Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Blacklist: Redemption Pilot Review - Leland Bray

Network: NBC

Genre: Crime Drama

Airs: Thursdays at 10/9c

My Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: Covert operative Tom Keen joins forces with Susan "Scottie" Hargrave and is introduced to the brilliant and cunning chief of a covert mercenary organization that solves problems that are too dangerous for the government.

My Thoughts: Well it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It was basically... The Blacklist. As someone who has gotten tired of The Blacklist over the last season or two, I really didn't have high hopes for The Blacklist: Redemption. The one thing that The Blacklist: Redemption has going for it is Tom Keen. He is, by far, my favorite part of The Blacklist. Sure... Red has some amazing monologues on The Blacklist, but Tom Keen is all action and swoonishness (I don't think that's a word haha).

With that being said, The Blacklist: Redemption's first episode took place directly after the conclusion of episode 15 of The Blacklist and even included a special appearance by Liz Keen herself. We see Susan "Scottie" Hargrave and her ragtag group of misfits from Halcyon, who we met in episode 21 of season three of The Blacklist. I really do like each member of this team... they kind of remind me of their Blacklist counterparts, but much more intelligent and interesting. We have Matias Soloman and Nez Rowan, the Ressler and Navabi of the team, as well as Dumont, their own personal Aram. The Redemption team even has their own "Blacklister", in which they need Tom Keen's help to take out. 

Overall, I think The Blacklist: Redemption will be a fun ride. The first season is set to only have eight episodes, which I think is the right number to establish this team without tiring out the viewers (often like what happens to me with The Blacklist... why in the world is this show 22 episodes each season?????). For anyone who likes The Blacklist, or crime procedurals in general, this show will also be right up your alley.

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