Posts Tagged ‘Pepper

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
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24
May
15

🔴 S2 Unanswered Questions

 

23
Apr
15

🔴 Script: 2:19 Leonard Caul

 

🔴 Script: 2:19 Leonard Caul

 
Last updated: 4/24/2015 9:00 pm CDT, Program air date: 4/23/2015 in the US
Script Status = Final
Permalink: http://wp.me/pDKwi-Ps
Slideshow link: https://youtu.be/mnGRt6g6YNA (8/4/2015)
Source: Raw Scripts from Springfield [UK]: http://bit.ly/1Do56Zu (dump of captioning)
NBC Episode Summary: http://bit.ly/1DI2HGQ
 
Blurb: Red has been shot and cannot risk going to an emergency room where his enemies can find him. He tells Liz to find Leonard Caul. Dembe instructs Liz to go to a flat to get the suitcase Red retrieved from the trunk of the Presidential limo.
 
Created by: Jon Bokenkamp
Director: Michael Waxman
Writers: Brandon Margolis, Brandon Sonnier, Kirsten Reidel, James Campalongo
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25
Nov
14

2:8 Decembrist: Q’s for Jon Bokenkamp (11/11/2014)

 
Here are the questions I would ask Jon Bokenkamp, if only:
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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

2:6 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.”