REACHER: SEASON ONE
Starring: Alan Ritchson, Malcolm Goodwin, Willa Fitzgerald, Chris Webster, Maria Sten, Martin Roach, Currie Graham, and Bruce McGill
Creator: Nick Santora
Generally speaking, Reacher is a standard “solve the murder” show. However, the cast chemistry, literally bone-crunching fight scenes, and dry charisma of Alan Ritchson elevate the predictable story to something that is a lot more fun than it should be. Maybe I just had low expectations. I expected a series like Bosch, a show I always saw ads for while never meeting a person who actually watched it. But what I got was a show like Banshee, a brutal (yet still humorous) under-the-radar show that I can’t wait to turn people on to as we wait for next season.
As someone who remembers Alan Ritchson as blockhead linebacker Thad Castle from Blue Mountain State, his casting as Jack Reacher was quite a surprise. However, he manages to bring a stoic mercenary edge to the character that hearkens back to the heyday of 80s action films. This persona is matched with some hard-hitting violence that can come out of nowhere and hit you with a pure rush of adrenaline, but those scenes don’t come frequently enough. It’s almost The Punisher-lite. That said, it’s an easy watch that makes for some good shut-your-brain-off entertainment while doing the character justice.