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Story recap – what happened in The Terminal List season 1?

July 1, 2022

This is a story recap of the Amazon original series The Terminal List season 1 and contains spoilers as it details what happened.

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The Terminal List is based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Jack Carr. Chris Pratt’s vehicle has flaws, but the tale of revenge can be an action-packed thrill ride. It may also have the best performance of Chris Pratt’s career.

Please enjoy this recap of Amazon’s original series The Terminal List!

Story recap – what happened in The list of terminalsseason 1 ?

Episode 1 – “The Engram”

Commander Jack Reece (Chris Pratt) leads his team on a top secret mission to kill a chemical weapons terrorist in Syria named Kahana. When they arrive, it appears to be a setup. While cornered, an SFP soldier panics and triggers a tripwire. Reece is knocked unconscious and dragged to safety by one of his team members, Boozer. They are the only survivors. When he returns home, Boozer shoots himself the next day. However, Reece is told that this took place two days ago. Reece also wanted to say that one of his Navy SEAL team freaked out, Donny Mitchell.

Reece thinks there’s a cover-up. He has headaches and isn’t acclimatizing well at home with his wife, Lauren (Riley Keough), and daughter Lucy (Arlo Mertz). His bosses don’t believe him either. After the funeral of his entire unit, Secretary of State Louise Hartley (Jeanne Tripplehorn) wants to award him the Navy Cross. Reece also talks to a reporter (Constance Wu) who wants to know what happened there. Eventually, Reece goes to the clinic to get a CT scan. He wakes up from the scanner with two sicarios in the room with him. Reece fends them off, kills one, and the gun he takes from them is from his safe at home. He runs home to make sure his family is safe. Unfortunately, he finds his wife and nine-year-old daughter murdered.

Episode 2 – “Encoding”

Reece still suspects a cover-up. He realizes that the NCIS detective may be (or could have been) one of the men at the clinic. With the help of his friend Ben (Taylor Kitsch), he breaks into the apartment while he is sleeping. Reece wakes him up with a silencer in his mouth. After a few tough questions, he admits that someone at Capstone Industries named Saul Agnon is paying him for information and to handle some issues. Holder tries to make a move, but Reece shoots him under the chin, which looks like a suicide.

Episode 3 – “Consolidation”

Katie discovers that Reece has a brain tumor, revealed by the CT scan. Then a paid assassin tries to kill them both. Reece learns that his family is the victim of a corporate plan for the drug RD-4895. He realizes this after questioning Saul Agnon and then kills him by passing him off for a drug overdose. Reece thinks it was a setup to make it look like the soldier was down. Secretary Hartley revealed plans to reduce troop readiness to its lowest level since 2005.

Episode 4 – “Detachment”

Reece, with the help of his friends Ben, Liz, and Marco, kills the entire group of sicarios responsible for murdering his family. Katie discovers that Steve Horn’s company owns a majority share of Nubellum, and they make over $70 billion a year selling drugs to the six military branches.

Episode 5 – “Disruption”

Katie’s investigation leads her to question Mike, the former majority owner of Nubellum, in which Steve Horn holds a majority stake. He tells Katie that RD-4895 was designed to bypass neural pathways to help eliminate trauma or PTSD in soldiers. The key to figuring out who had Horn’s approval of this experiment is in accounting and who was responsible for giving the SEAL team brain tumors. Mike is shot and killed and Katie survives because Reece saves her. Later, Reece kills Horn by wounding him with an EFT bomb and shooting him in the head.

Episode 6 – “Fugacity”

Reece escapes to a national park after killing Horn and hides from a new FBI agent, Tony Layun (JD Pardo), and his team. Reece continues to have flashbacks to his family and evades their search, bringing charges that create a landslide. He returns to Liz, who transports him to a drop zone where he meets Ben.

Episode 7 – “Extinction”

At the end of episode four, Reece learned that his bosses Admiral Pillar, Commander Cox, and Captain Howard knew about his SEAL team’s experience. Reece kills Cox by breaking his arm and drowning him with a SEAL training log. Howard is tied up with a bomb on his chest. He has it when he delivers it to Pillar’s office because Reece will kill his son if he doesn’t. They are both killed. Also, Tony and Katie discover that the Secretary of State authorized the experiment on the SEAL team but not the cover-up. Tony divulges his information to write his story. When she tried to send it, Hartley used government resources to intercept it. She then approaches Katie, allowing her to interview her for the full story.

Episode 8 – “Recovery”

Hartley explains that she never knew about the brain tumors or the cover-up. She wasn’t the last anonymous shareholder to profit from the RD-4895 that brought shareholders millions when Capstone Industries signed a deal with Plano. However, after some research, Katie finds inconsistencies in her two stories. Ever since she launched a “fake” criminal investigation into the cover-up before Steve Horn was killed. That night, Reece infiltrates Hartley’s estate and enters the safe room she is hiding in with Katie. Before Reece can kill her, Katie comes between them, telling him she didn’t profit from the drugs, but Hartley shoots herself in the head before Reece can do it for her.

The show ends with Katie discovering that the anonymous shareholder has ties to a company in Peru. Reece puts two and two together – Ben has a place in Peru, and a CIA agent was the one who falsely brought up the information about Kahana that triggered the trap in Syria. Why did he do it? For the money and that was it, so why not allow them to die with their boots on? He says he had nothing to do with the death of his family. When he found out, he wanted to set the world on fire just like Reece and be by his side. Ben then allows Reece to finish his list and shoot him. (We assume because we hear a gunshot in the distance and they’re off camera).

This is the full recap of what happened in Season 1 of Amazon’s The Terminal List. What do you think of the story? Please comment below.

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