The Blacklist s2 ep 17

This week’s Blacklister is The Longevity Initiative, a scientific project funded by gajillionaire Roger Hobbs, and run by mad genius Dr Julian Powell. The Initiative intends to prolong life indefinitely by using Turriptosis dohrnii, the so-called “immortal jellyfish”. Of course, splicing humans with Brer Jellyfish needs a ready supply of not-quite-dead bodies on which to experiment, and some pseudo-science; but happily it’s Marshall Flinkman from Alias (Kevin Weisman) on exposition duty this week. I’m sure his character in this show has another name, but since it’s clearly Marshall that needn’t detain us; he can, of course, come back any time.

Meantime, though, Tom’s back on the scene, and about to be killed by The Major – who’s decided that Tom’s love for Liz has compromised him – when the bad Germans of a few weeks ago rock up out of nowhere. They capture Tom and the Major and give us our weekly dose of torture porn, then find a photo of Liz in Tom’s wallet and threaten to kill her instead. For some reason, though, they back off on discovering that she’s FBI. Which is kind of typical of how the episode fizzles out; Powell turns out not to be interested in immortality after all, and Red of course had his eyes on another prize entirely. “You gave us this case because you wanted Powell, and then you used us to flush him out”, seethes Liz to Red. Well, duh. Haven’t you seen The Blacklist before, Liz?

And talking of immortality, it’s looked for ages now as if all signs of life have been extinguished in the Keen/Ressler ship. But this week its eyelids flicker a little: not when Keen calls Ressler “sweet” – friend zone, dude, friend zone – but when he turns up with Chinese food to celebrate her birthday. Although that doesn’t entirely lift her melancholy: “I am”, she broods, “the puppet of some high-functioning sociopath”. Liz. Haven’t you seen… oh, I’ve done this.

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6 thoughts on “The Blacklist s2 ep 17

  1. CJ Cregg April 30, 2015 / 10:58 pm

    I understand the thinking behind the “poor handsome Tom isn’t all bad, he wuvs Liz and would do anything for her” business and it might have worked for me (you know I’m a sucker for a repentant bad boy) if they’d hinted at it last year but they didn’t so it isn’t. Season 2 Romantic Lead Tom is a complete 180 from Season 1 Evil Maniuplator Tom whose main characteristic was being very good at being very bad and seemed to think Liz was a total idiot. I’m finding it very hard to get past that.

    But Liz is totally going to go with it, isn’t she? As you say, they’d backed away from any sort of Keen/Ressler ship over the past few weeks yet it re-surfaced this week and I wonder if the reason for that is to set up a love triangle with Tom. Both the cupcake and the Chinese food were adorbs, though – nice moves, Ressler.

    I feel like the actual Blacklister-of-the-week plot was beside the point, this week, but it was ok, I guess.

  2. Jed Bartlet April 30, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    Liz is probably going to go with it, yes. But I don’t mind that. I think they do have feelings for each other. Unless, of course, Tom is manipulating her again…?

  3. Kay20 September 11, 2015 / 4:52 am

    I love Ressler/Keen. And after suffering through Carter/Will I will be PISSED if they damage a hair on his head.

    • CJ Cregg September 11, 2015 / 11:04 pm

      I love Ressler/Keen as well, Kay – we can ship them together!

      • Jed Bartlet September 12, 2015 / 12:24 am

        *shakes head*

        Liz and Tom FTW.

      • Kay20 September 12, 2015 / 7:26 am

        YES!!!!! Boo Tom (sorry Jed).

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