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2021-01-27 2:25:07 PM  
reminds of this wonderful gentleman named Jared who used to run this cute little haberdashery on the Right bank in Paris.
Lovely wife, made the best espressos.  I shot him.
 
2021-01-27 2:26:17 PM  
Does it still feature Agent Elizabeth Keen?

No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.
 
2021-01-27 2:31:09 PM  

Bslim: Does it still feature Agent Elizabeth Keen?

No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.


The worst thing on TV was their attempt at a covid-friendly workaround by doing some horrifyingly bad CGI to fill in the shooting gaps.  Although, Liz's storyline has already been especially absurd this season.
 
2021-01-27 2:32:26 PM  
That show was pretty entertaining for the first three seasons or so (almost entirely because of Spader's acting)... but I've had no desire to watch any seasons after that. It just became too repetitive.
 
2021-01-27 2:38:26 PM  
This boggles my mind.

I quit watching during the first or second season, because of two specific episodes.  In the first, there was a dentist who basically used "evil dentistry" to kill people.  In the second, there was a cult that had resurrected smallpox and was trying to reintroduce it to the world.  These episodes aired back to back.

Somehow, these two characters, an angry dentist and an apocalypse cult leader, were on the same goddamn list?  GTFO.

That was it for my interest in that show.
 
2021-01-27 2:50:35 PM  
I posted this pic in the Blacklist FB group and *way* too many people thought I was serious:


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2021-01-27 2:52:52 PM  

bthom37: This boggles my mind.

I quit watching during the first or second season, because of two specific episodes.  In the first, there was a dentist who basically used "evil dentistry" to kill people.  In the second, there was a cult that had resurrected smallpox and was trying to reintroduce it to the world.  These episodes aired back to back.

Somehow, these two characters, an angry dentist and an apocalypse cult leader, were on the same goddamn list?  GTFO.

That was it for my interest in that show.


That's fair.  It's basically a show you can turn on for a while for a nice dose of Spader acting like a smug douchebag (so Spader acting like Spader, exactly what you're after sometimes), and I have a soft spot for Harry Lennix, but the show itself definitely is absurd beyond belief.
 
2021-01-27 2:58:44 PM  

Bslim: No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.


I see your Agent Elizabeth Keen and raise you one Becky from The Conners.

I loved the Blacklist at the start but I think I stopped watching after season 2 or so. Or maybe I just enjoyed storytime with Red?
 
2021-01-27 3:03:37 PM  
Just started on this show the other week

Kinda lost it on the "adoption" episode where the doc implied he was the father of all the kids on the baby farm

Yet they ran DNA tests, Identified the mothers .. AND NO ONE NOTICED THEY ALL HAD THE SAME FATHER????
 
2021-01-27 3:06:30 PM  

Ghost Roach: Just started on this show the other week

Kinda lost it on the "adoption" episode where the doc implied he was the father of all the kids on the baby farm

Yet they ran DNA tests, Identified the mothers .. AND NO ONE NOTICED THEY ALL HAD THE SAME FATHER????


Mmm good times
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2021-01-27 3:13:15 PM  
 Tim Daly and Steven Weber vehicle Wings has also been renewed.
 
2021-01-27 3:13:49 PM  

Bslim: Does it still feature Agent Elizabeth Keen?

No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.


Liz was fine.  It was her ex husband that I couldn't stand on my television screen.  What a sack of worthless shiat.
 
2021-01-27 3:15:59 PM  
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2021-01-27 3:19:15 PM  

Last Man on Earth: It's basically a show you can turn on for a while for a nice dose of Spader acting like a smug douchebag (so Spader acting like Spader, exactly what you're after sometimes), and I have a soft spot for Harry Lennix, but the show itself definitely is absurd beyond belief.


I consider the show a member the "fantasy-crime" genre. You really have to suspend disbelief for almost every episode, especially after Season 4. Logic and reality do not exist, but it's a fun ride - and Spader is a master at his craft. I could watch Spader read a cake mix ingredient label and still be enthralled.

I have come to love the show *because* of the absurdity. The wilder and more implausible the scenario, the better I like it.
They seem to enjoy taking things to greater and greater levels of "oh no they dinnent" silliness. I'm on board for it.
 
2021-01-27 3:23:48 PM  
I stopped watching early in season three. Love Spader but the actress (whatever her name is) with the sleepy eyes and of course, having everything work out, drove me more bonkers than usual.
That's probably why I enjoyed the sopranos so much. In any given episode (mid to later seasons of the series)  no characters were off limits. The final episode was great.
 
2021-01-27 3:24:07 PM  

LL316: Bslim: Does it still feature Agent Elizabeth Keen?

No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.

Liz was fine.  It was her ex husband that I couldn't stand on my television screen.  What a sack of worthless shiat.


I think we can all agree that Spader is the *only* reason to watch.
 
2021-01-27 3:31:11 PM  

I know a guy: That show was pretty entertaining for the first three seasons or so (almost entirely because of Spader's acting)... but I've had no desire to watch any seasons after that. It just became too repetitive.


I've been spoiled with excellent television dramas. I can't get into the "monster of the week" shows anymore.


/no fedora, I just like a well made television show that tells a complete story.
 
2021-01-27 3:33:33 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: LL316: Bslim: Does it still feature Agent Elizabeth Keen?

No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.

Liz was fine.  It was her ex husband that I couldn't stand on my television screen.  What a sack of worthless shiat.

I think we can all agree that Spader is the *only* reason to watch.


I keep waiting for my name to show up as the title of an Episode.
 
2021-01-27 3:36:02 PM  

Flincher: I know a guy: That show was pretty entertaining for the first three seasons or so (almost entirely because of Spader's acting)... but I've had no desire to watch any seasons after that. It just became too repetitive.

I've been spoiled with excellent television dramas. I can't get into the "monster of the week" shows anymore.


/no fedora, I just like a well made television show that tells a complete story.


But I kinda wish there was a good network show worth following because (A) more episodes; (B) lots of good guest stars. But I gave up on The Blacklist not because it went downhill but because why watch that when I can watch The Americans or whatever.
 
2021-01-27 3:39:58 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: I think we can all agree that Spader is the *only* reason to watch.


I find Megan Boone to have a pleasing aesthetic quality but I gave up on the show after they killed Paul Reubens character.

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2021-01-27 3:41:55 PM  
I lost interest several years back when one of the agents was trapped in a van after being drugged, attacked the driver through the separating cage & caused the van to wreck.  Then a bear came and pushed the van into a river and the agent was in danger of drowning.

Yeah...sorry, even my ability to tolerate absurdity has its limits. Even fast forwarding through all the Elizabeth parts to get to the James Spader parts didn't help.
 
2021-01-27 3:45:27 PM  

Optimus Primate: Last Man on Earth: It's basically a show you can turn on for a while for a nice dose of Spader acting like a smug douchebag (so Spader acting like Spader, exactly what you're after sometimes), and I have a soft spot for Harry Lennix, but the show itself definitely is absurd beyond belief.

I consider the show a member the "fantasy-crime" genre. You really have to suspend disbelief for almost every episode, especially after Season 4. Logic and reality do not exist, but it's a fun ride - and Spader is a master at his craft. I could watch Spader read a cake mix ingredient label and still be enthralled.

I have come to love the show *because* of the absurdity. The wilder and more implausible the scenario, the better I like it.
They seem to enjoy taking things to greater and greater levels of "oh no they dinnent" silliness. I'm on board for it.


That sounds about right.  Appropriate, considering Boston Legal (pure, unadulterated Spader) was pretty much the same way in terms of "turn your brain completely off and embrace how utterly absurd it is."
 
2021-01-27 3:45:47 PM  

ThoughtSpy: I lost interest several years back when one of the agents was trapped in a van after being drugged, attacked the driver through the separating cage & caused the van to wreck.  Then a bear came and pushed the van into a river and the agent was in danger of drowning.

Yeah...sorry, even my ability to tolerate absurdity has its limits. Even fast forwarding through all the Elizabeth parts to get to the James Spader parts didn't help.


Now that I know a fricking bear is a major character, I'm suddenly interested again.
 
2021-01-27 3:47:33 PM  
I mean, that bear probably hasn't had work since that French film about a bear.
 
2021-01-27 3:53:12 PM  

Last Man on Earth: Optimus Primate: Last Man on Earth: It's basically a show you can turn on for a while for a nice dose of Spader acting like a smug douchebag (so Spader acting like Spader, exactly what you're after sometimes), and I have a soft spot for Harry Lennix, but the show itself definitely is absurd beyond belief.

I consider the show a member the "fantasy-crime" genre. You really have to suspend disbelief for almost every episode, especially after Season 4. Logic and reality do not exist, but it's a fun ride - and Spader is a master at his craft. I could watch Spader read a cake mix ingredient label and still be enthralled.

I have come to love the show *because* of the absurdity. The wilder and more implausible the scenario, the better I like it.
They seem to enjoy taking things to greater and greater levels of "oh no they dinnent" silliness. I'm on board for it.

That sounds about right.  Appropriate, considering Boston Legal (pure, unadulterated Spader) was pretty much the same way in terms of "turn your brain completely off and embrace how utterly absurd it is."


You mean every scene Denny (Bill Shatner) was in? Yeah, who could have foreshadowed today's reality?
 
2021-01-27 4:00:29 PM  
For a show that came out in 2013, was severely dated by like... late 2013, this show has a weird amount of sticking power.

Though, in fairness... a better adaptation of Silence of the Lambs / Hannibal / Red Dragon than the actual "Hannibal" branded series, and the guy doing the Anthony Hopkins impression does a better job of it, so I suppose it has that going for it.

Basically The Blacklist is the "Elementary" to Hannibal's "BBC Sherlock".  The show with more episodes and less artistic pretensions that eventually ends up being unambiguously better because they hired actual writers to write it instead of their edgy thirteen-year-old kid.

// If you didn't realize Blacklist was a Silence of the Lambs adaptation with the copyright registration numbers filed off and can't un-see it now, I'm sorry for ruining it for you.  Or if that makes you like it more... you're welcome?
 
2021-01-27 4:11:16 PM  
That show was fine for a season or 2, but now it's just an equine blood stain and a forensic team wouldn't be able to tell you what the breed was.
 
2021-01-27 4:12:50 PM  
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2021-01-27 4:30:28 PM  
The Razzies mean nothing.

Those idiots nominated The Shining and The Thing for Razzies.
 
2021-01-27 4:43:19 PM  

Optimus Primate: Last Man on Earth: It's basically a show you can turn on for a while for a nice dose of Spader acting like a smug douchebag (so Spader acting like Spader, exactly what you're after sometimes), and I have a soft spot for Harry Lennix, but the show itself definitely is absurd beyond belief.

I consider the show a member the "fantasy-crime" genre. You really have to suspend disbelief for almost every episode, especially after Season 4. Logic and reality do not exist, but it's a fun ride - and Spader is a master at his craft. I could watch Spader read a cake mix ingredient label and still be enthralled.

I have come to love the show *because* of the absurdity. The wilder and more implausible the scenario, the better I like it.
They seem to enjoy taking things to greater and greater levels of "oh no they dinnent" silliness. I'm on board for it.


Oh yeah, that is why I loved it. And with that absurdity, you had Spader's smug acting just rubbing it in your face. It was like watching him and Shatner on Boston Legal
 
2021-01-27 4:53:23 PM  

RogueWallEnthusiast: That show was fine for a season or 2, but now it's just an equine blood stain and a forensic team wouldn't be able to tell you what the breed was.


I don't disagree, but can we really complain about that given that it's a crime procedural/drama?  Those are kinda like soap operas, they clearly have an appeal of some sort and it's definitely unrelated to their ability to stay fresh and keep producing new ideas, because none of the five-plus season procedural shows of this kind ever did that past one season or two (with the potential exception of Psych, which was more a comedy making fun of the format).

Sort of like with romance novels, at some point around the 1000th wildly popular one that passes you by you kinda have to figure that it's a form of entertainment whose value just lies in some other set of appeals than the factors by which you'd normally judge products within the medium overall.

Like... maybe if we don't see it the problem's us?  Not that it matters, we can just not watch it, but still.

// And I don't, I bailed out of Blacklist around season... three, I wanna say?  I would have already characterized it as out of ideas at that point, but clearly people still like it.  And, yeah, even early on it was fun because it was super cartoony and dumb, not because it was a realistic proposal that anyone could genuinely believe could happen in the real world.
 
2021-01-27 4:56:19 PM  

Oysterman: Bslim: Does it still feature Agent Elizabeth Keen?

No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.

The worst thing on TV was their attempt at a covid-friendly workaround by doing some horrifyingly bad CGI to fill in the shooting gaps.  Although, Liz's storyline has already been especially absurd this season.


It was not CGI.  It was just animation.  Other shows did the same thing.  One day at a time I know did it.  Pretty sure one or two others did it as well.

They didn't exactly have months to plan for it.  They whipped it up super quick and cheap so they could finish an episode.  I thought it worked really well.   It was literally one freaking episode, get over it.

Also, you're confusing the actress with the character.  Megan Boone is a great actress playing a completely idiotic character that they keep making more and more idiotic.  The entire rest of the show is great, inc Spader, so I keep watching but they keep destroying her character.

/And aside from Spader, she's the main focal point of the show and this season is clearly headed for her to get killed off.  I don't know how the show even continues at that point.
 
2021-01-27 5:22:21 PM  

Jim_Callahan: RogueWallEnthusiast: That show was fine for a season or 2, but now it's just an equine blood stain and a forensic team wouldn't be able to tell you what the breed was.

I don't disagree, but can we really complain about that given that it's a crime procedural/drama?  Those are kinda like soap operas, they clearly have an appeal of some sort and it's definitely unrelated to their ability to stay fresh and keep producing new ideas, because none of the five-plus season procedural shows of this kind ever did that past one season or two (with the potential exception of Psych, which was more a comedy making fun of the format).

Sort of like with romance novels, at some point around the 1000th wildly popular one that passes you by you kinda have to figure that it's a form of entertainment whose value just lies in some other set of appeals than the factors by which you'd normally judge products within the medium overall.

Like... maybe if we don't see it the problem's us?  Not that it matters, we can just not watch it, but still.

// And I don't, I bailed out of Blacklist around season... three, I wanna say?  I would have already characterized it as out of ideas at that point, but clearly people still like it.  And, yeah, even early on it was fun because it was super cartoony and dumb, not because it was a realistic proposal that anyone could genuinely believe could happen in the real world.


At one point there were less than ludicrous plots.  Most police procedurals or detective shows or medical dramas rely on new cases or diseases or just patients to add slight variations/new temporary or occasional characters/new diseases/crimes what have you.  But the Blacklist started off with an absurd (and compelling) aspect that "these are the real problems that you don't even know exist in most cases, way worse than the criminal you know me to be" which you can buy for like 30 episodes or so if it's well done but now...no effing way.

And that's before getting into the main cast interactions which got ridiculous by the end of season 2, can't even imagine what they're like now.

/ALAN ALDA'S CHARACTER WAS ACTUALLY HER MATERNAL GREAT GRAND UNCLE!!!!
 
2021-01-27 5:46:25 PM  
Liz's storyline has already been especially absurd this season ...

No, that's every season's default. And she is The. Worst. FBI. Agent. Ever.

Spader doing his schtick is the only reason to watch, nut it too has become a parody of itself.  I sometimes entertain mrs. pie, who is a fan, by taking old WC Fields speeches and doing them in Spader's voice, or creating madlib-like stream-of-consciousness Spader anecdotes about whatever is going on at the moment.
 
2021-01-27 5:50:19 PM  
I'm surprised it's still on. I watched it for a couple seasons, but after a while the episodes and the characters just became too unbelievable and ridiculous. I recall at the time that most people were saying the same about it. Spader was great in it, but even he couldn't hold my interest any longer.
 
2021-01-27 8:02:34 PM  

Bslim: Does it still feature Agent Elizabeth Keen?

No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.


Stopped watching on season 2. Love James Spader. But i can't watch him having to carry all that dead weight. This shiat should be cancelled so we can reboot Boston Legal and he can work with real actors.
 
2021-01-27 8:29:26 PM  
They made keene so unlikable its terrible, sociopathic hospital bombings just dont make sense.

She is a good enough actress but between cooper dembe and spader she just seems bad

I watch the show for reddington moments, reminds me of garak from ds9
 
2021-01-27 8:36:21 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: LL316: Bslim: Does it still feature Agent Elizabeth Keen?

No, thank you. That actress is probably the worst thing on TV.

Liz was fine.  It was her ex husband that I couldn't stand on my television screen.  What a sack of worthless shiat.

I think we can all agree that Spader is the *only* reason to watch.


In defense, the other actors are doing good jobs with what they are given. None are Spader but few to no TV shows have multiple Spader level actors on them (like the The West Wing) are far from bad actors.
 
2021-01-27 8:38:06 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Flincher: I know a guy: That show was pretty entertaining for the first three seasons or so (almost entirely because of Spader's acting)... but I've had no desire to watch any seasons after that. It just became too repetitive.

I've been spoiled with excellent television dramas. I can't get into the "monster of the week" shows anymore.


/no fedora, I just like a well made television show that tells a complete story.

But I kinda wish there was a good network show worth following because (A) more episodes; (B) lots of good guest stars. But I gave up on The Blacklist not because it went downhill but because why watch that when I can watch The Americans or whatever.


start rewatching old great shows, it works out better than trying to find a new great one. You tend to catch things you missed and so makes that show even better.
 
2021-01-27 8:38:47 PM  

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Spader has agreed to get another big paycheck.
 
2021-01-27 8:43:03 PM  

Flincher: I know a guy: That show was pretty entertaining for the first three seasons or so (almost entirely because of Spader's acting)... but I've had no desire to watch any seasons after that. It just became too repetitive.

I've been spoiled with excellent television dramas. I can't get into the "monster of the week" shows anymore.


/no fedora, I just like a well made television show that tells a complete story.


The Blacklist did it pretty well for the first 2-3 seasons but the never revealing the whole truth kind of gets boring unless you are a Lost Cultist (said teasingly). If you loved/just liked the show, that is great because that is all this is, entertainment. I am just expressing an opinion about how it did not entertain me. Neither show is truely badly written, just the flaws that come from not having a plan.
 
2021-01-27 11:19:07 PM  
I gave up towards the end of the first season, but my wife continues to binge it. Can anybody who's watched all the seasons tell me exactly how many fathers Elizabeth has had? Seems like dozens.
 
2021-01-28 1:00:15 AM  
I think that James Spader should host SNL. But method acting as Raymond Reddington the whole time. Just think of the monologue.
 
2021-01-28 1:20:06 AM  

Matt Dodson: I gave up towards the end of the first season, but my wife continues to binge it. Can anybody who's watched all the seasons tell me exactly how many fathers Elizabeth has had? Seems like dozens.


three, wait four...do we count the guy who raised her but is not related?
 
2021-01-28 8:38:21 AM  
Pretty much like everyone else, I thought that the first season or so was pretty compelling with the whole "is James Spader working with the FBI, or did Spader weasel his way in to get the FBI to do his dirty work" thing, but I gave up on the series when it started to become a never-ending mystery about the FBI agent.
 
2021-01-28 3:51:25 PM  
I like how this show, above all else, grounds itself in completely unalloyed reality.  Much as other shows have science, medical, etc advisors, this one must have a panel of realists that keep everything perfectly grounded.
 
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