The Blacklist 1 Season 2013

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Season 1
(230) IMDb 8.3/10

1. Pilot PARENTAL_GUIDANCE

One of the most-wanted fugitives in the country turns himself in - under one condition: He'll only speak with newly minted profiler Elizabeth Keen

Runtime:
45 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama
Season year 2014
Network Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Movieboy43 on 17 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
This is what I call great 'bubble gum tv'. It's a show that moves at breakneck speed and has plenty of intrigue to keep you watching to the end. It's not without its flaws. The plots have huge holes in them and the acting by the support actors could get you splinters. However, the whole thing is brought together by without doubt the best lead actor I have seen in any TV series. James Spader playing Red, makes The Blacklist so watchable and I would recommend this series to anyone. I can't wait for series 2.
5 stars for James Spader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2015
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James Spader is the undisputed star of this awesome show, playing Raymond Reddington, a permanent resident of the FBI's most wanted list. For reasons of his own, he voluntarily starts working with the FBI, and one agent in particular, to take down members of the world's criminal underbelly that Reddington himself considers the scum of the earth. He plays his anti-hero role perfectly, with dry acerbic panache, underpinned by a deep well of genuine 'something'. What it is, we'll have to wait and see, but there is obviously something important at his core driving him. This is definitely a thriller, but there is plenty of emotion, humour and razor sharp wit to lighten the tension. Nobody can sneer quite like James Spader, although I read once that many people would pay good money to see a sneering contest between Spader and Kevin Spacey. Reddington's complicated relationship with his FBI go-to agent, Elizabeth Keen, is marvelous, as is his interactions with other FBI suits as well as associates and/or friends who aren't precisely in strictly legal lines of work. There is a definite long story arc at play here, although each episode generally deals with another name on the List. If you watch out of order, I'd say you will miss about 50% of what's really going on. Thoroughly entertaining to watch the FBI work with the devil they know to take down the truly evil, plus simultaneous other plots and subplots, this show is definitely worth watching.
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The outstanding performance that James Spader brings to the show as Reddington is what takes this from a 4 star to a 5 star. He never fails to dissapoint and just when you think you've got him all figured out, you usually haven't. It's a fast paced show that has its plot holes but I have a feeling this is to do with the bigger picture further down line.

The rest of the cast deliver okay performances but it's Spader who carries this show and makes it as good as it is. Highly reccommend.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Bradley on 27 Aug. 2014
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Only way to truly describe this show is joyous. is it a believable show? No. Its a fantasy in many ways, one built on suspense rather than an absolute reality. Are there plot holes? No doubt although some of those I am sure have been left deliberately to fill in later.

The action and characters are watchable and the mystery surrounding Reddington is engaging. The criminal of the week is a way to have something in the immediate for the audience while the long play, the real plot, is happening slowly over the season and beyond.

But ultimately, what makes this show work is James Spader. His performance is wonderful to watch. His character is how I would imagine his Boston Legal character, Alan Shore, if he went completely over to the dark side rather than simply sticking his toe in it every once in a while. The character is by turns charming, sympathetic, compassionate, intelligent, ruthless, hilarious and irredeemable. That Spader is able to bring out all the facets of this character without any of the parts looking alien to the others is a testament to his acting skills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Waite on 16 Dec. 2014
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This has to be the hit of the year for me ! Impossible to just watch one episode at a time. Excellently cast and played , and it is nice that each episode has a different story , but a progressing backgound story thoughout. Really looking forward to season 2 which I know will give me square eyes as will watch it pretty much non-stop! Terrific!
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By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 April 2015
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Solid, entertaining, at times brilliant first season for this show. James Spader towers above everything as the main pro/antagonist, almost walking off with the whole show, he's that good.

The original set up is desperately simple. Spader plays Raymond "Red" Reddington, a criminal from the FBI's most wanted list who strolls into custody one day to give himself up on the proviso that he will only talk to Elizabeth (Lizzy) Keen - a young, up and coming FBI profiler. Reddington has his own "Blacklist" of criminals and he has designs on he and the FBI working together (kind of) to apprehend various peeps from the list.

Each episode kicks us off with a new number from the Blacklist, these range between bombers, mercenaries, serial killers, kidnappers, assassins, high end thieves and more. While we're busy trying to check these various cads and bounders off the list there are also deeper more personal plot lines ticking along in the background. Reds motives and Lizzy's forced involvement are just a couple of the ongoing threads as things inevitably spiral out into more complex, fun territory.

There's a good amount of action, no shortage of gunplay and bloodshed and a sly sense of humour to lighten the mood amidst the tension and mystery. The acting is spot on throughout and the show has a fine line-up of guest stars which are fun to spot but this is essentially Spaders show. He owns it.

It's a cracking show for the most part but it's not entirely perfect - some CGI effects are a bit ropey although sparingly used, one major plot line dragged on a little long for my liking whilst making a bit of a buffoon out of one of the main protagonists and a later reveal is telegraphed by the fact a certain actor is playing a certain part. Relatively minor niggles though to be fair and as this Season builds to its breathless endgame, various seeds are sewn for future fun. Which is nice.
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