TV Show Review: “The Blacklist”

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The Blacklist is new American drama television show on NBC. It follows Raymond “Red” Reddington, played by James Spader, and Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone. The show starts off with Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals, surrendering at the FBI’s headquarter in Washington, D.C. He claim to have similar interests with the FBI, particularly with regard to taking care of dangerous criminals. Reddington is willing to only cooperate with Elizabeth Keen, a  new rookie FBI profiler. After the FBI uses Reddington’s information to catch a terrorist, Reddington reveals that this is only the first on a list of many terrorist he has compiled. The catch, Reddington is only willing to share his list, called the Blacklist, with Elizabeth Keen, forcing to FBI to work with him. The series then continues with a new criminal or case at the start of each episode.

Overall, the series has great dialog, lots of drama, interesting character development, and intriguing terrorists in every episode. I am constantly surprised by the extent Reddington goes to catch the terrorists. In one episode, Reddington inform the FBI of a special assassin that kills political leaders and other important people through a “natural accident,” while actually hunting down a completely different criminal. Reddington’s manipulative personalty and quick wittiness makes him my favorite person in the show. I greatly enjoy this show and recommend it to anyone who likes action, mystery or crime shows.

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