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FINALLY. There is a believable actor playing Jack Reacher!
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FINALLY. There is a believable actor playing Jack Reacher!

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:05 PM
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I urge any fans of that Lee Child book series to tune in to the Amazon Prime series that just dropped, named simply REACHER. This Reacher is not a shrimp like Tom Cruise, nor a brunette. He is the 6'5" Ahnold Swartzenegger type muscled dirty blonde monster the books all speak of. (OK, so Alan Ritchson is "only" 6'2" tall, but somehow, they make him look HUGE. And the muscles are NOT fake.)

Wife and I binge watched the first four episodes yesterday, and will probably binge the rest of them either today or tomorrow. I always thought that SOMEWHERE, there had to be an actor who could actually bring Reacher to life. If Hollywood has any sense at all, Ritchson would be the star of any future Jack Reacher movies, not an over the hill Tom Cruise, who, to me was never really believable in the part to begin with.

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:08 PM
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Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll give it a try. Like you I was extremely disappointed with tom cruise

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:14 PM
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Thanks! I almost watched this a couple of days ago. Thoughts of Cruise in the part made me pass on it.

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Yes. He is what the books describe. Cruise was cartoonishly

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:17 PM
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miscast. I'm glad that image in my head has been replaced.

Fun factoids:

- The author met his wife in a grocery store. She was wanting something off a top shelf, and he is tall, so he reached up and got it. They started dating, married, and she frequently asked him to get things off shelves, calling him "my reacher", later just "reacher". So, of course ...

- The author is British (lives in the US). A family joke started about things in France being 'le this' and 'le that', and when they had a child they referred to it as "Le Child". So when he wrote his first book about Reacher he used the pen name Lee Child.

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:24 PM
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So agree. Watched the 1st 3 episodes yesterday and really am enjoying it. My only beef, and it is admittedly a nit I am picking, is that Alan is a little young. IIRC, Reacher is a retiree and has been out for a few years. That would make him 45ish. Alan is a little shy of that. Also think his young looks slightly exacerbate the feeling.

In any case, think the series is an excellent recreation and highly recommend.

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:46 PM
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Believe it or not the guy is 40. So he could easily have already done his 20. Plus I think you get some bumps for war zone time, no?

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Feb 5, 2022, 1:30 PM
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Understand that is the typical path. Just saying my perception of Reacher was mid-40s to 50. I always thought of some old-school NFL d-lineman - Bob Golic, Art Donovan, Mean Joe Green, #### Butkus. They obviously are too old now, but that is who I pictured.

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The series is based on book #1, when he was in his

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Feb 5, 2022, 1:25 PM
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late 30s. Actually Alan Richter is 37 so he’s about right for the early Reacher.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how faithfully they have followed the book in almost every aspect.

So different from the complete hash that Netflix has made of the CJ Box series on Joe Pickett as well as the Cassie Dewell stories in “Big Sky” ... ????

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Muscles, you say?

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:29 PM
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FM heading your way in 3…2…1…

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:31 PM
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Just so happens I watched the first episode of this myself last night. Agree on all your points. In my minds eye though I pictured Reacher just a tad older but really liked the show. If you’re reading this and haven’t read the books I highly recommend. I wish reacher was a real dude.

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Binged its entirety . . .

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:37 PM
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into the wee hours this morning with my bride. We concur, TC is a putz in our book and had no business playing the part. How can any 5’ 7” squirt be intimidating . . . much less TC?!!!

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Feb 7, 2022, 1:20 AM
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Just watched all 8 on a lazy day. He definitely makes a better Reacher and my other thought was he’d be waaay better as Captain America than the Evans dude.

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:43 PM
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Yeah. I’ve got one to go. He’s quite convincing, though I still find myself thinking how odd it is that the blue mountain state kid turned out to be a stone cold killer :)

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Yeah lol

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Feb 5, 2022, 2:08 PM
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I think anyone who has watched blue mountain state still see him as Thad Castle. I know it’s hard for me to get out of my head while watching reacher lol

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:45 PM
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tks, didn't know it had started; will be happy to watch this book to tv series. I never watched a midget Reacher show; didn't want to ruin my mental image of JR.

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Agreed

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Feb 5, 2022, 12:59 PM
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I'm in the minority that actually enjoyed the Tom Cruise Reacher movies. Of course the height was all wrong and seemed weird since the size of Reacher is one of the defining characteristics, and the over the top cockiness came across as smarmy or glib which was a bit tiring. But overall, the movies were alright for what they were.

But I'm about 6 episodes into the TV series and the quiet demeanor and size of Alan Ritchson fits the Reacher character so much better. Folks who have read the book will recognize just how often the books include the line "Reacher said nothing" and they've done a good job keeping his word wasting down.

Production values are a bit low as the action sequences are very clearly backlot style sets, but that's to be expected from a streaming only show of this budget.

But overall, I'm quite enjoying it, and they've done a good job thus far translating the Killing Floor novel.

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Feb 5, 2022, 1:03 PM
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We've seen two so far. Not binging to make them last by watching one a day. Love the book series. This actor is great. I always had a younger Liam Nieson type in mind as reach. My favorite part in the books is when "Reacher said nothing"

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hated the movie so was gonna pass on this, but will check

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Feb 5, 2022, 1:07 PM
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Feb 5, 2022, 1:12 PM
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this Reach could so kick the behind of the TC Reacher.

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All I see is Thad from Blue Mountain State...


Feb 5, 2022, 1:43 PM
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Acting all funny. I've type casted him, and ruins it

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I wish there were still a believable author

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Feb 5, 2022, 1:48 PM
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It was bad enough when Child started mailing it in. Now, he has turned it over to his son, Andrew, who is a total disaster. The books are no longer readable.

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I agree. I don’t read books written by replacements except

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Feb 5, 2022, 1:51 PM
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Except in the case of Jeff Shaara who may be even better than his Dad. And in any case, his Dad only wrote the one book before Jeff took over.

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Feb 5, 2022, 2:33 PM
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Great show

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Feb 6, 2022, 8:34 AM
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Tom Cruise playing a tough guy is about as believable as Vanderbilt winning the SEC.

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Feb 6, 2022, 9:39 AM
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Tom Cruise playing Reacher was not nearly as bad as John Travolta playing ""bad guy"" Howard Saint in ""The Punisher"" _____________ all I could see was ""Disco Dancing"" with Olivia !!!

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Feb 6, 2022, 9:44 AM
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I plan to watch it, loved the books, not wild about the movies. Looks like Tom Thumb Cruise gave you a TD on this poast.

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Feb 6, 2022, 10:51 AM
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I've been binge watching too .... maybe eight episodes in a couple of days ..... can't wait until tonight! Reacher is a stud for sure.

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Feb 6, 2022, 11:46 AM
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I have read all of the Reacher books and I’m re-reading Killing Floor now. Cruise was a bad choice for Reacher. I will start watching the tv series when I finish re-reading Killing Floor. I hope it follows the book.

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Feb 6, 2022, 9:56 PM
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Spot on 76er! Actually just read my first Jack Reacher book (Wanted Man) and three things happened. First, I ordered a dozen more (abebooks.com - used paperbacks @ $3.75 each w/free shipping. Second, vowed I would never watch another Tom Cruise version. And three, started watching the Amazon Prime series.

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Feb 7, 2022, 12:13 AM
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Watched the whole series this weekend. Very good!

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Feb 7, 2022, 1:04 AM
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wife stood next to Robert Downey Jr in the airport and looked him dead in the eye... and she's 5'5" and not wearing lifts. Kinda hard to believe that shrimp is Iron Man...

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Feb 8, 2022, 10:48 PM
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Well, it is the suit, after all! ??

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Feb 9, 2022, 6:02 AM
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That new jack reacher series is freaking awesome. You all should check it out!

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