The Blacklist (2013– )
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Zal Bin Hasaan (No. 31) 

A family tragedy in Samar's past resurfaces when the Task Force hunt for an elusive international terrorist. The FBI and the Cabal gain significant ground in their search for Liz and Red. ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael W. Watkins (as Michael Watkins)

Writers:

Jon Bokenkamp (created by), Brandon Margolis | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Raymond 'Red' Reddington
Megan Boone ... Elizabeth Keen
Diego Klattenhoff ... Donald Ressler
Ryan Eggold ... Tom Keen
Amir Arison ... Aram Mojtabai
Mozhan Marnò ... Samar Navabi
Hisham Tawfiq ... Dembe Zuma
Harry Lennix ... Harold Cooper
David Strathairn ... Peter Kotsiopulos
Christine Lahti ... Laurel Hitchin
Oded Fehr ... Agent Shur
Edi Gathegi ... Matias Solomon
Valarie Pettiford ... Charlene Cooper
Sammy Sheik ... Shahin Navabi
Adriane Lenox ... Reven Wright
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A family tragedy in Samar's past resurfaces when the Task Force hunt for an elusive international terrorist. The FBI and the Cabal gain significant ground in their search for Liz and Red. Meanwhile, Tom encounters complications in his plan to exonerate Liz.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Persian | Hebrew

Release Date:

12 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

David Strathairn plays a CIA Director in the series. He also played a CIA Director in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and The Bourne Legacy (2012). See more »

Goofs

Several instances of the gun cocking sound involving hammerless guns that cannot be cocked. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Blacklist: The Director (No. 24): Conclusion (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blacklist End Credits Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Porter
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Atonal
14 November 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Have been a huge fan of this series -- see prior reviews which make the case plainly -- but I have problems with this episode.

On the one hand, you could simply dismiss the issues here as what I have called in prior reviews "P2K4" tactics, ie, the writing team needed to have all the players on the board in certain places at a specific time in order to deliver the coming "payoff" or "twist" -- and if that means sacrificing an episode (ie delivering an episode that is somewhat unsatisfying to watch, or less satisfying than we are used to) then OK, that's the price of the game.

But I want to go a bit deeper, with the reader's kind permission.

As we move into Season 3, we note again that the charm, the elegance of this show involves an alleged "bad guy" wonderfully played by Spader who seems to be the only one on the planet that can capture other bad guys, especially those that leave the traditional justice system powerless.

It is a clever premise and it works a treat. Essentially each name on the Blacklist (remember, they are still bracketing each episode with a Blacklist number, in spite of the Lizzie/Cabal arc) is a sort of Hannibal Lector, and, evil as they may be (and they are) Spader always saves the day.

I dubbed this review "atonal." Which means music lacking the core values of music. The problem here is with a story that sets Spader against true terrorists. Historians of the future, looking back at our era, will no doubt observe the plain truth that "terror changes everything." It displaces gravity. It evaporates the rule book. Each prior Blacklister, evil as they were, did not show any predilection to die for their cause. This episode in the view of this critic mixes oil and water. Reddington is going against people who lack core values and are prepared to kill or die simply to make a point.

Which is what I am doing in this review. Making a point.

I could have dismissed the weakness in this script as simply a sacrificial episode to reach a certain point in the greater arc.

But there is more to it than that.


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