Friday, September 19, 2014

The Blacklist

FBI profiler Liz Keen is leading a quiet life, married to a schoolteacher and planning to adopt a child, when one of the FBI’s most wanted former agents turns himself in. Raymond Reddington only has one condition for turning over his blacklist of criminals who have evaded capture. He will only work with Liz. She is immediately pulled in to work with Reddington, but is under constant suspicion from the FBI for the reason Reddington would insist on working with her.

Each episode of The Blacklist focuses on a different criminal from Reddington’s “blacklist.” While the episodes can stand alone, the series shines as a continuous story where the audience is kept guessing as to the connection between Raymond and Liz, and whether Liz’s life is actually as simple as she lets on. The series is a fast paced ride with constant twists and turns that keep viewers guessing.

I first tuned in to The Blacklist because the role of a mischievous criminal mastermind seemed tailor made for James Spader. His portrayal of Raymond is a pleasure to watch, and Megan Boone excels as the straight-laced rookie FBI profiler pulled into his world of international crime.

Search the VBPL catalog for The Blacklist. Fans of this television series might also enjoy 24 or Person of Interest. Also be sure to check out James Spader’s performance on Boston Legal.

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