The writing and dialogue are razor sharp and the characters are captivating and delightful. The show primarily revolves around protagonist Raymond (Red) Reddington and Elizabeth Keen. Here’s a synopsis of what the show is about:
A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.
Reddington (James Spader) is oddly charming and frightening at the same time. One moment he cavalierly shoots a person and then immediately segues into talking about how much he loves a specific desert. Spader’s character seems like it was written perfectly for him. Or is it that Spader delivers his performance that’s perfect for the character?
Currently I’m just wrapping season two, which is even better than the first. Some questions have been answered about Reddington and Keen’s past (and their relationship), but there is a lot left to be revealed. One of the clever ways the viewer is drawn in repeatedly, is that answers are fed to you like an intravenous drip. You are powerless to the charm, wonder, and peculiarity of The Blacklist, and there’s nothing you can do but sit down and stick around for the ride.