Review of The Blacklist

Review of The Blacklist

Zoya Perry, Journalist

The Blacklist is a show on Netflix about a criminal mastermind named Raymond “Red” Reddington who surrenders himself to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) in order to get close to an agent named Elizabeth Keen. The show primarily focuses on the leverage that Red has in order to get close to Keen. The leverage is a list containing numerous wanted criminals by the FBI. Usually, the list is brought up randomly for Keen’s or Red’s benefit, usually at the hands of Red. Throughout the story, you will see that Red continuously hides many things from Keen, leading to much confusion and discussion on who Red actually is to Elizabeth Keen, while some say that Red is Keen’s father others say that Red is just another person from Keen’s unidentifiable past. 

The Blacklist gets really predictable the farther you get into the story, and sometimes the show comes up with unnecessary plot twists that make no real difference to the story. I found myself getting extremely bored right about the season four mark because it shows repetitive rhythm when it comes to Keen’s story about her parents.  The show does a good job of keeping just enough of Red’s and Keen’s history under wraps. In some random spurs of the story, you see that Keen demonstrates an unnatural ability of thievery that never gets explained fully that would probably be one of the circumstances where even Keen surpasses Red in terms of pure skill with the secrecy with their past. I would personally recommend this show to anyone who enjoys The Silence of the Lambs or any type of FBI crime division show. This show does deserve a simple “Yes” for the creative aspect of this show but only towards season five does it deserve a “No.”