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Raymond "Red" Reddington
Elizabeth "Liz" Keen
Walter Gary Martin
Alan Ray Rifkin
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Yes, it's a preposterous premise, and Boone as well as the character she plays are in over their heads, but if NBC is willing to spend money to make this formula work, it could have a hit on its hands.
Spader is amusingly smug and hammy, as he manipulates the FBI honchos, Keen, and the criminals who think he's on their team. Even so, there is nothing in the pilot that makes me eager to return.
C'mon, producers. Upend the procedural. Let Spader run loose.
The Blacklist is watchable but patently unbelievable and increasingly unpalatable.
Portraying a brilliant criminal mastermind who opens the drama by turning himself in to the FBI, demanding the presence of a specific rookie agent, he (Spader) is effortlessly captivating.
Blacklist is the more purely and criminally enjoyable of the night's new melodramas, largely because James Spader is so good at being playfully bad.
A lot of the snazzy action and spiffy pacing may be a cover-up for subpar writing, but the pilot kept things entertaining enough that I'd like to see the second episode. Hopefully it will clear up a few things.
The Blacklist, a slick and surprisingly brutal spies-and-black-ops drama that speeds along blithely without an original thought in its head.
The Blacklist is mysterious and compelling without being too over the top and complicated.
Season 1 of The Blacklist was a very stop-and-go, frustrating experience punctuated by some marvelous performances.
Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 1
Feb 16, 2021Full of twists, and mystery 🤍 i just love the whole gang of Blacklist. So street smart.
Sep 26, 2020I just started streaming this. Hope they dump the Silence of the Lambs motif very soon. The lack of creativity is overbearing.
Sep 22, 2020The character of Red is Excellent!
Jul 13, 2020Garbage first episode trying poorly to emulate the interaction between Hannibal Lecter and Agent starling. Overproduced and completely over dramatic and unbelievable plot.
Jun 06, 2020nice, i liked it. interesting
Jun 06, 2020One of the best action/drama series ever. James should be winning multiple awards for this role, fits him great. Not really keen on, no pun intended, Liz Keen, but I'm assuming that was intended... Just that the struggle always seem one sided, but I'm sure viewers of a different demographic would disagree. Overall each episode gets more interesting and slowly reveals additional critical info that makes watching this as addictive as "24." The rest of the supporting cast is capable but it's really James that carries the whole load on his shoulders, and does so magnificently, along with the writing. The rest of the seasons are just as amazing but as season 7 approaches and ends, it seems like the life of the series is also about to end as the writing seems a little more tried and the characters are starting to look just a bit more disinterested.
May 24, 2020Between 3 and 3.5 stars. Although the plot is the classic of conspirations around FBI and CIA (althogh with some additional tips of cruelty), and imprevisible movements look too much under control, the character of James Spader has charisma enough to make it enjoyable.
Apr 13, 2020Sooooo good! Must see!
Apr 12, 2020One of the best shows I've ever seen!
Apr 07, 2020Twists and turns galore as the FBI's most wanted Raymond Reddington trades his secrets to his pursuers. James Spader is on top of his game here and while a little far-fetched, this series is great fun.