The Blacklist: Season 5 (2017 - 2018)


Season 5
The Blacklist

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Air date: Sep 27, 2017
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In Series 5 of the crime drama, Red's life has taken a turn for the worse now that his criminal empire is in shreds and he's forced to live in a motor home. In an effort to rebuild his shady business, he enlists the help of newly discovered daughter Liz and her husband Tom, who's secretly dealing with a problem of his own: a suitcase containing human remains. As the relationship between Red, Liz, and the FBI slowly gets back to where it was, Tom's quest brings trouble to everyone.

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Critic Reviews for The Blacklist Season 5

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Liz, Reddington and the FBI task force have already concocted 99 other elaborate schemes to take down the world's most dangerous criminals, but the plan carried out in this milestone hour was among the series' most fun to watch.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

All things considered, I'd say we're in for an intense rest of Season 5.

Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Pulling Ressler into that moral gray area could be a boon for the show, and one of its more sturdy supporting players.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

There is only one word to describe Raymond Reddington, and that is amazing.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The Blacklist has returned for its 5th season, and finally, the paternal cat is out of the convoluted, hole-riddled, sphinx-guarded parentage-bag...and everything is surprisingly chummy post-reveal!

Nov 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blacklist: Season 5

  • May 18, 2019
    Epic cast, great writing, love it! Spade and Boone are smash hits!
  • Feb 14, 2019
    This serial is one of a kind spectacle. Starting from Spader's performance on Raymond Reddington the brilliantly crafted written charismatic character which proves that there is no black or white good and evil. It is such a legendary performance that I believe not just myself but others keep coming back for this character. It is the most epic performance and character right next to Heath Ledger's joker. And now Elizabeth also joins the charismatic characters list. The actors are amazing and out of this show performances make this on of the most thrilling police crime serial. The writing is decent and immersive and has real depth. The plot proves the theory of the 'Lesser evil' and put the viewer in a shady grey moral system. It's really raw and reflects on real world problems in a weird way. The directing is decent as well but the episode suffer from real pacing issue which is the main thing holding this serial back from being in the top. It loses focus and interest in the viewers mid way through the episode plot. And this season was no different. Sadly this element has to be worked on, because it breaks the immersion with the viewer and looses entertainment value. Overall this is a very good TV series just shy of amazing.
  • Jan 23, 2019
    From the get-go, I confess that it took me a full season of watching the Blacklist to see past many of the gross discrepancies between the series' world and the real world (e.g. a US executive agency arbitrarily ignoring the Constitution, Aram's hodgepodge of IT words/acronyms/phrases that are dumbed down at best and wrong at worst, how everyone knows about a FBI black site and anyone can casually walk in, etc.), but once I did, the second and third seasons were a treat. Season four took a slight downturn, but it wasn't enough to blunt my enjoyment. Season five is where the fun comes to an end. In the previous seasons, there was at least some veneer of passion behind the writing; now, it is borne out of laziness. Numerous examples can be found: - Reddington's fall from the pinnacle of the criminal underworld in season four was done well, but his climb back up to the top in season five is all payoff and no setup. Where is his character’s struggle? He spent over 30 years building a criminal empire that spanned the globe, and while all of that was destroyed in the previous season, he goes from pauper living out of a motel back to his previous status as infamous super-criminal in under a year. Without any setup to the payoff, his state as a temporarily embarrassed millionaire is more like a glitch in the Matrix than a character arc and, ironically, feels cheap. - Keen’s character becomes an absolute farce. I was never her biggest fan, but she had some spunk going for her and I enjoyed her character’s story in previous seasons. Now, she apparently has selective amnesia and malleable morals all while wearing blinders to the monster that she becomes. If she ever went to the Olympics, she would win gold for her mental gymnastics, and all of this becomes concurrently distracting and frustrating for anyone who consistently watches the show. - Ham-fisted political messaging, virtue signaling, and dog whistling were non-existent in the first three seasons, made a small splash in season four (e.g. Samar’s “32% pay discrepancy” temper tantrum in “Natalie Luca”), and now have arrived to be forced down your throat regardless of your political leanings. From mollycoddling illegal aliens (“The Kilgannon Corporation”) to soft-peddling and muddying the issue of child brides (“Anna-Gracia Duerte”) to laying it on thick with the US-Mexico border wall (“Pattie Sue Edwards”), it’s there and in your face. Do you want a scene set in the South with an unarmed “alt-right group” of “neo-Nazi” “xenophobes” “hiding good old-fashioned fascism behind a lot of America-first doublespeak” (note: if you’re unable to pull apart all four phrases and understand the ideological differences and overlaps (of which there’s more of the former), you won’t understand what I’m getting at) getting gunned down by Reddington while a Confederate flag hangs in the background (“Anna-Gracia Duerte”)? Too bad, you poor flyover state rubes are getting it as told by coastal elites. Have a healthy bit of skepticism and some questions about global warming yet don’t enjoy being called a “climate-change denier” (“Lawrence Dane Devlin”)? You get where I’m going here. - “Minor” plot hole: Jennifer immediately recognizes Reddington as her father and tells him such despite him not recognizing her after 30 years (“Ian Garvey: Conclusion”) yet becomes convinced by a DNA test given to her by Keen, someone she barely knows, that the bones belong to the real Reddington (“Sutton Ross”). Please explain that. James Spader and Harry Lennix’s acting continues to be great but far from enough to keep this season above water. The series should have stopped at the end of season four.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    Season 5 of The Blacklist packs many a punch and leaves its audience waiting with bated breath for the next after a dastardly surprise befitting of its antagonist.
  • Oct 27, 2018
    It seemed as though the charm of the series had died with Mr. Kaplan, but I have been proven very wrong and gladly so.
  • Sep 23, 2018
    This season was the worst. Just watch it and analyze everything that takes place. Weak plot and dialogue! Weak! This show is garbage now.
  • May 20, 2018
    What an ending! I really didn't expect yhis, I thought that the series was running dry, but I was mistaken. I am super excited for season 6 and want it out ASAP!
  • May 19, 2018
    The Best series I have ever seen. love it!
  • May 18, 2018
    Despite a horrendous first few EPISODES while RR was "poor rr", things got good all-around.
  • May 16, 2018
    May 2018: I used to like this show more but the plot devices are getting pretty stupid. I may not be back next year.

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