“The Terminal List is Amazon Prime’s action thriller tv series based on Jack Carr’s 2018 novel of the same name. It stars Chris Pratt as Navy Seal Lieutenant Commander James Reece and centers around Reece’s revenge mission to avenge the deaths of his family and comrades in arms.
I won’t put in my usual spoiler alert because I’d rather not go through the whole plot piece by piece. I’ll just give you my reaction to the series and recommendations.
So, first off, the author Jack Carr was a Navy Seal so I guess that lends some credibility to the technical details of the show. As far as the plot, it’s a highly charged story of wrongdoing by the rich and powerful that a few years ago I would have said was too outlandish to be true. But now that real life government malfeasance (FBI targeting of political opponents, COVID related tyrannical actions) is standard operating procedure who is to say what’s outlandish.
The acting for the most part is very good. There were maybe one or two scenes that didn’t seem to correspond to how I thought the characters emotional states would make them act. But since the author probably corresponds more closely than I do to the psychological profile of the characters in the story maybe it’s my ignorance of their mindsets.
One of the plot elements involves the brain trauma that Reece is suffering from. This leads him sometimes to slip back into old scenes in his life, sometimes at very inconvenient points in the plot. Occasionally during the story, I thought the memory problems were a little distracting but by the end of the series I was satisfied that the plot device was justified. It also gives us a chance to see his personal life with his murdered wife and daughter. Now this is a difficult layer to add to a story like this. I would say they pulled it off mostly well. By the end of the story the character seems to have come to closure with his loss.
As far as action, there is plenty of it. Reece and his allies do an amazing amount of damage to the people on his “terminal list.” And there is quite a bit of brutality to his campaign. Some of it is up close and personal. But I would say the violence isn’t merely gratuitous but follows the plot of avenging the terrible crimes that have been committed against Reece.
I watched the show with Camera Girl. Now she’s an action novel junkie. She’s a big fan of Reacher and Bosch so a little violence isn’t a big deal to her. There was one scene that she thought was a little too vicious but by the end of the series she was a big fan of the story. So, I would recommend this series to anyone who likes the action thriller genre. It also lacked any woke nonsense of any kind. In that sense it was very refreshing. I give this series a highly recommended rating.