There aren’t a whole lot of TV shows that can get me going, much less make me watch week in and week out, yet The Blacklist has managed to do exactly that. Like a catfish blindly snapping at the hooked worm, the sneaky people at NBC reeled me right in. But I will say these two words in my defense of blindly biting down into that hook, James Spader. The man is absolutely phenomenal as Raymond Reddington, an FBI most-wanted criminal who turns himself in after 20 years on the run. Here’s a little background on Red, courtesy of the Blacklist Wiki.
Raymond Reddington attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating top of his class at the age of 24, and was being groomed for Admiral when he disappeared while coming home to visit his family for Christmas in 1990. 4 years later, he resurfaced, selling classified documents to the enemy. Over the next 20 years he built a network of contacts: spies, thieves, smugglers, drug dealers, people smugglers, human traffickers, arms dealers, forgers, hackers, mercenaries, and assassins. During this time, U.S. assets located in Moscow, Islamabad, and Beijing were compromised. He infiltrated the private sector, and there was no industry that was out of his reach, including technology, shipping, communications, security/military contracting and pharmaceuticals. Eventually he went from just selling secrets to also starting wars, toppling governments, and influencing geo-politics to suit his needs. He became known as “The Concierge of Crime” due to his ability to arrange deals between the various black market factions.
If you missed the first season of The Blacklist, I highly recommend you find it now and catch yourself up. On September 22nd The Blacklist returns to NBC 10/9c. I’m looking forward to what Red has up his sleeve this season. What are you looking forward to seeing unfold this season? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.
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