The Blacklist (NBC) First Season Preview

The Blacklist Title

Did you like Homeland? Want more terrorist/government agent shenanigans? At this point it’s irrelevant what you want, so shut up. The executives at NBC have decided that you do want more crime thrillers, and so we have their new show — The Blacklist. Its trailer may make it look like Se7en at the beginning, but it’s closer to recent shows like The Following. It’s big, loud, dumb, and full of pretty people. The only ones who don’t look like supermodels are terrorists, of course.

The Setting

A most-wanted FBI fugitive one day walks into the FBI headquarters and surrenders himself. He claims to want to help the agency, but insists on only speaking to rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen. The fugitive, named Raymond “Red” Reddington, reveals a secret list of highly covert terrorists that the US has no idea of. He calls it “The Blacklist”. Think of it like Silence of the Lambs with terrorists.

The Cast

James Spader as Raymond Reddington, the Hannibal Lecter wannabe.

Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen, the preternaturally beautiful FBI profiler who teams up with Red.

Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, FBI Assistant Director, more or less the same character he played in Man of Steel.

Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, as, presumably, one of the heroine’s potential romantic interests.

Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen

Ilfenesh Hadera as Jennifer Palmer

Airing On

The show starts from September 23 this year, and will air on Mondays 10/9c.

The Scoop

While talking to Huffington Post about the show, actress Megan Boone said:

Jon Bokenkamp’s script was the incredible. It was the best script this year, in my opinion. oe Carnahan was attached as the director and I met with him. He’s an incredible force of nature and I love ‘Narc’ and I love ‘The Grey.’ After I was attached, James Spader was attached and my excitement went through the freakin’ roof.

When asked about the most obvious guess that comes to your mind upon reading the premise, that her character is Red’s daughter, she said:

It’s a mystery. Television develops at a very slow pace and your character develops with it, so you kind of have to go with the flow and discover.




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The Good Stuff?

James Spader looks good in the trailer, and everyone enjoys a good spy/killer drama when done right.

The Bad Stuff?

Eh, this looks really dumb. There is no attempt to ground the story in any way, there is no nuance, it just turns the premise from one of Hollywood’s greatest serial killer movies into a procedural format. I’m sure his blacklist won’t run out until as many seasons as this show goes.

Our Prediction

It’ll find the CSI crowd initially, but I’m not sure if it will get any significant buzz unless the writing is better than what has been shown so far.