the blacklist

Here’s what you may have missed on RazorFine Review this weekend. Check out the reviews of the latest issues of Darkwing Duck and The Wild Storm, and episodes of Marvel’s Rocket and Groot, The Blacklist, and iZobmie, along with the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer discussing the possibility of a reboot.

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The Blacklist: Redemption wraps up its First Season with a two-part episode. We open with Scottie (Famke Janssen) confronting her son about his true identity… and then breaking any potential trust between the pair by having him tortured and chased around the city, cementing whose side he’ll choose throughout the events of the finale. Putting all cards on the table, Howard (Terry O’Quinn) reveals himself to the world forcing a board meeting and providing Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Nez (Tawny Cypress), who like Tom chooses Mr. Hargraves over Mrs. Hargraves, the necessary distraction to sneak into Halcyon and smuggle out Richard Whitehall (Clarke Peters). The episode features a couple of cameos from The Blacklist including Liz (Megan Boone) and Harold (Harry Lennix), but the main focus remains Tom and his choice to help Howard stop his mother.

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blacklist-season-three-blu-rayThe Third Season of The Blacklist ends Elizabeth Keen‘s (Megan Boone) role as an FBI agent. Beginning as a fugitive and ending as an asset, Keen’s world will continue to be turned upside down by Raymond Reddington (James Spader) who works to clear Lizzie’s name, protect her unborn child, and avenge her after her “death.”

Highlights of the season include tracking down a negotiator (Tony Shalhoub) manipulating two crime families, the trial of Elizabeth Keen, the wedding, Red’s trip down memory lane, an impostor claiming to be the real Reddington, Famke Janssen‘s introduction as Susan Hargraves, and the reveal of the identity (and his connection to Liz) of the man obsessed with finding Elizabeth and her daughter.

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The Blacklist concludes its Third Season with a two-part episode of Reddington (James Spader), the FBI, and Susan Hargrave (Famke Janssen) all working together in hunting down the person responsible for the death of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone): Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen). By the end of the episode a couple of big secrets will be revealed, one shocking only Red, and the other explaining Kirk’s interest in both Lizzie and her daughter. While the first episode is more about setting up the show’s new spinoff and teasing big secrets in Tom‘s (Ryan Eggold) past, the conclusion focuses more on Red’s attempt to drive Kirk into the light by framing him as a terrorist in order to put a bullet in the man’s skull.

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Events move quickly in the two-part “Mr. Solomon” as the show makes a major shake-up with the death one of its main characters. With Mr. Solomon (Edi Gathegi) freed by a new benefactor the old enemy crashes Lizzie‘s (Megan Boone) wedding to grab the former FBI agent. Eventually breaking free with Tom (Ryan Eggold), Liz’s life on the run is short-lived as she goes into premature labor and the complications of giving birth lead to major consequences for the show.

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Reddington (James Spader) uses the resources of the FBI to further a personal vendetta in tracking down a negotiator (Tony Shalhoub) who attempts to unite two warring crime families through marriage in order the further the interests of his own conglomerate. Of course to further his cause Alistair Pitt will not only have to convince the heads of both families that such a union is in their best interest but also remove any obstacles (such as the young man’s current fiance). Tied to the actions of one of the negotiator’s former deals, we’re given flashbacks to Red’s relationship with a woman named Josephine (Stephanie Szostak) and his reasoning for vengeance on the negotiator whose actions left her a broken shell of her former self.

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Weekend Reviews

by Cap'n Carrot on January 25, 2016 · 0 comments

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Getting you caught up on all the weekend reviews over on RazorFine Review here are the links for the reviews for the season premieres of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Marvel’s Agent Carter, along with the latest episode of The Blacklist.

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The Blacklist returns from it’s mid-season hiatus with a two-part episode which will finally reveal Reddington‘s (James Spader) plan to stop the Cabal, clear Lizzie (Megan Boone), and (at least somewhat) restore the show’s status quo by targeting Peter Kotsiopulos (David Strathairn). While the first episode is spent primarily just keeping Lizzie alive and out of the hands of the Cabal, the second-half slowly reveals Red’s plan as the pieces put in place over the first half of the show’s Third Season finally come together (including a well executed con allowing the group to grab the Director from under the noses of his own security).

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The discovery of scientists of specific fields being abducted becomes a problem for Reddington (James Spader) whose plan for taking down the Director (David Strathairn) and clearing Lizzie‘s (Megan Boone) name relies on finding one of the missing scientists who has been abducted by an eccentric billionaire who plans to stock his ark with the cryogenically-frozen brains of the best and brightest to build a better utopia following the fall of civilization. Red and Lizzie will have to race the FBI to find the scientist first and retrieve a piece of the man necessary to leverage the Director to reconsider Red’s demands.

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Picking up directly following the events of last season’s finale, The Blacklist begins its Second Season with Lizzie (Megan Boone) on the run with Reddington (James Spader) after being branded as a Russian spy, terrorist, and murderer. Relying on an old contact Red’s plan to hole-up in the city for weeks until the man hunt dies down, but after being betrayed he and Lizzie are forced to run far sooner than expected. Even with the help of a member of The Blacklist (Aaron Yoo) known for his ability to use social media to obscure real events under a haze of false information, only one member of the pair is able to make it out of the city.

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