TV Show Review – The Blacklist
Rating: 4 (out of 5). A dramatic procedural somehow reminiscent of both “24” and “Silence of the Lambs,” “The Blacklist” stars James Spader as a former civil servant turned mercenary. After turning himself in to the FBI, the chase to capture a terrorist is intertwined with Spader’s romantic interest in freshman FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone of “Law and Order.” The critics are impressed with this one.
The Boston Herald compares the “direction” the Blacklist takes to “24,” but without “the pulse.”
The Minneapolis Star Tribune feels the Blacklist “has a lot going for it.”
The LA Times compared the show to the X-Files in its ability to “balance episodic storytelling with a larger mythology.”
The Kansas City Star finds Spader’s character “memorable.”
USA Today concedes the show possesses “suspenseful charms.”
Spader is “never boring,” according to the Boston Globe.
Variety says the show “warrants a return visit.”
Speaking of Spader, The New York Times says, “You really want to watch him; he does play the overly confident, egomaniacal, morally ambiguous guy really well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s certainly an intriguing pilot – you can’t take your eyes off of Spader and the writers have thrown in a couple of other interesting twists. It’s likely that The Blacklist will at least approach the bad-guy-a-week format of a closed-ended procedural that doesn’t tax viewers’ brains too much. But in the process, the pilot suggests there are other things to keep you interested along the way.”
The Huffington Post calls the show “The best new drama starring James Spader as TV’s Best New Bad Guy!”
According to the Denver Post, The show keeps you on edges as you question is “Red on the quest for Revenge or Redemption.”