Posts Tagged ‘murder

09
Feb
17

🔴 Script 4:13 Isabella Stone

 

🔴 Script 4:13 Isabella Stone (№ 34)

 
NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Series created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Program air date: 2/9/2017 in the US
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-4hP
Entertainment Weekly Recap: http://bit.ly/2kRmw0w
Source: Raw Script from Springfield: http://bit.ly/2kedMlL [ dump of captioning ]
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30
Sep
16

🔴 Script 4:2 Mato

 

🔴 Script: 4:2 Mato (№ 66)

 
NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Series created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Program air date: 9/29/2016 in the US
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-3l6
Entertainment Weekly Recap: http://bit.ly/2cFvwCA
Source: Raw Script from Forever Dreaming: http://bit.ly/1QciD0C [ dump of captioning ] at 6:45am CTu
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19
Feb
16

🔴 Script 3:15 Drexel

 

🔴 Script: 3:15 Drexel (№ 113)

 
NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Series created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Program air date: 2/18//2016 in the US
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-2w7 ¤ Storybook: http://wp.me/PDKwi-1f3#drexel
Entertainment Weekly Recap: http://bit.ly/1XD7m97
WSJ Summary: http://on.wsj.com/1RTFRrF
Source: Raw Script from Forever Dreaming: http://bit.ly/1QciD0C (dump of captioning)
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script 3:15 Drexel’

12
Feb
16

🔴 Script 3:14 Lady Ambrosia

 

 Script: 3:14 Lady Ambrosia (№ 77)

 
NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Series created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Program air date: 2/11//2016 in the US
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-2tG ¤ Storybook: http://wp.me/PDKwi-1f3#lady
Entertainment Weekly Recap: http://bit.ly/1TcxdE8
WSJ Summary: http://on.wsj.com/240Vcvm
Source: Raw Script from Forever Dreaming: http://bit.ly/1QciD0C (dump of captioning)
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script 3:14 Lady Ambrosia’

05
Feb
16

🔴 Script 3:13 Alistair Pitt

 

🔴 Script: 3:13 Alistair Pitt (№ 103)

 
NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Series created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Program air date: 2/4//2016 in the US
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-2rb ¤ Storybook: http://wp.me/PDKwi-1f3#pitt
Entertainment Weekly Recap: http://bit.ly/1SHzvgi
WSJ Summary: http://on.wsj.com/1Kv98XE
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1VtXhJ6 (dump of captioning)

29
Jan
16

🔴 Script 3:12 The Vehm

 

🔴 Script: 3:12 The Vehm (№ 132)

 
NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Program air date: 1/28/2016 in the US
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-2oA ¤ Storybook: http://wp.me/PDKwi-1f3#vehm
WSJ Summary: http://on.wsj.com/1UvqSmg
Entertainment Weekly Recap: http://bit.ly/1nXtEpN
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1VtXhJ6 (dump of captioning)

15
Jan
16

🔴 Script 3:10 The Director Pt 2

 

🔴 Script: 3:10 The Director, Part 2 (№ 24)

 
Last updated: 1/17/2016 2:00pm CT, Program air date: 1/14/2016 in the US
Script Status: Final
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-2k0
Slideshow: “A Thousand Times Again,” https://youtu.be/6MP8yDKfI14
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1VtXhJ6 (captions)
WSJ Episode Summary: http://on.wsj.com/1PfZjsD
Entertainment Weekly Recap: http://bit.ly/1M0s6qe
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script 3:10 The Director Pt 2’

08
Jan
16

🔴 Script: 3:9 The Director

 

🔴 Script: 3:9 The Director (№ 24)

 
Last updated: 1/12/2016 5:45am CT, Program air date: 1/7/2016 in the US
Script Status: FINAL
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-2ho
Storybook: http://wp.me/PDKwi-1f3#director (2-3 days after script is done)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1VtXhJ6 (captions) (late this week)
WSJ Episode Summary: http://on.wsj.com/1P0KuKc
EW Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1n8LkOR
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 3:9 The Director’

20
Nov
15

🔴 Script: 3:8 Kings of the Hwy

 

🔴 Script: 3:8 Kings of the Highway (№108)

 
Last updated: 11/21/2015 9:45pm CT, Program air date: 11/19/2015 in the US
Script Status: Final
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-21f
Storybook: http://wp.me/PDKwi-1f3#highway
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1VtXhJ6 (captions)
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 3:8 Kings of the Hwy’

06
Nov
15

🔴 Script: 3:6 Sir Crispin Crandall

 

🔴 Script: 3:6 Sir Crispin Crandall (№ 86)

 
NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Last updated: 11/9/2015 10:20am CT, Program air date: 11/5/2015 in the US
Script Status: Final
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1We
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1VtXhJ6 (captions)
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
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30
Oct
15

🔴 Script: 3:5 Arioch Cain

 

 Script: 3:5 Arioch Cain (№ 50) 

 
NBC’s The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Last updated: 11/8/2015 5:39 am CT, Program air date: 10/29/2015 in the US
Script Status: FINAL
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1U8
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1VtXhJ6 (dump of captioning)
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
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16
Oct
15

🔴 Script: 3:3 Eli Matchett

 

🔴 Script: 3:3 Eli Matchett (№ 72)

 
NBC’s series The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone
Last updated: 10/17/2015 3:55 am CT, Program air date: 10/15/2015 in the US
Script Status = FINAL
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1OC ¤ Slideshow: https://youtu.be/ygnbVIMQHhU
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1VtXhJ6 (dump of captioning)
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp

16
Sep
15

🔴 Is TBL’s Med Sci Believable?

 

🔴 Is The Blacklist’s Medical Science Believable?

 
September 16, 2015 (Updated October 1, 2015)

I just added this section to the 🔴 Deep Background “page” of this blog. Thinking it would be “lost” otherwise and not noticed, I am also posting it here as a blog entry. I found out that most of the medical science exists or at least appears to be feasible, if anecdotally. My guess is that the show has access to experts in addition to what the writers come up with.
Continue reading ‘🔴 Is TBL’s Med Sci Believable?’

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
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:3 Dr James Covington’

19
Jun
15

🔴 Script: 2:4 Dr Linus Creel

 

🔴 Script: 2:4 Dr Linus Creel

 
Last updated: 9/18/2015 12:25 pm CDT, Program air date: 10/13/2014 in the US
Script Status = FINAL w Twitter image links
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1cj
Slideshow: https://youtu.be/pQlNBKfZX-g
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1Ga5Hhh
 
Blurb: Red calls Liz’s attention to a spate of unusual killings and suggests the government may still be doing mind control experiments. Liz may have a rare genetic marker. Red offers to protect Naomi and her husband Frank from Berlin.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Michael W Watkins
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, Mike Ostrowski
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:4 Dr Linus Creel’

17
Jun
15

🔴 Script: 2:5 The Front

 

🔴 Script: 2:5 The Front

 
Last updated: 6/17/2015 8:30 am CDT, Program air date: 10/20/2014 in the US
Script Status = FINAL with Twitter image links
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1c3
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/xQWnectosOs
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1Sl6bsJ
 
Blurb: Virology, art history, religion and environmentalism converge as a radical cult revives an ancient plague to rescue the earth from humanity. Red repairs an old film projector and tracks a young woman with the “help” of the DMV.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Stephen A Adelson
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, Jim Campalongo, Adam Sussman
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:5 The Front’

15
Jun
15

🔴 Review of Reviews

 

🔴 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.
Continue reading ‘🔴 Review of Reviews’

14
Jun
15

🔴 Script: 2:6 The Mombasa Cartel

 

🔴 Script: 2:6 The Mombasa Cartel

 
Last updated: 6/15/2015 5:15 am CDT, Program air date: 10/27/2014 in the US
Script Status = DONE
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-1bj
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu [ dump of captioning ]
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1FhMloQ
 
Blurb: A ghoulish family in rural Alaska turns animal trafficking on its head in this Halloween edition of The Blacklist. Red finally connects with the young woman he has been seeking. Dembe’s backstory is revealed.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: David Platt
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, Daniel Knauf
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:6 The Mombasa Cartel’

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
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:7 The Scimitar’

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
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:8 The Decembrist’

24
May
15

🔴 S2 Unanswered Questions

 

12
May
15

🔴 Script: 2:22 Tom Connolly

 

🔴 Script: 2:22 Tom Connolly

 
Last updated: 5/15/2015 2:00 pm CDT, Program air date: 5/14/2015 in the US
Script Status = FINAL w links to Twitter images
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Wi
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/Nd7KABXj2yE (8/5/2015)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1Fibq7X
 
Blurb: Liz is being framed for the murder of a U.S. Senator as The Cabal tries to stir up trouble with Russia. Red does what he has threatened for 20 years and Cooper gets a new prognosis. The Season 2 Finale.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Michael Watkins
Writers: John Eisendrath, Jon Bokenkamp
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:22 Tom Connolly’

07
May
15

🔴 Script: 2:21 Karakurt

 

🔴 Script: 2:21 Karakurt

 
Last updated: 5/9/2015 2:30 am CDT, Program air date: 5/7/2015 in the US
Script Status = FINAL Twitter image links added 5/10/2015
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Ub
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/vQnf5Y3S5qc 8/5/2015
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1KpSiEF
 
Blurb: A notorious saboteur, Karakurt, is in country to carry out an attack on a high-value target that will then be blamed on Russia. Red refuses to give Liz more information on her mother, so she turns to other sources.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Steven A Adelson
Writers: Daniel Knauf
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:21 Karakurt’

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
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:20 Quon Zhang’

04
Apr
15

🔴 Script: 2:18 Vanessa Cruz

 

🔴 Script: 2:18 Vanessa Cruz

 
Last updated: 4/4/2015 10:00 pm CDT, Program originally aired 4/2/2015 in the US
Script Status = Final + minor edits
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-MT
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/I9CabpwQpk4 (8/4/2015)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1DLkwtn
 
Blurb: A serial killer is framing members of the one percent. Tom and Liz toy with rekindling a relationship. Red attempts to convince members of the Cabal (formerly known as the alliance) to undergo a restructuring.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Guy Ferland
Writers: Vincent Angell, Daniel Knauf
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:18 Vanessa Cruz’

27
Mar
15

🔴 Script: 2:17 Longevity Initiative

 

🔴 Script: 2:17 The Longevity Initiative

 
Last updated: 3/30/2015 6:00 pm CDT, Program air date: 3/26/2015 in the US
Script Status = FINAL w links to Twitter images
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-LE
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/4NuCEVjmsCg (8/3/2015)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1CUXCzd
 
Blurb: A billionaire is funding research to lengthen human life, but the doctor in charge is taking the research in a very different direction. Tom is faced with threats to his life and seeks refuge.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Donald Thorin, Jr
Writers: JR Orci, Lukas Reiter, Jon Bokenkamp
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:17 Longevity Initiative’

20
Mar
15

🔴 Script: 2:16 Tom Keen

 

🔴 Script: 2:16 Tom Keen

 
Last updated: 3/22/2015, Program air date: 3/19/2015 in the US
Script Status = FINAL w links to Twitter images
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-JP
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/KzTpnHX3ADY (8/3/2015)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1FJyV9C
 
Blurb: Liz is in court to learn if she will go to trial for the murder of the Harbormaster when an unexpected witness appears. Liz sells the apartment Red gave her in the Audrey Hotel. Cooper meets with Tom Connolly.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: JR Orci, Lukas Reiter, Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:16 Tom Keen’

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
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:15 The Major’

02
Mar
15

🔴 Script: 2:13 The Deer Hunter

 

🔴 Script: 2:13 The Deer Hunter

 
Last updated: 6/7/2015 1:00 am CDT, Program originally aired 2/26/2015 in the US
Script Status: FINAL with Twitter image links
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Fs
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/-CJLQGBzFf4 (8/2/2015)
Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1HSqQwR
 
Blurb: A serial killer appears be a man – and a woman. Red tries to reach the man whose number was in the safe in St Petersburg. Red scolds Liz for taking too many risks. She tell him she has the Fulcrum. Aram worries about his hair.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Jon Bokenkamp, Amanda Kate Shuman
Continue reading ‘🔴 Script: 2:13 The Deer Hunter’

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…”
Continue reading ‘[Hiatus:] Georgia Guidestones & the Super Bowl (12/2/2014)’

25
Nov
14

2:8 Decembrist: Occam’s Razor (11/13/2014)

I hold to sort of an Occam’s Razor theory of literary/film analysis: don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be. Just a reminder of the fact that Red said he learned about Tom from his forger. Red also said that Gina Zanetakos was “taking the fall” by fingering him (1:6). I mean, would Red, who is entirely adept at money-tracking, put money that could be easily traced to an off-shore account of his in boxes clearly marked with her scar sign that Tom also used when sending her photos intended to incriminate him? Don’t forget that Liz was persuaded by this that Tom was innocent when Tom clearly was NOT innocent.

Also, how would Red have gotten the murder weapon to put in the box? Did Tom or Gina return a dirty pistol to him? Even if they had done such a thing, would Red have kept it and put it in a box with money that could be traced back to him?

I’m sticking with the more straightforward view that Red and Tom’s “about us” relationship occurred late in the game, soon after Tom’s imprisonment began. Ezra may have figured it out or Red deduced it when he said he did, when he realized that Lizzie had a “Secret Santa” source as to where Berlin kept his money (2:2 Monarch Douglas Bank).

Red’s character is consistent. When he can give a straightforward answer to a direct question or needs to respond to an incorrect assertion, he does so, very often with a simple yes or no. “You’re a monster.” “Yes.” Or “You put Tom’s picture in Gina’s apartment.” “No.” If someone asks him a direct question that he doesn’t want to answer, he’ll say something non-responsive: “That’s a pretty blouse.” Or “Who decided on this paneling?” Or “So you went with the gray” (lol). If he needs information, he asks for it precisely. “Tell me what you saw” (not how you felt). Then with Sherlockian precision, he presses on, “He’s Serbian Orthodox; he wouldn’t have a tattoo.” Spader says his haircut reflects this no-nonsense attitude.

Yes, Red lies, but his lying is minimalist, not superfluous, and he has a clear sense of priorities. In particular, he will lie (or kill) to protect Lizzie’s life. I assume there are other things among ‘those which he holds most dear,’ though I’m not sure what. Naomi, perhaps. Maybe I’m naïve to see it this way, or lazy – too lazy anyway to want to rewrite huge parts of Season 1 to explain away Tom’s pointing a loaded pistol at Lizzie’s head.

[Original; not cross-posted at WSJ Speakeasy]

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]