The Blacklist

Season 1 Episode 2

No. 145: The Freelancer

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2013 on NBC
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TV-Rating:  TV-14 LV:  The Freelancer is No. 145 on the list.  Assisted by a CIA agent and Ressler, Red and Ekizabeth go after "The Freelancer" to prevent a new murder. Also, Elizabeth struggles with what to do about Tom's box.

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  • Is FBI really that

    The Freelancer was hired by Reddington to drug Campo. It doesn't really take a genius to correlate this to the fact that Reddington could have also got the Freelancer to derail the train and influence the FBI to believe that he has special information through his network of 'intelligence '.


    Is the FBI really so dumb not to join these

    The CIA implant in the group - Mallik also looks like a setup to see to it thay she can steer the core group away from nailing Reddington in the future, rather than the Criminal justice adding value.moreless
  • Less Sensational, A Little Less Action, & Still Good

    After the somewhat more bombastic pilot The Blacklist comes back with "The Freelancer" episode. The situation of the week this time is of the human traffic nature. Isabelli Rossilini in a rare TV appearance gives a low-key, but decent, character who is believed to be one of earth's great humanitarians, but is actually enslaving young women and using them as sex slaves.

    The blacklist had big action in the pilot and here it's slightly less, yet still quite graphic at times. Some of the "over-the-top" in the pilot was effectively traded for something grittier and possibly more believable. I'd say it came off a bit weaker overall however.

    Spader's Reddington is in full manipulation mode as he engineers the first phase of his deal ultimately seeking full-immunity. The FBI's clumsiness in hedging costs innocent lives in the initial action sequence giving Reddington the upperhand afterwards. Spader's character is the reason to watch and he drops two exceptionally telling lines: "the FBI works for me now" and "you never really know anybody, do you?". So much of what unfolds is steeped within those two statements. As in the pilot during the ending the question of who Keen's husband Tom is pops up. It's a big question and one must guess it will not be given up too soon as a slow reveal creates nice tension. Thus, overall a bit less of everything than the pilot, but more players are introduced as Spader is allowed a team of sorts and is now given more lattitude to operate.moreless
  • NBC ups its game!

    Fighting back the "Nothing But Cancellations" tagline.

    Story Acting Music

    Oh yeah! :)

  • Enjoyed this episide

    Enjoyed this episide, but it's a little unrealistic how much freedom they are giving one of the top 10 most wanted criminals, who easily escapes anytime he choses. By now they would be thinking he has his own agenda, and when he gets what he wants he'll be off in the wind.
  • Great!

    I really enjoyed the second episode, in which we had good plot development and a great case that was investigated.

    I thought the case was really interiguing and Reddington's methods were definitely interesting to behold. He certainly has his hands in a lot of different places.

    Looking forward to more, and the show has great potential in my eyes!
Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Floriana Campo

Guest Star

Daniel Sauli

Daniel Sauli

Waiter / The Freelancer

Guest Star

Jane Alexander (I)

Jane Alexander (I)

Diane Fowler

Guest Star

Deborah S. Craig

Deborah S. Craig

Luli Zeng

Recurring Role

Hisham Tawfiq

Hisham Tawfiq

Dembe Zuma

Recurring Role

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