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May 14, 2014
FYI: What we learned in the season finale of the Blacklist *Spoilers*
For those that are interested, listed below are some important truths that were revealed in the finale. Yes, answers were provided and we were given much more insight into Raymond Reddington, and the mysteries that surround him. The finale may finally give us more reasons why Red created the list of Blacklisters in the first place and why Lizzie is so important to him. If you are still puzzled... perhaps you haven't watched all the episodes. If you haven't done so already, maybe you will be compelled to watch the first season again and find clues and tidbits you missed the first time. Or maybe you will be watching all the episodes for the first time. Whatever applies, enjoy the ride. For those of us that have watched every episode, and have followed Red and Liz every step of the way... it's well worth it.

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Apr 01, 2014
The Blacklist Season 1, Episode 18 Review: No. 135: "Milton Bobbit" (The Undertaker)


Ok - soooo, that happened.

I'm just not exactly sure what "that" was.

I'm trying to wrap my head around this episode, and the first thing that comes to mind is "weird."

Is that weird?

There was something strange about the pacing, about the plot, about the way some of the characters reacted to things, and although some parts managed to be genuinely creepy, it mostly came across as just weird.

Or is that just my insomnia speaking?

The cold open was nicely done, although I'm assuming anyone who has watched waaaay too much television (like me) immediately thought "Uh-oh, that cabbie is a serial killer or some such, right?". Not exactly right, but not exactly wrong either.
Switching to the "man behind the scene" was also very promising - he started out a bit "funny" (as in funny - strange, not funny - ha-ha), got weirder and weirder, and ended ...Read more
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Mar 18, 2014
The Blacklist: Should I Continue Watching?
The first half season of ‘The Blacklist’ was great. We had James Spader, a singular and magnetic main character. Red Reddington simply stood out. The pilot opened with him turning from a criminal into an informant in a way that promised so much. I was immediately hooked as I just wondered what and why.

But there were other reasons I liked the first episodes. Although Megan Boone as Lizzy seemed to be a bit lost in the beginning, her chemistry with Red was visible and working. The criminals on the blacklist were not plain criminals, they were strange and interesting. The criminals were fun as they were so far out of my belief system that they almost could be true. They even could live next door and we’d not know. We got to know there was a back story with Red’s family that somehow led to his adventure ...Read more
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Jun 14, 2014
The Blacklist: Writer Goofs
While I was re-watching S1 I noticed that there seem to be a number mistakes made by the writers where the small details of the show seem to contradict one another. These mix-ups may seem minor, but in a show where small details are often scrutinized it worries me that they aren't more careful, particularly about their timeline info. If it is that hard for the writers to keep track of the details they should hire a rabid fan to do it for them. I certainly would volunteer...

1) The calls to the Apple Man.

In 1x10 Aram states that someone has been making calls from inside the Post Office to the Apple Man and yet neither of the two moles the writers revealed could have made those calls. I thought prior to the finale that the writers were holding back a final mole for dramatic effect, but Meera ...Read more
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Nov 26, 2013
The Blacklist Season 1, Episode 9 Review: No. 16: Anslo Garrick
This is becoming a bit of a habit, but I'm going to have to repeat myself:
OMG!
Blacklist, I LOVE/HATE you SO MUCH right now!
This whole episode was like a never-ending series of punches to the gut, only interspersed with the occasional knee to the groin.
Yes, that hurts even if you're a girl.

So, let's see if I can unscramble my brain long enough to say anything coherent about the actual episode, rather than just my reaction to it.

The opening was kind of fun, Ressler showing up and being introduced - smoothly and without hesitation, because Red is just that good, of course - as his contact at State, further cementing his cute cover as Red's man on the inside.

After being informed that Lizzie might be in some sort of trouble, Red wasted no time in getting them on his private plane and ...Read more
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May 14, 2014
The Blacklist: What Do Red's Scars Mean?
*Don't read if you haven't seen 1x22*


The final finale reveal of Red's burn scars was a doozy. I almost fainted from the joy of finally, FINALLY, being given a real, honest to God, no takebacks, answer to a major mythology question. I enjoyed a moment of bliss before smacking myself on the head and remembered: THIS IS THE BLACKLIST. Silly rabbit, answers are for people who watch other shows less likely to cause insomnia. We don't get answers, we get tiny clues that often contradict each other and can rarely be relied on. In the hopes of gaining some clarity I made a list of the things we can more or less assume to be true:

1) The old friend who left Liz with Sam had to have been Red. Sam talked about their agreement in 1x06. Red said that the identity of Liz's ...Read more
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May 05, 2014
The Blacklist: Should The Wig Be Credited?
This evening we will have the penultimate episode of The Blacklist. We are left with a huge number of questions that can not possibly be answered in two episodes of 42 minutes of television that are left to us. So we’re happy that it has been renewed and we hope to get all the answers we want in that second season.

We (@edshrinker and I) have a list of about 50 questions that popped in our heads and which we felt should be answered this season. But we decided not to put them up (in one post) as we didn’t want the producers to be alarmed to what we all would like to know. However, there is one that was haunting us and we would like your opinion on it:

Should the wig that Megan Boone is wearing be given credit in the opening sequence?

In the opening ...Read more
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May 02, 2014
The Blacklist: What Happens Next?


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We are finally heading into the two part season finale, which is supposed to be all about Berlin. (Another two parter like Anslo Garrick would be welcomed!) Will Liz forgive Red? Will someone die? Will Tom and Red finally confront each other face to face? Why is Red so afraid of Berlin? Red doesn't scare easily. One thing is certain, the answers always lead to more questions, so we will have a busy summer re-watching the first season for clues to the answers.

The producers have promised (don't hold your breath) that we will find out why Red turned himself into the FBI, what the numbers assigned to the Blacklist mean, more about who Tom “really” is... and we will see a greater conspiracy revealed. Those are not new spoilers, those are things they have promised all season.

It's hard to believe they are ...Read more
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Apr 25, 2014
The Blacklist: Is Red a Bad Man?


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We are almost to the end of the first season, and we still know so very little about Red. Is he a bad man, who sometimes does good, or a good man who does bad things? Or perhaps in The Blacklist world, there is no such thing as good or bad, because no one is who they pretend to be. Everyone has secrets, and perhaps the most prominent one for our Red, is whether he has good intentions or not. We don't even know what he is trying to accomplish, but can't help but root for him anyway.

We have watched what Red has done, and how he has approached people and accomplished his goals along the way. Every single person on the Blacklist must hold some meaning to Red's greater agenda. This may be part of a greater good yet to be revealed, or may ...Read more
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Apr 22, 2014
The Blacklist: Tom Keen, "One of the good guys"?


Tom announces to Liz at the end of 1x19 that he is "one of the good guys" and we are all left to puzzle over what exactly he could possibly mean by that.

What we know about Berlin:

1) Red has spend years tracking them.

2) They apparently recruit felons into their organization (Jolene/Lucy, Craig/Chris, and Gina).

3) Gina, who is apparently a member, is currently a corporate terrorist.

4) Craig/Chris was so afraid of them that he choose to dive out a hotel window, rather than betray them.

5) The mission they gave Tom was to investigate Red's and Liz's connection, not to kill either of them.

What we suspect about Berlin:

1) They are tied to Liz (via her scar).

2) They are responsible for the death of Red's family.

Conclusion: I don't think we can call Berlin "good", in the ...Read more
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An FBI fugitive, Raymond "Red" Reddington (Spader), joins the FBI in an attempt to work together and bring down criminals and terrorists. After their first victory, a list of dangerous but unknown criminals is revealed by Red. With the help of a rookie FBI profiler, Red will work to eliminate all those in "The List".