The Blacklist s3 ep 19

For the first time – I think – the episode title, ‘Cape May’, isn’t a Blacklister; it’s just a place. Also, Megan Boone is still named in the credits, presumably because Liz isn’t dead. But Red thinks she is – unless he’s bluffing for the benefit of no-one except the viewer, which would be a very cheap trick. So, grief-stricken, he toys with Dr Nik for a while, hides out at an opium den, then heads up the Jersey coast to Cape May… or does he? Because (oh God) we’re very definitely into some sort of dream sequence here, and allowing for the inference that he was under the influence of some sort of narcotic at the start of the episode, I don’t discount the possibility that the whole thing was some sort of hallucination.

Anyway, Red sees a mysterious red-haired woman walking into the sea, apparently intending to drown herself; he saves her, and takes her to a deserted house, where they talk. She’s being pursued by numerous and nameless predators, who they combine to take down, armed only with, y’know, a copy of Vogue and a pot plant, or something like that. He, meantime, wants to overshare about having saved Agnes and lost Liz. Or he might be talking about how, years ago, he saved Masha and lost Katarina.

My tentative conclusion: the journey to Cape May is real; the red-haired woman is conjured up by Red’s imagination; and she’s Katarina Rostova, Liz/Masha’s mother. But I might be wrong. It all looks great, it should be said: muted, almost smoky colours, and occasionally jarring camera angles, presumably to give the whole thing an appropriately dream-like and dislocated feeling. And I certainly didn’t hate it. I’m not yet sure, though, whether it added up to very much. Perhaps that will be clarified in the run of episodes taking us up to the end of the season.

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One thought on “The Blacklist s3 ep 19

  1. CJ Cregg May 15, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    I was bored out my mind. I know I generally have a bit more tolerance for dream sequences than you, Jed, but other than being James Spader’s Emmy reel (and he was tremendous throughout), I felt like this was just a very long, incredibly slow waste of time. I thought it was clear early on that the woman was Katarina and it was all a hallucination, but the only thing I wasn’t sure of was whether it was a hallucination made up of memories of something that had really happened or a more metaphorical one. Either way, I suppose the message was “Red feels he tried to save Katerina but she killed herself for Masha anyway, except maybe she faked her death after all” which is fine but could’ve been communicated in a 5 minute sequence instead of wasting an entire ep on it.

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