'The Blacklist' Premiere Recap: An Introduction to Raymond Reddington

The Blacklist's pilot episode is a grab bag of different tones ranging from very silly to deeply serious, and its success as a drama will depend largely on which direction it chooses to go in. Luckily, NBC seems to know that its biggest asset is star James Spader, who plays evil ex-military genius Raymond Reddington. Spader plays the part with creepy charm and just a hint of dark irony, mugging without ever winking and generally seeming to simply enjoy himself. If the writers can match that balance, they'll have a hit on their hands.  Read More...



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