So no one thought to tell me that I should have been watching NBC’s The Blacklist?
Yes, I am pointing at every, single one of you!
Now if you are like me and came to The Blacklist party a little late or still haven’t arrived then you are forgiven.
So I had heard about The Blacklist when it first premiered and saw good reviews but for some reason or another I didn’t tune in. More than likely another one of my shows was on that time. In either case, it had been on my mind since maybe September to give this show a shot but I never got around to it.
That is until two weekends ago.
While surfing Netflix, I stumbled across The Blacklist. Now it was Sunday and I didn’t have much else to do that day so I figured, why not give it a shot?
Let me tell you, I am glad the remainder of my day was free!
I ran through 10 episodes that day! I would have probably gotten through more but it was one a.m and I had to go to work that morning.
So in between work and other obligations (aka my other television shows), I am now officially up to date on everything Raymond Reddington and Elizabeth Keen. I was so into this show, I texted at least ten people to see if they had watched it. A few said no so I nagged the hell out of them until they at least watched the first episode.
You know what happened after they watched the first episode? They watched the whole damn first season on Netflix!
For those of who you are unfamiliar, per NBC:
“For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, “The Office,” “Boston Legal”) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Last season, he mysteriously surrendered to the FBI… but now the FBI works for him as he identifies a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all – with the caveat that Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, “Law & Order: Los Angeles”) continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal and see the bigger picture… whether she wants to or not. Also starring are Diego Klattenhoff (“Homeland”), Harry Lennix (“Man of Steel”), Amir Arison (“Girls”) and Mozhan Marno (“House of Cards”).”
There is so much more to this show than what meets the eye. It is not your typical serial show. While the names on The Blacklist are intriguing and it’s interesting to see how the task force takes them down, it is the complex character of Red that really draws you in.
James Spader aka Red is #bae. I don’t care what you all say, he is my next Horatio Cane! This is not up for debate. He is just so bad-ass and as a man with his skills, you just assume that absolutely nothing fazes him anymore after all he has endured. While he is most definitely ruthless, we have seen that if anyone can get to him, it is Lizzie. They have a very interesting dynamic and I have so many theories about their true connection. However, I will not speculate on it as yet for those who haven’t checked out an episode. However, I am only giving you guys a couple more weeks before I let all my theories fly so hurry up!
Part of the reason why I honestly didn’t give this show a chance was because it airs on NBC. Don’t get me wrong, good network, but they haven’t caught my attention with their evening programming in a while. However, they have now gained a fan with The Blacklist.
The Blacklist returns on February 1st in the most coveted post Super Bowl slot before going to its regular time on Thursdays at 9pm.
P.S. This is where we are going to have problems. As much as I love The Blacklist, it airs the same time as Scandal on ABC so guess who is going to lose that battle? I will not neglect Scandal so I will be watching The Blacklist on demand that following Friday.