With such a flamboyant lead in Red and more and more outlandish bad guys, it's felt for a while like The Blacklist wants to be a looser, wilder show than its fairly straight-faced procedural beginnings suggested.
The Blacklist moves away from questions of Raymond 'Red' Reddington's true motives, and towards getting things at the FBI black site back in order, so that more names can be checked off the titular blacklist.
It does seem like the writers are trying to fix the problems that really made the show so uneventful and unfulfilling. It's not a gigantic shift for The Blacklist, but hey, it feels like a move in the right direction.
Throughout the episode, in a very unsettling way, dots are connected: tracking markers in ties, drugs people take, World War II documentaries we're watching on Netflix, subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal and Cat Fanatic.
Spader continues to nonchalantly demolish the scenery surrounding him with is pursed lips and blasé delivery. Truly, he is a gifted SOB even if looking at him wearing that trademark hat makes me despair.