Pilot

Season 1, Episode 1 -  Air Date: 9/23/2013
2 Ratings

Synopsis

From NBC: Ex-government agent and one of the FBI‘s Most Wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in to the FBI and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with including a long-thought-dead terrorist but under one condition - he‘ll only talk to newly-minted female FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection. For Liz, it‘s going to be one hell of a first day on the job and what follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins.

‘The Blacklist‘ Premiere Recap: An Introduction to Raymond Reddington

The Blacklist‘s pilot episode is a grab bag of different tones ranging from very silly to deeply serious, and its success as a drama will depend largely on which direction it chooses to go in. Luckily, NBC seems to know that its biggest asset is star James Spader, who plays evil ex-military genius Raymond Reddington. Spader plays the part with creepy charm and just a hint of dark irony, mugging without ever winking and generally seeming to simply enjoy himself. If the writers can match that balance, they‘ll have a hit on their hands.
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