The Blacklist

the blacklistEven though I don’t have a job right now, it’s still been a busy week.  I just got to watch The Blacklist and let me say, it lived up to my expectations.

The Blacklist is the best premiere that has happened so far this fall.  There.  I said it.  Yes, it was better than Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D which is saying something because I also enjoyed that premiere very much.  Head inside for more discussion on the premiere of The Blacklist.

The main star of The Blacklist by far is James Spader.  I will go ahead now and predict an Emmy nomination for Spader.  I won’t predict a win for him yet because Kevin Spacey is still out there in his show House of Cards and there is still this last season of Breaking Bad that I’m sure will be cleaning up at next year’s Emmy awards but Spader is on the radar now.  He is a force to be reckoned with.

The premiere episode introduces us to Spader’s main character Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington who is one of the FBI’s most wanted men.  At the start of the episode, Reddington walks right in to FBI headquarters and turns himself in.  The FBI is of course surprised at this move and they are not sure what to make of it.

We are introduced then to Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) who is starting her first day with the FBI and is running late.  Now here is something that irritated he and has always irritated me about TV shows and showing people working.  First, did anyone notice how light it was when she woke up late for work?  Judging from the coats people are wearing in the episode, it’s winter or early spring.  If it was that light out when she woke up for work, I need to work her job because I know for me, it’s always dark when I get up for work, especially in the winter and spring.  Ok then part 2.  She woke up late.  She said she missed her bus to get to work.  How do you have time to make coffee and eat breakfast?  She’s running late enough that she missed her bus so I’m assuming that she probably needs to get out the door at some point right?  Who has time to stand around and do those things when running late?  Ok, nitpicky I know but it’s always irritated me with TV shows.  Those of us who work in the real world (well not me right now but I did) live on a pretty tight schedule. I imagine the FBI does as well.  If it was my first day at the FBI, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be running late.

Ok great.  Rant over.  Now the whole point of Reddington turning himself in is revealed through the episode.  There is a very bad man loose in DC and he wants to help capture him.  The catch is that Reddington will only deal with one specific person at the FBI, the new hire and late arriving employee, Agent Keen.  I’m going to throw out a prediction right now that my Midwest Wife told me as we were watching the show, Agent Keen is the daughter of Raymond Reddington.  That’s why he has taken such an interest in her over the years.  It’s probably obvious to everyone but I just wanted to make sure we got the prediction officially posted on the internet (where it counts).

I won’t break down the entire episode here but I will say that the premise of the show is excellent and Spader is just fantastic.  He has accumulated a list of very bad people that the FBI doesn’t even know about.  He has shown that he knows more than the FBI so they have to take him seriously.  We were introduced to some secrets that are going to be very good story lines in addition to chasing down bad guys as well.  I am very interested in seeing how this show progresses.

Overall, I give this show an A.  It is now on my must watch list for every week.  I only hope that NBC doesn’t cancel it next week.

The Blacklist airs on NBC Mondays at 9:00.  In case you have missed it, here is the preview from NBC: