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TV Series Review

Raymond "Red" Reddington is one bad dude. He oozes felonious activity. His wardrobe (complete with black fedora) exudes fashionable evil. His I-know-ever-so-much-more-than-you attitude would make James Bond's adversaries at Spectre prickle with jealousy. Even his nickname—Concierge of Crime—seems to channel comic book villainy.

So what, pray tell, is Red doing working with the FBI? Turns out he has a list (that'd be The Blacklist, naturally) of the world's most dangerous criminals—guys so good at being bad that the FBI doesn't even know about them yet. The names on the list are criminal whales, Red says, and he wants to play at Ahab for a bit.

Of Hats and Red Herrings

Reddington has played that Ahab for six seasons now. But it's always dicey fishing for whales when you're using the boat of The Man. The relationship was never an easy one: Do brilliant criminal masterminds really wake up one morning and say, "You know, I'm done with this black fedora. I want to be known as the Concierge of Conscientiousness from here on out"? He's as duplicitous as they get, and now we know how duplicitous: Turns out Red isn't Red at all. And Elizabeth Keen, the criminal profiler whom he's treated like a daughter and, we "learned" in Season 4, was his own, biological flesh and blood? Yeah, not so much.

Now, Elizabeth's determined to find out who fake-Red, her fake father, really is. Even if she has to send him to jail and whitewash the blacklist while she's at it.

The Blacklist is both a clever and contrived crime thriller. It seems predicated on the predator-prey dynamic between Red and Liz—a relationship built on mutual respect and distrust. It has some serialized elements to it—a long-game mystery that will be doled out episode by episode, season by season, getting evermore convoluted as it goes. But it's also something of a pedestrian episodic drama, with the FBI dutifully pursuing, each week, a new man on Red's nefarious list. (Or at least it did before Red landed in the clink.)

Sexual material has included hookups and partial nudity. And our not-so-good-girl detective has gone so far as keeping her one-time husband illegally captive, hoping to use his intel to find—and perhaps kill—a notorious terrorist.

But if The Blacklist feels, at times, a little like The Silence of the Lambs, it does not indulge that movie's depravity. The black-hatted Red, whoever he is really, is a wicked white-collar criminal and agent of global terrorism, but he's no up-close-and-personal serial killer.

Crossing Lines of Various Colors

This is still a violent show, though, and sometimes extremely so. Extras die by the dozens. People are shot, spraying blood as they die. They're beaten or tortured, with little of the resulting pain and gore hidden from viewers. And the lines the good guys are willing to cross to bring the bad guys to sometimes terminal justice seem to grow more gray by the day.

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Episode Reviews

Jan. 3, 2019: "The Corsican"
The Blacklist: Feb. 7, 2018 "The Invisible Hand"
The Blacklist - Nov. 9, 2016 "Dr. Adrian Shaw: Conclusion"
The Blacklist - Feb. 4, 2016 "Alistair Pitt"
Blacklist: 11-3-2014
Blacklist: 09-23-2013



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James Spader as Raymond 'Red' Reddington; Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen; Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen; Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper; Diego Kleattenhoff as Donald Ressler; Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe; Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai and Mozhan Marnò as Samar Navabi






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