Last week, I got the chance to see a sneak preview of The Blacklist on NBC. Aside from how odd it is watching a TV show in a movie theater – you really notice a difference in the speed of scenes, plot developments, etc – I thought The Blacklist was awesome and definitely on my must-watch list for this fall.
The premise is simple – James Spader's Raymond Reddington is on the FBI's most wanted list, turns himself in, and starts helping the FBI track down more of their most wanted (and, he teases, even some criminals that aren't even on their radar yet!).
In all the buzz I was hearing, it just sounded like a crime-of-the-week kind of show, which doesn't interest me at all, but the premiere hints at a bigger story. You learn a little more about Reddington – a former military man who up and abandons his family and resurfaces years later as a criminal – and start to wonder why he left his family for a life of crime, where his family is now, and why he turns himself in now.
The other big mystery is why he only chooses to work with new FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (played by the Rose Bryne-ish Megan Boone). I'm not going to give anything away, but the premiere hints that Keen may have some mystery in her past as well.
There's a lot of action in the premiere (especially for a budget-stricken network show), you learn a little about these characters, and start to believe the reach that Reddington has in the crime world. And as if that's not enough, there's a plot twist at the end that I did not see coming. Nothing better than a cliffhanger to get you hooked.