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The Blacklist - Season 1 [DVD]
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For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, TV’s “The Office,” “Boston Legal”) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch the world’s most elusive criminals, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, TV’s “Law & Order: Los Angeles”), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job.
DVD Bonus Featurettes:
- Commentary on the pilot episode, Anslo Garrick Part 1 and Berlin: Conclusion with Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath and Joe Carnahan
- The Insider: Making Season One - The cast, writers and executive producers of The Blacklist take us through Season One, from brainstorming the weekly Blacklisters to developing the relationships between Elizabeth Keen, Tom Keen, and the "concierge of crime," Raymond Reddington.
- Beyond the Blacklist – A behind-the-scenes look at all 22 episodes of The Blacklist
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5 stars for James Spader.
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.
Shoot forward 3 decades, he hasn't changed much at all, just minus most of his hair, and a few wrinkles.
Anyway, I'm nearly through with series one now. I will be buying series two, just not wanting to pay £14 for it... This series is really good. What I like about it is that it's easy to watch. Particularly after I got through series one of The Wire, which requires your full attention, and even then, you feel as though you need to watch each episode a second time. This one, you can watch with one eye shut. It's effortless. Sometimes, its a bit silly. Sometimes, it's far too easy. But what really makes this is James Spader in the lead role.
No, it's not entirely believable that he'd turn himself in, nor is it believable that he'd demand to only work with Liz Keen, a rookie FBI agent out of nowhere. Nor is it believable that the FBI would just let him go round the world freely once he's turned himself in. But who cares. This is light entertainment, and it does the job.
Megan Boone does a decent job in her role as Liz Keen, although again a bit of a stretch that she leads every hunt tipped off by Reddington (Spader), but hey, this is Hollywood. There's also decent chemistry between her and Spader, so this works.Read more ›
After just a couple of episodes it seems that Reddington is now running the FBI - or at least the special task force they've set up - and the good guys are all singing to his tune. It seems that the FBI are so inept they can't do their job without him. They didn't start asking the hard questions - where does he get his knowledge from (he's almost omniscient, knowing things about current events even when he's locked up; and you just know that if he says he doesn't know something, he's probably withholding the information for his own purposes!); why has he handed himself in and offered to work with the FBI after 20 years off the grid; what's his agenda in targeting specific people in his list? - these questions aren't being asked until at least halfway through the series, long after I'd already stopped believing in the scenario. By the time I got to the last few episodes, where some of the questions were starting to be answered, I'd lost interest and the DVDs were more like background noise than meaningful viewing. There are times when I could suspend disbelief, but altogether too many when I couldn't.
This is an okay series but I won't be bothering to go back for the next season.
I also hate the packaging - a single spindle for 6 DVDs? How is that user friendly? It's not even good for the long-term care of the DVDs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a brilliant and clever crime based around a high profile criminal who surrenders to the FBI and makes a deal with them to provide links to the most dangerous criminals in... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
Taking the popular plot for this genre (Cop and Non-Cop partnership - e.g. Castle, Mentalist, Lucifer*) it is made watchable by James Spader's performance (as bright as but not as... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Keith
Enjoyable and true to life. I was totally engrossed, even though the story line was so twisty, it took all season to understand.Published 28 days ago by RICHARD