with them. But in modern realities, such retro references look out of place.

The catch is that Reacher’s teamwork and even his new love interest are not able to distract the viewer from the idea that all this is devoid of its former charm. The success of the first season was built on the image of a noble and somewhat silent ronin who clearly followed his own path. Of course, the jokes about the main character’s only faithful companion—his toothbrush—remained in place, but the charm of the lone warrior faded.

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As for the cast, Alan Ritchson looks a little less fresh and more shabby than in the original, although he retains his charisma. Maria Stan as Frances is responsible for the image of a strong and independent woman who prefers pants to dresses, and Serinda Swan does an excellent job as Carla , Reacher’s new love interest. Sean Sipes appears as David’s tireless sidekick , who has a close-knit family.

The second season of Reacher is noticeably inferior to the first due to the dispersion of attention across two timelines and the abuse of cartoonish templates. But the series does not reach the level of “Mission: Impossible” due to the lack of tricks and humor.

But even so, the Amazon project remains based. Yes, fans will get a few bitter pills of disappointment, but in the end they will still get off their couches happy.

7/10

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