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Apr 04, 2015
The Blacklist: Who Shot *SPOILER* in 2x18?
In the wake of the shocking season the biggest question that I was left with this episode was, "Who shot Red?" There are quite a few potential candidates.

1) The Alliance
Pro: The Alliance just voted to kill Red, and he was so concerned about the threat they posed that he was going to disappear before Liz called. They are also the season's "big bad" and we are winding down into the final four episodes of the season. It would make sense they'd be focusing on them right now.

Con: They are the obvious choice.

2) Tom
Pro: Tom is in town and he could have many potential motives for killing Red, such as making a deal with someone powerful to protect himself, protect Liz, shoot to injure Red to persuade him to let him stay close to Liz for either personal reasons or to get close to ...Read more
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Mar 27, 2015
The Blacklist Season 2, Episode 17 Review: No. 97: The Longevity Initiative
As usual, the case of the week was of much less interest than the Red Connection. By now, we KNOW that he will have some personal angle for fun and profit (or, you know, information) that drives his choice of blacklisters to go after.
This time, it was apparently a dual effort to a) fix Lizzie’s broken memory by way of crazy scientist and b) secure the backing and support of the Steve Jobs of the Red-verse.
Add in a helpful serving of cute team bonding attempts and Crazy!Tom, and that was tonight’s episode.

The Blacklister: As we’ve seen in a few other episodes, not all Blacklist “villains” are evil per se. Yes, our crazy scientist (a.k.a. Mad Genius) did at first appear to be merely a heartless, ruthless scientist who cared more about results than people. And in a way he did – but ...Read more
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Mar 18, 2015
(Spoiler Alert up to 2x15) The Blacklist: The Boyfriend Experience (Red-Tom-Liz connection)
There has been a lull in The Blacklist discussions. Now if this is because the show was a bit lack luster until Tom has returned and now you are re-watching these episodes again and again, I understand- been there, um..still there. But with all this new info I have been chomping at the bit to discuss stuff. Sure it’s basically the same topics since the beginning but the background information has expanded quite a bit and thus there are new and improved speculations.

[Before we proceed, I’d just like to apologize for the somewhat slapdash post. Well, it is more unrefined than slapdash but I wanted it hopefully out before the next episode. Thought I might wait, but figured with all this new intel, we probably won’t get more for while given the rate this show feeds us tidbits. ]


First I’ll start with the future ...
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Mar 20, 2015
The Blacklist "Tom Keen" Postmortem: Ryan Eggold Weighs In on Tom's Big Sacrifice
For once, Tom did the right thing... but was it for love? Also: What do you think of his new hair?
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Mar 22, 2015
The Blacklist Season 2, Episode 16 Review: No. 7: Tom Keen
Ok, so that happened.
To be honest, this whole murder/trial arch has not been my favourite. Watching Lizzie and her pals squirm as the judge kept asking questions, and the quickstepping to stay OUT of the hot seat before that, just makes me want to hide my head behind a pillow.
Awkward!

But this episode? Finally going somewhere! Or nowhere. You know, depending on your perspective.

Did I think Tom would sacrifice himself for Lizzie? Yes, I did, actually. Because it's that kind of show. And because we've seen the signs that for some reason, Lizzie is the shining beacon of perfection that the hollow shell that is "Tom Keen" has imprinted on.
I don't think he's ever felt this way about another person. No wonder he doesn't know how to handle it. But while he can't get back what they had, the ...Read more
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Mar 27, 2015
To reawaken a discussion...Tom vs. Ward
I don't know why this was the thought that I ended last night's episode with, but its likely because this week was the first appearance of Grant Ward this half season. And that show is clearly not even entertaining the redemption path with him as he really, really, really doesn't see that he did anything wrong. And, of course, I think we all agree, we kind of like the Ward who we know is actually quite unhinged.

I suppose also because based on his actions last week and this week, Tom (who I wonder if we should be trying to call Jacob since that is actually his name and it seems he defaults to it when off duty) was clearly remorseful at least with what went on with Liz. Now, it could be because he developed feelings for her or he just saw all the layers that ...Read more
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Apr 03, 2015
The Fulcrum
Quick quiz...does anyone actually know what it really is?

I know Red told Liz it was a blackmail file and that is sort of what is implied with his conversations with Fitch. Then there was something about the way that Hobbs was talking about it and the sort of disregard of protocol Red set in motion by the Director that made me pause. Which led me to this thought, remember season 4 of Prison Break? During the entire first twelve episodes, the break in, and then the immediate chase episodes, what was Scylla? A file containing the lists of all Company operatives and operations that would expose the Company's role in all sorts of government actions and would clearly serve as a blackmail file. And, of course, that wasn't what it was and although I found the latter half of Season 4 of Prison Break wanted us ...Read more
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Mar 14, 2015
The Blacklist: The Tom/Red Connection Post 2x15
The plot thickened last night when Red revealed a number of things about his connection to Tom.

  • Tom worked for Red before he worked for Berlin.
  • Red was guaranteed Tom would stay emotionally detached from Liz.
  • Red was angry when Tom developed feelings for Liz.
  • Tom was recruited by Berlin, and offered double the price.

This new information, like most new information on The Blacklist raises more questions.

1) What exactly did Red hire Tom to do?

I believe Tom used to have Erza's job. I can't wrap my mind around Red hiring Tom to date her, it would be too great a betrayal with absolutely no purpose. I think he was tasked to watch and protect Liz from a distance.

Tom says to Jolene in 1x16, "Do you have any idea how many candidates there were? They CHOSE me." That suggests the position, if you will, of ...Read more
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Feb 21, 2015
The Blacklist Season 2, Episode 12 Review: No. 71: The Kenyon Family
Well, that couldn't have happened to a nicer guy, right?

I have to admit, using a religious compound - post-Waco - to store your terrorist supplies?
Genius.
At least, it SOUNDS like genious, and that's all I really care about.

The setting/cult itself was, of course, suitably horrific - incestuous child brides, child sacrifice (because face it, sending an 8-9-year-old out naked in the mountain winter is basically a death sentence) - but the cold open was particularly disturbing because it looked like the children were among the victims of the unidentified killers.

Fortunately, MOST of the kids survived the entire episode-long shitstorm, thanks to their "big brother" in the woods. Of course, he was going to marry most of them, but hey - at least he was closer to their age?
*shudders*
(By the way - how DID the kids hook back up with Daddy Dearest again? Did Junior return triumphant from ...Read more
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Feb 06, 2015
The Blacklist "Luther Braxton: Conclusion" Review: You Were There
The Blacklist celebrated its move to Thursday with a big moment... maybe.
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