The Blacklist season 6 episode 7 review: What Dembe knows


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Tonight’s The Blacklist season 6 episode 7 easily has to go down as one of the creepiest ones that we’ve seen all series. How else can you describe a case that was geared, in part, around a dangerous man who was modifying insects and committing acts of warfare using them?

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“General Shiro” is technically not the Blacklister, but instead an inspiration for them. This creepy character found a way in which to go after his targets using his mutated beetles and then after the fact, take his own life rather than spend the rest of his life in prison. His name is Jonathan Nikola, and we’ve got a feeling that we’re not going to be forgetting about him anytime soon.

Of course, Liz Keen received this particular case because of Reddington — there were ties once more between this case and what Reddington was trying to achieve in terms of his own freedom. What was the connection between Jonathan and Reddington’s freedom? On the surface, that wasn’t clear, but it became that way over time.

We were very much entertained by the Reddington – trial subplot tonight, mostly because it gave us a chance to see Glen brought back into the mix. Dembe went to him in order to get some help in the jury selection — the idea was for him to be able to bring in the perfect jurors. In the end, though, Glen opted to be a juror himself, and then everything blew up when Glen wouldn’t shut up on the stand. He revealed that he had a criminal record that rendered him incapable of taking on the job. Glen was the contingency plan, and now he’s gone.

In the aftermath of this, Reddington had to figure out a different course of action — an address located within Jonathan Nikola’s lab. This was what he needed for Reddington’s next move and potentially his last get-out-of-jail-free card in his attempt at sticking around. He just needed the Blacklister case to get in action so that Dembe could get the information he needed.

CarterMatt Verdict

This was an excellent episode of The Blacklist, mostly because of seeing Dembe work. Reddington’s story about drowning and Dembe saving him to Cooper was extraordinary, as was getting a chance to see the conversation between Dembe and Liz where he admitted he knew everything. This may be one of Hisham Tawfiq’s best episodes of the series, as we saw Reddington come up with another backup plan while his jury one went relatively up in smoke.

Also, a heck of a creepy Blacklister anchored the case-of-the-week part.

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