Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TV Review: THE BLACKLIST

Too often, when a new series is hyped to the degree The Blacklist has been hyped, the audience ends up disappointed. I can only speak for myself, of course, but I was definitely not disappointed.



Twenty-four years ago, Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) was a government agent. En route home to his wife and daughter for Christmas, he disappeared. When he finally resurfaced, he was selling secrets to the highest bidder. (No, not like Edward Snowden--this guy actually is brilliant, and doesn't appear to only be trying to make a name for himself.) Today, he has abruptly resurfaced, walked into FBI headquarters, and surrendered himself.

Why?

This is also the first day on the job for FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), a young woman with a past that bears some similarity to Reddington's--though she swears she has no connection to him when he insists upon speaking only to her. Liz grew up without her parents and now, by her own admission, seeks to rewrite her past by starting a family of her own. On this first day on the job, she and her husband Tom (Ryan Eggold) are also scheduled to be interviewed by an adoption agency. Neither of them have any idea how drastically their lives are about to change....

This show has been touted as being full of twists and turns, and it most certainly is that...though I suspect most viewers will guess the connection between Reddington and Keen early on. He knows things about her only someone very close to her would know...like, say, a blood relative. He acts like her mentor rather than a prisoner, teaching her to "think like a criminal." He offers her access to his "Blacklist"--politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists, saying they're going to make a great team....

Five stars--I'd give it ten if I could!

20 comments:

  1. I totally meant to check it out! Glad to hear you liked it. I have to catch it next week. I need 3 DVR's during the next few weeks!!

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  2. Tomorrow, after my stress test, I'll be writing my review for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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  3. Very intriguing. Spader used to be so cute.

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    1. I remember years ago, he was in St. Louis filming White Palace with Susan Sarandon....

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    1. Reddington is a very interesting character. I wish I'd created him!

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  5. Yes. It was a good show.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. It was. I think it has the potential to be a great series.

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  7. I didn't know about this show but it sounds so good.
    Off to check it out.
    I am so stressed out myself that I haven't really checked out the new TV shows. I did see the Sleepy Hollow one or half of one show.
    So glad your watching these show to fill us in. I have heard of The Agents of Shield I hope you like it.

    cheers, parsnip

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I'm posting that review tomorrow. It was also excellent!

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  8. Hmm, this sounds really interesting. When WWII began, the father of a friend of mine went to the store to get milk. He returned two years later. He was part of what is now the CIA.

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    1. That sounds like the premise for my novel The Unicorn's Daughter, Kittie!

      My aunt had a neighbor for many years--decades, actually--but only after he died did she find out he'd been a Secret Service agent.

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  9. I have this one on the DVR, glad to hear it delivers!

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    1. It does, indeed! Spader does creepy genius really well!

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  10. I don't watch much tv, (except reruns to help me fall asleep) but this sounds like something I would really enjoy!

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    1. Check it out, Hilary--I think you'll like it!

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  11. Having had now seen it, he really is a compelling- and sadistic- kind of guy!

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  12. I too thought The Black List...great!

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