Netflix is the best and worst thing that ever happened to me.
This Saturday, with no plans and no obligations, I watched 16 episodes of a new TV show. I finished the show on Sunday.
The Blacklist is only one season complete so it will be another year until I watch any more of it, but I already can’t wait. First of all, it stars James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, the show’s loveable antihero. I’ve been in love with James Spader since Stargate and in lust with him since Secretary. So that was the first selling feature for me! Second, it’s a thrilling FBI cop drama with spies, mysteries, and drama. If you don’t like this genre, GET OUT. Don’t you love Bones and the X-Files? Yes, okay, you should try The Blacklist.
The show begins as Red enters and FBI building, presenting his passport and requesting a meeting with an assistant director. As the skeptical guard inputs his information, Red calmly kneels and places his hands on his head, ready to be arrested. Sure enough, he is on the FBI’s most wanted list, a high-rolling international criminal, and he is pitched into a holding cell.
A treasonous naval academy grad who was being groomed for Admiral, Raymond Reddington mysteriously abandoned his wife and child, promising career, and country to become a criminal involved in high-end arms dealing, money laundering, and espionage one fateful Christmas twenty years ago. Now he has a list of other criminals he wants to FBI to track down, mostly his competition. His demands include immunity and to only speak with an unknown rookie FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen.
Elizabeth Keen’s first day on the job in DC is the day Red turns himself in. She is married to a fourth grade teacher, Tom, who has little family and seems a bit buff for a guy who teaches long division. Liz wants to adopt a baby because of her own experience as an adopted child. Her only memory before age four, when she was adopted by a single man, Sam, who was a criminal of an undisclosed nature, is of a fire. Liz bears a scar on her wrist and has a stuffed rabbit exhibiting scorches, souvenirs of her early childhood.
What is the connection between Red and Liz? Foreshadowing and hints litter each episode. Why did Red abandon everything so many years ago? Why did Red turn himself in? Is Liz’s husband really a fourth grade teacher? As Liz and the viewer connect the dots and find answers, new questions continually pop up.
Here is a link to the trailer:
The first season is available on Netflix and can be watched in a weekend, if you delegate you time right. The second season starts soon on NBC.
Here is a link to 21 GIFs of Raymond Reddington being sassy.
Don’t forget to eat and shower!