The Blacklist Season 1 Review “The Good Samaritan Killer”

For those that may have missed it last fall, The Blacklist became one of the fall’s top-rated new dramas. Thanks to The Voice (to what degree we’ll soon find out), The Blacklist took an absurd premise, dared to make it more absurd, and hitched their wagon to James Spader to bring it home. It worked. The show did not appear on anybody’s top ten list, but it was entertaining from week to week. As it turned out, there’s still a market for entertaining procedurals in 2013.

However, this week’s episode seems to have forgotten what made the show so watchable in the first place. By mostly removing Red from the procedural aspect of the show, the story becomes a drab slog through society’s most sad and psychotic with fairly wooden investigators. While the material isn’t exactly light when Red is around, James Spader’s particular acting gifts allow for the various situations to have some levity. He busts chops, wears ridiculous suits and sunglasses, and in general does the work of a super detective. Without him, the procedural aspect becomes the Megan Boone and Diego Klatenhoff show. No offensive to either actor, but I don’t have any interest in that show.



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Jan 31, 2014 12:19AM EST

Well that sure was a twist on the old tale...this was Red's best episode yet, James Spader brought his A game and was truly terrifying.

I loved that scene Red spreads the ashes in the water of his assistant who was killed in the siege, then speaks to the man who caused the fatal leak, knowing that he will have to kill him - he was ice cold. Also loved that they used "Line of Fire" by Junip during that scene, that really added mood to everything.

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