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A family tragedy in Samar's past resurfaces when the Task Force hunt for an elusive international terrorist. The FBI and the Cabal gain significant ground in their search for Liz and Red. ... See full summary »
Director: Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Brandon Margolis,
Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff , See full cast and crew
A family tragedy in Samar's past resurfaces when the Task Force hunt for an elusive international terrorist. The FBI and the Cabal gain significant ground in their search for Liz and Red. Meanwhile, Tom encounters complications in his plan to exonerate Liz.
Have been a huge fan of this series -- see prior reviews which make the case plainly -- but I have problems with this episode.
On the one hand, you could simply dismiss the issues here as what I have called in prior reviews "P2K4" tactics, ie, the writing team needed to have all the players on the board in certain places at a specific time in order to deliver the coming "payoff" or "twist" -- and if that means sacrificing an episode (ie delivering an episode that is somewhat unsatisfying to watch, or less satisfying than we are used to) then OK, that's the price of the game.
But I want to go a bit deeper, with the reader's kind permission.
As we move into Season 3, we note again that the charm, the elegance of this show involves an alleged "bad guy" wonderfully played by Spader who seems to be the only one on the planet that can capture other bad guys, especially those that leave the traditional justice system powerless.
It is a clever premise and it works a treat. Essentially each name on the Blacklist (remember, they are still bracketing each episode with a Blacklist number, in spite of the Lizzie/Cabal arc) is a sort of Hannibal Lector, and, evil as they may be (and they are) Spader always saves the day.
I dubbed this review "atonal." Which means music lacking the core values of music. The problem here is with a story that sets Spader against true terrorists. Historians of the future, looking back at our era, will no doubt observe the plain truth that "terror changes everything." It displaces gravity. It evaporates the rule book. Each prior Blacklister, evil as they were, did not show any predilection to die for their cause. This episode in the view of this critic mixes oil and water. Reddington is going against people who lack core values and are prepared to kill or die simply to make a point.
Which is what I am doing in this review. Making a point.
I could have dismissed the weakness in this script as simply a sacrificial episode to reach a certain point in the greater arc.But there is more to it than that.