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The Blacklist: The Complete First Season
Monday, August 18, 2014

Studio: Sony Pictures

Reviewd by: Jordan C.

There is a lot more TV worth watching these days…but nothing has changed in terms of networks following trends and attempting to duplicate successes. So, for example, you have Game of Thrones, which was a unique show when it debuted, but now every station is scrambling to get a sexy, violent fantasy series on the air.

Now, I’m pretty sure it was 24 that really sparked this whole “intelligence agency procedural” trend, and while I was never into the real-time phenom personally, I’m a big fan of the shows it spawned like Homeland, The Following, Person Of Interest, and Hannibal. The Blacklist fits with the above titles perfectly. It’s closest to Person Of Interest conceptually, with slightly better writing than The Following, but not as good acting as Homeland, and an intriguing anti-hero on par with Mads Mikkelson’s Dr. Lecter. Interestingly enough, Homeland and The Blacklist share a main actor, Diego Klattenhoff, who plays prototypical FBI agent Donald Ressler. He is a good straight-man for James Spader’s (Avengers: Age Of Ultron) deadpan but often humourous Raymond “Red” Reddington aka the Concierge of Crime. Spader is definitely the highlight of the show, but Harry Lennix (Superman: Man Of Steel) is another good reason to tune-in weekly. The female lead, Megan Boone, as agent Elizabeth Keen, left something to be desired. However, that may be an unfair statement seeing as I’m constantly comparing her to Claire Danes’ outstanding performance in Homeland.

If you missed The Blacklist last year because you were watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. like I was (don’t hate), give it a try on Blu-ray and binge at your leisure.

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