The focus of the new action-thriller series “The Terminal List” is Navy Seal James Reece (Chris Pratt), who with his Elite-troop is ambushed during a covert operation. Reece, unlike his men, barely escapes alive. Back at home, he finds it difficult to process the traumatic mission. He is convinced that his team has been betrayed. When there are more deaths in his immediate vicinity and even an assassination attempt is made on him, he is finally convinced that something is very fishy. Reece wants answers – and revenge! He shows no mercy, because whoever ends up on his hit list doesn’t have much longer to live…
“The Terminal List” not only shows a man on a merciless mission for revenge. The series repeatedly addresses the toll that the dangerous missions are taking from Navy Seals. Regarded as the elite unit of US troops, their members undergo the most rigorous training (a flashback in The Terminal List bears witness to this). Most importantly, they often work in small teams to carry out covert operations deep behind enemy lines. They are also used by the US government when certain people who are actually very well protected have to be eliminated. Such a mission also initiates the series “The Terminal List”.
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Deliberately always being pushed far beyond the breaking point in training, then later operating so deep behind enemy lines while carrying out high-risk quasi-contract-killer missions, cannot be processed so easily, as “The Terminal List” clearly shows. In addition to Chris Pratt as James Reece, reporter Katie Buranek (Constance Wu) is the second main character.
She is working on a story about the psychological pressure Elite-Soldiers who, in their opinion, can lead to deadly mistakes at the front. She realizes that Reece has memory problems, his perception is disturbed. At the beginning of the series, this raises the question of how far one can trust the main character’s agenda, which deviates from radio messages and official investigations, which expands the revenge story with a psycho-thriller-drama aspect.
Jack Carr is responsible for the fact that “The Terminal List” deals so authentically with the inner life of a Navy Seal and describes how such a life works between family at home and killing in far corners of the world. He invented James Reece and has published his fifth bestseller with the character. and Carr knows what he’s writing about because he lived the life that James Reece has at the beginning of the series.
Like Reece, Carr was a Navy Seal, ran a small one like his main character Elite-Trupp and with this missions in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and the Philippines, among other places. Like James Reece, he was also a Elite-Sniper. In interviews, he always revealed that he sees this as his advantage. What happens in his books and the series “The Terminal List” is of course fictitious. but the main character’s emotions about these experiences are real and authentic. He doesn’t have to interview other people to ask them how one feels in such a situation. Because he knows himself.
The psychological problems dealt with in “The Terminal List”, which affect life as a Navy seal, are also a personal matter of the heart for Carr. In the past, the author has revealed that he is fortunate to have made the transition from military to civilian life. But many women and men do not succeed in this. He therefore supports numerous organizations that help these people to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and similar mental illnesses and problems.
The fact that Jack Carr knows what he is talking about has not only to do with his own experiences, but also with his preparation for every new adventure for James Reece. Of course, he doesn’t know everything firsthand either. However, the monthly reading lists from his “book club” are legendary among his fans. On a YouTube channel and in his blog, he regularly reveals what he has read himself, and in the run-up to new novels, there are always more than a dozen, mostly non-fiction books that deal with certain aspects that become important in the next story.
But it’s not just non-fiction, because like almost everyone, Carr is also influenced by a few role models. So when an episode of The Terminal List is reminiscent of the standout action drama Rambo, it’s no coincidence at all. Because “First Blood”, the book template for the classic with Sylvester Stallone, is one of Carr’s favorite novels and with a passage in his story he obviously wanted to bow to it.
You can now see this on Amazon Prime Video. All eight episodes of the first season of “The Terminal List – The kill list“ have been available there since July 1, 2022.