The Blacklist (NBC)
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp (The Call)
Starring James Spader, and Megan Boone
Let's hope NBC does a better job handling The Blacklist better than it handled Revolution. While Revolution got pretty decent reviews, the ratings were solid, but their lack of marketing, and erratic scheduling for the show did not help. The Blacklist had better reviews, and is getting solid word of mouth so can, and should this show succeed?
The Blacklist centers Raymond "Red" Reddington played with utter deviousness by James Spader FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Keen played by Megan Boone. In the opening sequence Spader's character "Red." is a wanted criminal who surrenders to the FBI. After his capture Red states that he will only speak with/work through Agent Keen. Spader's character has information on one of many criminals he has worked with and is planning on helping the FBI catch him. Reddington has numerous connections with unknown criminals, because he was the person who brokered the deals between them.
The show started in a traditional formulaic manner, but I like the direction the series is taking, in Silence of the Lambs style allowing for the criminal to guide the new agent towards catching other criminals. Spader is one of the main reasons to watch this series; he takes the darker nature of his Boston Legal character to a whole new level. Spader along with the premise of the series have me hooked at the moment. I am looking forward to where this show goes.
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