Season 1, Episode 2: “The Freelancer (No. 145)”
Original air date: Sept. 30, 2013
“The Blacklist” slowed down from its pilot. A handful of new characters were introduced mainly through exposition. Agent Keen (Megan Boone) wonders why her husband has fake passports and a handgun hidden under the floorboards of her home. Reddington (James Spader) has all the answers but doles them out slowly, probably just to make sure there’s enough material to fill out the hour. Spader is so good at being ponce. He’s made a career of being snooty. But this show will fail fast if Spader becomes deus ex machina for every case. I found myself a little bored on episode two. Also, can we all just admit that Reddington is Keen’s father? This seems obvious. Let’s just admit it already. I might be wrong, but I doubt it.