เผบ โ™ค โŠฐ โ€ผ๏ธ The Blacklist Renewed for Season 5โ€ผ๏ธ โŠฑ โ™ค เผป

 
Deadline (5/11/2017): โ€˜The Blacklistโ€™ Renewed For Season 5 Byย NBC http://bit.ly/2pCYBkJ
 
EntertainmentWeekly (5/11/2017): The Blacklist renewed: But what about Redemption? http://bit.ly/2pDBntH
 
Variety (5/11/2017): โ€˜The Blacklist: Redemptionโ€™ Canceled by NBC http://bit.ly/2rd4LZW
// “Eggold will now rejoin โ€œThe Blacklistโ€ as a series regular”
 
โ‹™ For more, see News about The Blacklist http://wp.me/PDKwi-14T

 

A highly articulate, erudite and intelligent

businessman and mastermind, Raymond “Red” Reddington, has been one the “10 Most Wanted List” of various U.S. law enforcement agencies for over 20 years. The legend is that Red is as elusive an Artรญste as he is clever.

Red built and controls a veritable labyrinth of creative enterprises coupled with uncanny ability to gather and finesse information at the drop of a hat. On the first day at the FBI for a new female profiler fresh out of Quantico, Red offers to bandy wits with the FBI.

Red promises to deliver various criminals and plots previously unknown to any branch of law enforcement… and all Red requests in return is to choose his muse.

Written for IMDbPro By LA-Lawyer http://imdb.to/1BpHwxh

 

“I have thought enough about myth and history, fact and fiction, to know truth cannot be told.
There is always another way to tell the story”

 
โ€“ Norman O. Brown
 

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Common Searches:

๐Ÿ”ด Click Here for Full Site Index (and Search Assistance)
๐Ÿ”ด Click Here for Structure of this Blog โ‡‡ YOU ARE HERE
๐Ÿ”ด Click Here for the List of BLACKLISTERS and their status
๐Ÿ”ด Click Here for the List of Twitter MOMENTS
๐Ÿ”ด Click Here for the List of SONGS
๐Ÿ”ด Click Here for the List of EPISODES with links
 
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๐Ÿ”ด Why this Blog?

This blog will address many issues regarding serialized television dramas, but perhaps the key one is this: can a drama like The Blacklist approach the standard of excellence expected of a fine novel? This includes believable and engaging character development, a compact and coherent (not pointlessly wandering) plot (including the integration of subplots), and perhaps most defining: that the work reach a satisfying conclusion in which all loose ends are tied up and all plot points and character arcs are resolved in an aesthetically satisfying way. Few serialized dramas have attempted this, fewer have achieved it.

The inherent uncertainty regarding how long a televised series will last is a recurrent challenge. A short lead time between a termination decision and the end date may mean a series is cut off leaving characters underdeveloped, plot points unresolved and loose ends dangling. Conversely, a successful series may be extended beyond a natural ending point.

Serialized dramas like The Blacklist require the organization and cooperation of hundreds of talented professionals and highly skilled craftspeople. Executive producers must coordinate the work of teams of writers in developing different layers of plot and character development and seeing that this viewpoint persists throughout. Directors, actors, and production and post-production staff all have an impact on crafting each episode and may at times be tugging in different directions. Showrunners and wranglers must ensure delivery of an compelling story across multiple episodes and seasons, bringing the series to its conclusion at a point which is aesthetically satisfying, even under conditions in which economics may create pressure to cut the series short or drag it out too long.

This process is not even close to the process of writing a novel, usually the work of s single individual who is free to labor until the work forms an aesthetic whole, coherent and pleasing with no stones left unturned. Then why hold a serialized drama up to this standard?

The answer must be that drama is a narrative art form which, similar to a novel, people know is ‘working’ or not. At least in the West, we tend naturally to think in terms of beginnings, middles and ends. We “recognize” what works and what fails much as we recognize object-versus-background or as we learn to balance and walk. These are formal requirements that all narrative art must meet. They exist regardless of the manner in which the art was created. These requirements are recognized by human beings who โ€“ as Aristotle claimed and modern science affirms โ€“ are mimetic creatures who actively identify with characters and their plights and make judgments regarding their actions and the justice of their fates. This is why viewers’ satisfaction with the story, its characters, its progress and its resolution โ€“ and not any commercial or technical interest โ€“ must be the standard against which a drama is judged.

Success requires an economy of expression and plot and a resolution which works from a human perspective โ€“ that is recognizable and relatable โ€“ that brings the work to a point of fruition, resolution and stasis from which we as participant-observers can move on with a greater sense of understanding and deeper emotional connection to our world, which the universe of the drama reflects. By “economy of expression and plot,” I do not mean shorter is better, but rather, all developments should be necessary within the universe of the story. It also means that technical aspects should serve and amplify the storytelling and not overwhelm it.

Can NBC’s The Blacklist meet this high standard? The number of people I’ve encountered (and this includes myself) who say that so far this is the “best” series they have ever watched suggests it may have such potential. We will watch as the series unfolds and comment on its level of success in meeting this standard for excellence in dramatic schievement.

 

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๐Ÿ”ด About me:

In my secret life, I blog about The Blacklist
 
Undergraduate University of Minnesota, double major American Studies and English (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Graduate work in The Committee on Social Thought and the Department of English at the University of Chicago. Subsequently worked in administration at the medical center there. More recently I have worked as an internal consultant in Systems and Procedures and Medical Informatics Research at the Mayo Clinic.
 
Note: I have no relationship with Sony, NBC, Davis Entertainment or The Blacklist, other than being a fan. I have no interest in profiting from this blog.
 

๐Ÿ”ด Contact me

Email: LizzieB90@yahoo.com

Twitter:

@BlacklistDCd โž” a fan account for NBC’s The Blacklist (use this to contact me)
@Auriandra โž” “politics, policy, politirati” (main account)
@Hwy61blues โž” poetry, the visual arts, travel

 
I also curate a Twitter List “NBC Blacklist” here โ‹™ http://bit.ly/1E7TeLy โ‹˜ It includes cast and crew, major fan sites and fans who feature The Blacklist in their bios or who I notice actively tweeting about The Blacklist. If you think I missed you or would like to be added, let me know. There are currently 500โœ› people whose tweets are included.

I use my list and NBC’s Blacklist Cast and Crew Twitter list โ‹™ http://bit.ly/1Kg6seg โ‹˜ (about 25 members) to focus in on what people are Tweeting about the show.

Note: Following a Twitter list allows you to see the Tweets of all those on the list. You can follow a list without being on it (being a “member”) of it. In a way, Twitter lists are an alternative to using hashtags (which are often omitted from Tweets). Twitter lists are also less susceptible to spamming.

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O for a Muse of fire โ€ฆ

โ€ฆ that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene

โ€” Wm Shakespeare, Act 1, Prologue of Henry V

 
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structure
 

๐Ÿ”ด Blog Structure

 

๐Ÿ”ด About โ‡‡ ๐Ÿ”ท You Are Here
 
๐Ÿ”ด Clues (Evidence Board: ๐Ÿ”ฅWhat’s Hot ๐Ÿ”ฅ)

“๎Š” = ALWAYS means “New or Updated”
 
โ™คโ™คโญ• ๐Ÿ”ฅ Red Hot ๐Ÿ”ฅ Blacklist Fan Fiction* (Age 18+) ๎Š
โ™คโ™คโญ• ๐Ÿ”ฅ Red Hot ๐Ÿ”ฅ Spader Pics* (Age 18+)
โ™คโ™คโญ• ๐Ÿ”ฅ Red Hot ๐Ÿ”ฅ James Spader Interviews
โ™คโ™คโญ• How to Follow “NBC Blacklist” (a Twitter List)
โ™คโ™คโญ• Next Episode Promo (video) ๎Š
โ™คโ™คโญ• All Polls (some remain open)
โ™คโ™คโญ• All Song Videos* โ€ผ๏ธNew โ€ผ๏ธ
โ™คโ™คโญ• All Episode Twitter “Moments”* โ€ผ๏ธNew โ€ผ๏ธ~ See Note
โ™คโ™คโญ• Featured Videos
โ™คโ™คโญ• PHOTO GALLERY ๎Š
โ™คโ™คโญ• โฃSeason 4 STORYBOOKโฃ*๎Š
โ™คโ™คโญ• Unanswered Questions/Loose Ends(updated thru S3)
โ™คโ™คโญ• Status of Major Plots & Themes (pending update)
โ™คโ™คโญ• Crossword Puzzle by Literarybitka
โ™คโ™คโญ• Writers’ Room*
โ™คโ™คโญ• “How’s this all gonna end?” Preposterous Predictions
โ™คโ™คโญ• James Spader’s Emmy acceptance speeches

Note: Twitter “Moments” are collections of Tweets. I’m now using them for the Episode Tweets I send out on Twitter the afternoon before each new show (and in the countdowns I do leading up to each premiere).
*These features have been set up as separate posts as they’ve grown. Originally, most were under under “Clues.”

 
๐Ÿ”ด Black Sites: A Guide to The Blacklist on The Web
 
๐Ÿ”ด Search Support:

โญ• Click Here for Structure of this Blog
โญ• Click Here for Blog Search (w Lists)
โญ• Click Here for Clickable Tag Index
โญ• Click Here for Song List
โญ• Click Here for Clickable Song (Tag) Index

 
๐Ÿ”ด Click Here for the List of BLACKLISTERS and their status
 
๐Ÿ”ด Click Here for the List of EPISODES with links

๏ธปโ”ณใƒ‡โ•โ”€โžพ โžพ โžพ โžพ โžพ ๐Ÿ’ฅ Click Here for Season 1
๏ธปโ”ณใƒ‡โ•โ”€โžพ โžพ โžพ โžพ โžพ ๐Ÿ’ฅ Click Here for Season 2
๏ธปโ”ณใƒ‡โ•โ”€โžพ โžพ โžพ โžพ โžพ ๐Ÿ’ฅ Click Here for Season 3
๏ธปโ”ณใƒ‡โ•โ”€โžพ โžพ โžพ โžพ โžพ ๐Ÿ’ฅ Click Here for Season 4

 
๐Ÿ”ด Black Sites (Index to Blacklist sites on the Internet)

โ™คโ™คโญ• For links to NBC sites
โ™คโ™คโญ• Where to find: Scripts
โ™คโ™คโญ• Where to find: Timelines
โ™คโ™คโญ• Where to find: Podcasts
โ™คโ™คโญ• For Best Detailed Info
โ™คโ™คโญ• For Best Episode Recaps
โ™คโ™คโญ• For Best Episode Reviews
โ™คโ™คโญ• For Best Discussion
โ™คโ™คโญ• For Interviews
โ™คโ™คโญ• For Best MSM Sites
โ™คโ™คโญ• For my favorite Tumblr Sites
โ™คโ™คโญ• The Blacklist on Facebook
โ™คโ™คโญ• Where to Find: Ratings Info
โ™คโ™คโญ• Blacklist Fansites on Twitter
โ™คโ™คโญ• Blacklist Twitter Lists
โ™คโ™คโญ• Blacklist Cast and Crew on Twitter
โ™คโ™คโญ• The Blacklist Fan Fiction
โ™คโ™คโญ• Adult-Rated Fan Fiction
โ™คโ™คโญ• The Blacklist on YouTube
โ™คโ™คโญ• Ways to Watch Full Episodes
โ™คโ™คโญ• The Blacklist Music

๐Ÿ”ด Persons of Interest

โ™คโ™คโญ• James Spader
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Aliases
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• As Alan Shore (in Boston Legal)
โ™คโ™คโญ• Megan Boone

๐Ÿ”ด Interrogations (interviews and articles, selected)
 
๐Ÿ”ด Vulnerabilities (critical reviews, selected)
 
๐Ÿ”ด Intel and Analysis (includes timelines)

โ™คโ™ค๐Ÿ”ด Deep Background (with Timelines)

(For each topic, several key sources are listed first, then others in reverse chronological order. “โœ›” means update planned)

โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• ALEC โ€“ American Legislative and Exchange Council
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Climate Change
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Corporatocracy
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Cryonics
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• The “Deep State”
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Extremismโœ› (left, right, religious)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Futuristic
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Genetically Modified Crops (GMOs)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Government Secrecyโœ›
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Human Rightsโœ› (elections, unions, women & girls, torture)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Ideologies (eg end of Cold War, post-modernismโœ› etc)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Inequality, (oligarchy/plutocracy, Occupy Wall Street)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Internet Freedomโœ› (net neutrality)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Islam (including terrorism)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Media and Polarization
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Medical [ โ‹™ much more at the link ]
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค Biological Weapons
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค Genomics
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค GMOs
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค Eugenics
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค Love Gene (Oxytocin)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Money in Politics
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Neurotoxins (includes discussion of vaccines)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Oil and Other Energy Sources
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Surveillance (CIA, DHS, FBI, NSA etc)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Trade Agreements, (eg TPP โ€“ Trans-Pacific Partnership)
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• War Profiteering and Mercenaries
โ™คโ™คโ™คโญ• Weapons (bombs, drones, robots etc)

โ™คโ™คโ™ค๐Ÿ”ด Deep Deep Background (clandestine and conspiracy theories)
โ™คโ™คโ™ค๐Ÿ”ด Special Section: Islam and Terrorism
โ™คโ™คโ™ค๐Ÿ”ด Detailed Background
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Biomimetrics Bibliography
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Climate Bibliography
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Money in Politics Bibliography
โ™คโ™คโ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Oxytocin (“Love Gene”) Bibliography

๐Ÿ”ด Surveillance (Episodes): Key Dialogue w Pictures

โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Photo Gallery
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Season 1: Highlights: All Episodes
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Season 2A: Highlights: Episodes 1-11
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Season 2B: Highlights: Episodes 12-22
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Season 3: Stortbook: All Episodes
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด Season 4: Storybook: All Episodes
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด The Writers’ Room (whatever pops up)
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด All Episode Scripts ๐Ÿ’ฅ
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด All Blacklist Songs ๐Ÿ’ฅ
โ™คโ™ค ๐Ÿ”ด News about the Show The Blacklist
โ™คโ™คโ™ค๐Ÿ”ด News Sources (most liberal โž” most conservative)
โ™คโ™คโ™ค๐Ÿ”ด [ Ye Olde Photo Workshoppe ] (Testing)
โ™คโ™คโ™ค๐Ÿ”ด [ Ye Olde Softwayre Workshoppe ] (Testing)

 
๐Ÿ”ด To Search Blog Posts: Use the lists in the righthand column. You can also search by Tags Here. Just click on the tags at the top to find posts indexed with at tag. Music Tags are listed separately Here.
 
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episodes
 

๐Ÿ”ด Episodes: Scripts and Summaries

โญ• For Season 1 Easy-Search Scripts (one file)
โญ• For Season 2 Easy-Search Scripts
โญ• For Season 3 Easy-Search Scripts
โญ• For Season 4 Easy-Search Scripts
โญ• (List of Blacklisters and Their Status)

 
Episode Instructions (Seasons 1&2):
 
โ— For NBC episode summary โ‹™ click the ๐Ÿ”ด RED DOT or the episode number.
โ— For the episode script โ‹™ click the episode โ™คNAME (slideshows have links too)
โ— Use your browser’s page-search to search for words or phrases. Use your browser’s navigation or the blue buttons to return to the top. To find the title lines of major songs, search for โ™ซ
 
season 1
 

โญ• SEASON 1

NBC โ‡Š Synopsis โ™ค For Script โ‡Š Click Name
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:1 โ™ค Pilot (โ™ค w Slideshow: “Very Special”)
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:2 โ™ค The Freelancer
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:3 โ™ค Wujing
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:4 โ™ค The Stewmaker
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:5 โ™ค The Courier
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:6 โ™ค Gina Zanetakos
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:7 โ™ค Frederick Barnes
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:8 โ™ค General Ludd (โ™ค w Slideshow: Angel of Death)
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:9 โ™ค Anslo Garrick
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:10 โ™ค Anslo Garrick โ€“ Conclusion
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:11 โ™ค The Good Samaritan Killer
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:12 โ™ค The Alchemist
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:13 โ™ค The Cyprus Agency (โ™ค w Slideshow: Diane Fowler)
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:14 โ™ค Madeline Pratt
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:15 โ™ค The Judge
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:16 โ™ค Mako Tanida
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:17 โ™ค Ivan (โ™ค w Slideshow: The Sorrento Music Box)
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:18 โ™ค Milton Bobbit
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:19 โ™ค The Pavlovich Brothers
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:20 โ™ค The Kingmaker
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:21 โ™ค Berlin
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1:22 โ™ค Berlin โ€“ Conclusion (w Slideshows Hostages & “Stay with Me”)

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โญ• SEASON 2

NBC โ‡Š Synopsis โ™ค For Script โ‡Š Click Name
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:1 โ™ค Lord Baltimore
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:2 โ™ค Monarch Douglas Bank
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:3 โ™ค Dr James Covington
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:4 โ™ค Dr Linus Creel
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:5 โ™ค The Front
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:6 โ™ค The Mombasa Cartel
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:7 โ™ค The Scimitar
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:8 โ™ค The Decembrist
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:9 โ™ค Luther Braxton
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:10 โ™ค Luther Braxton โ€“ Conclusion
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:11 โ™ค Ruslan Denisov
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:12 โ™คThe Kenyon Family
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:13 โ™ค The Deer Hunter
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:14 โ™ค T. Earl King VI
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:15 โ™ค The Major
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:16 โ™ค Tom Keen
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:17 โ™ค The Longevity Initiative
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:18 โ™ค Vanessa Cruz
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:19 โ™ค Leonard Caul
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:20 โ™ค Quon Zhang
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:21 โ™ค Karakurt
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2:22 โ™ค Tom Connolly

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โญ• SEASON 3

 
๐Ÿ”ด Episode 1: The Troll Farmer: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 2: Bernard Gerard: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 3: Eli Matchett: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4: The Djinn: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 5: Arioch Cain: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 6: Sir Crispin Crandall ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 7: Zal Bin Hasaan: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 8: Kings of the Highway: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 9: The Director: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 10: The Director 2: ๐ŸŽฏ WSJ recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

————–โ‹™ At this point WSJ stopped doing real recaps so I switched to Entertainment Weekly

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 11: Mr Gregory Devry: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 12: The Vehm: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 13: Alistair Pitt: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 14: Lady Ambrosia: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 15: Drexel ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 16: The Caretaker ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 17: Mr Solomon: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 18: Mr Solomon 2: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 19: Cape May: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 20: Artax Network: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 21: Susan Hargrave: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 22: Alexander Kirk: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 23: Alexander Kirk 2: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script
 
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๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:1 Esteban: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:2 Mato: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:3 Miles McGrath: ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:4 Gaia ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:5 Lindquist Concern ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:6 The Thrushes ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:7 Dr Adrian Shaw ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:8 Dr Adrian Shaw Pt 2 ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:9 Lipet’s Seafood Company ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:10 The Forecaster ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:11 The Harem ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:12 Natalie Luca ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:13 Isabella Stone ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:14 The Architect ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:15 The Apothecary ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:16 Dembe Zuma ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:17 Requiem ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:18 Philomena ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:19 Dr Bogdan Krilov ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:20 The Debt Collector ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:21 Mr Kaplan ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script

๐Ÿ”ด Episode 4:22 Mr Kaplan Pt 2 ๐ŸŽฏ EW recap ยค ๐ŸŒ… Photo Gallery ยค ๐Ÿ“š Storybook ยค ๐Ÿ“’ Script
 
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  4. 4 jerry
    05/20/2016 at 10:03 pm

    Season 3 ends with the conclusion of the 2-part “Alexander Kirk” episode, and we are presented with Alexander Kirk (Mr. Rostova) asserting that he is the father of Masha (Elizabeth Keen), 28 years past. We may doubt, or believe, his words, but in either case, we must wait for the blizzard of accumulating (and conflicting) evidence that will flood Season 4 from a dozen sources. Regular viewers understand that reality is never revealed “by the spoken word” of a character, since, as Reddington warned us, “criminals always lie.” Churchill noted that the “Truth” must be protected by a bodyguard of lies, and this constant, strategic, dissembling by all the characters is the appealing essence of the Blacklist. Some manner of ineffable secret is sequestered just out of our reach and we watch, tantalized, by each revelatory crumb. Yes, some weeks we are fed empty calories. Other weeks are substantial. I am aware some viewers can’t stand this glacial pace of unveiling, which is why most viewers record the Blacklist to savor and scrutinize the juicy parts as the inessentials are bypassed. However, with these detail-crazed script writers, nuggets are hidden in the most mundane conversations. There are no inessentials. And isn’t this “obscuring of the relevant” in plain sight “for those with eyes to see” the characteristic torment of human life? Cassandra knew this ironic pain about “truth” as she was cursed with pure knowledge of the future, but doomed by the gods to be dismissed and disbelieved by everyone except …foreigners. The truth is all around us, and so often neglected, or worse, misinterpreted. As President Obama has notoriously observed, people spend years clinging to their Guns and their Bibles, and yet, for all their devotions, and inquiries, satisfaction is elusive. Our say our goal is coherent sensibility and (the mysterious) “closure.” But would we know it if we saw it? The central delusion of the Blacklist is that, at its center, there is an eternal, resonating TRUTH that we all will recognize and our time spent watching will be eventually validated, as with a New Age religion. (Wouldn’t it be utterly painful to realize, years hence, we are the butt of a Post-Modernist Reddington joke?) Perhaps villains have a different understanding of truth than do heroes with “solid” (respectable) reputations to uphold (such as Ressler, or Navabi). But consider: Reddington plugs lead each week into the guts of grandiose “New World Order” schemers and he hardly blinks, while his reputation is cemented. Does each dead villain shroud or expose the truth? Does the enigmatic Reddington want to corner the market on veracity, or does he want a monopoly on lies? Is there a measurable difference? There is no way of knowing. Does hoarding secrets make Reddington wealthier? Yes, he is a madman on the trail of his fixations, and we are along for the ride. So, what about this Alexander Kirk who needs transfusions of blood? The Alabaster statue above the enormous fireplace in Kirk’s Headquarters seems revered and significant but remains unidentified. However, there were in Reddington’s “secret” apartment framed photos of the “man who beat the Nazi’s”, renowned Soviet WW2 General Zhukov. It is my view that Elizabeth (Masha Rostova) is the offspring of Russian Royalty and a carrier of Haemophilia. Despite what Alexander Kirk says, he only “thinks” he is Liz’s biological father, and he will realize eventually that Masha’s blood is useless for an end to his bleeding. The Rostova’s (deep-cover cold-war Soviet sleeper agents) befriended Reddington while he was at the Naval Academy and attempted to turn him into a Double Agent. A Lover’s Triangle and pregnancy created a crisis that led to a disastrous fire, and Red’s defection to the underworld, where he became a Triple Agent playing all sides against each other. The ghostly, whiskey-loving (or Cognac-loving?) Grandfather of Masha, “Dom”, who Reddington visited in the wooded Dacha tells us that Reddington “made a mess of everything” which (we infer) pushed the disgraced grandfather into exile from the living. All this mayhem creates insufferable guilt for Reddington which he expiates by dispatching the villains who do not pay him homage. Which brings up the fate of the long-suffering Mr. Kaplan. She is like Prometheus, the fallen angel who thought she could challenge the gods, call the shots and bring illumination to the world, as she made plans to save Elizabeth/Masha. After all, isn’t her janitorial task to clean up the unsavory messes that Reddington creates? She was working within her job description, so Reddington cannot be too harsh with her. Or can he? Mr. Kaplan showed Hubris, and likewise with Prometheus, he was cast upon a stone to have his liver torn out each day, while it grew back each night. We are about to see the merciful side of Reddington, if any. Season 4 is around the corner.

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  5. 5 jerry
    05/18/2016 at 12:28 am

    The Blacklist story has taken a nourishing Shakespearean turn. To understand the last four episodes of season 3, we must adjust our goggles to see Red as the crazed King Macbeth (Murderer of King Duncan, the patriarch) returning (by taxi, and by opium) to his remembered “castle” to offer solace and rescue the besieged Lady Macbeth, Madame Rostova. Of course, ghostly Lady Rostova finally rescues Red by absolving Red of his guilt, telling him he made a hard (but wise) choice whisking Liz away to a “new” father. Have you noticed how Dead People are so forgiving when you conduct one-sided conversations? There is enough anguished hallucination for everyone connected with Red, in this fever dream, as he acts out the last anxious hours (allegedly) of Rostova’s life (beating, slashing, shocking, hacking, shooting bad guys) before she tries surfing in a cardigan. Let’s examine some other fascinating and pertinent details to corroborate this Bard upon Avon connection: A security officer named Duncan patrols “Jack’s Shack” Seaside Inn where Red cavorts with his mysterious counterpart fending against silhouetted barbarians. Red charms old Duncan with the idea that Red and “his lady” are not trespassers in this “mansion” that has fallen into disrepair, but rather “old friends” with the owner. “It’s a shame what happened to old Jack!” Officer Duncan agrees with Red’s bluffing about the decomposition of the mortals and the property. With bad guys dispatched, Red staggers off the beach muttering to a beach-comber “there is someone I must see,” after he pockets Rostova’s necklace covered in 20-years of sand. And, he truly means “I must see him” (as in, “figment of my imagination”), just as Lady Rostova-Macbeth is a succubus, a projection, an autonomous psychic construct contained solely in Red’s guilt-ridden collapsing Black Hole of a Mind. In the following “Artax Network” we see Red arrive at a vacant house, without electrical wires and without an automobile. These are clues the structure is long abandoned. And yet, Red walks inside this haunted house and whom does he instantly see to greet him? Masha Rostova’s Grandfather, who immediately intuits that his Grand-Daughter is dead and (most remarkably) he does not fly into a murderous rage. Instead, he takes the news well. So well in fact that the only conclusion I can draw is that this “Dom” is the patriarch (Former King Duncan) that Red himself murdered years ago, when he wrenched away Dom’s daughter and offspring at about the time of the fire and the death of Liz’s parents. This is “Dom”, the half-remembered ghost with whom Red must confess (so obliquely) various indiscretions. When Aram visits, who answers the door? It is a brain dead Reddington who rejects Aram’s request to return. Dom later tells Red that he “overheard the Arab boy”, yet Dom hid in the shadows looking amused as a disembodied voyeur. The most direct statement Red makes is that “You (Dom) can’t play much Rachmaninoff with this piano key missing!” And what do we see Red doing just before he visits the gravesite of Liz? He repairs the piano key in the derelict workshop covered in decades of dust, so that Dom can sit (with the discarnate rump) on the bench and play a ghostly requiem. At one point Dom says (to paraphrase) that he (Dom) can’t leave, and Red says there is nothing stopping you, Dom. To which Dom says, “You have people depending upon you.” This is Dom saying “I am a dead man, serving no one.” It is also a demand by the ghost that Red avenge this purported death of Liz, if your life, Red, has any meaning at all. In this Artax Network there were two exorcisms.

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    • 05/22/2016 at 10:15 am

      “Dom” also a ghost as well? It makes a lot of sense. Forgiveness from Katarina, “a way forward” from Dom. The visit to Dom did have a dreamlike quality to it. But are these two ghostly interventions sufficient to prepare Red for the utter rejection he receives from “those he holds dear” at the end of the finale? Red has collapsed into rubble for sure. I wonder what will arise from that rubble.

      I hope you will share any additional thoughts you have on the finale. My head is still reeling. I’m glad Liz is back, but wow, whatever can that relationship become now? Will Red go back to the dark side without Liz illuminating the “way home”?

      Thanks so much for your insights!

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  6. 7 jerry
    04/25/2016 at 9:36 pm

    This “Cape May” episode is a palate cleanser, a respite from hostile gunfire and breakneck exfiltrations of previous episodes revealing a deep (turbid) backstory bubbling inside the cauldron of Reddington’s head. It is also a fabulous example of the most moody chiaroscuro cinema ever seen on American television, reminiscent of the frigid and lucid imagery of Ingmar Bergman. This is a pure introspection measuring the feeling and understanding of a man whose batteries are dead who seeks the Greek “nepenthe”, the blessing of forgetting. We see, first, a doctor defending his medical decisions, risking a bullet from Red’s overused gun. The audience sees that Red appears to be losing his mind, when he barks an answer we have heard before: “Everyone dies someday” and we feel a new coldness in his voice as if these three words represent the final premise and ultimate conclusion echoing in his head 10,000 times in Liz’s absence, the most recent crossroads in his enigmatic life. From the shadows, we see Reddington role out of an opium den, his pain numbed by anodyne, told by the proprietor, “It’s too long for you, Mr. Red”, a motherly admonition, as if he were being gently scolded for being late for school. And, perhaps, that is exactly his precarious status. He stumbles away and groggily refuses his gun and holster as it is offered to him. For a man who is always prepared, perhaps he knows he is going to an ethereal space where no physical weapon of steel can save him. The proprietor shakes her head and watches him nearly hit by a cabbie who asks significantly, “do you want to get yourself killed?” From the look in Red’s eyes, the answer seems to be a definite “maybe” or at least “Cape May.” Not here will I dissect each scene. But I could, this delicious episode left such an impression. Red’s journey to Cape May has one purpose: to find something missing, a relief from pain, a resolution, an answer. The mystery woman feels so comfortable around Reddington, presumably a total stranger, that the audience is waiting for a “tip of the hat” of acknowledgement. Half-way through, when Red claims that he does not know the name of the woman whose life he wants to save, she snorts, “Raymond, don’t be ridiculous,” sounding like an impatient wife fed up with her husband after decades together. The look on his face is priceless, astonished that his impertinence was so obvious, his sincerity mistaken for sarcasm, again. This is the look of a husband confirmed as a fool. (Red Skelton said that married men aren’t always wrong, they’re just the first to know about it.) Reddington’s first glimpse from his deck chair of “the lady” striding into the surf is reminiscent of the Expressionism of Fritz Lang. Red’s eyes widen with instant recognition, hardly a moment passing before he is bounding into a wave, verifying that it is a supernatural dream-time he has entered to save his soul as he saves this luminous succubus. Another dream-like attribute is her fragile sensitivity offset by her bestial savagery in hand-to-hand combat, both startling and strangely comforting, proving that Reddington has chosen well. Of course, the ending where she absolves him of any crime or misjudgment is the culmination of this most-favored hallucination. I love this episode.

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    • 04/30/2016 at 9:10 am

      Jerry โ€“ It reminded me of Bergman, too! What a marvelous thought piece on this episode. I copied your previous posts over to the “Scribblings” section. But what I would really like to know is if I could set up a column for you, and list it under “Featured.” Your thoughts deserve to be widely read. I’ve wanted this blog to be about “serious analysis” and your work is exactly that. What do you think?

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      • 9 jerry
        05/01/2016 at 12:26 pm

        Sure thing. As long as I am anonymous.

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        • 05/04/2016 at 8:50 pm

          Is “Jerry” okay, or another name? (I don’t use my actual name anywhere on social media). Or pick another? If I just used “Anonymous” it would seem like you’re more than one (brilliant) individual. Anyway, I want you to feel no pressure about doing this. Just comment as you feel inspired, post under “About” and I will copy into separate post and bring to people’s attention.

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      • 11 jerry
        05/01/2016 at 3:53 pm

        Emotional dead-ends, bleak, doomed, anguished: August Strindberg’s work has influenced whomsoever is writing these episodes, and Strindberg was an influence on Bergman. So, the trajectory will be downward, circling the drain. You aren’t related to Lizzie Borden or Alice Bailey are you?

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  7. 13 Jerry
    03/15/2016 at 7:38 pm

    Here’s an angle that may further illuminate the Blacklist Mystery: the hat that “Red” wears may indicate his status and suggest a motive in his perambulations. I have seen his head-gear described as a Fedora, but it definitely is NOT a Fedora. In the galaxy of sartorial taxonomy, his hat is correctly termed a “Trilby” which also is the name of a young woman who was under the hypnotic spell of a mystical man named Svengali in a long-standing and troubling (and misunderstood) relationship. Suddenly I’m thinking of the scene in Chinatown where Jack Nicholson is trying to pierce the apparent prevarication of Faye Dunnaway about her relationship with “my sister, my daughter…”. Maybe things are a bit more lurid than we expected. More on this to come….

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  9. 15 Jerry
    02/26/2016 at 2:30 am

    Here are the incidents in The Caretaker: Germans angered by potent Secrets held among the dead from decades before. Prisoner imposters holding hostages. Lawyers and hostages. Terrorists and hostages. (JFK correctly claimed children hold us hostage to the future.). Governments and hostages. All cemented together by secrets. A man who lives in a cemetery, fed through tubes as he holds the keys to the kingdom as if he were a Gnome of Zurich, the king of Swiss Bank Accounts, and the thing that holds him hostage is his misperceived memories. (So it is for all?). And all this is a metaphor describing Tom and Liz, with their faulty perceptions about who they are, and the tantalizing mystery that creates the irrational attraction they have for each other… Their secrets protected by a bodyguard of lies. The episode began with an incident pulled from the headlines keeping it topical. What does it all mean? Only from the end episode looking backward will this episode fully make sense. Otherwise it is as ineluctable as a dream, or a Republican Debate.

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  10. 16 Jerry
    02/19/2016 at 7:40 am

    Drexel episode is social commentary on the neutralization and commodification of privacy in a world where video feeds (unknown and known to us) hold us hostage, often facilitated by our need to belong to “networks” via privacy-absorbing security cameras and mobile devices. The plotline is ominous, lurid and paranoid, reminescent of the the troubling psycho-sexual issues faced by Deborah Harry and James Woods in Videodrome, where a complex underworld of digital predators, scavangers and parasites created a black market trading on the manipulation of the ever dwindling and freely-willed human mind. In both Drexel and Videodrome, the threats of state voyuerism are “constants”, omnipresent and inextinguishable. Drexel is apprehended but nothing is solved and future intrusions (by private or public sector agents) are inevitable…because inquiring minds want to know. We are trapped by our own gossip… As we are mocked in our fixations, watching Tom escape prosecution because Liz’ doctor friend snitched to Reddington and ” Red” inscrutably provided angelic intervention so Liz could choose to keep her baby. I feel so used.

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  11. 17 Jerry
    02/16/2016 at 10:32 pm

    I was refreshing myself with Aristotle’s Poetics today. He seems to think “episodes” were too pedestrian to be considered worthy of “truth” that humans can reveal through their “imitations” of life… Yet, here we are with Red Reddington. I think I know why I like the show, to modify a Margaret Thatcher quote: “in all relationships, eventually you run out of other people’s oxytocin.”. We are trying to find out what catastrophe bonded Red to Liz. My oxytocin would have worn out years ago, if otherwise unkindled. I think I like Poetics….

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  12. 19 Jerry
    02/12/2016 at 12:09 am

    Red gets to be a genuine hero in “Lady Ambrosia” which is a darker retelling of the Greek Elysium Mystery Religion. The overmanagememt of childbearing depicted foreshadows the next era, when government hatcheries will be the only authorized method of reproduction, to reclaim genetic health of humanity, offsetting many pollutants including gene altering viruses worse than thalidomide. I am glad the episode ended with an upbeat tone, even Tom returning from the dead.

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    • 02/22/2016 at 4:36 am

      I have such nightmares myself, exacerbated by having worked in genomics research. If you’ve looked at all at the bibliographies on this site, you will have noticed that “normal” is not where creative talent tends to come from. In fact, western culture as a whole owes a huge debt to iconoclasts, loners and outsiders. “The madman and the poet and the lover” being closely connected, as Shakespeare observed.

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  13. 21 jerry
    02/06/2016 at 10:01 am

    I’ m reading this (Alistair Pitt) episode as a deep political metaphor. On its crude surface, it is a profane marriage, impossible to conceive (!) Yet, universally contemplated as reasonable, so bereft of scruples are these belligerents it is apparent these two families know nothing about love and life but everything about the Potemkin Village of their craven desires. At the “deep level” this is the 21st Century narrative of how a civilization distributes drugs to its citizens for purposes of 1) control, 2) stigmatization, 3) stratification, and 4) Darwinian (eugenic) Selection. As these four goals are achieved in incremental levels of efficiency, certain consolidation is required. Hence, this “marriage” of two drug distribution families that turns into a bloodbath. I would expect the number one Blacklister is the cloistered “Medical Information Bureau” which controls all our medical data, ergo, it is in the unique position of “managing” your “health.”… with the latest covert plasmid or endocrine inhalant. I loved this episode at its more fertile substrate.

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  14. 22 Jerry
    01/29/2016 at 12:26 am

    Vehm episode is macabre, but meaningful. Red meets each pathological challenge in kind. Mixing Vatican P2 scandal with Red’s criminal overreach (asking an interrogatee to song a campfire song!), makes a weird blend. Aram’s fixation on Navabi is getting spooky. And the pro-life stance is refreshing, although I doubt Liz will ultimately follow through on her wish to offer her child up for adoption, given those buckets of oxytocin washing through her system. What kind of Neilson ratings does this show get in Moscow, home of the Zhukov’s and Rostova’s? I still expect that wizard, Leonard Caul, to protect Liz with electrified nanobeads, Deus-Ex-Machina -style, out of nowhere. Oh well.

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    • 01/31/2016 at 5:40 am

      I wrote a piece on this blog “What is thd Cabal?” โ€“ by far my most popular article. For several months after it’s appearance last June, Russia had the 11th or 12th highest number of hits on this blog. (About 45% of the traffic here is non-US.) Lately, Russia’s fallen back into the 20-somethings. I’m curious as to whether these were Americans working in Russia or people in the Politburo trying to understand how Americans think about Russia!

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      • 24 jerty
        02/06/2016 at 10:38 am

        After modest internet searching I discovered that Mockba enjoys the mirror that America hold up to Moscow and through reductive extrapolation, Russians are amused by the implications of this camera obscura. Since it explains more about the self image of America (insofar as this image is a function of our intelligence agency apparatus). Russians are romantic and enjoy a good mystery, even if it is at their expense. The same can be said about anyone (or any country) who is passionate about the game of chess: they hate their fathers (Lenin, Stalin, Putin).

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  15. 25 jerry
    01/22/2016 at 8:42 pm

    Loved “Gregory DeVry” episode. Reminded me of Richard Burton upstaging Nazis in “Where Eagles Dare” with criminal charades, double identities and triple agents. I approve of Red’s disdain for Tom. Red should undermine Tom’s influence on Liz pulling from the CIA’s pharmacologia with an application of surreptitious “negative vitamins” to degrade Tom’s cognitive powers, pushing him over the edge emotionally for a cul-de-sac of tail chasing, circling the drain, and self destruction.

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  17. 27 Jerry
    01/19/2016 at 10:16 pm

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    The (Blacklist’s) clockwork plots tick away, finely detailed and textured as an antidote to this breezy world of vague insinuations and catty gossip. Red Reddington (as Jefferson, or Paine) could not be less idealst or revolutionary has designed his Blacklist at no better time (based as it is on the 1963 expose of the mafia by Joseph Valachi that allowed the FBI to subsume its rival and use the mob against itself. This betrayal by Valachi siding as he did with USAtty Gen RFK may have been the motive behind JFKs assassination by the mob, et al.) So what’s next? I like tangled plot points and twisted multistage denouement. Can we expect a Dopplegangar Reddington Spawned to undermine Stock Markets, and “New World Odors?” Does Reddington have a twin from Mengele’s Patagonian Lab prepared to attack in a flanking maneuver? Using Napoleon’s DNA? Or Rasputin’s? (the man the Romanov’s couldn’t kill?).

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  23. 34 jerry
    11/26/2015 at 1:05 am

    I reviewed the data you have collected on oxytocin. This is impressive. You imply here and their that oxytocin and related brain chemicals are the source of human dramaturgy (rising action, irony, mirth, tragedy, denouement, etc) It is the center stage and our skull the proscenium arch. I will check particulars noted with my 23&Me account SNPs. As the chemical that binds humans together at varying levels of intensity, lest we not forget that our interaction with each other provokes oxytocin production and concurrent manifestations. So the wellspring of interactions could be (almost) inexhaustible. I see the full moon is out again. Thanks again for this resource.

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    • 12/02/2015 at 11:11 pm

      I’m glad you like that. Between oxytocin and mirror cells, I think it may be possible to write a biochemical poetics. Lol โ€“ but I’m only half unserious. I think I may try โ€ฆ

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    • 01/31/2016 at 5:49 am

      I note in that article that countries in the Far East (China, Japan) have populations w lower levels of the oxytocin-related genes than in the West but also have lower occurrences of mental illness. A couple days ago, NYT featured an article on research shedding light on the genes implicated in schizophrenia. Indeed, oxytocin is said to influence the expression of this disorder. Fasciinating stuff.

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  28. 42 jerry
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    I liked this installment immensely, since it placed in concrete what had been merely drifting past our eyeballs these past few weeks. It is now certain that the CIA Director and Cabal stooge will try to neutralize Liz with prejudice. (So that in the next episode…) When escape seems impossible, Red will bring Leonard Caul into the picture with some exfiltration, MKULTRA peptide to erase enough brain cells to allow LIz to find sanctuary. I should hope it to be… This was the “Deliverance” narrative, as Red endures the indulgence of his inferiors, mere rascals and underfed highwaymen….11-19-2015 episode (Kings of the Road) …Dembe’s devotion is a noble highlight, as well as the homage to “LA Confidential” (the whispered name of an interloper as the FBI honcho lay dying) and the homage to Pulp Fiction as the audience is unable to see the mesmerizing contents of the briefcase containing the so-called billion dollar “Care Package.” Then the capture of Liz by Ressler, an anticlimax, as I see it. They are painting the Persian IT Wiz as an Aspberger’s since he is seemingly unable to contain his jealousy when he discovers his “girl” Navabi may have timeshared with Ressler. How long has he been away from Teheran?

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  33. 47 jerry
    10/27/2015 at 7:52 am

    Leonard Caul should showcase tetrahertz penetrating radar to see through walls, SQUID devices that act as fMRI (functional MRI) to detect brain activity to gauge prevarication or sincerity, identifier nano-beads to track who touched what, and pheromones (ala MKULTRA) to make people become irrational, fixated, OCD, monomania, or (conversely) nebulous, scattered, amnesic; miniature laboratory telemetric raman spectroscopy to analyze (in real time) smoke, breath, dust, fingerprints for exudate that indicates toxicology levels…Fake cell-tower (STINGRAY) for data collection;

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    • 11/01/2015 at 3:39 am

      Let me know if any of the tech stuff they describe is way off. I usually check the medical claims. I like them to stay in touch with the feasible not spin off into outer space.

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      • 49 jerry
        11/07/2015 at 12:47 pm

        This was a proudly feasible “Transhumanist” episode (11-5-15 – Sir Crispin) and was great with its legal/ethical ruminations. Please, CONSIDER for spin-off episode: Reddington needs to “fake his death” as an element in as future episode… As an exploitable innovation on the cryogenic theme, behold, the human “diving reflex” that we share with other mammals (dolphins, otters, whales) triggered when we are plunged into 30 degree water. Our brain shuts down into suspended animation and we can last for 90 minutes without normal respiration, as cardiac (metabolic) function slows to near zero. Many cases of children (under 8 years old) who after near freezing are brought “back to life without harm.” Previously believed to be evidenced only in children, an example of a 15-year old who stowed away in the wheel well of a jet from San Jose to Hawaii proves it can be triggered in older humans, perhaps stimulated by an endocrine stimulating drug, or hyper-oxygenated fluid.

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