The Blacklist s2 ep 15

We start in 1994, with a youthful bag-snatching Tom being recruited by this week’s nominal Blacklister, The Major, who trains exciting young criminal talent and then finds work for it. I say “nominal” because the action switches quickly to a courthouse. Liz is trying to persuade a judge (played by Cold Case’s John Finn, a fine actor it’s always a pleasure to see) to quash a subpoena in respect of the death of the harbourmaster, because National Security.

The judge, though, seems much more interested in hearing all about Red, the task force, Tom, and essentially what Liz has been up to for a season and a half. What ensues is dangerously close to a clip show, and I’m not sure why the producers would roll one out at this stage. There might, I suppose, be production reasons: a tight schedule, perhaps, or keeping costs down. Or maybe a focus group has told them that a bit of recapping would be ideal. But it still seems like a strange time to do it.

Anyway, while that’s going on Red has decided that the only way to save Keen is to find Tom, which means finding the Major, which means abducting a Malaysian diplomat who knows where the Major might be. While Red’s working away at that, the judge is finding out, from Keen, more and more about Red and the task force, in a level of detail which seems unnecessary. At the moment it looks as if the judge – or his ever-present clerk – is up to something. Which all makes for an odd episode; I found it engaging, but in a low-level sort of way.


2 thoughts on “The Blacklist s2 ep 15

  1. CJ Cregg April 17, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    I was really bored. The Major/Tom origin story could have been really interesting but was completely sidelined in favour of one long “previously on the Blacklist…” clip show. The judge is obviously up to something, I agree, but as far as the viewer who’s watched since s1 ep 1 is concerned, this was almost a complete waste of time. I say “almost” because at least we got confirmation that Red hired Tom first which is MASSIVE, isn’t it? Did we know that before?

  2. Jed Bartlet April 17, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Ooh yes, I didn’t want to say in case I’d missed something – or in case it was insignificant, given the understated way it was mentioned – but my immediate reaction was the same: we didn’t know that.

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