Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Blacklist with James Spader

So, this is usually the day I'd do a Castle review, but Castle is done until January, so I thought I'd ask if any of you are watching the show The Blacklist?  (This show is totally a cross between two of my other favorite shows 24 and Alias.  It's that good.)

It stars James Spader (who played the smarmy guy in Pretty in Pink and a really grey, but awesome character in The Practice. Loved him!) and Megan Boone who I've never heard of before, but both of them totally make this show.

James Spader plays Raymond Reddington one of the most wanted on the FBI most wanted list.  He turns himself in one day and says he'll only talk to Agent Liz Keen played by Megan Boone.  Agent Keen has a husband, is trying to adopt a baby, is a profiler, and seems to have a somewhat of a normal life until she meets Reddington.

So far the show has been about Reddington helping the FBI (Agent Keen) bring down these awesomely bad criminals, yet still running his own agenda.  There are secrets galore and everyone seems to have a skeleton in their closet.  I love all the action (although at times it's a bit too gory for me with blood spray etc., and I turn away, but I'm sensitive to that stuff so it might not bother other people) and I love the mystery of what the relationship really is between Red and Liz.  But that is just one of the many questions I have.  I also want to know what's going on with Liz's husband? Bad guy? Good guy? Who's the apple-eating spy across the road? Who's the mole? Inquiring minds want to know! And that's what makes this one of the best written shows I've seen in a while.

Last night's Fall Finale was amazing.  In Part One, Spader delivers this speech to the FBI agent Ressler (that he's trying to save from a horrific leg wound) that was nothing short of Emmy-worthy. Spader OWNS this role and he was made for it.  His acting is superb, right down to facial expressions and voice inflections. Megan Boone seems to be the every-woman, yet there's something about her that is endearing and makes her attempts to figure things out very realistic.

I really can't wait to see where they're going to take this, but alas, I shall have to wait until January.

Do you watch?  Which James Spader role is your all-time favorite that you've seen him in? (I think mine is The Practice.)

6 comments:

dawnall said...

Oh, he was totally horrid in Pretty in Pink...well, his character was. And he nailed it as he always does. Boston Legal...again, perfection. Red is just the latest in Jame's reincarnations. My blog is about this also this week. Great minds think alike. LOL

dawnall said...

Oh, he was totally horrid in Pretty in Pink...well, his character was. And he nailed it as he always does. Boston Legal...again, perfection. Red is just the latest in Jame's reincarnations. My blog is about this also this week. Great minds think alike. LOL

mooderino said...

I watched a couple of episodes of this and Spader is very watchable, but I wasn't too taken with the female lead. It also seems heavily implied that she's his daughter, although whether that'll turn out to be so I don't know. Very Hannibal Lecter/Clarice sort of relationship, but not quite on that level.

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Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Dawnall, I loved him in the Practice, too. He just does gray characters really really well in my mind.

Mooderino, I wasn't sure about the female lead at first, but she's really grown on me. I like her interaction with Spader, that's for sure.

Jon Spell said...

I may have to give Blacklist a shot. I didn't think we'd like it from the promos because it sounded a lot like Silence of the Lambs (without the cannibalism)

How is it on gore level? Like CSI? How about the creepiness factor? We had to stop watching Criminal Minds and SVU because we felt like they were getting too depraved - going for more and more shock factor. We like Castle, Elementary and the Mentalist.

Julie Bellon said...

Jon, I can't watch CSI, SVU or Criminal Minds either. Too much for me. Blacklist has a lot of action scenes that include gunshots and, for example, there was a horrific leg wound that they showed (but it was pertinent to the story). I turned away though, because the wound was gory. The show likes its blood spray from the shootouts, that sort of thing, but nothing depraved. You should give it a shot.