September 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm #301281
The new NBC drama / thriller The Blacklist, starring three-time Emmy winner James Spader, premieres tonight, September 23.
During pilot season, many critics and insiders claimed Blacklist was the best new series set to premiere. Reviews coming out earlier in the week seem to concur, for example:
Discuss the series, and this week, “The Pilot,” here!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.September 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm #301283
Really looking forward to watching this tonight, and who knows, maybe James Spader could get in next year.September 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm #301284
I’m checking this one out because (as you pointed out) a lot of critics have been very positive about this show. However, I’m not a big fan of Spader (to say the least) so we’ll see how it goes.September 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm #301285
This pilot lived up to the hype, fantastic. We have some Emmy candidates here!September 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm #301286
Spader/Lennix/Nagra/Klattenhoff seems like an exciting cast.September 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm #301287
I liked the pilot.
As Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies, it was distracting to me that they hit just about everything from Silence’s playbook in regards to the Reddington/Elizabeth relationship.
There were a few remarkable lapses in FBI protocol.
Still, i can’t say it wasn’t fun to watch. And I think this will definitely be a hit for tne network.September 24, 2013 at 9:43 am #301288
I gave up on NBC would-be quality shows Smash and Awake after one episode each, but this pilot is quite promising, full of excitement and twists. Spader’s great of course. Lennix is great within the limited capacity of his character so far. Boone is good; she’s pretty and likable, and it looks like she’ll have meaty material to work with, but I think it might take some time for her to totally inhabit the role. It’d be cool if I went from no must-see dramas last fall to…well, more than none – excited about Shield, hopeful for a less-Lewis Homeland, finding Masters of Sex good so far. B+
Spader’s my favorite Drama Actor winner, so I have a good feeling about this.September 24, 2013 at 9:57 am #301289
Really enjoyed this one! James Spader is JAMES SPADER! Even though I know this will turn into a boring procedural in a few weeks…September 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm #301290
LOVED JAMES SPADER…..This pilot was just “Fun”…can’t wait until next week.September 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm #301291September 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm #301292
This show is fantastic, Im already hooked, it kind of reminds me of 24 with all the action, great show and fantastic leads!September 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm #301293
As Silence of the Lambs is one of my
favorite movies, it was distracting to me that they hit just about
everything from Silence’s playbook in regards to the
No kidding. He all but said, “Quid pro quo, Clarice.” Still, I enjoyed Spader in this. Didn’t really love the Elizabeth character, I’m afraid.September 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm #301294
I absolutely loved Spader in this; it’s going to be a fantastic role for him! Otherwise, I thought the pilot was good, not great. A little too much going on, and a few too many cliche procedural moments. It feels like a series that wants to be unique, and can be, but then falls back on old tricks. Regardless, still a very strong start, and it’s definitely a series I’m excited to follow! Hopeful Spader gets some meat to work with, his presence was felt througout this episode, but I wanted more screentime for him!
In terms of ratings, it had a very strong start: 12.58 million viewers, with an impressive 3.8/10 in the 18-49 demo. Looking good out of the gate, but I’m interested to see how the numbers hold up next week, after pilot sampling.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.September 29, 2013 at 8:25 am #301295
Seeing the commercials for this, I thought I’d absolutely hate it. Spader as the smug criminal with comic elements made me sigh and roll my eyes. But seeing the reactions on here, I decided to watch it. It wasn’t as bad as I thought, but Spader’s character annoyed me instead of charmed me. Don’t get me started on Elizabeth/Lizzie. Following “The Following”, this is another show where the FBI is a group of inept people with their heads up their asses, except for one person. This one is a brand new profiler to boot! Really? As PianoMann said, a few too many cliche procedural moments, especially with the husband. But overall, not as bad as I thought. It did have some problems, but hopefully they can be fixed. Also, will they give Harry Lennix something real to do? Sounds like I hated it, but I swear I didn’t lol