The Blacklist

The Blacklist – The Cook

by Alan Rapp on February 1, 2018

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The Blacklist - The Cook television review

To catch a murdering priest (Michael Rogers) who hides his crimes of punishing attractive women who the troubled man believes were put on Earth by the Devil to tempt him, Reddington (James Spader) and friends enlist the help of an incarcerated former arson investigator (C. Thomas Howell) who dabbled in setting his own fires as well. As the rest of the team hunts for their arsonist, Reddington helps Elizabeth (Megan Boone) in her search for Tom’s killer using the only clue they have: the false eye from Liz’s recent kill.

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The Blacklist – Abraham Stern

by Alan Rapp on January 18, 2018

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The Blacklist - Abraham Stern television review

When Reddington (James Spader) is robbed of his rare 1943 Lincoln penny by a fellow treasure seeker he sicks the FBI task force on Abraham Stern (Nathan Lane) who, like Red, wants to use the penny to find a cache of 1930s Federal Reserve notes which are worth a small fortune and that hardly anyone else believes even exists. To find the treasure the two thieves will be forced to work together… at least until they start betraying each other. Lane is a fun addition to the show’s guest-stars, and his capture leaves the door open should the show’s writers entice the star to return.

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The Blacklist – Ruin

by Alan Rapp on January 4, 2018

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“Ruin” jumps several months into the future following the death of Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Elizabeth‘s (Megan Boone) lengthy recovery with flashbacks slowly filling in the series of events which led the former FBI to settle in the wilderness. Meanwhile, in the present, Liz’s hermitage is invaded by a dying man in an ice storm followed by a group claiming to be planewreck survivors but in fact are members of a crime family sent to bring back the state’s witness Liz is trying so hard to save.

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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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