“When I turned myself in I never imagined things could have turned out this badly. I knew it would be hard. But I never expected it would get harder with every day. I knew it would complicate things. I’d be forced to take security measures. Things she’d hate. Now all I see is resentment in her eyes. I’m suffocating her Harold.”


(Note: this is all written pre-4x06, so this isn’t taking into account anything that happens in tonight’s episode.)

I don’t know if you guys have ever watched The Screen Junkies show on YouTube, where they bring in their correspondent / “resident fixer” Nick Mundy to “fix” a movie or TV show franchise.

Well, that’s what I intend to do for The Blacklist today.

Here are my steps. Further analysis below the jump

  1. Figure out what to do with Agnes
  2. Figure out what to do with Liz
  3. Develop characters who aren’t named Red or Liz
  4. Better Blacklisters
  5. Stop retconning stuff
  6. Get back to the Myth Arc
  7. Let Liz and Red’s relationship develop by having them act and treat each other LIKE ADULTS!

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“After Liz is abducted by a man claiming to be her father, Red sets out to find her at any cost. Meanwhile, the Task Force grapples with the shocking news that Liz is still alive.”




And she died. | And now you’re dead.

“It’s nice to fall in love on film. I mean it, because as an actor, you’re always seeking out roles that will take you to extremes. If you’re going to play make-believe, why not play make-believe in extreme situations? The more extreme it is, the more it pulls you out of your pedestrian life. I always think it’s more fun to do something fantastic than something highly realistic. I’m a very romantic person and I think we’ve been taught to believe that love is something ordinary - that everyone can find it, but I think real love is the rarest thing in the world. I have fallen in love, and I’m lucky for it. I think in life, people have this confusion about love. We all want to fall in love so badly that we are almost willing to lie to ourselves, to force ourselves into believing that we are in love when we aren’t. It’s too bad, because in so doing, we cheapen it. I don’t think we recognize the depth of the emotion at all. It’s entirely transformative, and we think of it as a blurb on a Hallmark card. When you’re in love, you can’t control it. It’s when you can’t take charge of what you feel, when you are completely powerless in the face of the emotion. When it happens, it happens in spite of you.”

- James Spader, excerpt from a 2002 interview