NBC’s The Blacklist: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

NBC’s action crime drama thriller has been met with a lot of critical praise and was one of the first renewals of the 2013-2014 television season.  I have yet to cover the show, though I do have a lot to say about it.  So I just decided to do one big post like I’ve previously done with other shows. 

PROS

  • JAMES SPADER

James Spader does some excellent work here, and gets a lot to work with in terms of acting due to the shows Spy aspect.  James Spader is an excellent leading actor and remains the most consistently wonderful aspect of the show. 

  • THE CAST IN GENERAL

The casting for this series is really inspired and has a lot of “Oh hey that’s ______ from _____”.  The main cast is filled with a lot of talent, and the guest actors are also really well casted(to name a few of the guest actors we have David Zayas from “Dexter”, Justin Kirk from “Weeds”, and next week Lance Reddick from “Fringe” and recently “American Horror Story”).  The shows also recently added Rachel from “House of Cards”(UPDATE ON HoC REVIEW:  I’m working on a Season Two review which should by up by the end of the week.  Maybe, I’ve often made review promises I’ve had trouble keeping so don’t quote me on that) and Skinny Pete from “Breaking Bad”.

  • SOME GREAT IDEAS AND SOME GOOD EPISODES

The show has some really nice ideas, and there have been some pretty good episodes.

  • MUSIC

This show has some excellent musical choices,

    CONS

  • LACK OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Despite the show having some great casting decisions, outside of Red and Lizzie none of the characters have really done anything.  There’s no real emotional attachment to any of them.  Harry Lennix’s character really serves no purpose aside from always telling Red that if he messes up that he’ll go to prison every single episode.  There just really aren’t any interesting characters aside from Red and Lizzie, those are really the only two characters I can name.  The show needs to give us more of the side characters if they really expect us to care about them.

  • SO MUCH REPETITION

Let’s write an episode of the Blacklist, together now…

    STEP ONE:  Lizzie’s husband has planned a trip/date night for the two of them.

     STEP TWO:  Flash to show bad guy doing bad stuff.

     STEP THREE:  Lizzie get’s called in by the FBI for a mission, can’t go on date, her husband gets mad.

     STEP FOUR:  Red informs them of the bad guy but makes sure not to tell them too much.

      STEP FIVE:  Red is threatened by Harry Lennix.

     STEP SIX:   Cue Lizzie and Red going undercover.

     STEP SEVEN:  Plot thickens, bad guy realizes something’s up.

     STEP EIGHT:   Ermahgerd they’re all going to die, LOL not really Red saves them.

     STEP NINE:  Red reveals something to Lizzie and Lizzie alone.

     STEP TEN:  Lizzie’s husband’s sad, Lizzie ponders something, Mike from Homeland does stuff, and Red acts cool.  All while really catchy music plays in the background. 

It’s just like the same episode every week with minor changes. 

  • RED’S HER DAD…NO UNCLE..NO MOTHER…NO HE’S HER CHILDHOOD PET…NO HE’S HER SLED FROM WHEN SHE WAS A KID!

The whole “How is Red related to her?” has been drawn out so long, I honestly just don’t care anymore.  Nothing they do will really be that surprising unless she’s failed female attempt at cloning himself which would be pretty awesome and weird.  There’s this whole government conspiracy which I’ll admit isn’t that new and inventive but it’s much more compelling than this storyline.

  • TEN EPISODES, AND TWENTY TWO VILLAIN OF THE WEEK EPISODES TOO MANY

This series premise works best as a short 12-15 at the most episode season with fewer Villain of the week episodes.  The story’s got a lot of potential, the pilot was brilliant and some of the early episodes were really entertaining.  However there’s just so much boring filler that it’s just kind of made it easier to switch over to “Archer” for the first thirty minutes.

 

OVERALL

The series is one with a lot of potential, an excellent cast, and there have been some really fun episodes.  However the boring filler episodes far outweigh the fun spy episodes.  The show needs to get it’s priorities straight and stop having so many “Super cool bad guy guest stars and everything changes…but not really” episodes. 

ORIGINAL GRADE:  +C 76%

ACTING EXTRA CREDIT POINTS:  4

FINAL GRADE(WITH EXTRA CREDIT):  B- 80%

 

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2 thoughts on “NBC’s The Blacklist: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly”

    1. Thanks so much! I’m trying to get the post up soon, it’ll be at the very latest up by Monday though there’s a good chance it may be up today. It’s always nice to get some feedback!

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