Are you looking for a new five star television series to watch on Netflix? You just may be in luck. A new American crime drama has recently become available on Netflix, and it is called The Blacklist. The new hit is produced by Anthony Sparks and premiered on national television on September 23, 2013 on NBC network. So far only the first season is posted on Netflix, in which there are 22 thrilling episodes. The second season is in the process of being aired now.
The Blacklist is about how one of the most highly wanted fugitives in the world, Raymond “Red” Reddington, played by James Spader, turns into a confidential informant for the FBI. Reddington was a United States Navy officer and disappeared for over 20 years. During those 20 years in the dark he became one of the FBI’s Top Ten wanted fugitives. He was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Reddington claims to share an interest with the FBI in capturing some of the criminals that he had worked with in the past. There are a couple catches though; Reddington demands that he be granted immunity from being incarcerated, and that his communication about the cases has to be with Elizabeth Keen only.
Who is Elizabeth Keen you may ask? Keen, played by Megan Boon, is a new FBI special agent who has been recruited onto Harold Cooper’s Task Force. Cooper is played by Harry Lenix and is the Assistant Director of FBI Headquarters in Washington. Also on the task force are special agents Donald Ressler, played by Diego Klattenhoff, and Aram Mojtabai, played by Amir Arison. The first episode starts with Keen being late to her first day of work. She is shocked when she walks out of her home and is surrounded by numerous cars, helicopters, and FBI officers. While Keen is in disbelief that a criminal like Reddington demands that he will only communicate with her, seeming that they have never had previous contact in the past, she does not back down. Although Keen is a rookie profiler she claims that she is up for the challenge and makes it known that she will not be taken advantage of.
Throughout the series Keen and Reddington begin to share a close bond, and they appear to make a great team. With Keen’s ability to relate to the criminal mind and Reddington’s intellect and clues, the Washington FBI Team is able to make many captures, as well as make a name for themselves. Suspicion does arise from the FBI, and soon starts to question why Reddington seems to be so obsessed with Keen. Agent Cooper and Keen try to look more into this, but Reddington only replies with saying that she is “very special”. As episodes continue many mysteries of Keen and Reddington’s lives are unfolded. Reddington’s relationship with Keen’s father throws many for a plot twist, but leaves you wondering and wanting to know more. In season two especially, Red starts to teach Keen to think like a criminal even though she may not want to.
The Blacklist has received excellent reviews and has been nominated for many awards. Many critics have commended James Spader’s role, in particular, as Raymond Reddington. The show was nominated for many different prestigious awards, such as the Golden Globe Awards and The People’s Choice Awards. They won two awards in 2014 from Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. There has been a lot of hype built up around this show and it will not fail to impress.