Available on Amazon Prime, The Terminal List is an action thriller starring Chris Pratt and based on the novel of the same name by Jack Carr.
It goes like this… Lt. Commander James Reece (Chris Pratt) is a US Navy SEAL who leads Alpha Platoon into a high stakes covert mission to capture a terrorist they have been after for years.
When the mission fails spectacularly, Reece is left as only one of two survivors. But having sustained a serious concussion, his account of what happened and the recorded audio differ.
Reece believes that the mission was a trap and that somebody was out to kill all of Alpha. But why? Or could it be that his brain injury has impacted his memories?
As The Terminal List progresses it becomes increasingly clear that Reece is right and with his life in imminent danger he must track down those responsible before they get to him first.
But how far up the chain of command does the conspiracy go? And what really is wrong with James Reece?
To help him uncover the truth, Reece turns to his best friend, CIA operative Ben Edwards (Taylor Kitsch, The Defeated), journalist Katie Buranek (Constance Wu) and fellow SEAL Liz Riley (Tyner Rushing).
As the navy seal officer investigates why his entire life has been turned upside down, he climbs further up the food chain to those who are ultimately responsible.
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Is The Terminal List Worth Watching?
Overall yes, The Terminal List is a pretty decent action thrill tv series. But that doesn't mean it isn't without issues.
To start, the first two episodes are very difficult to watch, in so far as everything is so dark.
When the team are ambushed during a high stakes mission, it takes place in a series of tunnels so you can barely see what's happening.
Reece's head injury plays a huge part in the plot. So basically what you get for most of the season is an unreliable narrator.
He jumps back and forth between reality, memories and hallucinations so you really don't know what's what, which can be quite confusing.
Of course, there are some other obvious plot fails, but all that said, The Terminal List does get better as it goes along and turns into a pretty decent story about one man's mission to get revenge on the people who destroyed his life.
Why Is It Called The Terminal List?
The title has a double meaning. The ‘Terminal' refers to Reece's need to end those responsible for the death of so many people in his life – adding each new name to the list until he has found them all.
Spoiler Alert: It also refers to the ‘Terminal' brain tumours that are discovered as the primary reason for the whole conspiracy.
Is The Terminal List A True Story?
There is nothing to suggest that The Terminal List is actually a true story – though undoubtedly there are certain aspects of the story that ring true.
Jack Carr the author who wrote the book that The Terminal List is based on, is a former navy seal officer with over 20 years in Naval Special Warfare, serving as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander.
What that means is that he brings authenticity to the story and the way that various events would play out in the real world.
Where Can You Watch The Terminal List?
You can watch The Terminal List season 1 on Amazon Prime.
The first season has 8 episodes with each running at around one hour.
The Terminal List Season 2
While it hasn't yet been confirmed, Chris Pratt has hinted at a potential season 2 for the Amazon Prime hit show.
The good news is that Jack Carr has five books based on his character James Reece so there's plenty of material to work from.
Is Chris Pratt Bad In The Terminal List?
Here's the thing about Chris Pratt. If you're already familiar with him from Parks and Recreation or Guardians of the Galaxy, the transition to action hero may be a stretch. Though not that much if you've seen him in Jurrasic World!
I will concede that aspects of his acting in The Terminal List are somewhat wooden – he doesn't really get angry, he doesn't really get sad, he doesn't really get emotional in any way – which given the story is a little unrealistic. But it could also be the way the character was created.
Chris Pratt in The Terminal List is still good in this and the endless pile-on he suffers on social media is no reflection of who he is as a person or how watchable The Terminal List is as an action thriller.
The Terminal List 2022 Cast
Chris Pratt as Lt. Commander James Reece, a US Navy SEAL officer and commander of Task Force Odin's Sword.
Taylor Kitsch as Ben Edwards, a former Navy Seal and a CIA Ground Branch operative.
Constance Wu as Katie Buranek, a seasoned war correspondent.
Riley Keough as Lauren Reece, James Reece's wife.
Arlo Mertz as Lucy Reece, James Reece's daughter.
Jeanne Tripplehorn as Lorraine Hartley, Secretary of Defense.
Tyner Rushing as Liz Riley, a private jet pilot and former Army helicopter pilot Warrant Officer.
J. D. Pardo as Tony Layun, FBI Special Agent of the Fugitive Task Force, San Diego field office.
Christina Vidal as Mac Wilson, FBI agent and Layun's subordinate.
Jai Courtney and Hiram A. Murray as Steve Horn, president of Capstone Industries and Jackson, a security contractor.