Originally Posted by Brian Conrad
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.