Review: Mr. Kaplan Returns on ‘The Blacklist’ While Liz Looks for ‘Leonard Caul’

Liz Keen handles big decisions while Reddington fights for his life. Photo: NBC
Liz Keen (Megan Boone) handles big decisions while Reddington (James Spader) fights for his life. Photo: NBC

Caution: This review contains spoilers on “The Blacklist.”

The typically unscathed Raymond Reddington (James Spader) took a bullet to the chest in last week’s cliffhanger of “The Blacklist.” His death would mean the end of the show, but with the news of a third season, that outcome seemed unlikely. there was still plenty of suspense to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Agent Keen’s call for help is interrupted by Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq), who gets her to dial *77. Their rescuer is none other than Mr. Kaplan, who is usually dispensed by Red to take away the dead bodies. In this case, she is at hand to gather the medical team at an empty warehouse. There’s also a sequence with a creepy fellow who has been keeping surveillance on Reddington, Liz, and Tom. Continue reading “Review: Mr. Kaplan Returns on ‘The Blacklist’ While Liz Looks for ‘Leonard Caul’”

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TV Review: Lackluster ‘Blacklist’ with ‘The Major’

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

Reddington Goes After the Major - Photo Credit: NBC
Reddington Goes After the Major – Photo Credit: NBC

Despite the mounting troubles for Agent Liz Keen (Megan Boone), last night’s episode of “The Blacklist” was rather disappointing. It seems nearly every television show throws away an entire installment in dedicating an hour to flashbacks to earlier episodes. We have yet to encounter the deus ex machina of “It was just a dream.” Liz’s secret (holding Tom Keen as prisoner) is catching up to her, as Judge Denner (John Finn) interviews her in his chamber about Reddington and later her involvement in the death of the DC Habormaster. She digs a deeper hole for herself with further lies, that she killed Tom months before the incident. Ballistic evidence emerges as well to poke holes in her testimony. Continue reading “TV Review: Lackluster ‘Blacklist’ with ‘The Major’”

TV Review: Reddington and ‘Luther Braxton’ Battle for the Fulcrum in ‘The Blacklist’ Midseason Premiere

Liz Keen Looks for Red in Midseason Premiere of
Liz Keen Looks for Red during the Midseason Premiere of “The Blacklist.” Photo belongs to NBC.com.

“The Blacklist” returned last night after the Super Bowl, bringing an installment that is arguably one of the best this season. Reddington has been nabbed by military forces and gets transported to Blacksite, a prison where spies are tortured for intelligence. It’s not exactly a warm welcome. Unfortunately, Luther Braxton (a very convincing Ron Perlman) is about to break out, a warning that the warden ignores. Continue reading “TV Review: Reddington and ‘Luther Braxton’ Battle for the Fulcrum in ‘The Blacklist’ Midseason Premiere”

TV Review: Red, Berlin, and ‘The Decembrist’ Square Off in ‘The Blacklist’ Mid-Season Finale

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

In the mid-season finale of “The Blacklist,” Reddington (James Spader) and Berlin (Peter Stomare) team up (temporarily) to go out after “the Decembrist.” It opens up with the family reunion between Berlin and his daughter, Zoe D’Antonio (Scottie Thompson). Unfortunately, it’s just as heartwarming as the one earlier in this season between Red and Naomi Hyland (Mary Louise-Parker).

Meanwhile, there’s a montage of how Tom (Ryan Eggold) came to be in that locked room, his recovery, and subsequent interrogations. Agent Keen’s (Megan Boone) questions to him go off in various directions, even so far as asking about the guests at their wedding. Liz seems to think herself in position of power over the situation; however, eventually Tom’s imprisonment would come to light and cause things to spiral out of control. Even if Agent Keen is a darker character and has started employing some of Red’s methods (such calling Mr. Kaplan) this season, she is certainly not in the same class as Raymond Reddington. Continue reading “TV Review: Red, Berlin, and ‘The Decembrist’ Square Off in ‘The Blacklist’ Mid-Season Finale”

TV Review: One Step Closer to Answers in ‘The Blacklist’

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

During this week’s episode, Reddington (James Spader) helps Agents Keen (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) in their pursuit of Dr. James Covington (Ron Cephas Jones). Covington handles a black market for organ transplants, paying death examiners to supply him with fresh organs. Continue reading “TV Review: One Step Closer to Answers in ‘The Blacklist’”

TV Review: ‘The Blacklist’ Crafts a Horrifying Recipe in ‘The Stewmaker’

Reddington’s (James Spader) next master criminal on “The Blacklist” is a creepy serial killer who is aptly named “The Stewmaker.” It’s worth emphasizing just how creepy and disturbing the Stewmaker/Stanley Cornish (Tom Noonan) is. Continue reading “TV Review: ‘The Blacklist’ Crafts a Horrifying Recipe in ‘The Stewmaker’”

TV Review: ‘Blacklist’ Fizzles with ‘Wujing’

This week on “The Blacklist,” Reddington (James Spader) and Agent Keen (Megan Boone) handle deciphering encrypted messages for Wujing, a dangerous Chinese mastermind. After two episodes of plot twists and fast-paced action, last night seems like a bit of a letdown. We’re only thrown a couple of crumbs in the way of mysterious developments. Continue reading “TV Review: ‘Blacklist’ Fizzles with ‘Wujing’”