The Blacklist: Season 2 (2014 - 2015)

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Season 2
The Blacklist

Critics Consensus

Though The Blacklist flirts with narrative overload, it's held together by James Spader's scenery-eating performance and wildly entertaining action.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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Audience Score

User Ratings: 616
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 22, 2014
2
Air date: Sep 29, 2014
3
Air date: Oct 6, 2014
4
Air date: Oct 13, 2014
5
Air date: Oct 20, 2014
6
Air date: Oct 27, 2014
7
Air date: Nov 3, 2014
8
Air date: Nov 10, 2014
9
Air date: Feb 1, 2015
10
Air date: Feb 5, 2015
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The crime drama's second series tracks officer-turned-criminal Raymond "Red" Reddington as he continues to help the FBI vanquish high-profile evildoers and criminals. Here, Red's battle with his nemesis, Berlin, progresses while he tangles with new threats. In other events, special agent Elizabeth Keen desperately tries to keep a secret from being exposed, and Red is arrested and taken to a shadowy detention facility. Among Series 2's villains and nefarious entities: a sinister doctor overseeing a black-market operation, an eco-terrorist cell seeking a deadly weapon, an abduction master and a provocative female frame-up artist.

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Critic Reviews for The Blacklist Season 2

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

I loved Liz's darker path this season because I recognized she was becoming more and more like Raymond Reddington.

Oct 25, 2018 | Rating: 3.8/5 | Full Review…

I was grossed out, to say the least, and I'm sure that is just what the writers of the show were aiming for, right?

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Monday's jam-packed hour belonged to two very important (and very different) women.

Nov 27, 2017 | Full Review…

There's no peace for Red Reddington - only pieces of peace.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

I don't know if it was the fact that we now have several new characters on the show to give it a renewed energy or the fact that they seem to be beefing up the stories for the supporting cast, but it's a welcome thing.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), remains fairly bland.

Nov 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this premiere ... is that while Red was as engaging and creepy-charming as ever, the tone didn't waver when he was away from the action.

Oct 30, 2017 | Full Review…

This was a pretty good start to the season.

Jan 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Spader continues to nonchalantly demolish the scenery surrounding him with is pursed lips and blasé delivery. Truly, he is a gifted SOB even if looking at him wearing that trademark hat makes me despair.

Jan 9, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With such a flamboyant lead in Red and more and more outlandish bad guys, it's felt for a while like The Blacklist wants to be a looser, wilder show than its fairly straight-faced procedural beginnings suggested.

Dec 13, 2016 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 2

  • Jun 26, 2019
    I watched and enjoyed.
  • Jun 18, 2019
    I really like this show...Spader is such a dynamic actor...but the actor that plays Keen is annoying, bratty, and just plain bland...it may be the writing or it could be just her but she makes it hard to watch and I gave her 2 seasons to grow on me... usually it works but not this time.... great show if you ignore her
  • May 16, 2018
    The show is better.Still held together BY James Spader. He is really the MVP.
  • Jun 06, 2017
    The show that drives its viewers insane. I began watching The Blacklist a while ago because of the intriguing premise for the show. A supervillain on the FBI’s Most Wanted list hands himself in and subsequently provides them with a list of other supervillains, even ones which the FBI don’t know about, and he works with them to catch them. This is what attracted many millions of viewers I expect, but of course the programme has to grow and develop and extend to countless episodes as is the American way. However, despite the interesting story-lines concerning the Fulcrum, Reddington’s story, Liz’s identity and the workings of Cabal, I feel as though they are preventing the show from moving forward fluently. Season 1 had a stable and a tighter structure to individual episodes and the season as a whole, as the concentration was on catching these supervillians that are a part of Red’s Blacklist. Although as season 1 progressed the underlying stories of Tom/ Jacob, Liz’s identity and Red’s motives became more prevalent but it didn’t detract from the show, it complimented it and made season 2 hotly anticipated. [ SPOILERS AHEAD ] Season 2 has suffered some stalling tactics as the very slow reveal of Liz’s identity has now spanned 44 episodes so far and we have learned some things about Liz’s past but there are plenty of unanswered questions still remaining for season 3 and beyond. This is part of the draw of the show now for the viewers, they have invested in the story and many will continue to be a loyal viewer so they can find out all of the unrevealed mysteries concerning Liz’s past and Red’s involvement. The season finale wasn’t blockbuster stuff but it still had some fascinating moments, none more so than the Connolly moment (WOW!) Not only is the murder really shocking given the fact that Harold was pleading with her not to, she does anyway which not only confirms her as a fugitive but it also provided us patient viewers with the biggest flashback that the programme has delivered so far. The scene before the fire where a young Liz witnesses an argument between her mother and a man (potential partner and Liz’s father), and during this argument a gun falls to her feet where she reaches down and pulls the trigger and kills the man. With this revelation, she is in a state of shock and she kind of is in a daze as she calls Red and she ends up meeting him, where we are given what I believe is the clearest hint that Red is her biological father since Sam’s death and his burns. Red says to Liz while sitting on a bench during the final scene of the finale: “I didn’t want you to become like me.” The question we have to ask is, why would anyone that ISN’T her father say such a thing. It doesn’t seem logical that someone who is just looking out for her would say something like this, only a father would say this in my opinion. Having said that, this show has sprung so many surprises that it is still within the realms of possibility that he isn’t and there is a complex and unexplained mystery for his connection to her. There were some cracking episodes in this season’s Blacklist, none more so than the double-header of Luther Braxton. Here we were presented with a dangerous villain that brings the story surrounding the Fulcrum into focus clearly for the first time. The episode is exhilarating and was presented like a short action film similar to Mission Impossible, Bond or Bourne. The plot thickens when Braxton reveals that he knows some of the history between Red and Liz. He captures Liz and forces upon her neurological experiments to trigger memories in Liz’s head to guide them to the Fulcrum and events of the night of the fire. By the end of the episode Liz is rescued and she has learnt that Red was there at the night of the fire and she also finds the Fulcrum … in her teddy bear. Next season I will hotly anticipate the show, because we are now presented with new aspects that will make it different to the previous two seasons. Firstly, Ressler is now the Acting Director of the Taskforce; it will be interesting how he and the team attempt to hunt down Liz and Red as well as the possibility that Ressler will lapse back into his pill-popping phase to deal with the situation. I fully expect there to be a confrontation moment between Liz and Ressler and he’ll have to decide to bring her in or let her go, in a similar way he let her escape in the season finale. There is also the unique and dynamic relationship between Liz and Red now that are both on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. How will Liz deal with being a fugitive? How will she deal knowing she is Masha Rostova? And will Red’s personality rub off on her? The Cabal now know that Red possesses the Fulcrum and has given information to some investigative journalists; the question is how will they respond to this tactic used by Red? Furthermore, the resources that Red has acquired during his stint working with the FBI, for example Vanessa Cruz, how and will he utilise these Blacklisters in his attempt to take down the Cabal? And of course will the truth come out about Liz and Red, or will it be dragged out for another season … or more? I will continue watching The Blacklist because of its premise, intriguing plots, brilliant villains and I am dying to know the complete story of Liz and Red’s history. Don’t we all want to know that? Isn’t that why we continue to watch? https://rwh92.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 11, 2017
    Not as good as the first season. Still love it and it had some great moments, but there are a couple of things that bothered me. One is the fact that after all that happened with "Tom", Liz so quickly forgave him and went right back with him. Believe me I know how hard it is to let someone go even when they've done bad, but no one in their right mind would ever be able to trust someone like that again. They should have just written him off and let her move on. Secondly, I hated how they messed with the partnership of Liz and Ressler. It was so fun watching them work together and see the kind of friendship and bond they have. This season they were hardly ever together. Also, I was hoping they would end up together somewhere down the line.
  • Nov 03, 2016
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  • Sep 17, 2016
    The second season kicks off with a bang. Literally. Followed by a menacing villain with a mysterious affiliation with Reddington, and even more astonishing twists afterwards, including a conclusion to the season that will have you have you on the edge of your seat and make you not want to turn the channel.
  • Jul 16, 2016
    One of the best TV espionage shows ever.
  • Jan 26, 2016
    The whole showdown with Berlin is very good as the blacklist progresses very nicely.
  • Jan 11, 2016
    Writers are getting off message, forgot "BlackList" ... the main title ...

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