The Blacklist – The Artax Network

by Alan Rapp on May 1, 2016

in Television Reviews 

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“As far as I’m concerned you killed my entire family.”

The Blacklist - The Artax Network

After burying Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), the task force turns their attention on the unknown group monitoring her in the days leading up to her death. With Reddington (James Spader) missing in action delivering the news of Lizzie’s death to her grandfather (Brian Dennehy) personally, and taking the opportunity to continue to wallow in his grief, Aram (Amir Arison) uncovers the group’s next target in an energy consultant (Kelly AuCoin). Saving the man’s life from a hit squad, the task force runs into an old friend in Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress) who someone high in the United States Government is protecting.

Diving into the mystery of the yet-unnamed organization leads the FBI to discover a hijacked satellite network and both Panabaker (Deirdre Lovejoy) and the energy consultant’s connection to an equally mysterious woman (Famke Janssen) whom Tom (Ryan Eggold) believes may be Liz’s long-lost mother, Russian super-spy Katarina Rostova. Whether or not it is indeed her name, I’m guessing Red will be properly motivated to find her in the wake of Lizzie’s death.

With last week’s episode concentrated completely on Reddington’s grief, “The Artax Network” allows us to see how the rest of the team is coping after loosing one of their own. I like that it’s Aram who pulls a reluctant Reddington back into the fight while the agent still has no idea with who Red was meeting (or why). Despite his role as a new father, it appears Tom is going to continue to work with the FBI at least until he gets some answers, and justice, concerning the events surround his wife’s death.

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