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07
May
17

๐Ÿ”ด Review: Unpacking The Blacklist

 

๐Ÿ”ด Book Review: “Unpacking The Blacklist”

 
Review: Unpacking “The Blacklist”: Season 1 Interpreted
Author: G Walter Bush
Publication Date: April 23, 2017
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2qOCqce
 

โญ• “A real find for fans as well as scholars” โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

 
I got this book about a week ago and consumed it in a day. Although it is a book of literary-style analysis, it is very easy to understand as the author provides all the necessary background. I laughed when I saw that the first chapter was titled “Ahab” and the last “Proust.” Of course, Red Reddington is Ahab, on a quest to conquer a past which unjustly crippled him. I have never read Proust, in part because I was always under the impression that it would be too daunting. But, the author quickly comes to his point. First, remember when, in the Anslo Garrick episode when Red gives Ressler a field transfusion? As his own blood enters Ressler’s veins, Red asks him “Donald! Donald! Feeling any wittier yet? Any strange cravings for Beluga caviar or Marcel Proust?” Red is trying, of course, to entertain Ressler as well as to revive him. He is both celebrating as well as mocking his own erudition and tastes. This leads into a discussion of the famous “One more time” monologue which the author brightens with insight and clarity.
 
But in the final chapter the author goes further. He describes Proust’s theory of memory and relates that to Red’s struggle with the past and his quest to reclaim and reshape it. Such observations and insights make this book a rare find and a delight to read.
 
Although the approach the author takes is to elucidate the “text” of The Blacklist โ€“ in other words, the script โ€“ he also addresses stagecraft and there is an entire chapter on cinematography in which he delves things like the association of Liz with light and the use of mirror imaging and framing.
 
This is the first book of several planned, one for each season. This volume focuses on the major characters, Red, Liz, Cooper, Ressler, etc. Ressler’s chapter is playfully โ€“ and astutely โ€“ titled “Wrestler” (another aha! moment). Yet the author freely reaches ahead to developments in subsequent seasons on the way to crafting an overarching view of the series.
 
This book would fit easily into a college curriculum on serialized dramas of the new “Golden Age of Television,” for although it is accessible to any fan of the show, it meets all the requirements of serious literary analysis. Unlike shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander” which began as novels, The Blacklist has no prior incarnation. Yet it displays impressive writing, remarkable erudition, and seriousness of purpose as it delves into history, politics, science, and even reflections on literature and art. It is an ambitious, epic project rarely attempted within the demanding constraints of broadcast television. As such, it deserves the kind of elucidation provided by this study. Fans wishing for new insights into The Blacklist will enjoy this book. Students of serialized drama will return to it again and again as an example for how to write about the dramatic arts.
 
โ€“ Review posted on Amazon, May 7, 2017: http://amzn.to/2pPAnpC
 

About the Author:
Holding degrees in literature from two institutions, Westmont College (B.A.) and the University of California, Irvine (M.A.), G. Walter Bush has spent his life analyzing texts. His analysis of movies and television shows began with his masters thesis devoted to Ridley Scott’s classic science fiction movie “Blade Runner”. Unpacking “The Blacklist” Season 1 is his third book, following former Amazon TV:Guides & Reviews bestsellers Unpacking “Chuck” and Unpacking “Chuck” 2.0. He is already at work on the Season 2 installment of Unpacking “The Blacklist”. He lives with his family in Southern California. โ€“ Amazon
06
Oct
15

๐Ÿ”ด Whose “intentions” matter?

 

๐Ÿ”ด Whose “Intentions” Matter?

October 6, 2015

Essay on Artists’ Intentions: 3:2 The Troll Farmer

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06
Jul
15

๐Ÿ”ด Review: Image Editing Apps

 

๐Ÿ”ด Review: Image Editing Apps

 
July 7, 2015
 
I looked at around 60 image processing apps for a basic set I could use for working with photos (mostly low-light screenshots) for Twitter and for this blog. I work on an iPad mini and have a large collection of 24,000 pics, about half of which are about The Blacklist (yeah, I know). So my comments are relevant mostly to iPad and Apple users. This assumes starting with iOS as the operating system and iPhoto as the basic image storage and editing app. Unfortunately, iPhoto does not do everything.(1)
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15
Jun
15

๐Ÿ”ด Review of Reviews

 

๐Ÿ”ด Review of Reviews

 
Nothing bothers me more than snarky reviews. Or reviews that seem intended to show how knowledgable the reviewer is rather than tell me something insightful about the show. So I thought I’d turn the tables and review the reviewers. I found all The Blacklist season finale [2:22 Tom Connolly] reviews that showed up on the my first two Google pages and graded them for how helpful and insightful I thought they were.

Maybe even more useful, I took at look at their internet sites and graded those, too. Here, I was looking for functionality as well as for organization and interest.
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24
May
15

๐Ÿ”ด S2 Unanswered Questions

 

๐Ÿ”ด S2 Unanswered Questions

 
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21
May
15

๐Ÿ”ด Looking Ahead to Season 3

 

๐Ÿ”ด Looking Ahead to Season 3

 
May 20, 2015
 

 
Here is James Spader on Red and Liz’s evolving relationship:

Q: “Looking back over Season 2, in what ways would you say that the relationship between Liz and Reddington has changed?
James Spader: In terms of that relationship, it has its hills and valleys and I think it has to continue to be that way. Itโ€™s a very, very complicated relationship between the two of them. As much as she doesnโ€™t know the true nature of their relationship, I think itโ€™s quite equitable for Reddington as well because I think heโ€™s trying to grasp a hold of what the true nature of their relationship is now. Forget the past, regardless of what that the past represents. What is the nature of their relationship now and what are even the possibilities of a relationship with her. I think heโ€™s enormously conflicted that heโ€™s there. He certainly has a protective instinct but by the same token he does bring an awful lot of crisis and strife to her life. And I think he probably wrestles with that quite a lot.”

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24
Mar
15

๐Ÿ”ด For the Love of Lizzington

10
Mar
15

๐Ÿ”ด Season Two Review

 

๐Ÿ”ด Review: Season Two of The Blacklist is even

ยค better than Season One

 
March 10, 2015
 
The glue that holds this show together is the mysterious relationship between Elizabeth “Liz” Keen and the enigmatic, irreverent Raymond, “Red” Reddington. The second season is better in many ways than the first. The bad guys are more realistic and the plot lines explore the realm of international politics and important domestic issues. The research into the background of the procedural aspects of the show holds up well, making it “educational TV” for an America naive about matters like neurobiological research, human trafficking, the “down” side of capitalism and the dangers of secret international agendas (electronic surveillance, the various threats to national sovereignty and insidious threats to security) that threaten democracy. Red’s values come into better focus as matters from his past turn out to have national and international implications.
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04
Jan
15

๐Ÿ”ด Passion & Passivity: Four Films

 

๐Ÿ”ด Passion & Passivity

 
Jan 18, 2015
 

Crash, directed by David Cronenberg (1996).
sex, lies and videotape, directed by Steven Soderbergh (1990).
Bad influence, directed by Curtis Hanson (1990).
Secretary, directed by David Shainberg (2002).
 
I’ve been watching some James Spader films from the 1980s and 1990s (to fill the time until The Blacklist starts up again). My response has not been what I expected, especially to Crash, ‘sex, lies & videotape’ and also, Bad Influence and Secretary. This group seems to have a certain coherence, thematically. In all of these, I would say James Spader plays an innocent, even a sexual innocent. I am not saying he is sexually naive, but rather is caught up in situations in which sexuality is an externalized, even emasculating force with which he is trying to cope. In both Crash & sex, lies & videotape, he struggles with impotence; also in both of these, he is just gorgeous, almost feminized at times. He is, in both, more the subject of seduction than its perpetrator. In key scenes in each the camera lingers on his wavy blonde hair and handsome face.
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28
Dec
14

๐Ÿ”ด James Spader as Outsider

 

๐Ÿ”ด James Spader as Outsider

โ€“โ€“ Boston Legal to The Blacklist

 
Jan 7, 2015
 
In Boston Legal (ABC, 2004-2008), James Spader played Alan Shore, an often politically incorrect advocate in many cases involving “lost causes” (most of which, in the make-believe world of the Crane, Poole & Schmidt law firm, he actually won). His penchant for clarity and honesty was his weakness & his strength. In perhaps the most memorable episode, he even told “The Court Supreme” exactly what they needed to hear about the death penalty. Even his sexism was funny & endearing because it was โ€“ hey! โ€“ sincere. During the Bush years, Alan Shore’s truth-telling buoyed many a despondent liberal in the face of what Stephen Colbert dubbed “Truthiness”.
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04
Dec
14

Review: The Inscrutible Red Reddington [Hiatus]

โ€œI 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 http://bit.ly/1qo9R3n

“If you don’t make any attempt to show the audience anything, then the audience wants to look further and further and further and further… And I think that’s what [Red] does โ€“ he doesn’t show a great deal, but he draws you to look further in…”
โ€“ James Spader, Talk Stoop interview (9/2/2014) http://bit.ly/1zlb232
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24
Nov
14

2:6 Mombasa: Megan Boone’s acting is fine (10/27/2014)

Megan Boone’s acting is just fine. In the comment version of the first season pilot, it was said that when they showed a first cut to an audience, the audience wanted a “softer” Liz, so they softened her character. I wouldn’t want her like Claire Danes in Homeland for instance. Whatever Red & Liz’s relationship ends up being, it’s the inexplicable fascination of an intriguing older man for a capable but inexperienced (and lovely) younger woman that gives the show its mystery and tension.
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