The Blacklist: Season 3 (2015 - 2016)


Season 3
The Blacklist

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The Blacklist is back in top form with fresh dangers that put Red on the ropes while giving James Spader room to shine.



Critic Ratings: 15


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Air date: Oct 1, 2015
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Air date: Nov 19, 2015
Air date: Jan 7, 2016
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The crime drama's thirdseries tracks officer-turned-criminal Raymond "Red" Reddington and special agent Elizabeth Keen, who are on the run as theysearch for evidence that willclear Liz's name.

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Critic Reviews for The Blacklist Season 3

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Its season three premiere, "The Troll Farmer," is a stellar debut and return to form for a show that struggled a majority of last season to find its footing and purpose.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm not saying the newly invigorated Blacklist has become "Viewers Most Wanted", but so far I like.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Season Three of The Blacklist upped the show's game with slightly more adventurous writing that made the show a more consistent bet from week to week.

Aug 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Last season, there were many indications that The Blacklist was running on fumes. The Troll Farmer offers hope that the tank is finally refilled.

Oct 5, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I'm really quite surprised at how conceptual this season 3 premiere turned out to be.

Oct 30, 2017 | Full Review…

It was quite an exciting season premiere.

Feb 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The Blacklist is a terrific, inventive, entertaining and eccentric show by network standards. Indeed, by any standards.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Hopefully with the Fulcrum out of the bag and Liz's past more filled in than ever, the show won't spend quite as much time this year with vague hints of reveals to come and concern itself more with what Red's up to right now.

Oct 4, 2015 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

The remarkable thing is: The alteration of circumstances alleviates some of the biggest problems that have marked The Blacklist from day one.

Oct 4, 2015 | Full Review…

The third season of the Blacklist shows a lot of promise by blowing up the concept and showing us a Red we've never seen before: the underdog.

Oct 3, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 3

  • May 16, 2018
    The best season.the plot is the strongest.and it gives us more RED ACTIOn.
  • Mar 05, 2018
    It just doesn't get any better than this show. James Spader is nothing short of miraculous. Seriously...when I'm watching this show, I just keep thinking "he is soooo cool!" The use of music is amazing and whenever Red Reddington launches into a story...pure art!
  • Jan 22, 2018
    Great screenwriters, excellent actors
  • Jun 06, 2017
    Here’s a short review of The Blacklist | Season Three… Season Three of The Blacklist was a wholly different animal to the first two seasons, and the fourth season will follow that trajectory given the extraordinary final few episodes of the season. The second half of the season was thrilling stuff, and it has contributed to the writers’ decision to branch out and make a spin-off show to complement the renewed fourth season, The Blacklist: Redemption. I will avoid giving any spoilers away, given that modern TV watching is now binge-watching box-sets and I wouldn’t want to spoil anything for those of you that might give The Blacklist a try. Susan Hargraves and Solomon are two new characters that are intriguing additions to the regular cast. Edi Gathegi (Solomon), has the same aura that Bokeem Woodbine had as Mike Mulligan in season two of Fargo. He is a menacing and astute criminal that continually features on the opposing side of the taskforce’s objectives, and has numerous showdowns with Tom and Reddington which are always fascinating. Episodes The Director, Alistair Pitt, Mr. Solomon and of course Alexander Kirk stood out from this season, though the standard for the season was very good. This season also displayed some of Reddington’s flaws which added a different dimension to the show, especially compared with the cocksure and visionary demeanour he has exhibited since the first episode of the first season. Tom Keen features heavily, so much so he will head the spin-off show. Tom and Liz increasingly throughout the season attempt to make a fist of it and make a normal life for themselves, but of course it will never be simple. Season Three is packed full of action, mystery, schemes, betrayal, and though the season represents a departure from the traditional format featuring in the first two seasons, Blacklist has grown to be more than names on a list, season four will undoubtedly follow a similar pattern.
  • Mar 19, 2017
    The Elizabeth Keen character in Season 3 is unrecognizable as the character depicted in Seasons 1-2. The entire season feels disconnected in tone and quality from the first 2 seasons. If this was the 1st season, we probably would not have finished it.
  • Sep 25, 2016
    This show started off great but eventually has become sort of monotonous. Reddington (Spader) for all his cool factor has become rather repetitive and his past stories of 'bravery' sounding more and more implausible; bordering on preposterous at times, to be honest. And his physique, his gait and the fight scenes just does nothing to make his ludicrous stories seem at all believable for me. Other than this one major flaw of the show it's got a good storyline and relatively good acting with most of the episodes shot well.
  • Sep 17, 2016
    After the events of last season's conclusion, the third season keeps you wide awake as the first half develops, and just when you think that Red and Liz are out of harm's way, you couldn't be more wrong. The most unique and attention grabbing season yet, season three concludes with the perfect setup for its upcoming spin-off and ends with an episode that, no matter how disappointing it may seem, blows your mind with a twist fundamental to the series and has you wanting to see season 4 as fast as possible. Enjoy.
  • Aug 29, 2016
    O comentário que farei a seguir contém spoilers indiretos, mas, como 99,9% das pessoas que conheço não assistem a esta série (e nem à maioria das séries a que assisto) e dificilmente verão, então não há problema. Imagine uma série que consegue te convencer de uma situação definitiva, triste e lamentável, impensável para a razão de ser dela própria, deixando você bolado, indignado e confuso por vários episódios até te surpreender com um plot twist aos 44 do segundo tempo e, de cara, encerrar o jogo aos 45 com um cliffhanger mais surpreendente ainda. A cada temporada de The Blacklist, você se pergunta se vão conseguir fazer outra temporada melhor. E conseguem.
  • Aug 14, 2016
    Blacklist season 3 is full of twists and turns and who can you trust, this makes for some very compelling television that I can't wait to gather my friends and watch this show. Solid action, James Spader again proves himself as the best anti-hero on TV at the moment as Raymond Reddington.
  • Aug 12, 2016
    Under the current paradigm of television watching the television show can quickly lose audience members by being overly episodic. The current trend is for people to want a more involved story that cannot be easily resolved within 45 minutes of the typical TV episode. Back in 2013 NBC began broadcasting was ostensibly another type of police procedural/thriller, ‘The Blacklist’. It was seemingly a high concept premises were a man known as the concierge of crime, Raymond Redington (James Spader), approach the FBI offering to help apprehend some of the most dangerous criminals alive. The so-called blacklist contains information on assassins, terrorists and groups that pose a direct threat to national security. Making the deal exceptionally attractive is that many of these criminals remained unknown from any law enforcement agency in the world. Redington himself has long been on the top of the infamous ‘10 Most Wanted List’, so with willingness to come in to discuss his terms was unprecedented. His one condition that was nonnegotiable is that a relatively new FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) to be included in the task force and Redington will only contact them through agent Keen. Each episode would be titled with a number and a name indicating a specific felon in their place on the Blacklist. This format appeared to be so conducive to a completely episodic format that it came as a great surprise in the light of the potential fans the series quickly evolved into one of the most tightly written and involved political dramas ever to be shown on television. A testament of this fact can be seen by how it consistently dominated the ratings each season and received an incredible amount of accolades during the award seasons. When it entered its third season, some people fear that it might begin to wind down, but thanks to an exceptionally compelling cliffhanger were Elizabeth shot and killed the attorney General and is now wanted for murder, promised to provide a suitable high point of the show’s junior year. Reason for that desperate action was that Liz was deeply embroiled with Redington to expose ‘The Cabal’, shadow government comprising high ranking members of our government, foreign governments and roster including some of the richest and most powerful people in the world. They have been pulling the strings for countless years with no agenda other than their own agenda of self-aggrandizement. The reaction of the Cabal was to fabricate documents and other evidence that Liz has been a sleeper agent for the Russian government. Elizabeth has no alternative to dye hair blonde go on the run with Red waffle former friends and coworkers continue to pursue them as criminals. Understandably the Cabal becomes mainly concerned that Reddington is protecting Liz and will inevitably bring his formidable resources to target them. The director of the task force, Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) has been injured and is out on leave so this is former partner task force FBI Special Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), assumes the directorship. Ressler believes that his hobby probable that this is about Donald is a man of extreme honor and no matter what his personal feelings are he will faithfully discharge his sworn duty. Liz and Reddington attempt to use part of the Cabal frame to their advantage. This has been made to appear to be a deep cover KGB agent because of the Russian Embassy for official sanctuary. The high-ranking member of the cabal that is directly opposing Liz and Red is as Peter Kotsiopulos (David Strathairn), Director of the National Clandestine Service for the CIA. Audience’s point of view, Kotsiopulos has been the face of the Cabal is the one making most of the decisions and how to discredit and kill Liz and Red. It is made abundantly clear however that although Kotsiopulos is higher in the hierarchy of the Cabal still answers to other members will far more powerful and deadly than he is. He manages to maneuver the situation divorced Donald to work directly with the CIA. This places Kotsiopulos in the same room as the team which complicates their attempts to help Liz. It may seem as each episode is business as usual with Reddington picking off people on his infamous blacklist. It is only in retrospect that the audience can understand how every move by Red has been carefully planned and executed inexorably working towards the exoneration of Liz. To the credit of the writers done in such a subtle manner that no one, not even Liz, and see how they are all just interlocking pieces to apply but only Red is even aware of. Usually anything that has to do with the blacklist play out in the venue of organized crime international espionage. In one episode Red and Liz are held up in a roadside diner, but this mundane location soon becomes exceptionally tense with Donovan. The task force arrives outside. A hostage situation and suits with red demanding the release of one of the members of his Blacklist, Marvin Gerard (Fisher Stevens), who also happens to be Reddington’s lawyer. His expertise is also crucial in order for Reddington to decipher the fulcrum, a cache of documents that contain proof of the myriad of the illegal activities that that directly implicate the Cabal. Much of the initial third of this season is a delicately choreographed dance with the Cabal continuing to frame Liz and have her assassinated and Red providing the task force with criminals on the Blacklist that Reddington is a Grand Master chess player covertly moving his pieces into the right position so that he can strike with one of the most unexpected move possible. The stakes are drastically increased when Lizzie is praying for a bombing that murdered some 16 people and has been deemed an active domestic terrorism. From the Cabal’s point of view, this is an ideal situation that under the auspices of national security. Many of the normal rules the protocol can be circumvented. It also brings in a new player, Laurel Hitchin (Christine Lahti); National Security Advisor was also appointed the chairman of the commission that is investigating the bombing. It is quite evident by the way she interacts with Kotsiopulos that not only is she a member of the Cabal. But her position in its ranks is substantially higher than the tenth episode of a 23 episode season, most of the issues concerning Lizzie I successfully resolved. Normally, one might consider this to be a spoiler, but considering what follows for the remainder of the season, this is just one of many except the dramatic plot points that a state throughout the season. The show runner, Jon Bokenkamp, must’ve been an ardent fan of Bruce Geller’s Mission: Impossible back in the 60s the episodes that serve as the dénouement for this particular plot thread are so close to the well-established format of that series that you would be surprised if Peter Graves showed up. Thanks to some shrewd legal maneuvering by Red and his lawyer, Liz is exonerated of everything but the murder of the Attorney General, which is reduced down to no jail time. This does mean that her employment by the FBI must be terminated, after which she is immediately retained as a special informant, the same type of deal given to Reddington. In order for any television series to attain a reasonable amount of longevity, it has to prove to be adaptable. I have been watching television for a very long time and I have never seen a single season Institute so many drastic changes to the fundamental fabric of the series. Just when you think the series has reestablished its equilibrium the writers have even more major changes in store. You will load into a false sense of complacency under the impression that the exoneration of Lizzie is going to be the most significant plot point for the season. By the time the midseason break comes along, you realize that nothing could be further from the truth. There is one thing that is fairly certain, after you have finished watching the entire season you will want to go back and revisit each episode. Only then will you be in the position to fully appreciate just how expertly crafted this season, and in fact, the complete series is.

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