The Blacklist

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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The Blacklist - Ruin television review

“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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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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