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The Terminal List season 1 review – a high octane revenge thriller

June 29, 2022

This review of Amazon original series The Terminal List season 1 contains no spoilers.

Remember when the 4th of July weekend was the destination of the big Hollywood blockbuster? While Top Gun: Maverick saved cinema, streaming has the next holiday weekend blockbusters ready for release. Netflix has the second volume of the fourth season of Stranger Thing, but Amazon Prime has The Terminal List, a heart-pounding, high-octane revenge thriller helmed by big star Chris Pratt, which is set to pass the best summer of his professional life. His new series is a blockbuster. He also manages to contain the best performances of his career.

The Terminal List follows Lieutenant Commander James Reece (Chris Pratt) as he leads his elite unit to capture a chemical weapons terrorist, Kahani. They follow credible information from the intelligence community. Things are going badly, very badly. The Navy SEAL team walks into a trap while secretly moving through the underground sewer. Most exits are blocked by armed insurgents, and the knee-deep water is a cobweb of trip wires. When Reece and Boozer (Jared Shaw) find an escape, a support soldier panics and flees. He ignores the commanding officer’s requests to monitor the tripwire. A bomb goes off and Reece is knocked unconscious. Or was it the soldier? The story changes when Reece debriefs and learns of the damage report. The audio caught one of his SEAL team members, Donny Mitchell (Patrick Schwarzenegger), panicking and setting off the bomb.

What exactly happened? On the way back from base, he tells his buddy Ben (Taylor Kitsch), a CIA agent who doesn’t like to work, that it was a set-up. The problem is that no one believes him. Ben is skeptical. His boss, Admiral Pillar (Nick Chinlund), thinks he’s out of control, and his wife, Lauren (Riley Keough), is worried. She knows the history of veterans with PTSD. Lauren sees anger, fatigue, fear, paranoia, sleep issues, and changes in her personality. Reece is aloof, broods over the ambush, and doesn’t engage, even with his nine-year-old daughter, Lucy (Arlo Mertz). As Lauren tries to convince her husband to have him checked out by a medical professional, a war correspondent/journalist, Katie Buranek (Constance Wu), approaches him looking for a story.

The list of terminals is based on Jack Carr New York Times best-selling political thriller. In the adaptation, written by showrunner David DiGilio (Traveler) and produced by Pratt and Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the team was keen to tone down the book’s political thriller aspect and substantially step up the action. After watching the entire series, you’re looking at a well-plotted revenge thriller. The unreliable narrator also has an added element, which can be overplayed lately. Yet they use it in a way that adds mystery and a touching, unexpected human element. The most effective subplot is when Reece combines nightmares with a memory addressing the death of a starling with his wife and daughter.

The series can be overloaded with action at times, and the latest episode puts Pratt’s Reece in a particularly cold light with aspirations for more seasons (there are five books in the series). Yet Pratt carries The Terminal List with surprising depth and touching resonance in addition to high-octane action scenes. Pratt’s standout episodes, including “Transscience” and “Reclamation,” I repeat, are the best performance of his career. The star, on the record, has been very supportive of men and women in military service. Pratt ensures that the themes of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and the strain it places on family and mental health are handled with empathy and care.

Of course, a big reveal at the end of the season is obvious to any critic worth their salt, but will pay off for the general public. Also, the plot may be too technical for the cover-up story here. (Although my complaint would be that it’s watered down for viewers). However, The Terminal List is hit entertainment. Unlike the show Halo, the series can maintain a high level of production and action throughout the run and the pilot, directed by Fuqua, is an exciting hour of streaming television.

This is an event TV series, and The Terminal List is bringing back the blockbuster this 4th of July weekend.

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You can watch this series with an Amazon Prime subscription.

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