The Blacklist s2 ep 13

When reviewing season 1 episodes, I made the (obvious) point that The Blacklist was a success because, unusually, it was a show which had both its Cases of the Week and longer story arcs firing on all cylinders. Conversely, ’The Deer Hunter’ is a good example of just why season 2 Blacklist isn’t quite working at the moment.

This week’s Blacklister arguably shouldn’t be on the list at all, in fact, since he’s not an international terrorist committing crimes so huge yet secret that the Government isn’t even aware of them (or whatever it was). The Deer Hunter is an anus-binding, crossbow-wielding serial killer who stalks his prey – well-built men – and shoots them with said crossbow, then disembowels them (ew) and takes a bite out of their liver (EW EW EW). The show doesn’t begin to pretend that Red should be remotely interested in standard serial killer fare, so there needs to be an inducement for him to get involved; he’ll trade Deer Hunter info for Liz giving up The Fulcrum. Although the information he provides on the Hunter is hardly case-breaking, as it happens. Liz gets kidnapped again, of course, but will prevail.

Meantime, Red is working on two fronts on topics that do actually interest him. There’s the new Big Bad at the other end of the phone, and for now this really hasn’t grabbed me at all. And I’m not buying into the Aram/Samar near-anagrammatic ship, although Aram’s very evident man-crush on Red is quite sweet. On the other hand I’m still invested in Liz and the death of the harbourmaster, which requires Red to exert a bit of pressure to ensure that the Samoan won’t speak up. There’s a curious exchange between Liz and Kessler, though, when she is about to admit everything to Detective Wilcox, and he urges her to consider how many people are still alive because of the work of the Red Task Force: 50, 100 perhaps? Given that in one episode alone they prevented the death of the entire human race I think they’re underselling themselves.

It’s good. It’s watchable. But season 1 felt essential, and I’m not sure we’re at that level this time round.

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2 thoughts on “The Blacklist s2 ep 13

  1. CJ Cregg April 2, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    What a completely useless profiler Liz is – doesn’t realise it’s a copycat, doesn’t realise it’s a woman, doesn’t find the link between the victims…. They should give the tacky journo guy her job instead. At least he doesn’t spend all his time SULKING. I am so sick of her SULKING.

    I loved Ressler telling her “Don’t try to get me to feel your pain, Liz, I got more than enough of my own.” HA. She is *so* self-centred and whiny, more people should tell her to get over herself. Although them loudly discussing the possibility of her confessing her involvement in a murder outside as other agents milled about seemed a bit careless.

    I fear for poor Detective Wilcox. The only reason to show us him being kind to the homeless is to make us feel bad when he eventually gets killed, isn’t it? Sigh.

    On a brighter note, however, I like Aram’s artfully-mussed hair. He’s cute and I agree he’s adorbs with Red. That exchange about the phone trace – “I’ll need a warrant. You won’t need a warrant. Of course I won’t need a warrant.” – HEE. Bless.

  2. Jed Bartlet April 2, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    Am I right in my recollection that the beginning and end of Red’s contribution was “it’s a woman”?

    In fairness to Liz, though, it’s not as if she’s had much of a chance to do any profiling recently. She’s rusty.

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