What remains of the Task Force attends Liz’s funeral, where Cooper – who seems to be taking his recent online ordination very seriously – delivers the sermon, and everyone mourns. As I still think Liz is alive her funeral didn’t really move me, although I will admit that I was momentarily unmanned by Aram’s intervention at the graveside.
Anyway, with that out of the way the team starts to investigate Solomon’s attack on Liz and Tom’s wedding, even though Panabaker tells them not to, because they’re too close to it and there are “top agents” on it. More top than Ressler, Samar, and Aram? I don’t think so, and clearly nor do they. Links are uncovered to a businessman, Benjamin Stalder; a mysterious organisation, the Global Financial Council; a baddie from a couple of weeks ago, Nez Rowan; and an unknown woman, who might or might not be about to feature in The Blacklist: Redemption, the now-confirmed spinoff which has been ordered for the 2016/17 season.
There are at least two problems with the episode. The first is that, as with last week, there really isn’t much plot; the assumption is that the trauma of Liz’s death will do the heavy lifting. Thing is, I still don’t believe that she’s dead, and I’m not sure just how bothered I would be if she were. So take that out of the equation and it all feels a little thin. Even the Blacklister, The Artax Network, isn’t actually a Blacklister: it’s a group of out-of-commission satellites, used to monitor Liz by whoever hired Solomon.
And the second is that grief-stricken Red’s into week 2 of his, uh, lost weekend, this time dropping in on Liz’s grandfather, who I’m assuming isn’t another figment of Red’s imagination. James Spader is, though, such an essential part of the show that detaching him from the main action isn’t really a workable option. (I would, incidentally, have expected Red Reddington, of all people, to know that Islay isn’t pronounced as it’s spelled.) Fortunately Aram, who is very probably the non-Spader season 3 MVP, isn’t about to take no for an answer, and drags Red back into the land of the living. We are, one would hope, going to work.