Great news for fans of excellent TV. The first season of The Blacklist is on Netflix. If you are already a fan, you should head to Netflix to refresh your memory ahead of the September 22 premiere on NBC. Netflix paid a whopping $2,000,000 per episode (there were 22 episodes in the 1st season) so they are hoping that more of you head over there to check out the show.
If you are not currently a fan, you should do yourself a favor and go binge watch this show so you are caught up before season 2. The Blacklist was a surprise hit for NBC last year but I was not surprised.
James Spader had the bad luck of delivering a brilliant performance in the same year that Breaking Bad was ending and HBO was putting out True Detective. Were it not for those shows, and the fact that The Blacklist is on NBC which no one watches, Spader would have and should have been a favorite for an Emmy.
For the uninitiated, Spader plays former government agent turned international criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington. In the premiere, he turns himself in to the FBI offering to help catch a list of criminals who so far have eluded capture by the world’s police agencies. He offers this help on the condition that a rookie personality profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is allowed to help him.
We learn through the first season that there is a connection between Reddington and Keen and we think we know what it is, but you can just never be sure. Every time you think you know something on this show, they go another direction and you find out you didn’t know anything.
One negative I have to say about the show is the Elizabeth Keen character. She is incredibly annoying. She is the worst part of the show but the performances of Spader and the rest of the cast more than make up for Boone’s total lack of ability to portray her character in any semblance of a believable manner.
This was one of my favorite shows of last year and I am anxiously awaiting it’s return. Here is the season 2 trailer in case you haven’t seen it:
The Blacklist is on Netflix – Season 2 Trailer
The Blacklist premieres on NBC September 22 at 9:00.