The Blacklist: First Season Finale

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WARNING: ALL the spoilers after the break.

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A series that started off looking like a camp romp has morphed into a grim and grisly finale.

And yeah, with all the things that made me say “Oh fuck!” out loud, they managed to completely snooker me with that hand bit.

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That was magical, it was great writing.

It was nothing but surprise after surprise, and I was saying “Oh fuck!” over and over.

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When Red warned there was a war coming, I should have expected casualties. But I was still surprised, still shocked, and still said “Oh fuck!” out loud.

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Red’s back is all scars. This made me think of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel. Batman removes his costume and we see his body is all scars. Having seen Red’s back, I wonder what Dembe’s body looks like.

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Now we know how Red could withstand the torture from Anslo Garrick and mock him by blowing him a kiss.

As for Lizzie’s ex-husband, it’s not over. I don’t think he ever worked for Berlin. And someone had to get him out of Berlin’s hideout.

A screensnap tribute to James Spader, showing a range of emotions while talking to Lizzie about her father:

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Wonderful work.

Now all of us wait for February 2015:

https://twitter.com/NikkiFinke/status/465894825531682816

NBC is going to move the series from Mondays at 10PM to Thursdays at 10PM. I think that is a huge mistake. NBC still wants Thursdays to be like the glory days of the 1980s, when Hill Street Blues capped that night. Those days are over. The Blacklist is a great way to end a Monday. They shouldn’t move it.

Same-day update: Someone points out something about Red’s scars:

Previously here:

The Blacklist: What You Missed This Week
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7 responses to “The Blacklist: First Season Finale

  1. Keishon

    Well, I thought the same thing…that the scars on Red’s back were from the fire. And who is that a picture of that both Red and Berlin are looking at? I only saw this episode when it aired. I haven’t had time to watch it again.

    • mikecane

      Your picture sentence — I can’t parse it.

      EDIT: Never mind. Brain fatigue. I will probably watch it a second time too.

    • mikecane

      The picture: The girl in Berlin’s pocket watch and the photo Red had with #79 on it — that was Berlin’s daughter. That is why Berlin is after Red. He killed Berlin’s daughter. Now Berlin wants to kill Red’s daughter: Lizzie.

      • Keishon

        Ah, thanks, did they say why he killed her? I know, I know, I need to rewatch. How macabre because the story went (if I remember right) that she was cut into pieces. WHY in the world would Red kill Berlin’s daughter and cut her up into pieces like that? That’s rhetorical.

      • mikecane

        According to Berlin, she fell in love with a dissident. Has to be more to it than that if she was #79 on The Blacklist!

  2. Isn’t the numbered photo from the Stewmaker’s hit list, not Red’s? He’d certainly be the type to go for dismemberment.

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