The Blacklist: Season 1, Episode 21

Berlin (No. 8) (5 May 2014)

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Liz refuses to work with Red after discovering the truth about the death of her father. Seeking to make amends and force Liz to see him, Red brings the FBI a case they can't ignore. ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Sanders
Dr. Nikolaus Vogel
Dr. Nina
Paul Blankenship
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Liz refuses to work with Red after discovering the truth about the death of her father. Seeking to make amends and force Liz to see him, Red brings the FBI a case they can't ignore. Meanwhile, Liz reveals what she knows about Tom's secret life to the FBI. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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During Berlin episode, while talking to the fake Berlin, Red mentions the Campolongo Incident. If you notice, this name is also one of the producers, staff of the show. See more »


In all but one of the views of C-47 Dakota the landing gear are down. But in the view where the woman is seen watching the plane approach as the view shifts to the plane making a very low pass. The planes landing gear is retracted. In all preceding views and the following views the gear are down. See more »


Raymond 'Red' Reddington: I have an urgent case.
Elizabeth Keen: [to Cooper] He'll have to tell it to someone else.
Raymond 'Red' Reddington: That's not going to work.
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where is the credit to joss whedon?
17 February 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Wow -- that is my rating for this episode If you the reader will indulge me I want to repeat a rant I have made before.

Early TV dramas in the 50s and 60s did indeed have two arcs. The short or episodic arc and the long or "impossible" arc. The point of the impossible arc was that, once resolved, the series was over. Literally.

When The Fugitive proved he was innocent, the series was over and there was no interest in residuals. When Ben Gazarra in RUN FOR YOUR LIFE stopped running, so did the series. When David Carradine found his brother in KUNG FU, it was curtains.

Some shows avoided the problem entirely by making the long arc "romantic" and therefore trivial or forgettable. Look at the CSI series.

This changed in the 1990s when Joss Whedon for a brief period of time ran two hit series on two networks. The writing changed the face of TV, although it took 20 years for everyone to catch up. Whedon showed how the long arc, if teased, could be potentially more interesting than the short arc.

Which was heresy at the time. But he did it nonetheless.

Which is why Whedon is managing the Marvel library -- and you aren't.

I was watching this episode, with really interesting stuff happening, the Tom Keene character killing someone for the sheer joy; people injecting themselves with the deadliest toxin around; a major scientist in a looney bin; some sort of apocalypse coming, and I realized to my own amazement I was more interested in the Lizzie-Reddington connection (will she stay mad at him?) than the end of the world.

The long arc had me hooked. The end of the world I could live with. But I wanted to know who Red was to Lizzie.

My oh my has TV changed.

Where is the credit to Joss Whedon?

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