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post #31 of 477
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Originally Posted by HDMe2 View Post

...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.

I'm guessing that it isn't a scar at all, but a deliberate branding.

He gets the explosive vest as payment for disarming it. That's a bit reckless. At least it didn't stop at 1!
post #32 of 477
Really liked the premiere episode, we are hooked already. But a few small nit picks.

1. Why did she shoot her weapon 3 or 4 times in the SUV after it flipped then she needed to reload her gun? They showed the gun was actually out, seemed off it would run out so quickly.

2. Why didn't she just stand up in the SUV and shoot the guy that was going to drop the gas? Would of prevented him from dropping it and giving her time to get out. Seemed kind of lame she let him drop a grenade right into the truck instead of attempting to kill him.

3. When the guy stabbed her husband and said she had to choose and walked away. She really wouldn't pull her gun and shoot the guy in the back??? He was right there, would of taken a few seconds, no impact on her husband. She instead lets the guy walk away and instead just holds her husband. She wasn't doing anything to help him anyway so the few seconds it would of taken to kill that guy wouldn't of had any impact. She did have her gun because she just came home from work and walked into the kitchen, she didn't take it off.

4. When she saw her husband and all the fake names and passports, wouldn't you call your office and tell them about it and take him into custody. I find it hard to believe that a trained FBI agent would let her feelings stand in the way of this obvious double agent dude with fake passports, plus if it was nothing no big deal, he just has a lot of explaining. Thought that was the weakest part of all.
post #33 of 477
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Originally Posted by WilliamR View Post

Really liked the premiere episode, we are hooked already. But a few small nit picks.

I said the same exact thing about number 3. Pop, pop. Ok, the bad guy is dead, now I will help my husband. I know that would have ruined the rest of the story, but still.

5) She is a FBI profiler and never had the slightest idea her husband wasn't who he said he was?

6) If the FBI knew there was a threat to the little girl, they would not have stopped for the guy on the road telling them the road was closed because there was a chemical spill. Way too obvious it was a trap. IF they did, don't you think one of the agents would have noticed the big truck jumping line and speeding towards the SUV?

Regardless, I still enjoyed the show. I've come to terms with TV shows having things like this in them to make a story play out.
post #34 of 477
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Originally Posted by zeus33 View Post

I said the same exact thing about number 3. Pop, pop. Ok, the bad guy is dead, now I will help my husband. I know that would have ruined the rest of the story, but still.

5) She is a FBI profiler and never had the slightest idea her husband wasn't who he said he was?

6) If the FBI knew there was a threat to the little girl, they would not have stopped for the guy on the road telling them the road was closed because there was a chemical spill. Way too obvious it was a trap. IF they did, don't you think one of the agents would have noticed the big truck jumping line and speeding towards the SUV?

Regardless, I still enjoyed the show. I've come to terms with TV shows having things like this in them to make a story play out.

Well, I started watching this last night but didn't get to finish it. I think I like the style of this show and will give it a chance to develop into something a little stronger. But the point of my post is to really chime in on the "nit pick" list. Mine starts before any of that. High risk criminal summons her, she comes, learns that girl is going to be kidnapped, so....SHE goes to get the girl? And she rides with the girl? I would really like to think that in real life, our federal agents are good enough to FIRST assume that the criminal has something to do with it AND that he's trying to pull her into it for a reason (that may ultimately play into successfully kidnapping the girl). NOW...you guys can talk about four rounds emptying the clip...biggrin.gif
post #35 of 477
Not bad for a pilot, some plot holes that have been alluded to already but James Spader is already impressive. The scene with the bureau and "intelligence" was enough to make me DVR the season. Plus 99 problems and a b**** ain't one was a succinct closer.
post #36 of 477
Very enjoyable pilot. Has my attention for sure. DVR is set :-)
post #37 of 477
It does suppose that our secret police is pretty stupid. That said, Spader is a superb actor- just watch his eyes and the way you can see the crazy flit across his face in the really intense scenes- and that alone is worth keeping an eye on the show. But if they keep making the viewers suspend their disbelief over obvious flaws they will lose them. They'll lose me.
post #38 of 477
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post

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.

Agree, my first thoughts were this is like Silence of the Lambs.
post #39 of 477
Can't wait for tonight biggrin.gif
post #40 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?
Reddington pretty well confirmed that with a hint in E2. At least that they will toy with that possibility.
post #41 of 477
Awesome episode last night. Surprised NBC is actually making a good television show these days tongue.gif

You can tell Agent Keen is unsure about her husband.
post #42 of 477
The first two eps have been very entertaining and James Spader is perfect in the role. Who else could do it, with the exception of Robert Downey Jr.?

However, I'm not sure how this works as a long-time series. The "I'm-too-clever-for-the-FBI" and betray a colleague schtick seems like it will get old fast. I'm not sure the husband angle is strong enough to sustain itself for long.

Nothing against what we've seen so far. It just seems more like a mini-series. Time will tell.
post #43 of 477
Second episode and we are still hooked, it does have a "Persons Of Interest" vibe sorta in reverse. James Spader just owns this role.
post #44 of 477
I am continuing to enjoy Blacklist and plan to stick with it for the foreseeable future. Spader is perfectly cast as cool, enigmatic Reddington. This season, Blacklist shows the same kind of promise Revenge did in its first season. I can only hope that Blacklist doesn't squander that promise as Revenge did.
post #45 of 477

I enjoyed this 2nd episode at least as much as the pilot, maybe more.  Rather than think about the difficulty the writers face in continuing, I prefer to hope that they will provide reasonable plots going forward.  Things like Spader being Keene's father are speculation obviously, but speculating on the failure of our own (possibly wrong) speculation is not a flaw in the story - yet.  I'll give them time to be creative and see how it goes.  As it stands now, I like it a lot and Spader is nailing this role just like Voigt in Ray Donovan. 

post #46 of 477
Conjecture: Reddington is a ultra deep cover agent who's handlers have all died (possibly 20 years ago) and there's no record of his activities. Now he has to come out of cover and there's no way the government will believe him so he has to extort them into acting while protecting himself.

Note that Keen's age corresponds nicely with Reddington's departure into the criminal world.
post #47 of 477
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Originally Posted by jabbathespud View Post

Conjecture: Reddington is a ultra deep cover agent who's handlers have all died (possibly 20 years ago) and there's no record of his activities. Now he has to come out of cover and there's no way the government will believe him so he has to extort them into acting while protecting himself.

Note that Keen's age corresponds nicely with Reddington's departure into the criminal world.

That is pretty much my take... though there may also be yet-to-be-revealed motivations for why he originally went into deep undercover in the first place too.
post #48 of 477
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Originally Posted by jabbathespud View Post

Conjecture: Reddington is a ultra deep cover agent who's handlers have all died (possibly 20 years ago) and there's no record of his activities. Now he has to come out of cover and there's no way the government will believe him so he has to extort them into acting while protecting himself.

Note that Keen's age corresponds nicely with Reddington's departure into the criminal world.
God, I hope not. Don't know why, I can handle the silliness that he could be dad, but if he's an agent I'll be bored.
post #49 of 477
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Originally Posted by jabbathespud View Post

Conjecture: Reddington is a ultra deep cover agent who's handlers have all died (possibly 20 years ago) and there's no record of his activities. Now he has to come out of cover and there's no way the government will believe him so he has to extort them into acting while protecting himself.

Note that Keen's age corresponds nicely with Reddington's departure into the criminal world.

Sounds good to me.
post #50 of 477
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Originally Posted by jabbathespud View Post

Conjecture: Reddington is a ultra deep cover agent who's handlers have all died (possibly 20 years ago) and there's no record of his activities. Now he has to come out of cover and there's no way the government will believe him so he has to extort them into acting while protecting himself.

Note that Keen's age corresponds nicely with Reddington's departure into the criminal world.

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Originally Posted by BarnacleBill View Post

Sounds good to me.

Ditto...on both counts!
post #51 of 477
I'm enjoying the show so far, yes Spader is brilliant, but I have a concern. Two episodes in and they both hinged on Reddington betraying his former contacts in the underworld. You wonder how much longer it will be before everybody he ever knew figures out that having any further contact with him could result in your ending up captured, tortured, or killed by the authorities. How then can they sustain the premise of the show?
post #52 of 477
Was really surprised who the real villain was last night, also Reddington can easily escape and lost the FBI several times but he always comes back, but I guess his main motive is to get rid of the competition, when he's done the immunity contract will be so solid he will not need to escape anymore.

In the restaurant scene I laughed when he said to the girl that she could play his daughter instead of a date.

I was expecting her to flash the passports to the hubby when he woke up, I guess she'll keep a close eye and find out who hired him
post #53 of 477
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

I'm enjoying the show so far, yes Spader is brilliant, but I have a concern. Two episodes in and they both hinged on Reddington betraying his former contacts in the underworld. You wonder how much longer it will be before everybody he ever knew figures out that having any further contact with him could result in your ending up captured, tortured, or killed by the authorities. How then can they sustain the premise of the show?

That was the point I was making in post #42. He outsmarts the FBI and betrays a colleague.
post #54 of 477
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Originally Posted by DrLar View Post

I was expecting her to flash the passports to the hubby when he woke up, I guess she'll keep a close eye and find out who hired him

Don't be too sure the husband hid that stuff. I think it was a set-up by Reddington. That fits the tone of the show so far.
post #55 of 477
I just read that this show got a full season pickup! Awesome news, since it's really the only new one that has me hooked now smile.gif.
post #56 of 477
Right, they picked up the back 9.
post #57 of 477
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Originally Posted by Garrett Adams View Post

Right, they picked up the back 9.

So 22 episodes total for season 1? That's a lot of episodes for an hour-long drama! Hopefully the writing doesn't collapse.
post #58 of 477
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Originally Posted by Young C View Post

So 22 episodes total for season 1? That's a lot of episodes for an hour-long drama! Hopefully the writing doesn't collapse.

That's what worries me a bit. It's been excellent so far and I hope they don't flub it up down the line.
post #59 of 477
Great episode last night. I wonder what organization bugged their house. Russian Mob? eek.gif LOL
post #60 of 477
It must be the apple munching guy, I can almost bet he's the father
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