Crossover November: Should ‘The Blacklist’ season 3, ‘Blindspot’ cross paths?

The Blacklist logo any seasonWe will openly be the first person to admit that there are some crossover suggestions we’ve brought up within our Crossover November series that are entirely implausible, and it is very hard to envision any scenario in which they actually happen.

However, what we like about the idea of “Blindspot” and “The Blacklist” crossing paths is that it not only would it be a lot of fun to watch, but as we are about to explain, it makes total sense.

The case for a crossover – Who doesn’t want to see Weller and Liz Keen in the same room, or Reddington and Jane Doe? Both shows have a tone that is action-packed, but also almost like a comic book in that you have this larger mystery that is in some ways outlandish, but not entirely fictitious. Jane’s tattoos are as implausible as Reddington seeming to know every known criminal on the planet, and ultimately we don’t care about any of it since we find the shows for the most part too entertaining to care.

Now, let’s talk logic. Both shows are heavily-promoted NBC properties that have aired after “The Voice,” and could easily crossover into some sort of two-part event. Would it get huge ratings? We’re not sure that it would necessarily blow the roof off, but it would give each a chance for some added publicity in the spring, a time when there is typically further buzz.

The case against a crossover – While these two shows certainly have procedural elements that tend to work well for crossovers, there is one other thing that you also have to remember here: Both shows also have serialized plots that tend to run through almost every episode. If you were to include characters from one show to another, you would have to do so without interrupting the narrative flow. Also, you would have to figure out a way to do this that does not prove to be incredibly challenging for viewers who only watch one of the two shows. We’re sure they share some audience, but how big is it really?

Ultimately, we just think that this would be a fun thing to do for a throwaway sweeps episode at some point. Both have interesting characters, and the tones are similar enough to pull it off. Let us know what you think about the idea in the comments.

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