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The Blacklist on NBC

post #1 of 477
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I just wanted to start a thread about the new show The Blacklist, starting on NBC this fall (Premieres Monday, Sept. 23, on NBC.). It features James Spader as the #1 most wanted man in the world, who apparently turns himself in to start working with the gov't to find the most wanted criminals. Looks like it could be pretty sweet, based on the trailers. Anyone else looking forward to this show?

Here's a link to an article and some trailers/preview clips: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/13/blacklist-nbc-trailers-new-shows-2013-2014_n_3264578.html

I will say that it seemed a bit 'Silence of the Lambs'-y to me from the previews, but producers have tried to refute that as well:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcs-blacklist-producers-were-not-594421
post #2 of 477
Too bad it is on NBC they will ruin it or cancel it if it is any good unless comcast straightens them out doubtful though.
post #3 of 477
I'll give it a try. Previews look interesting and James Spader is always good. Looks like a new type of role for him tho.
post #4 of 477
Sounds like a by-the-book procedural - Spader helps lady-cop catch a new bad guy every week. If that's the case I won't stick around.

But it may be more in the 'Hannibal' mode, where the overall serialized plotline eventually incorporated all the procedural elements into its arc. And 'Hannibal' is very good - much better than I thought it would be, primarily due to how compelling Mads Mikkelsen is as the titular character. Maybe Spader will be able to cast the same impressive shadow over this show. I'll be tuning in to see.
post #5 of 477
Spader is the reason I'll be checking it out as he's talented enough to lift a show out of being simply a mediocre also-ran.
post #6 of 477
I'll be checking this out. Spader is a great actor

Not big on the content provider as of late though, NBC.
post #7 of 477
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Spader is the reason I'll be checking it out as he's talented enough to lift a show out of being simply a mediocre also-ran.

That's what I told myself before starting to watch Kevin Bacon in the execrable "The Following". I was wrong.
post #8 of 477
Will give this a try for sure.
post #9 of 477
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Originally Posted by philw1776 View Post

That's what I told myself before starting to watch Kevin Bacon in the execrable "The Following". I was wrong.
Excellent point! biggrin.gif
post #10 of 477
If only NBC stopped showing almost all the upcoming show's previews on EVERY FREAKIN' commercial break (and inside their other shows as well), they are over killing the show before it begins
post #11 of 477
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Originally Posted by DrLar View Post

If only NBC stopped showing almost all the upcoming show's previews on EVERY FREAKIN' commercial break (and inside their other shows as well), they are over killing the show before it begins

Agreed. I even thought The Blacklist was already airing., So many commercials!
post #12 of 477
7 more minutes!
post #13 of 477
Damn! That was amazing for an NBC show eek.gif

Action packed. Wonder if they're all going to be like that.

On this other forum I read, people are hating this show already. Don't understand.
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This show is bad. Stay home hubby makes me want to punch him. I was actually hoping he would die. Sappy, forced bs with the general's daughter.

James Spader, why?
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This show is f****** terrible. It's like they took a genuinely good idea and ran it through a Sears catalog. Actors, sets, locations, budgets, storylines, everything is so cheap.

NBC, if you want people to commit to your shows, YOU'VE got to commit to them.

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post #14 of 477
Anyone else think that Spader's character is the father of Agent Keen?
post #15 of 477
I thought he was related since I saw the first preview.
post #16 of 477
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Originally Posted by peternm22 View Post

Anyone else think that Spader's character is the father of Agent Keen?
Yes, but that would be too easy, must be something else.


Curious...




Edited by keenan - 9/24/13 at 12:03am
post #17 of 477
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Yes, but that would be too easy, must be something else.


Curious...




Very insightful that you picked that up! Almost too insightful....did you get that from another source?! So she has a connection to Red back when she was 14.

I thought her reaction or lack thereof to the set-up of the kidnapping (and the whole FBI's reaction for that matter) and her husband's severe beating not believable....but will keep watching. Love the way they made up Megan to give her an exotic appearance. Almost thought the black woman giving the interrogation was Megan for a moment.
post #18 of 477
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Originally Posted by igreg View Post

Very insightful that you picked that up! Almost too insightful....did you get that from another source?! So she has a connection to Red back when she was 14.
Nope, just from watching the show. I was a little surprised that she didn't notice it herself, although maybe that will be a reveal for next week.
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I thought her reaction or lack thereof to the set-up of the kidnapping (and the whole FBI's reaction for that matter) and her husband's severe beating not believable....but will keep watching. Love the way they made up Megan to give her an exotic appearance. Almost thought the black woman giving the interrogation was Megan for a moment.
Black woman?
post #19 of 477
I really enjoyed this show. Full of action and intrigue, suspense, and plenty of plot twists. Spader is a good actor. Hopefully NBC will give it a chance to attract an audience.
post #20 of 477
Really good pilot, solid start to premiere week for me, at least one solid pilot is generally all I ask for.
post #21 of 477
I liked this... though I have to think it is headed towards a particular couple of points... surely Spader's character is her father... and it seems likely that he isn't a criminal per se, but rather a super-undercover CIA black-ops agent who went undercover specifically to get in deep with lots of the world's baddest bad and then ultimately come in from the cold and give them up.

IF I'm wrong on either of those, I'll be surprised... because that looks like where this is headed.

Meanwhile... the scar and the symbol on the box... I'm glad someone else noticed that! I thought I was imagining it when I first saw it, especially since she didn't seem to react... but then the show ends on her going to see Spader, so maybe we find out next week that she recognizes the scar on the box too.
post #22 of 477
I liked the show as well. Surprised that it was 45 min long.

But they totally screwed up the walking scenes in DC. You can't be at the Lincoln Memorial and walk west and be walking along the reflecting pool. You also can't get to the area downtown that quickly either, from where they were. You don't have to live there to know that was wrong

I missed the burn symbol. Wasn't well enough defined for me to make the connection. Explains here "not exactly" answer in response to how she got it. Hopefully they will tell us what she meant by that.

I don't believe that he is her father. They know who his wife and kids were. We'll have to wait and see on that one.
post #23 of 477
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I don't believe that he is her father. They know who his wife and kids were. We'll have to wait and see on that one.

Oh, that's easy. He's her biological father, from a one-night stand. It's done all the time on TV, where one act of unprotected sex automatically = pregnancy. But as keenan says, that would be pretty lazy. Hopefully they're better than that.
post #24 of 477
I was expecting someone to come back with a posting indicating that she was the result of such a tryst.
post #25 of 477
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I was expecting someone to come back with a posting indicating that she was the result of such a tryst.

Well then, I deserve a "thumbs-up" for fulfilling your expectations with dispatch! tongue.gif (kidding.... wink.gif )
post #26 of 477
Liked the episode, so how Reddington managed to stain the carpet exactly on top of the secret compartment? or was that just pure luck?
post #27 of 477
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Liked the episode, so how Reddington managed to stain the carpet exactly on top of the secret compartment? or was that just pure luck?

Remember, it was done exactly as he specified. So I assume it was intentional.
post #28 of 477
I watched about 20 minutes of it. Seemed like an ad for police state recruitment. After "Hannibal" and "Crossing Lines" I would think that NBC could do better.
post #29 of 477
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

I watched about 20 minutes of it. Seemed like an ad for police state recruitment. After "Hannibal" and "Crossing Lines" I would think that NBC could do better.

I liked the pilot episode of The Blacklist but agree that Spader's character was reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter. I thought the similarity didn't come from the TV show, Hannibal, though. Instead Reddignton's relationship with Elizabeth Keen, the young FBI profiler, reminded me of Hannibal Lecter's relationship with Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs, although Megan Boone, who plays Keen, certainly isn't in a league with Jodie Foster, who played Starling.

The pilot episode was dumber than rocks and full of plot holes but it was exciting and held my interest. Better yet, James Spader was at his insouciant best as the too cool for school, Reddington. I even thought that Keen's relationship with her husband, which at first seemed like soapy nonsense, got interesting, when The box Keen found under the floor of their apartment revealed that her husband is apparently some kind of spy, with a boatload of cash and a gazillion passports. I'm on board for the time being.
post #30 of 477
I enjoyed it, especially in the beginning where he shot the bank robber/hostage because of his shoes. I've seen that plot element before, just can't remember where.
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