Monday night, I watched The Blacklist, as I’ve done every week since the show first aired. Beginning with the series premiere, when Raymond Reddington (James Spader in a must win-Emmy-role), very calmly walks in to the FBI’s Langley office and turns himself in after being on the bureau’s most wanted list for over 20 years. From that moment on, I’ve been hooked. Spader, looking every bit his 53 years, has never been better. And he has had some pretty great roles.
This week’s episode was not unlike the others we’ve seen thus far, in that there’s a really bad guy that Red assists Lizzy Keen (newcomer Megan Boone) in catching, all the while bettering his own situation. But, what this episode did more than the previous was to really suck the viewer in. Through much of the season, it’s been made fairly obvious that there is some sort of a connected past between the two main characters. Well, it seems our suspicions were proven valid after all. However it appears now, I’m sure the writers will undoubtedly throw some salacious curveball at us.
What makes this a great show, to me, is not the weekly adventures of Bad Guy & Good Girl vs. Really Bad guy; it’s the relationship between Red and Lizzy. Clearly, Red is protective of her in a very fatherly way. And there’s evidence of this seen in Red’s “coffee tawk” with Lizzie’s husband (yet another character we REALLY aren’t sure of). But, WHY is the real question. If he is her real dad, is the way to her heart helping the FBI catch some of the world’s most heinous criminals? Or is that just a diversion while Red pilfers from the same heavies he’s helping the FBI catch? And, while we’re asking, is Red indeed Lizzy’s real father? They certainly want us to think that, don’t they?
What I’m saying is that while this is billed as a suspenseful thriller type TV show, I think it’s really more of a character driven, whodunit show. Take out the nature of their relationship and you’re left with another typical cop/FBI show.
I think The Blacklist can continue on for at least 3-4 more seasons without getting stale. Anything more than four though, and I would imagine the viewing public tuning out. Too often nowadays, shows stay long past their prime. Networks turn a once successful formula into nothing more than weekly dribble just for a paycheck. Can anyone say How I Met Your Mother????
NEXT TO HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, VAN HALEN IS WHAT MAKES ROCCO HAPPY.
WHEN HE’S NOT ROCKING OUT TO VAN HALEN, YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ROCCO CATCHING UP ON WELL-WRITTEN TV SHOWS ON HIS DVR SUCH AS: SONS OF ANARCHY, BREAKING BAD, AND THE BLACKLIST. A LIFE-LONG NY METS FAN, ROCCO KNOWS ALL TOO WELL THE HIGHS AND LOWS THAT COME WITH THE TERRITORY.