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Posted by Geo N at Thursday, March 27, 2014 26 CommentsReviews The Blacklist
My dad would lay in bed with me, and hold me in his arms,
And hum that song. He'd tell me I was safe. That everything Was going to be ok."
- Liz to Red
Trailers for upcoming episodes of any TV show are usually misleading, deceitful and often puzzling. They are meant to attract viewers to watch the show when it airs rather than wait for our DVR or TiVo recording. The trailer for the latest episode of The Blacklist, Ivan, performed all of the above. It was so captivating I watched the original airing, which I never do; I usually watch the episode the following morning around 6AM (I know, I get up way too early, but I do that every morning not just for TV...sometimes). I couldn't wait. When I saw Tom hiding behind that back door at 1896 La Vista Street (his spy lair) with Liz creeping up to that very same door, it appeared they locked eyes through the hinge-gap (I just created that word - don't worry, I can do that); I just had to see what came next. It was well worth it, because what came next was some great scenes and the reveal at the end had worn out my remotes rewind and play buttons.
The episode last week showed Tom burying the dead bodies of The Cowboy and Jolene and I thought to myself, "There is no way anyone will be able to find those two". This week's episode begins with Mr. Kaplan standing vigil, in her uber expensive Vicuña wool jacket, over the open grave site of the recently deceased. How did she do that?!? I suppose it doesn't matter, however this new information allows Red to initiate a missing persons case for Jolene. Hopefully, for Tom's sake, he did a better job at hiding evidence for his double-homicide side mission than he did in getting rid of Uncle Flippo.
I've mentioned before how Liz has been getting bolder and more courageous in her duties since her first day on the job and, of course, the day Red came literally strolling into her life. In each episode she appears to be getting more mentally capable and apprehends Harrison Lee using more daring choices, however, she also puts herself into more precarious positions as a result. Either way, I like Liz a lot more now than I did at the beginning of the season. She makes quicker decisions now and the chase scene in the subway was really cool the way Liz leapt onto the moving train to get closer to Lee.
The episode ends with a heartfelt moment between Liz and Red set to classical music. She recalls the night a fire ravaged her home and smoke was everywhere. The orange glow of the flames and the stuffed bunny in her flashbacks, if you recall, are from a similar scene she remembers back in Episode Ten. The memory is bittersweet as Liz notes her dad would lay in bed with her some nights and hum the song playing on Red's 1940 Sorrento music box. It is implied in this scene that Red is Liz's father, but I still don't think it is a definitive answer. If you recall earlier in the episode, Liz asks Red what he knows about Jolene and during this scene he says to her, "I have never lied to you". At the end of the mid-season finale he tells her, "No", when asked if he is her father. Now, I am just confused. I think we still need a little more information before we can truly say that Red is or is not Liz's dad.
Thoughts And Questions
- I usually place a relevant quote from the song that is playing during the episode, but since there were no lyrics to this weeks musical piece I'll just give you the Title and Artist here: Tempo Di Minuetto in the Style of Mozart - Leslie Howard
It was very tranquil and relaxing which was paradoxical next to the scenes of fire and smoke that Liz was recollecting.
- Not that it's important, but how did Mr. Kaplan locate the bodies of Jolene and The Cowboy? She made it clear that she didn't know who did it so it's not like she followed anyone there.
- I thought it was funny when Red said to Ivan about Ivan's tablet, "Do you find all the fingerprints distracting, or does that sort of thing not bother you?
- Is anyone else concerned that some country could possibly have a program like 'The Skeleton Key' in their possession?...Just kidding...or am I?
- I thought it was funny the way Liz described her assailant - Male, Caucasian, Over 6 Ft. Tall, Dark Hair - does that sound like someone you know Liz, lol??? It should have been - Male, Caucasian, Over 6 Ft. Tall, Dark Hair, ...Glasses, Is a Substitute Teacher by Day/Spy at Night, Answers to the name Tom, Is My Husband...
- Did Liz go to Red because he was right about Tom all along or is it because she just feels safe around him? Or is it a hybrid of the two?
- I hope we get to find out who 'Berlin' is that Tom keeps referencing.
- Do you think, because of that final scene, that Liz believes Red is her father? How else would Red know that her dad used to hum that song to her?
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