The Black List

The Black List

Show Title: The Black List

Rating: I Can’t Live Without


*Warning Contains Spoilers*

I know there seem to be a million different sorts of crime dramas on TV, but I would highly recommend this one in particular. It’s actually the only one I watch. Despite the fact that it’s on almost past my bedtime, my boyfriend and I have tried to catch every episode of this, its first season.

The first episode, Pilot, aired on September 23, 2013 and the last of this season, Anslo Garrick, Part 2, aired on December 2, 2013.   We can’t wait until the next season starts, January 13, 2014.

What makes this show so special is one of the main characters, Raymond Reddington (played by James Spader). Red is a criminal infamous around the world, who has found his way on most everybody’s most wanted list. You’d think that he’d be the central focus of this crime drama in that everybody else would be trying to catch him, but in the first episode he turns himself into the FBI.

He’s instantly locked up as he explains that he’s there to help them catch criminals that are on his blacklist. But there are, of course, some stipulations to all of this. The main condition being that he’ll only talk to Agent Elizabeth Keen (played by Megan Boone), a young woman who only just recently joined the FBI. And Elizabeth has never even met Red. Despite this, the fact that he’s singled her out puts Elizabeth in some danger because the FBI fears that she has some prior connections with him and, thusly, the crime world. She fights this and they are forced to trust her in order to get Red’s cooperation, but most of the agents learn to fully trust her as the series goes on.

The show doesn’t just center on the crime fighting; although, the writers and actors do a wonderful job of creating intense, action packed scenes of good vs bad. The Blacklist also focuses a lot on the interesting relationship that develops between Elizabeth and Red. Despite her resistance to Red’s snarky friendliness, the two become unstable friends as they work together to save peoples’ lives. Elizabeth’s trust in him is shaky at best, but she does sometimes come to him before her coworkers, or even her husband, for advice on both work and personal matters. Red’s interest in Elizabeth has led some to believe that he might be her biological father.

The audience also gets to meet Elizabeth’s husband, Tom Keen (played by Ryan Eggold). Their relationship adds more drama to this show as Elizabeth’s job creates upheaval in their relationship. Considering her line of work, you’d expect Elizabeth’s life to be in jeopardy at least occasionally, but when Tom’s life is threatened, everything changes. Besides the terror this instills in both of them, Elizabeth discovers things during renovating the house and through conversations with Red that begin to put doubts about Tom inside her head.

I really enjoy this darkly fascinating show. The writers do an amazing job creating suspense and bringing these wonderful actors together to create characters that you can’t help by become invested in.

This guest post is brought to you by Seanna Wilhelm, a 2013 WKU graduate.  Wilhelm maintains a personal blog about creative writing,


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