Too often, when a new series is hyped to the degree The Blacklist has been hyped, the audience ends up disappointed. I can only speak for myself, of course, but I was definitely not disappointed.
Twenty-four years ago, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) was a government agent. En route home to his wife and daughter for Christmas, he disappeared. When he finally resurfaced, he was selling secrets to the highest bidder. (No, not like Edward Snowden–this guy actually is brilliant, and doesn’t appear to only be trying to make a name for himself.) Today, he has abruptly resurfaced, walked into FBI headquarters, and surrendered himself.
This is also the first day on the job for FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), a young woman with a past that bears some similarity to Reddington’s–though she swears she has no connection to him when he insists upon speaking only to her. Liz grew up without her parents and now, by her own admission, seeks to rewrite her past by starting a family of her own. On this first day on the job, she and her husband Tom (Ryan Eggold) are also scheduled to be interviewed by an adoption agency. Neither of them have any idea how drastically their lives are about to change….
This show has been touted as being full of twists and turns, and it most certainly is that…though I suspect most viewers will guess the connection between Reddington and Keen early on. He knows things about her only someone very close to her would know…like, say, a blood relative. He acts like her mentor rather than a prisoner, teaching her to “think like a criminal.” He offers her access to his “Blacklist”–politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists, saying they’re going to make a great team….
Five stars–I’d give it ten if I could!