The Blacklist

The Blacklist – Ian Garvey

by Alan Rapp on November 19, 2017

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The Blacklist - Ian Garvey television review

“Ian Garvey” ends the subplot of people playing hot potato with the mysterious suitcase, introduces a new player in Ian Garvey (Jonny Coyne), and ends with the (apparent) death of a major supporting character. The fall finale focuses on Tom‘s (Ryan Eggold) abduction as both Reddington (James Spader) and the FBI search separately for the man literally carrying a bag full of secrets. Tom will discover just why the bag of bones is so important, but that information is hidden from the audience allowing the mystery to continue. Given his death (again), we won’t be learning the secrets of the suitcase from Tom, but now that it is in the hands of one of Red’s enemies who plans on using it as leverage, I’d suspect we’ll learn the truth sooner or later.

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  • Title: The Blacklist – The Kilgannon Corporation
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The Blacklist - The Kilgannon Corporation TV review

The fall of Raymond Reddington (James Spader) allowed others to swoop in and take over various aspects of his criminal network. “The Kilgannon Corporation” examines one piece of this as an Irishman with less care for his cargo runs into some very public trouble while attempting to smuggle people across international borders. Despite everyone’s distaste for human trafficking, Red makes a valid argument that someone will provide the service and if that criminal doesn’t take care in the lives of the refugees they are moving illegally there are going to be far more dead bodies. The choice to put Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) in undercover heightens Red’s interest in the case, especially after the FBI looses him in transport. While a bit on the nose, the conversation between Red and Liz (Megan Boone) continues to better flesh-out the connection between the two men.

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The Blacklist – Ilyas Surkov

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2017

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The Blacklist - Ilyas Surkov television review

While much of the episode is centered around broader season-long storylines, the case of the week involves Reddington (James Spader) sending the FBI after a terrorist who has somehow continued his attacks more than a year after his death. The search for the true identity of the people who have assumed the terrorist’s name to cover their own actions leads back to the CIA and a rogue operator (Boris McGiver) carrying out his own mission. While it takes a bit to wade through the lies and deception, eventually Liz (Megan Boone) and her team are able to uncover the truth.

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The Blacklist – Greyson Blaise

by Alan Rapp on October 7, 2017

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  • Title: The Blacklist – Greyson Blaise
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The Blacklist - Greyson Blaise TV review

Despite the subplot involving people being tortured and murdered over the remains of a dead body stuffed in a suitcase, “Greyson Blaise” is one of the more lighthearted episodes of the series. Convincing the FBI to help, Reddington (James Spader) heads overseas with Liz (Megan Boone) to make a lucrative partnership with master thief Greyson Blaise (The Mentalist‘s Owain Yeoman) who Red describes as the cornerstone to putting back together his vast criminal network. Of course, as always, he doesn’t tell the FBI all of his plans.

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The Blacklist – Smokey Putnum

by Alan Rapp on September 30, 2017

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The Blacklist - Smokey Putnum TV review

The Blacklist returns with a quirky season premiere with Liz (Megan Boone) tagging along with Reddington (James Spader) on a road trip. Following the dismantlement of his criminal empire, Red has decided to live in a motel and become a bounty hunter while pressuring the FBI to help him rebuild that which Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) burned to the ground. It’s an odd episode with no real stakes other than finding and transporting a fugitive (Michael Aronov). Despite his recent turmoil, and the knowledge that the corpse suitcase is still out there somewhere, there’s a freedom to our master criminal we haven’t seen in quite some time. Despite everything, he’s decided to make the best of his situation. And, as always, there is an ulterior motive at work.

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