‘The Blacklist’ season 3, episode 6 review: Does Tom have the key to clearing Liz’s name?
Dembe is off to get some help for his gunshot wound on “The Blacklist” and we are hopeful that he will come out of this whole thing okay, because if there is no more Dembe, we will be heartbroken. Luckily he’s not alone, Liz is on the plane with him and taking care of him – even though he’s being stubborn as usual.
“The Blacklist” this season has Liz and Reddington on the run, but they have still found a way to keep the actual blacklisters coming onto the show each week, since each person Reddington is after is someone that can help clear Liz’s name. Unfortunately, the Director (Peter) has full access to the FBI, everyone on the task force, and Ressler’s connections to Liz and Reddington so while Reddington has given another blacklister name to the FBI tonight (Crispin), the director also knows the same information giving him a chance to find Liz and Reddington to have them killed.
They eventually find Crispin flying around the world, but after grounding his fuel tanker the FBI has a location on the plane, or so they think. The director has given them false information sending them on a wild goose chase, while he sends Matthias to meet Liz and Reddington at the plane landing site – to kill them. Ressler figures out that they have been sent to the wrong place, but it has given Reddington a chance to pump Crispin for information. After learning what he wants (and stealing the thumbs from one of the people being held in a cryogenic tank), he shoots Crispin and is able to escape before Matthias has a chance to kill them. Reddington takes the thumbs to open a safe deposit box that the director has – what was in the box? Ressler knows there is something in there that will help Liz, but he’s not sure how.
The phone conversation between the director and Reddington was fantastic. As much information that Reddington has so far on him and the Cabal, it’s not enough to make Peter turn on them. Does he have another play?
Asher is not interested in talking to Tom anymore, but Tom won’t leave him alone as he tries to flush out Karakurt. Everything worked out well for Tom as he ends up getting taken by some of Karakurt’s men… the bad news is, he and Asher are being forced to fight to the death. How is Tom going to get out of this one? As it turns out he’s not able to get out of it, and in fact he has to fight Asher and kills him in order to get a chance to speak to Karakurt. Tom tells him that he knows that he’s Karakurt and that going to take him back to the station to clear Liz’s name and by the end of his speech, Tom was dragging Karakurt out by the scruff of his neck.
We can’t say enough about Ryan Eggold and his performance on this show. When he’s given strong storylines like the one tonight, it’s just another reminder of why we would be devastated if he was ever killed off. There was a lot of great stuff with Reddington and Liz tonight, but it was TOm that stole the show for us. Episode grade: B+
What did you think of tonight’s episode of “The Blacklist”? Leave us a comment below and tell us your thoughts on the season so far.
November 6, 2015 @ 3:26 pm
I really thought the fight scenes were hokey…and the Tom Story Arc is not interesting to me. I found myself reading twitter during the show and that never happens.
Hopefully the writers are going somewhere with this….besides bringing in Karakurt…what is expected? Making Tom into a hero and Liz taking him back yet again. That makes me cringe.
November 6, 2015 @ 5:24 am
It’s time they knocked off the Director — that little weasel! He had way too much air time in this episode. Oh, well! I suppose we’re meant to hate him, aren’t we?
That said, I again enjoyed tonight’s episode tremendously! Red leaving the two thumbs in the safe deposit box for the Director to find was priceless. Red seems to be much more hands-on this season (e.g., dropping down himself into the vault rather than sending someone else on “Team Red” to do it). Anything that gives James Spader even one more second of air time is great with me.
Speaking of great, Tom telling the bad guys how he was going to take them out — and then pulling it off perfectly — was poetry in motion! That’s a scene to be viewed over and over! Though he remains very effective in what he does, you can tell Tom has changed just by the emotion he showed after reluctantly killing Asher. Is it Tom’s involvement with, and love for, Liz that’s made him more humane? Whatever the reason, Ryan Eggold’s portrayal of Tom is terrific and the writers would be wise to ensure that he sticks around.