Prime Video’s hit series is back with a vengeance in Reacher Season 2, with Alan Ritchson’s titular protagonist dealing with a new dangerous and seemingly unsolvable mystery. The second installment was always going to aim for a darker plot than the first season, pitting the relentless hero up against a secret organization trying to get rid of him for good. The result is an enthralling season of television, with enough tension to keep viewers on the edge of their seats for all 8 episodes.
Picking up shortly after the conclusion of the first installment, the second season of Reacher opens up with the hero not wanting to get involved in other people’s problems. His protective nature will always keep him at the center of action though, taking down bad guys as he fully accepts that his fierce heroics push everyone who loves him away. Alan Ritchson has never felt more comfortable in the role, confidently making Jack Reacher walk into any room as if he owns the entire place. But the new season’s mystery proves to be a formidable challenge even for him.
Showrunner Nick Santora along with writers Scott Sullivan, Penny Cox, and Cait Duffy adapt the plot of British author Lee Child‘s 11th Reacher novel titled “Bad Luck and Trouble.” Reacher Season 2 kicks off with the brutal murder of Calvin Franz (Luke Bilyk), a member of the 110th MP Special Investigations, which was Reacher’s old U.S. army unit. This is no coincidence as more of Reacher’s old friends start getting killed off one by one. When his good colleague Frances Neagley (Maria Sten) recruits him to find out what happened to their former comrades, Reacher is forced to abandon his lone-wolf investigative methods as things are now much more personal than before. But they uncover a much larger conspiracy as soon as they start digging for information.
Reacher Season 2 also brings in Serinda Swan as forensic accountant Karla Dixon, Ferdinand Kingsley as the mercenary A.M., and Robert Patrick, who replaces Rory Cochrane as Shane Langston the head of security for a shady private defense contractor, as allies who help Jack in this case that hits close to home. These inclusions to the cast bring back some of the best elements from the first season and expand upon them, allowing Jack Reacher to grow and bounce off these charismatic characters as he faces a threat he’s never seen before. While the first Season 2 trailer made it clear how Reacher would take the matters the police couldn’t solve into his own hands, the show carefully constructs the explanation as to why Ritchson’s character is the only person capable of solving the mystery.
Adapting the 11th book in Lee Child’s Reacher series also makes way for the introduction of Shaun Sipos as a new character from the veteran’s past who serves as a nice contrast to the hero’s disciplined nature. The stakes have never been higher for the former Special Investigators leader, forcing Reacher to stop and take moments to reflect on the consequences of his sometimes questionable actions. This is where Alan Ritchson gets to shine as he pulls back the rough exterior and looks deeper into the psyche of the bravest man in Georgia.
Even if Reacher Season 2 makes Jack constantly think about the ghost of his past self, the Prime Video original series still excels at what it’s good at. And that’s allowing Jack Reacher to become a full badass as he plows through the countless obstacles placed in front of him. There are moments where this latest season doesn’t take itself too seriously, doing wonders for injecting charisma into the heavy story. Alan Ritchson knows how to balance the light-hearted moments with the violent action in a season that allows him to stretch his dramatic legs a bit more than his debut as the character.
This time, problems for Reacher begin when he receives a coded message that eventually leads him to the conspiracy against his former teammates. The writing in Reacher Season 2 is superior to the first, with the mystery constantly taking viewers through many twists and turns while never feeling too obvious or giving anything huge away. The writer’s room was evidently careful in adapting Child’s 2007 novel to television, as the audience always feels for Reacher who finds himself in a rare vulnerable state trying to protect people close to his life, aka his former Army unit.
Military police investigator Jack Reacher was never going to have a solution handed to him on a silver platter, and this second season puts the hero in a position where he has to think very carefully about each of his next steps. The organization tracking Reacher knows his next move even before he does, thus their defeat all comes down to his relationship with Frances Neagley, who brings in a fresh perspective. Ritchson and Maria Sten drive the season forward in a way that feels engaging and filled with energy.
With a charismatic performance from Alan Ritchson and a story that slowly unfolds itself while knowing how to retain the audience’s attention, Reacher Season 2 continues to prove why Lee Child’s work translates so well into television. The Jack Reacher book series is still in good hands at Amazon Prime Video, with an admirable collection of guest stars and engaging action sequences to boast about in these latest episodes. Jack Reacher is back, and nothing will stop him from getting what he wants.