The Blacklist: Not your ordinary crime show

Review of “The Blacklist” starring Megan Boone, James Spader, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold, and Parminder Nagra.


The Blacklist: NBC Studios

Nowadays all the channels are crammed with crime shows; their cheesy one liners and plot twists anyone can see coming from a mile away. But The Blacklist which premiered on Sept. 23, goes above and beyond an ordinary crime show. This show is only six episodes in and I am already obsessed. I have found a new favorite. Every question that is answered leads to more questions in that frustrating yet intriguing way.


The pilot episode begins with former FBI agent Reddington, who has been on the FBI’s most wanted list for nearly 20 years, walking into an FBI building to surrender. Over the years Reddington, has compiled a list of criminals that are yet to be on the FBI’s radar. He will reveal these criminals on two conditions. First, that he be granted full immunity for his crimes. Second, that he will only work with Elizabeth Keen. Keen has started her first day as an agent at the bureau when Reddington surrenders.


Although Megan Boone’s character is the center of the show it’s “Red” that steals the spotlight. Raymond “Red” Reddington is portrayed by James Spader who has starred in work such as The Office, Stargate, Pretty In Pink and Boston Legal. James Spader has perfected the condescending hero, making his character one to love and hate. Another familiar face in the show being Diego Klattenhoff from Homeland who plays Agent Ressler.

Tune in every Monday at 10 p.m.  after The Voice for The Blacklist. Created by Jon Bokenkamp and directed by Joe Carnahan. Maybe they’ll finally answer why Reddington chose Agent Keen. Which I personally have a theory about….