The Blacklist s3 ep 22

Your Blacklister this week – and next – is one Alexander Kirk, which is the alias of a Russian oligarch who ordered Liz’s abduction, leading to her death, although to my mind that chain of causation is much more tenuous then everyone in the show seems to think it is. If she’s actually dead, of course. Kirk is also trying to capture Agnes, which means that Red is prepared to team up with Susan. Who, by this time, has already almost stolen the episode in its opening scene, in which she pulls off a cool-as-ice outflanking of an Indonesian kidnapper who has seized American aid workers.

So that means a trip to Susan’s underground lair, and a high-stakes round-table meeting between the Red Task Force – now with added Tom – and Susan’s Halcyon Aegis crew. There’s a bit of grumbling from the Task Force about throwing their lot in with some – gasp – criminals, until Susan puts them in their place by observing that they’ve not only protected the world’s most wanted fugitive, they’ve actually facilitated the growth of his empire, so shut up.

Anyway, a plan is hatched: Kirk is funding the Presidential campaign of Senator Robert Diaz – who, unless he’s killed next week, you’d imagine we’ll be hearing more about – so to draw Kirk out that money is going to have to be stolen. I do like a good heist, and this is a good one; actually, two good ones. A bank is robbed – during which a little girl takes a stray bullet, nearly throwing the whole thing off course because of Tom and his new paternal feels – then the action heads to Turkey, where Tom dresses up as a waiter in order to… oh, it really doesn’t matter. It’s all pulled off with wit and panache, and it has a gratifyingly nasty sting in the tail, when Solomon makes a glib remark about Liz and gets a bullet in the guts from Tom for his trouble.

But after all that, Agnes is snatched from the hospital anyway. Tom goes to see Susan, but discovers that she took action because she had word that Team Kirk was on its way to take the baby. So Agnes’s baptism – frankly, an unnecessarily sentimental moment in an otherwise snarling beast of an episode – can go ahead. But we’re left with two contradictory thoughts to lead us into next week. According to Red, Susan is Tom’s mother. Which gives Tom pause, to say the least, because he’s just shared two moments with Susan in which the vibe was definitely erotic rather than parental. Ew. But at the same time, gosh. Whether the adventures of Susan and her squad are enough to sustain a series I don’t know. This, though, was excellent.

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2 thoughts on “The Blacklist s3 ep 22

  1. CJ Cregg June 6, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    I think I may just be over the Blacklist in general. This was fast, well-plotted, etc, but did nothing for me. And if Susan being “Tom’s mother” isn’t a lie, it’s the corniest, most cliched and stupid “twist” ever. This show is OBSESSED with long-lost parents. I don’t CARE who anybody’s mother or father or Great-Aunt Matilda is, I just want to watch folk kick ass and take down bad guys and do a bit of shipping in the process. Is that too much to ask?

  2. Jed Bartlet June 6, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    On further reflection, I’m slightly concerned that all of the best things in this episode – Famke, Eggold, Gathegi, to a lesser extent Tawny what’s-her-name – are all migrating to the spinoff. I’d sooner keep them with the parent show.

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