Reacher Season 2 Review – Ritchson is bonafide action star

By Ricky Valero
Published: December 15, 2023
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Reacher Season 2 Review
Reacher Season 2 | Image via Prime Video


Alan Ritchson returns to pack one heck of a punch in Season 2 of Reacher. Although it starts bumpy, the ride only improves as the season progresses.

Jack Reacher has returned to kick ass and take names in the second season of the Prime Video series ReacherThe series is based on author Lee Child’s book series that started in 1997. The second season follows the 11th book in the Jack Reacher series, Bad Luck and Trouble

Alan Ritchson returns for a second season in the role of Reacher after Season 1 was met with audience and critical praise, becoming one of the highest-rated shows in Prime Video history. The series quickly became greenlit for a second season, followed by a third season renewal before the launch of Season 2. 

Reacher Season 2 review and plot summary

Reacher Season 2 follows Jack Reacher on the hunt to find out who is killing his former U.S. Army unit, the 110th MP Special Investigators. He reunites with three of his former unit members to track down and find out who is behind the murders. 

The murder of Calvin Franz ignites a phone call to Jack Reacher. Reacher was Franz’s boss in the Special Investigator Unit. He reunited with former unit members Frances Neagley, Karla Dixon, and David O’Donnell. As the unit peels back the layers of the case, they realize more and more of their former unit members are dead.

Early in the season, we meet Azhari Mahmoud, who kills multiple people along the way after he gets what he wants. He is a person of interest to Interpol because he is a known weapons broker for a terrorist organization, but nobody has ever been able to identify him. Whenever Reacher and his team get close to Mahmoud, he is one step ahead.

The writers know that we have come to expect the physicality of the Jack Reacher character. We expect to see some strong hand-to-hand combat, and Reacher kicking ass and taking names. However, I am glad they didn’t forget the story element that can drive the show home. It allows an investment in the characters providing another layer to the series.

Another thing the creators got right in Season 2 was the villain. They established early on that Azhari Mahmoud was a bad dude, and it would be challenging for Reacher or his team to walk over him. He wasn’t the most physically demanding guy, but he played a cold, calculated game, allowing him to play chess while the team played checkers.

Although Jack Reacher is this larger-than-life behemoth, the idea of him having a love interest is something that I really enjoyed. The chemistry between Reacher and Dixon showed sparks the moment they were on-screen together, and the writers exploring their relationship showed a human element to Reacher.

Reacher Season 2 is a hard-hitting good time

That said, the action was again top-notch in Season 2 of Reacher. One of the biggest things everyone complained about in the Tom Cruise-led Jack Reacher movies was Tom Cruise’s size. With Alan Ritchson, you have a 6’3″ chiseled man who looks the part that Lee Child wrote. The believability that Ritchson sells as Reacher is my favorite element. I don’t doubt his ability to win every battle he goes into, which makes him an excellent action star. 

Ultimately, Season 2 of Reacher starts a little slow but picks up the pace the more Azhari Mahmoud gets involved with the story. Fans of Season 1 won’t be disappointed because this season packs just as much of a punch.

What did you think of Reacher Season 2? Comment below.

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