The Blacklist is a FBI crime, mystery thriller on NBC that premiered in September 2013. This new series keeps its viewers on the edge of their seats and scratching their heads on the premise of the show. The story revolves around James Spader’s character Richard Reddington also known as “Red”. Top of the FBI Most Wanted list turned informant on his own terms. He insists on dealing only with rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone.
Reddington has a ‘Blacklist’ that he has made name by name over the many years as a professional criminal. Why then does Reddington have such a fatherly interest in a rookie cop like Keen? The duel story line involves Reddington’s vendetta against the people on his list and the mysterious connection to Keen. Keen has been getting cryptic comments from Reddington telling that her husband, Tom, is not who he seems. Last week it revealed that Keen’s husband is not the love of her life, as he seemed. As is becoming more apparent, her husband is a ‘for hire’ husband and spy paid to keep Keen close. Everything that she believes about her husband is all fiction. Perhaps once her husband is exposed and she deals with him it will give her character the angst to match Spader’s deeper character, Reddington.
It seems the main mystery of the show is what Reddington’s affectionate interest in Keen is really all about. I certainly hope the makers of The Blacklist start developing more characters and side stories to keep the breakout premiere going. We know the deeply complex Reddington has much more to his life, and what makes him tick, than we are aware of this season. Is Keen going to become more interesting than a rookie would typically be? We can only hope things do change in that direction. If more characters or deep story cohesion are not developed many fans of The Blacklist may be turning over to CBS to see Josh Holloway in Intelligence even if the story line is less developed than The Blacklist.
The Blacklist has hinged everything on James Spade and his Reddington character to plunge this first season into the dark, criminal fan base but there has to be more to the series or The Blacklist will become at the back of viewers lists soon. Time and ratings will determine if the show will stick around long enough to develop into what its fans came for.