Posts Tagged ‘Berlin

25
Jun
15

🔴 Script: 2:2 Monarch Douglas Bank

 

🔴 Script: 2:2 Monarch Douglas Bank

 
Last updated: 6/28/2015 12:25 pm CDT, Program air date: 9/29/2014 in the US
Script Status = FINAL; reviewed and additional edits made 7/6/2016
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1e0
Slideshow: https://youtu.be/AvQnWSuwmjo (8/10/2015)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1Js7a9f
 
Blurb: Monarch Douglas Bank, the preferred bank of the criminal elite, has been robbed – but no money was taken. Red’s ex-wife, Naomi Hyland, has been captured by Berlin who promises to send her back “piece by piece.”
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Paul A Edwards
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, Kristen Reidel, Amanda Kate Shuman, Daniel Knauf
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21
Jun
15

🔴 Script: 2:3 Dr James Covington

 

🔴 Script: 2:3 Dr James Covington

 
Last updated: 6/25/2015 12:25 pm CDT, Program air date: 10/6/2014 in the US
Script Status = FINAL w Twitter Links
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1cY
Slideshow: https://youtu.be/Gpu4xFPqa28 (pending 7/25/2015)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1frAiQX
 
Blurb: Illegal organ transplantation is keeping children – and criminals – alive. Red faces disloyalty in his ranks. Samar Navabi joins the Task Force. Liz has a dream. Red and Naomi Hyland reconnect after 20 years.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, Lukas Reiter, JR Orci
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12
Jun
15

🔴 Script: 2:7 The Scimitar

 

🔴 Script: 2:7 The Scimitar

 
Last updated: 6/13/2015 1:15 am CDT, Program air date: 11/3/2014 in the US
Script Status = FINAL with Twitter image links
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-19T
Slideshow Link: http://youtu.be/MJ_yeQJNkdw
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1GA5XKl
 
Blurb: Samar killed one of Iran’s nuclear scientists and the Iranians are now out to kill one from the U.S. Liz is interrogating Tom on a rusty ship, and Berlin is about to receive a delivery which may alter his war with Red.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director:Karen Gaviola
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, JR Orci, Lucas Reiter
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28
May
15

🔴 Script: 2:8 The Decembrist

 

🔴 Script: 2:8 The Decembrist

 
Last updated: 5/28/2015 12:45 pm CDT, Program air date: 11/10/2014 in the US
Script Status = FINAL with Twitter image links (7/30/2015)
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-13k
Slideshow links: Part A: https://youtu.be/TvKqZEZd3HA & Part B: https://youtu.be/sDx2741TUoo (8/1/2015); (Earlier version, May:) http://youtu.be/aeD6oBAJxoE
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1PPGfHI
 
Blurb: Red and Berlin head to Moscow looking for The Decembrist, who falsely blamed Red for murdering Berlin’s daughter. Alan Fitch tells Red he will be in trouble with his alliance (later called “The Cabal”) if he does not possess The Fulcrum. Red confronts Liz about Tom.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Michael Watkins
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath
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04
May
15

🔴 What is “The Cabal”?

01
May
15

🔴 Script: 2:20 Quon Zhang

 

🔴 Script: 2:20 Quon Zhang

 
Last updated: 6/21/2015 6:10 am CDT, Program air date: 4/30/2015 in the US
Script Status = FINAL (w image-linked Tweets added)
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-RL
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/xVlAjrRDngs (8/4/2015)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1FCxquK
 
Blurb: Liz prevails on Red for information about the photo of the woman with the small girl she found in Red’s secret flat. Red captures a cabal member to get information on an upcoming attack and a smuggler of dead bodies reveals he’s just smuggled in one very much alive.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Karen Gaviola
Writers: J.R. Orci, Lukas Reiter
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13
Mar
15

🔴 Script: 2:15 The Major

 

🔴 Script: 2:15 The Major

 
Last updated: 5/30/2015, Program originally aired 3/12/2015 in the US
Status: FINAL
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-It
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/E5lrQRMY1Tw (8/3/2015)
Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1Fb1w7m
 
Blurb: Red wants compensation from The Major, the man who provided Tom for him to keep an eye on Liz – but not to get involved. Liz testifies in chambers about the Harbormaster’s murder. Dembe cautions Red that it’s time to tell Liz.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Michael Watkins
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, Lukas Reiter
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21
Jan
15

🔴 “Dramatus Interruptus”

20
Jan
15

🔴 Biomimetics Bibliography

28
Dec
14

🔴 James Spader as Outsider

 

🔴 James Spader as Outsider

–– 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 – hey! – 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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19
Dec
14

🔴 Fathomless Eyes

“… a submissive, sorrowful contemplation of the great irremediable things …”
Caption source: Jerusha McCormack (2013): Poem on the Mountain: A Chinese Reading of Yeats’s ‘Lapis Lazuli’ http://bit.ly/1AzmRTu

 

🔴 Fathomless Eyes: Neurobiology of the Gaze

 
Jan 7, 2015
 

“Love pierces the heart through the gaze of the eyes”

 

I can’t stop looking at James Spader’s face. I’ve noticed I am not alone in this… It’s as though there were 1000 masks, each one capturing *perfectly* an emotion you didn’t even know existed but that you instantly recognize, and he moves flawlessly from one to the next, sometimes donning several in a second. There must be a name for what he does – micro-acting? I think I saw “close camera acting” somewhere. Anyway, he has nailed it. I am riveted.
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02
Dec
14

[Hiatus:] Georgia Guidestones & the Super Bowl (12/2/2014)

[cross-posted rom WSJ Speakeasy blog http://on.wsj.com/1ranJJc search by time stamp]

@BC wrote (7:24 pm November 26, 2014): “…Liz has something ‘living’ under her scar. If she dies, then so does whats under there. Why she’s the ‘chosen one’ and why Red said he’s going to make her famous is because she’s the one who has the ANTIDOTE to the evil plan being hatched by the Alliance in 2017…”
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29
Nov
14

[Hiatus:] Tom and Red, again (11/29/2014)

@Belle, I re-read your post on how/why Tom may have worked for Red. It definitely lays out as good a case as can be made. The writers love to “surprise” (jerk around?) the viewers, so I think there is a good chance they may being choosing this route. I found your walk-through soothing in a way.
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27
Nov
14

🔴 2:8 Decembrist: Red, The Stewmaker & Redemption

@Belle My take on the return of the Stewmaker: Fitch had the Stewmaker send the picture to Red to make him let him know that someone (turns out, Berlin) would be coming after him for the supposed death of “the girl” (Zoë). It may have been that threat that prompted Red to leave Liz with Sam to protect her and to flee because he “believed his life was in danger.”
Continue reading ‘🔴 2:8 Decembrist: Red, The Stewmaker & Redemption’

26
Nov
14

2:8 Decembrist: Stories, Dreams & Spoilers (11/24/2014)

@A.M. @Belle The long post I did on “what happened Red’s family?” (Nov 23 at 3:00 am!) also reached the conclusion that the year of “Bloody Christmas” may have been earlier, perhaps 1987 when Liz was four. I also speculated that Naomi might have had something to do with it and that the memory of “Bloody Christmas” may been why Red didn’t show up in 1990. Remember when he told Madeline Pratt that it was “the reason I haven’t shown up a lot of places over the years.” I’m glad we’re independently reaching the the same general idea. It still doesn’t synch with the age of the little ballet dancer. Who she is remains a mystery. Military academy attendees are not allowed to be married or have dependents. But the writers may not have known that.
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26
Nov
14

🔴 What happened to Red’s family?

 

🔴 What Happened to Red’s Family?

 
http://bit.ly/2FiKAzC

What happened to Red’s family? Here’s what I know.

⋙ Diane Fowler: I know the truth, Red, about that night – about what happened to your family. Do you want to know the truth?
Red: More than anything in the world. But if you know the truth, Diane, then somebody else does, too. [shoots her several times] http://bit.ly/1HzBdsu

 
The biggest overarching question in the story is what tragedy happened to Red’s family, and also, importantly, who that ‘family’ was. It can’t be Naomi & Jennifer – they’re alive. Did Red marry Naomi later? Was the second marriage a ‘cover’?
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25
Nov
14

2:8 Decembrist: Fitch & Tom? Huh? (11/16/2014)

@Belle I had also concluded that Fitch was doing the surveillance. It would make sense that Fitch would be surveillancing Liz because of his interest in Red, but this dialogue threw me off:

[ Door opens where they are monitoring video feeds from Liz & Tom’s house ]
– Oh, the one night you’re on time. I was really looking forward to the make-up sex.
– Do you believe he’s innocent?
– It can’t be that simple, right? The only thing that’s clear to me is that he [Tom] doesn’t work for Reddington.[!]
– Well, then, who the hell DOES he work for?
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25
Nov
14

2:8 Decembrist: Rant – Character vs Plot (11/14/2014)

@Belle Thank you for your thoughtful response and entirely plausible theory. I regretted posting that as soon as I did. It was late, I was tired. It’s true I stopped watching Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones, but there other reasons, too. The fact is, I will likely keep watching The Blacklist just to watch Spader’s incredible acting. I am annoyed at the long hiatus and at something Jon Bokenkamp said in an interview: essentially, that the showrunners try to constantly upend viewers’ expectations. Sure, that keeps it engaging to watch, but it seems to go against character development, Liz’s bizarre (and unbelievable) imprisonment of Tom being a great example. I’m not the only one:

“NBC, plots are one thing. You can draw people in with interesting plots. But it’s the CHARACTERS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS that keep people interested. It’s Writing 101. Pretty sure half of your fanbase is better at it than you. If you keep this shit up, I guarantee you, the ratings are going to drop tremendously once you make the shift to Thursday nights.” http://bit.ly/1uf1PrB

You likely have read The Rolling Stone interview about James Spader’s upending the production schedule over what the writers were doing with his character in the Anslo Garrick episodes last year http://rol.st/XJRtDS. I guess I sense a lot of tension between Spader and the creative staff. I also saw a series of tweets between Megan Boone and a reviewer with her expressing concerns about the way her character was written. I don’t know what the proper mix is. My background is literary criticism, where you’re always dealing with a finished work. The stresses of doing a TV series of this caliber must be enormous. I really want this show to be a great success. It has all the potential. I just hope they keep the characters coherent and relatable. They could have done more with both the Fitch and Berlin characters and it’s a shame they’ve made it impossible to revive them while literally resurrecting Tom from the dead and – according to one interview, signed up for next season http://rol.st/XJRtDS. I actually find Tom boring and un-sexy and stupid as an antagonist to Red. (I realize there are those on this blog who really like Tom…)

I hope the showrunners decide on whether they want the audience to be more engaged than startled. This blog has been all about engagement, trying to use the clues the show provides to guess where it’s going. The question of Zoë’s identity is a good example (timeline issues aside). An attentive, engaged viewer could pretty much figure it out from the clues provided. But, when they do things like Pepper’s key, with no context so the NBC staff have tell us it’s important, or like turning what Red took from Fitch from “some very damaging information” to an enigmatic “thing” in the course of a single episode – it reeks of too much emphasis on goofy plot twists that leave character coherence and thematic development in the lurch.

I hope the actors – who really have to put the meat on the bones of these characters – continue to make their voices heard, especially Spader. Usually, I’d say the writers should have creative control, but if they treat characters like sacks of flour to toss around, actors like Spader need to speak up. He can easily find another project at this point. I would primarily be afraid he’d leave TV entirely for film or the stage (as he has in the past). It would be a great loss for TV, but he would either get paid more (film) or not have to work as hard (stage) – both of which he deserves. Better than spending Thanksgiving on the phone arguing with Jon Bokenkamp.

Rant over – I hope ♡ ૂི•̮͡• ૂ ྀ♡…
P.S. Why doesn’t Red just kill Tom?

[Cross-posted at WSJ speakeasy]

24
Nov
14

2:8 Decembrist: What’s up with Tom & Red? (11/12/2014)

@JBlitz Are you saying Red was also interrogating Tom when he was in the boat? I always thought Red knew Liz had Tom & I suppose the idea that Red wouldn’t figure out where Tom was and pay off the guard for access to him strains credulity. But Red seemed pretty shocked by the mess in the boat… Sometimes I feel like the writers throw in something gratuitous for shock value and figure they’ll deal with it later….
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24
Nov
14

2:8 Decembrist: Tom was working for Red? (11/11/2014)

Tom’s having worked for Red doesn’t make much sense. Twice he was about to kill him:
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24
Nov
14

2:7 Scimitar: Misc Q&A (11/4/2014)

@Hanna The spot after The Voice’s super-high ratings gives a boost to new shows. They are moving The Blacklist to Thursdays because they think it has developed its own strong viewership that will follow it to the new time slot. That lets them use the coveted Monday slot for State of Affairs.
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24
Nov
14

2:7 Scimitar: Finally, an answer… about Zoë (11/4/2014)

Great episode. We finally got an answer to Something: Berlin in Zoë’s father. The scene where Zoë told Red about her father doing terrible things was really moving. Red knew he had to deliver her to Berlin to stop the “war” despite what her feelings about it might be, or his own. Best delivered two lines in the episode: “What have you done?” “I’m not going to hurt you.” The words seem pretty plain, – until you see them acted.

So Red is Lizzie’s father (?) based on his discussion first with Zoë and, later, with Berlin – though we’re told it’s still “complicated.” I guess it’s still vaguely possible he’s talking about Jennifer, but we have not even been introduced to her. With Berlin no longer a threat to Lizzie, will Red tell her? Or do other threats remain. Does Lizzie even want to know? There must be a surprise or two planned for next week. (Will Red ask Liz if she likes anchovies?)

The story of ‘what happened to Red’s family’ that Diane Fowler knew about is still unknown. Was the Christmas story with “blood everywhere” true? Where was the fire that burned Lizzie & Red? Why did Red leave his former life? Lots of big questions still. More immediately: who came up with story that Red killed Zoë, and why?

Meanwhile, Samar has become a murderer and Lizzie is considering it.

I will miss The Blacklist while it’s on break very much. Without question, this is the best drama series I have ever seen, and the competition (eg The Sopranos, Homeland, House of Cards, etc), in my view, isn’t even close. Vikings is an exceptional show, but a very different genre. I especially like how the ‘scaffolding’ of the blacklist knits together the episodic procedural elements with the show’s serial mythology. This gives the show a density that magnifies the intensity and authentic feel of the acting. James Spader’s Red is riveting, engaging, seductive & remains deeply mysterious.

Amazon Season 2
251/302 83% 5-star ratings

Amazon Season 1
1715/2061 83% 5-star ratings

[Cross-posted at WSJ Speakeasy]

24
Nov
14

2:6 Mombasa: In which I get it half wrong… (11/3/2014)

We didn’t get to hear Red’s little talk with Pepper about the Apopha Strain. We also don’t know how Beck found out about the painting, but my guess is it has something to do with Berlin, who is not done with Red, & who is very handy with viruses.

Red: “I suspect this [Cullen virus] incident at the bank is not what it seems, but rather the first shot in a larger, coordinated assault aimed directly at me… a plan devised by someone who doesn’t care how many people die, as long as I’m one of them.”

The urgency of Red’s hunt for “the girl” – which he describes as ‘critical to his war with Berlin’ – implies Berlin is on mission that hasn’t ended. My guess is Berlin was behind the Apopha strain attack. Maybe Pepper (who knew things Beck didn’t) got the painting or information on it from Berlin. Perhaps Pepper was going to return the key to Berlin for a reward after spreading the plague. But Red now has the skeleton key – ‘the key that opens all doors.’ And he has found “the girl” – Zoë, “key” to this extended plot line.

The performance of Swan Lake on March 22, 1987 would have been when Zoë was 8-12. She would have been 10-12 in the Stewmaker’s picture (faked?). My guess: she is Berlin’s granddaughter and Red’s stepdaughter. Lizzie is Red’s daughter by the same woman, who was the love of his Iife; Liz & Zoë are half-sisters. Berlin blames Red for his daughter’s death, for killing her or for letting it happen. He doesn’t go after Liz because he has found out she is also his granddaughter. (Tom let Berlin know Red was sending money to Sam.)

After a long pause, Red said “No” when Lizzie asked if he was her father because “I will always do what I have to do to keep you safe.” The music box is important.

Red has lied to Liz. In 1:22 Berlin, when Red gets the call from Fitch to say he’s found Berlin and Lizzie asks him if they found Berlin, Red says, “We’ll have keep looking.” Granted, that’s not a direct “No” and Red has a tendency to respond with non sequiturs when asked a direct question (“That’s a nice tie.” “Who decided on this paneling?”) but it’s clear he means her mislead her. He doesn’t want her going with him because it is dangerous. But Tom shows us, takes Liz at gunpoint and they encounter Red where he’s tied up fake-Berlin.

Red’s first wife was killed by someone who hated Red (or someone who wanted him for herself). Red rescued Liz but not now-Zoë. He had thought now-Zoë died, too. Maybe she was on The Alchemist’s list. Naomi can’t be Berlin’s daughter, obviously, and I doubt Jennifer is Red’s daughter. That marriage had to come later. Was Naomi waiting in the wings? She said the FBI had suspected her.

I’m sure at least half of this is wrong…

Swan Lake is about true love foiled by deception. The Prince is tricked into pledging love to the wrong woman. In dismay, the true lovers agree to die and meet again after death. The beautiful dance we saw at the end of “Mako Tanida” is called “The Dying Swan.”

24
Nov
14

2:6 Mombasa: Is Red Zoë’s father? – reconsidered (10/27/2014)

Why I thought “the girl” could not be Red’s daughter & why that may be wrong (dates, dates, dates):
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24
Nov
14

2:6 Mombasa: Zoë, Berlin & Stewmaker (10/27/2014)

I posted a photo montage to Twitter. Here’s the link http://pic.twitter.com/B1dc4lLWV0 It shows the photo from the Stewmaker’s album, the photo in Berlin’s watch and the photo Red gave to Aram (very fuzzy). To me, they all look like the same girl. Red told the guy at the DMV that finding “the Girl” was crucial to [resolving?] his “war with Berlin.” I did not see the photo Red gave to DMV-guy, but I assume Red gave DMV-guy and Aram the same photo.
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11
Jan
13

🔴 All Blacklist Scripts ⬅️

 

🔴 All Blacklist Scripts

 

🏵 Below are links to Each Individual Script,* including cast list, lyrics and YouTube videos for songs, photos and Twitter links. “Episode in Tweets” includes links to all the photos (with narration) I post on Twitter.
 
🏵 Or you can select the “Easy Search” option, which includes all scripts for a season, stripped-down for easy searching.
 
🏵 Finally, the “Storybook” (Seasons 3, 4 and 5) provides recaps of episodes, based on the scripts themselves, with photos. For Seasons 1 and 2, there are “Highlights” with photos along with selected quotes. In addition, there are slideshows with captions of entire episodes and, for Season 1, of special scenes.
 
*Exception: There are no individual full scripts for Season 1 (with the exception of the Pilot), as I only began watching the show in Season 2. Instead, the links below take you to the right script in the Easy-Scripts file for Season 1.

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