REVIEW: TREADSTONE – SEASON 1

Jeremy Irvine in Treadstone (2019)

Starring

Jeremy Irvine (War Horse)
Tracy Ifeachor (The Originals)
Omar Metwally (Munich)
Han Hyo-joo (Cold Eyes)
Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe)
Gabrielle Scharnitzky (The Game)
Emilia Schüle (Berling Station)
Michelle Forbes (Powers)

Jeremy Irvine in Treadstone (2019)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Michael Gaston (Bridge of Spies)
Jung Woo Seo (A Gentleman’s Dignity)
Tess Haubrich (Bad Mothers)
Patrick Fugit (Saved)
Lee Jong-hyuk (Shiri)
Oliver Walker (Viking Quest)
Shruti Haasan (Puli)
Tzi Ma (Arrival)
Racheal Ofori (Artermis Fowl)
Eric Kofi-Abrefa (Fury)
Emmett J Scanlan (Krypton)
Merab Ninidze (Jupiter’s Moon)

I think this show is well written, well-acted, well-shot, and well-choreographed. The entire show is faithful to the Bourne series not only story, cinematography, style, and feel but also in its multiple global locations. It’s sort of an origin story for the indoctrination program that created Jason Bourne and the operatives like him. The fight scenes are high quality and Bourne-worthy and I have no doubt the actors trained very hard to pull these off.Jeremy Irvine in Treadstone (2019)Kudos to the fight choreographer as well. I’m a big Bourne fan-I read the books in the 1980’s and have owned and watched the movies multiple times and still think they are among the best action movies ever made. Having said that, I am enjoying this show more than The Bourne Legacy movie. Those who complain the story is confusing are likely not paying attention while watching or are so used to watching shows/movies where every detail is spelled out to the viewer. Michelle Forbes and Michael Gaston in The Seoul Asylum (2019)This is a somewhat layered espionage storyline that switches between present-day and 1973. The premise is that in 1973, the Treadstone project started creating sleeper agents cleverly named cicadas (insects that lay dormant for 17 years before returning in droves). Some unknown person is waking up these cicada operatives (who don’t even know they are badasses) and sending them on missions to kill people with the ultimate goal of selling a decommissioned and unaccounted Cold War Russian nuclear missile to the North Koreans.Hyo-Joo Han in The McKenna Erasure (2019)Through period flashbacks, we get to see the Russians re-program captured CIA officers, completely wiping their memories and allegiance to the USA and turning them into badasses. Clearly, something goes wrong with one such operative who is on a quest to figure out who he is/was, what happened to him, what he’s done, and who he needs to blame and seek vengeance on. In typical Bourne style, there is intrigue which forces you to pay attention, make connections, and wait for reveals. I know some people like to veg in front of the idiot box and not think, but not being spoon-fed a simplistic story is part of the enjoyment of this genre for me. Imagine that, TV you actually need to think about!Emilia Schüle and Jeremy Irvine in Treadstone (2019)The movies were also like this, but I suppose for some a chapter title that says “Budapest 1973” is not a big enough clue to let them know that what follows is a flashback to the early days of the Treadstone-type project.Hyo-Joo Han in The Kentucky Contract (2019)This is a good show for any Bourne fan with at least half a brain. I hope there’s a Season 2.