Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Sources and Methods
September 11, 2018 10:09 PM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Jack's moral code is tested when he and Greer use a Turkish criminal to help them track down a high-value target who may be able to lead them to Suleiman. Hanin tries to evade her pursuers and keep her daughters safe. Cathy investigates an outbreak of a virulent form of Ebola that may point to something more ominous.

Okay, I really liked this episode, at least in parts. It did a great job of building and managing tension, and the human trafficker they had to work with was a fascinating character.

Victor continued to exist in the dumbest storyline. Nobody is going to notice when a servicemember just randomly jets off to Turkey/Syria? He makes it through security with a duffle bag of cash? They could have at least done a better job of selling me on his ability to find the house of the guy he killed based on the hours he spent surveilling it.

And naturally, Cathy is on the fast track to cross the streams and join the action part of the story.
posted by jimw (4 comments total)
Hanin is my favorite character in the entire series. I have empathy for her and her decisions and the process which she reaches them seem real to me in a way that some of the other characters don't.

Cathy's entire sequence with the Ebola virus in this episode seemed like product placement for Microsoft.

Timothy Hutton is a great actor, the way I viscerally despise his character is a hallmark of good acting to me. And this is after I loved him in Leverage. I also liked the guy who plays the human trafficker, he played sleazy opportunist to the nines. It seems like they're getting really good foreign actors to play the non-American roles, and it really shows.

Nitpicks aside, this was a good episode.
posted by Sphinx at 4:52 PM on September 12, 2018 [2 favorites]

Victor continued to exist in the dumbest storyline. Nobody is going to notice when a servicemember just randomly jets off to Turkey/Syria?

At least I'm not the only one who thinks that. That scene played out like something the producers thought was very special television. But in the end the wise grandfather seemed more of a TV trope than a person, which is a shame because so far this show is doing a good job (or at least better for this genre) showing the humanity behind the bad guys.

After the scene I was just dreading whatever stupid plot they're planning to do with the kid and the money.
posted by Gary at 11:30 AM on September 13, 2018

showing the humanity behind the bad guys.

Argh. Terrible choice of words on my part. The point is that most of the Muslim characters so far (including the bad guys, who normally would be the most one dimensional) have been fleshed out and given back stories. So the wise grandfather who sells him eggs really seemed more like a generic character to help Victor in his story than a real person.
posted by Gary at 12:23 PM on September 13, 2018

I just assumed the grandfather thought he was an egg merchant.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:33 AM on October 3, 2018

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