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We’ve now concluded five episodes of the fourth season for the NBC series “The Blacklist,” and this viewer’s found myself, feeling rather lost and dissatisfied. The show, coming off what could arguably be labeled as the series strongest season in the 2015-2016 campaign, as former FBI Agent Elizabeth Keen kept one step ahead of the law and the Cabal. Keen killed the United States Attorney General Tom Connelly, when the Cabal member threatened her and all those she cared for. When she finally cleared her name with the help of Raymond Reddington, she found herself going from the frying-pan and into the fire.

Lizzie found out that she carried Tom’s child and the annulled couple planned to get married and raise their baby together. Reddington, made it clear that he disapproved of the reconciliation, going as far as to putting the kibosh on Tom getting a job in Boston. However, other problems lurked in the background, as somebody kept trying to kidnap Elizabeth. Keen with the help of Mr. Kaplan and Dr. Nick, faked her death so she, Tom and their baby could have a life without Reddington in it.

While Tom knew that the mother of his daughter Agnes, actually lived, he played the part of the grief-struck widower and helped track down the man who attempted to kidnap Lizzie, Alexander Kirk. Kirk and Reddington, knew each other well and likely consider each other mortal enemies. When Kirk believes Liz passed, he sets his sights on kidnapping Agnes, which happens in the final episode of Season Three.

However Agnes, wasn’t the only one that Kirk’s operatives captured. Tom and Agnes had fled to Havana, to join Lizzie in their new life. Kirk introduced himself to Liz, (or Masha, as he called her) as her father Constantin Rostov in the final scene of the season. Lizzie’s capture revealed that Kate Kaplan thought up the plan that gave Liz, Tom and Agnes their freedom, Raymond felt betrayed.

While the third season rocketed out of the gates, picking up minutes after Liz killed Connelly. Dembe drove them to the first of many stops that Raymond and Keen to help clear her name. This season opened with a restaging of the previous episode, likely to get Megan Boone, who missed the last third of last year on maternity leave, integrated back into the action. Some fans’ describe this still young season, as dragging along on Social Media sites, if that’s true that might figure into the dynamic.

We’re going to dispense with our usual play-by-play format, this go-round, instead we’re going to discuss the episode entitled “The Lindquist Concern,” as one piece of what we’ve witnessed so far in season four. The relationships have radically evolved since Raymond Reddington turned himself in to Bureau Headquarters, to forge a professional and personal relationship with Elizabeth Keen. Despite pushing the envelope throughout this series’ the writers have retained the elasticity, to bring the regulars back into the fold, even after committing some rather heinous acts.

Those relationships have been in a constant state of flux, throughout it’s run and we’ve witnessed once bitter enemies become allies. We’ve also watched a long time partnership, undergo irreparable damage and the ripples of that action are just beginning to occur. As word filters through TEAM-RED, what will be the fallout and reaction of the Task-Force?

RED AND MR. KAPLAN: We might as well tackle the 800-pound gorilla in the room first, as it shocked and disappointed many of the long time viewers. Although Kate certainly didn’t go softly into the night, the question among the fans remains, was Raymond justified in shooting her for her betrayal. Although many viewers believe Reddington had ample justification to turn on Mr. Kaplan, I reside in the opposite camp.

Red’s a self-admitted psychopath and we’ve watched his face turn to stone and his eyes become steely, often over these three-plus seasons. However we’ve also seen the depths of Raymond’s kindness, a perfect example’s his interaction with Skyler Ayers, a special-needs child with a rare blood disease. Reddington’s likely the first person to talk to the youngster, like he’d talk to any other boy. It’s difficult to believe that someone with that big a heart, could callously turn on the woman he described as his better half.

Dembe started feeling the ramifications of his actions in this installment, as he sat in the pews of the church that Reddington and Dembe are residing in. (Raymond told Liz, that he normally has a devil of a time falling asleep, but he sleeps like a babe in the manger in the church.) He tells Red that forgiveness won’t come, for Kate and what he did. Reddington replies that Dembe did nothing and the man Raymond rescued as a teen, confirmed that was his sin. He denied Mr. Kaplan when she came to him for help and he allowed Raymond to kill her without voicing his regrets.

Teddy Brimley, the geriatric Marquis De Sade, mentioned her in this episode as he informed Raymond and Dembe he’s getting hitched on the 16, and to extend the invite to Mr. Kaplan. Lizzie’s already asked Reddington where Kate’s at and Red avoided answering her, but how will she handle it when she finds out?

Despite Raymond’s proficiency with a pistol, Reddington failed to kill his “Cleaner” in the middle of the wilderness, instead just damaging her cheek. Although Kate’s situation’s far from comforting, as she finds herself shackled to her bed by some old guy who lives off the grid and has only been identified as The Hunter, what’s in store for her future? She knows all of Reddington’s weaknesses, will she eventually turn into Raymond’s greatest foe?

WHO, EXACTLY’S CONSTANTIN ROSTOV?:  Reddington, specifically stated that although Kirk believes he’s Lizzie’s father, he believes otherwise. Keen stormed into the church clutching a DNA report, stating that Rostov’s indeed her father, why does Red continue to believe other wise? Although Rostov’s repeatedly said that he just wants his family together again, his considering using Agnes as a bone-marrow donor, shows his true desire. Rostov wants to live longer and he’s considering risking his granddaughter’s life to fulfill that wish. Unless Elizabeth Keen’s not the person who provided the DNA for this report, Rostov appears to be her biological father.

IS THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, COMPLETELY CORRUPT IN THE BLACKLIST UNIVERSE?:  Although Raymond got the Task-Force involved in the capture of Silas Gouldsberry and The Lindquist Concern, allegedly because he’d lead them to Agnes, that didn’t come close to fruition. Instead Ressler and Navabi saved the information from going public, only to see it wind up in the hands of Laurel Hitchin. She in turn gave the information to Reddington, to see what inventions he desired, before selling them to among others the Cabal. Reddington will get 45% of any money that Hitchin receives. Is the planet truly better off with the way things went down?

Although it appears that Constantin Rostov will remain with us for at least a few more episodes, it’s time for the writer’s to progress this season’s plot. Can Raymond be forgiven for his actions, or will he like Dembe keep seeking salvation that’s never arriving?

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Photo Courtesy Of NBC

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“Woke up this morning my house was cold
Checked out the furnace she wasn’t burnin’
Went out and hoped in my old Ford
Hit the engine but she ain’t turnin’
We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact
One step up and two steps back.”

Bruce Springsteen One Step Up

Tempers flaring, patience running thin and we’re witnessing long-term relationships hitting the danger zone. That could be an accurate summary, for Season Four of the NBC hit-drama “The Blacklist,” but that level spiked in Episode Four, entitled “Gaia.” When Aram Mojtabai let’s the fur fly, we know we’re traveling in unchartered waters.

Our episode begins out in the woods as we see the speaker horn of an old Victrola and sound of Classical Music fills the great outdoors. We then see a man who appears to be in his mid-thirties and as the camera pans to a long shot we see that he lives in an old school bus and he’s raising his own potted crops. He starts looking at his tomatoes, when blood starts dripping from his nose and he goes inside the bus. He grabs a pair of surgical scissors and extracts a large wad of blood-soaked cotton gauze out of his nostril.

He then picks up a radio phone and we hear him talking to a woman named Maya, he tells her he’s got two new targets and that she has to get her and someone else out of the state. The call doesn’t last long, as she either hung up on him or he reached her voice mail.

We follow the man to a retirement party, for a man who owns a helicopter charter service. The man retiring pokes fun at his head mechanic for being a Cubs’ fan and the man from the woods, puts a beer down in front of the mechanic and says he’s from Wrigley Ville. The mechanic nods in appreciation for the free beer.

The next scene, the mechanic and the guy from the woods run into each other again and start making small-talk, but the mechanic’s unaware that the guy from the woods laced his beer with poison and he dies of what the coroner believes was a heart-attack.

Liz Keen’s sitting on the floor, scouring through documents that she hopes will lead her to the location of her infant daughter Agnes, when her laptop emits a tone informing her somebody’s attempting to contact her. She opens her computer and she’s getting a video-feed from Constantin Rostov, he says he wanted to speak to her when she was alone and Lizzie only wants to know how Agnes’ doing. Rostov adjusts the camera to show Keen her cooing daughter and though she’s relieved her child’s safe, she tells Rostov she’s on to him and his plans.

The former FBI Agent tells Rostov that she’s aware of the blood disease he suffers from and that’s the real reason he’s been searching for her and Agnes. Rostov admits that his health’s at stake, but tells Lizzie that he just wants his family reunited and he says the only way that can happen is for her to cut ties with Reddington. He then tells Masha that the link will remain open, so she can check in with Agnes at any time. There’s an unspoken agreement that she won’t try to trace the link, or he’ll cut off contact.

Rostov’s getting another transfusion and Constantin asks if he has six-months, the doctor replies possibly less. He says Rostov always realized that the transfusions were only a temporary fix and a young dark-haired woman says that Rostov’s got to use the child. The doctor vehemently disagrees, saying even if Agnes’ and Rostov are a genetic match, the procedure would put the infant in mortal danger. The young woman scoffs at the doctor’s words and says that he’s not the one who’s dying.

Tom heads back to where he’s staying with Liz and she tells him about her conversation with Kirk and the link he’s set-up so she can see Agnes. Keen immediately wants to trace the link, but Lizzie begs him not to. She says that she can play on Rostov’s ego and gain his trust and then they can rescue Agnes and ensure her safety. Tom remains silent on the issue, so naturally Liz assumed he’d follow her wishes, you’d think that after all this time she’d realize that Keen always believes he knows best.

Raymond and Liz meet and he says he’s got a kind of, sort of clue that could lead them to Agnes. Reddington says that he’s searching for an eco-terrorist known only as Gaia, which is Mother Earth in Greek. Raymond explains that the eco-terrorist disguises his attacks as accidents, so that the people force Government Agencies to fix the problem.

When Keen informs the rest of the task force, they review some of the accidents that Gaia engineered in the past and that some of the incidents took innocent lives in order to save other innocent lives. Harold sends Navabi and Ressler into the field to see what they can find on Gaia, however Aram stops Samar and apologizes that he basically blew her off the previous evening on the phone.

Mojtabai, asks Samar if she’d like for them to talk about her possible transfer later, but she informs him that she already decided to request a transfer and that its being processed. Although shaken, Aram congratulates her on her upcoming move and she says she’d better not keep Donald waiting.

As Donald and Navabi search through records trying to find some info on Gaia, Ressler tells Samar that he Googled Aram’s new girl-friend. She asks why he did that and he responds that he wanted to see if Elise was hot and Donald says she’s quite hot indeed.

The Gaia poisons a second victim an inspector for Borron Energy Service. He lambasted the inspector for allowing environmental dangers to exist, the guy replied that just about everything in this world can kill you. He takes his laced coffee back to his vehicle and shortly thereafter as the inspectors taking his last breaths, the eco-terrorist goes out to the guy’s vehicle and says that he was right about so many dangers out in the world. He then grabs the guy’s clipboard and hard hat.

We find ourselves in a shack and see Mr. Kaplan lying on a cot with a piece of cloth covering the wound on her cheek. Suddenly the door opens and we see the dog and it’s owner enter the cabin, however without Kate having her glasses the shapes are too blurry for her to identify and she falls back to sleep.

Aram tells the rest of the Task Force that he might have identified their suspect, as he’s been pretending to be an inspector doing spot inspections in energy plants. Aram’s tracked him to an energy facility he’s doing a spot inspection on at that moment and Navabi and Ressler head to the plant to apprehend the suspect. Security informs them where the suspect’s at, but he eludes them and steals a security vehicle with Donald and Samar in pursuit.

The Gaia thinks he’s made his escape but then he’s cut off by police vehicles in front of him and when he attempts to back up, he realizes he’s boxed in by law enforcement. The Gaia then goes forward and slams against the two police vehicles and escapes.

They recover his forged ID card and Keen tells Harold that Raymond’s in contact with one of his guys to track down the Gaia. Dembe and Raymond arrive at a bowling alley and Red shouts to our old friend Glen Carter, finder of lost people, that he needs his services immediately. Jelly Bean says he’s off the clock now and Dembe starts giving Glen pointers on how to improve his game. Raymond shows Glen the badge and he immediately recognizes it as the work of Ji Ming a Chinese associate of his.

Dembe, Raymond, Glen and the Asian fellow meet in the next scene and apparently the Chinese man only speaks Mandarin, which Jelly Bean happens to speak. Reddington tries to hurry the conversation along and tells Glen he just needs an address. The Asian gentleman looks at Red and then speaks in Mandarin and walks away. Glen says the guy doesn’t like Raymond, as Reddington looks like his third wife. At this point Raymond realizes that Glen’s just yanking his chain and he already acquired the address.

Liz, Raymond and Dembe head to where Gaia’s made his base of operations. They find a picture of Maya who’s pregnant in the photo and Keen starts talking about missing babies and now she’s consumed with Agnes. Raymond realizes what’s going on and tells Lizzie that they’ll soon have Agnes back safe and sound.

Tom gets in contact with a former associate named Krantz and the mercenary agrees to gather his crew and to locate Rostov’s link and help Keen recover Agnes.

They’ve identified the eco-terrorist as Owen Ayers, a highly decorated military veteran who retired for medical reasons a few years before. Ayers final mission was Fukushima, Japan, which suffered a catastrophic accident inside a nuclear plant. Ayers inhaled toxic-gas while on the mission, making him a dead man walking and he and his toddler son Skyler share a blood disease, that caused the child to be born with a disfigured face.

We’re back at the shack with Mr. Kaplan, when we finally see who carried Kate away on a make-shift stretcher. So far he’s only been identified as The Hunter, but he’s portrayed by veteran actor Leon Rippy,  who played the school janitor in 11/22/63. The Hunter resembles a retired roadie from the Allman Bros. Band, circa early Seventies, with silver hair hanging down to his shoulders.

He tells Kate that she’s been on her back for too long and he’s going to put her into a sitting position. He then puts his arm behind her neck and although she screams in pain, she’s able to sit. He asks her if she can understand him and then asks if she can nod, which Mr. Kaplan does. He then asks if the men who did this to her will be coming back and she shakes her head no. He starts feeding her some soup, but he realizes she wants to say something to him, she croaks out thank you and The Hunter smiles.

Aram and Liz realize that Ayers is planning a gas explosion in the Hudson River, dangerously close to the biggest nuclear facility on the Eastern Seaboard. Ayers intends to create a Fukushima on the Hudson and when contacted by Ressler on the radio he says there’s no way they’ll be able to stop him as he’s piloting a chopper over the Hudson.

Mojtabai attempts to hack into the helicopter’s controls but he’s unable to do anything. Cooper then asks if Aram can shut off the rotor and the Tech Guru realizes he can, but he says he’s already taken one life and couldn’t take another. Cooper then pushes the button that stops the rotor and Ayers crashes and dies in a field not far from where some kids are playing football.

Keen’s back at her home and she’s singing Rock-A-Bye-Baby to Agnes, just as Krantz, Tom and the other mercenaries are about to break into Kirk’s hideout. Unfortunately Rostov sees them before they can rescue Agnes and Constantin tells Masha that he’s disappointed in her for tracking the signal. She breaks down crying and says she doesn’t know what he’s talking about, then Rostov shows Tom on one of the camera feeds. Constantin says that he’s cutting off contact and cuts off the feed.

Maya and Skyler are sitting in an ice-cream shop when Raymond and Dembe join them in their booth. Red tells Skyler that he’s been looking forward to meeting him and right then the waitress puts down three ice-cream sundaes on the table, chocolate, strawberry and caramel.  Reddington says that he’s always found caramel’s a great lubricant in awkward introductions. Turns out that Raymond just wants the name of Tyler’s hematologist, which Maya gives up willingly. She asks if Raymond also has a special-needs child and Reddington says that an infant’s life’s in danger.

When Tom returns to the place he and Liz are staying at, Lizzie gets in his face about not respecting her wishes and she says she knows Reddington’s involved. Tom says that Raymond had no knowledge of what Keen did, that he got in touch with a former associate. Liz asks him if the associate’s from his skinhead days or when he was Berlin’s goon. Tom responds that nobody’s sorrier than he is that he failed, but Liz replies their daughter feels worst of all where ever she is.

Raymond and Lizzie meet again and Reddington explains that the reason he went after Owen Ayers, was that he Skyler and Rostov have the same doctor. That they’re very close to finding him and then they’ll be able to get Rostov and rescue Agnes. Lizzie tells Raymond she lied to him earlier and that Kirk did reach out to her with the link, but in Tom’s effort to rescue their daughter, Rostov escaped with their child.

We end this episode with two quick scenes. Raymond visits Dr. Sebastian Reifler and he recognizes Reddington. He informs Red that Skyler Ayers, has done well and Red says he’s aware of that. However he needs to accompany the doctor the next time he has a house call for Kirk.

Kate wakes up in the cabin and after calling out hello, she realizes she’s alone. She gets up from the bed and realizes that one of her ankles has a shackle around it. Apparently The Hunter is not just a nice guy.

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Photo By: David Giesbrecht/NBC

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 “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

 Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

If you’ve never had the pleasure of reading the Tolstoy classic, I’d recommend it highly, for fans of the NBC series “The Blacklist.” A key component of the novel’s plot revolves around an aristocratic woman leaving her husband and children for a dashing soldier from the Russian Army, Count Vronsky. Don’t settle for a cinematic rendition, as none of them do the book justice. However as Tolstoy notes, each dysfunctional family has its own unique collection of baggage and the nuclear and extended family of Elizabeth Keen, certainly stands out from the rest.

We begin the episode however with a group of strangers, as we watch four paramilitary frogmen emerge from the water in the dead of night. The four operatives take out a power station that controls the electricity for Savannah, Georgia, they kill the three security guards on the premises and then set explosive charges. The blast destroys the facility and plunges the city into darkness.

Liz and Tom arrive at the Post Office with Ressler, and Liz asks why she can’t help in the investigation of her own daughter getting kidnapped. Donald, tells her that she’s lost her security clearance when she lost her shield, then out of frustration tells the Keens’ to check things out as he’s already broken laws by showing them what he’s already shared.

As Tom and Lizzie look through the documents, Aram and Samar walk into the Post Office and Mojtabai says you’re back and then walks over and gives Liz a hug and tells her he’s glad she’s okay. Keen says she’s sorry and she didn’t mean to hurt anybody, but Navabi responds she believes Liz failed to think whom she was hurting. Aram tries to make peace, but Keen owns up to it and says she was trying to save her daughter and hopes they can understand that. Liz receives a call from Reddington to set up a meeting.

Keen meets Dembe and Reddington in a cemetery, which strikes Liz as odd. Raymond muses who Mr. Kaplan has buried in a certain grave, when Liz asks where’s Mr. Kaplan. Red avoids the question and says that he’s doing his best to find Agnes and he hopes to return the infant to her mother. She asks Reddington if he has any leads, he confirms that he does, however he’s working this case alone. Keen says she understands that Reddington feels betrayed, but this involves her daughter and if Raymond has any information he has to share it with her, to which Red replies no he doesn’t.

However Reddington relents and tells Keen that he expected Kirk would go underground after the FBI raided his estate, but his sources tell him differently. Apparently Constantin Rostov contacted a young venture capitalist named Miles McGrath. McGrath’s what the tech world refers to as an “Incubator,” criminals pitch their schemes to him and if he believes there’s a profit to be made, he bankrolls the enterprise. He’ll be spending the night in London and Reddington intends on contacting him there.

Keen informs the Task Force what Reddington shared with her, and that he doesn’t want to work with the Bureau on this mission. Harold Cooper, decides he doesn’t like that strategy and he tells Aram to contact the London attaché office and to get eyes on McGrath. The decision doesn’t work out as Cooper expected.

We see glimpses of a London disco, then we join McGrath, his bodyguard and one of the frogmen, a guy named Dean Bradley. Bradley tells the tech genius that all went better than planned in their mission in Savannah, and Miles grins and says it appears they’re ready for stage two.

As Bradley leaves the hotel and gets into his car, two London detectives take photos of Bradley and start sending the images to the Bureau. However suddenly there’s a knock on the driver’s side window and the body-guard kills the two men plus another law enforcement official and destroys the laptop in the middle of the transmission.

We’re transported to the country and we start to hear the moans and groans of Mr. Kaplan. There’s blood on the ground and we see some on her face, but we really can’t see how much damage she suffered. Suddenly she stretches her arm out and grabs for her glasses, which has one of the lenses cracked.

Liz and Tom head to Bureau headquarters and try to get some information on Agnes and Rostov, the agent they deal with says that an Agent Sarvino’s working the case and that he’s tied up presently. Liz and Tom pull off a sting, palming the agent’s key card as Liz says she needs to get some air. She then calls Sarvino and pretends she’s the other agent’s assistant and asks for Sarvino to meet the Keens’ in a conference room. It’s a dodge to get Lizzie into Sarvino’s office, and she takes photographs of lots of files and absconded Katarina’s journal. She then gets Tom and thanks the agent for his time and they exit the building.

We watch Kate crawling on her hands and knees until she gets to a creek. She looks at her reflection in the water and gasps. I tried my best to get a visible screen capture of her image, but alas failed to do so, although there did appear to be damage on the right-side of her skull or face.

Aram’s able to get a partial photograph of Dean Bradley from the e-mail sent from London, unfortunately they’re unable to question the former Navy SEAL, as McGrath had one of his operatives take Bradley out while he was jogging. Miles tells Johan Halbeck, the paramilitary leader he couldn’t guarantee that Bradley would remain quiet about their mission. Halbeck asks where he’s going to pick up another guy on such short notice and McGrath says that’s Johan’s problem.

Ressler and Raymond start to put the pieces together during a phone call, once Bradley’s record as a SEAL becomes known. Donald tells Reddington about four frogmen attacking the power station in Savannah, and Red suddenly realizes the frogmen are likely operatives of his old associate Johan Halbeck. Reddington used Halbeck to recover a watch he lost during a romantic tryst.

Raymond and Dembe show up at Johan’s garage and Reddington attempts to convince Halbeck to dump his client for twice as much as he would collect from the client. Halbeck says that he really wishes he could, be he’s partners with this other guy on the deal and it’s turned into a nightmare. Raymond says it sounds like Martin and Lewis, and Johan has no idea Reddington’s referencing Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Halbeck then says that the partner killed one of his men and Raymond says that Johan should walk away from the deal. He says most times he’d try to find him a replacement, but he’s freaked out by this situation and tells Halbeck to contact him when he gets things straightened out. Johan then asks Raymond if he could possibly get a guy and Reddington replies it depends on what his cut would be. The new man joining Johan’s team’s Tom Keen, which Keen gets accepted to after winning a fight with one of the other crew members.

We rejoin Mr. Kaplan as she’s discovered by a dog and the animal’s owner, we never see the person we’re just aware of their presence.

Lizzie reads from Katarina’s journal and she finds out that Katarina’s mission was to seduce and betray Reddington, instead she fell in love with him. Suddenly sees a vision of Katarina writing in her journal at her dressing table and she walks towards the vision. When she gets off the bed, Tom wakes up and asks if she’s okay, she tells him of the irony of the situation, that Katarina had been assigned to Reddington and Tom was assigned to her. She then begs him to be careful, she says lost Agnes and couldn’t stand losing him as well. Tom says soon she’ll have Tom and Agnes back with her.

Halbeck tells his team there will be four security guards, guarding the payload they want to acquire, two in front and two in the back. Ressler and Navabi are tailing the paramilitary unit but then they lose them, the unit’s not going after a truck, it’s target’s a train. There are no trains scheduled to run in that time period, but this is an unscheduled event. The train’s filled with six vats containing samples of every Type A virus known to humanity, Ebola, HIV, Polio and at least 50 more strains of disease. That was why the frogmen took out the power in Savannah, knowing the government would ship it out of the city because they were only using generators for more than 72 hours.

Suddenly all communication they’re receiving from the train drops off and the train’s no longer visible, as if it just vanished into thin air. However Navabi and Ressler at the scene discover a split in the track and a warehouse set where the train’s unloading the deadly toxins. Halbeck give’s McGrath’s goon the sample he requested, the goon’s going to meet Miles at a drinking establishment called the Lodge. Johan then gives Reddington McGrath’s name and his location and tells him he should shoot the tech genius.

Raymond and Dembe surprise Miles and his enforcer at the bar and Raymond demands that McGrath hand over the sample. The arrogant nerd tells Reddington to screw himself and Raymond kills the enforcer with a bullet to the heart, then asks Miles, you were saying?

McGrath wisely chooses to give up Rostov and the sample to Raymond, telling the Concierge Of Crime, he deduced his best way of leaving the bar alive depended on giving Reddington what he wanted. Raymond tells Miles’ that his luck wasn’t as good as he hoped and handcuffs McGrath to the corpse and tells him the Bureau’s on its way.

Dembe and Reddington head to the location but nobody from Rostov’s group is waiting, they’re about to leave when a payphone in the parking lot rings. Raymond picks it up congratulating Kirk and he in turn congratulates Reddington. Raymond offers to trade Rostov the virus for Agnes, but Constantin says he’ll die before he allows his granddaughter to be back in Raymond’s arms.

While Liz awaits word from Reddington, she reads further into Katarina’s journal and discovers her mother’s entry confirming that her husband has the blood disorder that’s plagued the Rostov clan for generations. Katarina says the only saving grace is Masha won’t inherit the disease as it’s only passed from father’s to sons. She once again envisions Katarina in front of her and grabs for her mother’s hand, when a knock at the door brings her back to reality.

Raymond enters and tells Liz and Tom that Rostov was after a sample of the Ribowski virus which causes Leukemia. Apparently the one male member of the Rostov family that lived the longest had contracted the virus and the Leukemia basically counteracted his blood disorder and lived far longer than other family members.

Raymond then says to Liz that she kept asking why her father wanted physical contact with her and the only reason was for her to give him the bone marrow transplant to cure his disease and save his life. He says Kirk didn’t want Lizzie to keep him from Reddington, he just wanted her for his own purposes. He only thinks of her as a collection of cells. She says well Rostov doesn’t have her, but Tom reminds her he’s got Agnes.

Our last vision is seeing Kate being dragged on a makeshift stretcher as the dog and the dog’s owner appear to be trying to help Mr. Kaplan.

The Story Continues Next Thursday Night At 10:00 pm EDT, on NBC.

Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC

Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC

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While watching the final few minutes of “The Blacklist,” I realized that I really DON’T know Raymond Reddington, as well as I thought I had after spending the past three-seasons-plus with him. Although killing became as normal to Raymond, as breathing over the past 20-odd years, I allowed myself to believe what Raymond told Katarina’s ghost in the Cape May episode from last season. “I’ve never killed anyone who didn’t deserve to die.” If Reddington still believes in that code, then his definition of deserving and mine, aren’t in the same area-code.

The second episode of season four, entitled ”Matos,” will likely become one of the most controversial and polarizing chapters of the series, even if the show lasts another decade. The entire episode messed with our sensibilities and with the knowledge we’ve acquired since Raymond turned himself in to FBI Headquarters in 2013. Lizzie Keen, spent most of the episode unsure of what’s real and what’s fictional, her surroundings evoke memories, long since buried and forgotten. Could both sets of memories she has of her childhood, be true? Or was one of these ”realities” implanted in her brain as a child?

The action begins just moments after the conclusion of the previous episode, Constantin Rostov, Liz and a pilot, are escaping Cuba in a sea-plane. The pilot’s purposely flying low, trying to remain undetected by radar. After some back and forth sniping between Rostov and Keen, Liz attacks the pilot and attempts to crash the aircraft into the ocean. A gun appears and Keen gets possession, shooting the pilot and firing a shot into Constantin’s thigh. We never see the actual crash as the credits roll.

Back in Cuba, Tom locates the wreckage of Raymond’s car and they realize that the hitman took Agnes, when he T-Boned their car. We find out that the hitman’s named Matos, he’s incredibly proficient and has worked for Kirk/Rostov for years. He’s full-blooded Native-American, and legend has it that he’s a Shaman. Matos and Mr. Kaplan, also have a mutual friend, a bail-bondsman named Little Nikos, who operates out of Amarillo, Texas. Reddington, Dembe, Kate and Tom, hop on Red’s jet and head to the Lone-Star State.

The other plane in this scenario’s now floating on the ocean, the pilot’s dead, Rostov’s unconscious as Lizzie wakes-up to find the ship’s radio’s on the fritz and the aircraft’s taking on water. Constantin comes to and realizes that Keen’s got him tied up and tells Liz that he’s her father and she can’t let him die. Liz responds with an evil gleam in her eye, just watch.

Now in Texas, Mr. Kaplan begs Reddington to be allowed to talk to Little Nikos first. Turns out that decades before Kate had her skull bashed in and Nikos basically saved her life. Raymond agrees to allow Kate to try to convince her friend to give them Matos’ location.

Team-Red, could not have picked a worse time to land in Amarillo from Little Nikos’ vantage point, though Reddington perceived the timing as a strategic advantage. The bail-bondsman, had a surgical team in his facility in the midst of performing lap-band surgery. Reddington insists that he be revived immediately, the surgeon responds that could put Nikos’ life in jeopardy. Red flashes his pistol and tells the surgeon that his patient’s life’s already in danger, the question’s whether the doctor wishes to put his own life in jeopardy?

The plane that Lizzie and Kirk are floating on’s taking water on at an enormous rate, but suddenly Keen finds a flare gun and fires off a flare into the sky. Unfortunately, she forgets to keep her weapon on her and Rostov grabs the pistol and points it at Lizzie, he tells her the only way they can survive is to trust each other, then hands her back the gun.

The surgeon tells Reddington that the patient’s conscious, but in incredible pain, so the conversation needs to be brief. The bail-bondsman’s strapped to the operating table and there are four excavation sites on his torso. Kate tries talking to him first, telling her that Reddington’s with her, and he’ll kill Nikos unless he gives up Matos’ location. Reddington walks into the room and assures Nikos that he won’t kill him, he actually admires his loyalty.

Unfortunately Reddington says his associates don’t share his convictions and he invites Tom into the room and tells Keen that Nikos knows how to contact, the psychopath that kidnapped Agnes. As Reddington leaves, Keen picks up a drill like instrument and asks aloud what this instrument’s used for?

Kirk and Keen are now both in the water hanging onto the fuselage of the plane, Liz says help’s on the way. Rostov replies they’ll save her and that’s what’s important and then he lets go of the fuselage and sinks under the water. Surprisingly, Keen dives under the water and rescues him. Shortly thereafter a boat sees them and rescues them.

Back in Amarillo, we join Reddington and Mr. Kaplan in a room, as we listen to Nikos’ screams of pain and cries of agony. Kate tells Red, that she betrayed Nikos for the same reason she betrayed Raymond, to keep Lizzie safe. She recalls the first time she met Lizzie, when Raymond put the infant in her arms. Just then Tom enters the room and he’s got the way to contact Matos. Nikos text messages the mercenary with a password and Matos heads to Nikos’ storefront within two-hours. They text the message to the kidnapper, who when he receives the message heads North.

The captain who rescues them speaks Spanish and apparently can understand English but doesn’t speak it. Keen attempts to get the seaman to alert the local authorities about Rostov, but Constantine figures out what’s going on and shoots the Captain.

Waiting for Matos to arrive, Kate and Tom are in a car in front of Nikos’ building. Tom apologizes for what he did to Nikos’ blaming his concern for Agnes for showing no mercy. Mr. Kaplan asks Keen why he’s telling her that and Tom replies that Nikos’ is Kate’s friend. Kate then says that Tom wants her to grant him absolution for his actions, then says people count on her to make their lives happier. To make others lives “cleaner” hence her job title. She says Keen and Reddington want her to make things easier for them, but she won’t grant their requests.

Mr. Kaplan steps out of the car, telling Tom she needs some air, but her timing was terrible, stepping out of the car at the exact moment Matos pulls up. He steps out of his car and looks around, then he sees Kate and starts to run in the opposite direction. Dembe and Tom chase after the mercenary, but Kate ends the chase knocking him the ground with the car.

Raymond decides he doesn’t want to play his usual game of cat and mouse with Matos’ so he cuts right to the chase. He tells Matos that he realizes his prisoner has no fear of pain or death, but he’s fully aware that members of his tribe possess a fear of being stuck on earth surrounded by rotting flesh with his soul trapped for eternity inside his coffin.  The threat works and Matos says they’re heading to the Summer Palace, a location Reddington remembers quite well. He calls Harold Cooper and requests that Cooper send a team to raid Rostov’s complex in Nova Scotia.

Keen and Rostov, arrive at the Summer Palace and Constantin tells Keen he needs to meet with his doctors, but tells Liz to explore. Lizzie starts checking out the house and soon discovers a room that bring a flood of memories into her head. Rostov walks into the room and Keen says this was her bedroom, but it’s impossible as she remembers a fire and shooting her father. Rostov says those memories were just lies concocted by Reddington, he was in love with her mother and he’s obsessed with her.

Keen looks out a window and sees a child’s swing hanging from a tree. She runs downstairs and onto the grass, but we see Masha Rostova as a toddler when she appears. Suddenly she runs over to Katarina and sees her mother working in the garden. Mother and daughter speak to each other in Russian, Katarina’s burying a coffee-can into the ground and tells her daughter, that the can’s a time machine and one day when Masha’s older, she can return and dig up the treasure. Katarina take the yarn bracelet to her daughter and the toddler puts it the can and buries it. Back in the present, Keen finds the can containing Katarina’s bracelet and puts it on her own wrist.

The idyllic moment’s shattered as an FBI SWAT-Team invades the “Summer Palace,” killing most of Kirk’s guards in the process, while Rostov makes his escape. Ressler who accompanied the SWAT-Team hugs Lizzie when he sees her while Keen breaks down and cries, as Agnes’ whereabouts are still unknown.

Keen’s transported back to the States. Raymond stays just long enough to verify that Lizzie’s safe then he and Dembe drive away. She’s reunited with Tom who assures her that they will get Agnes back safe and sound.

Dembe drives Reddington and Mr. Kaplan out into the country when he finally pulls over, Reddington asks Dembe to stay with the car. Kate’s fully aware these are her final moments and she’s determined not to go out meekly into the night. She calmly and coolly explains to Reddington that she devoted her existence to him, but she realizes that Reddington now perceives Kate as a liability, as she knows too much about him. Red responds that even if he could put aside his anger and betrayal, he’d never be able to trust her. He says when he looks at her it’s like seeing a stranger. He then fires a shot at her from about 20-feet away and she collapses to the ground. Showing no signs of remorse or guilt, Reddington walks back to his car, unaware that Mr. Kaplan’s alive.

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Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC

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After months of speculation concerning the revelations that would surface during the premiere episode of the fourth season for the NBC hit series “The Blacklist,” most viewers likely ended the hour feeling no more informed than they were last May. Although the episode contained plenty of action and fraught with tension, including two volatile personal relationships, the hour ended after a lot of travel to windup in the same point it started at. Constantin Rostov left Cuba via a seaplane with his daughter Liz, his reluctant travel companion and Rostov’s hitman ended the evening with Agnes in his possession.

Why the show-runners and writers decided to reset a table instead of advancing the story perplexed this viewer, and left me wondering whether this episode’s purpose was to acclimate star Megan Boone back into the action, after missing the latter part of Season Three on maternity leave? While we got to see that Lizzie seems well-toned after her pregnancy, we didn’t acquire any major information that had yet to be revealed or speculated about. After spending much of the episode in a car trunk, Tom regained his freedom near the conclusion of the episode.

The episode did concentrate heavily on exposition in this episode, as Raymond attempted to come to grips with his mercurial feelings concerning Mr. Kaplan. Kate, not content to sit idly by and allow his sense of betrayal from dooming their relationship and perhaps her life, keeps trying to show Reddington she just tried to save Raymond from himself. However with even Dembe, telling Mr. Kaplan he can’t defend her, can she hope to make amends?

Emotions also ran high when the TASK-Force realized that Lizzie faked her death, as Keen’s colleagues realized they’d been lied to and manipulated and they all handled the news differently. Donald Ressler, seemingly had no problem with his former partner’s actions, realizing she was attempting to convince Reddington she died. TASK-Force Director Harold Cooper, exclaimed he didn’t think it was possible to feel so angry and happy simultaneously. Tech-Genius Aram, seemed to have problems processing the information, while Samar Navabi expressed her disdain and anger for Keen’s stunt.

We rejoin Dembe, Raymond and Kate, moments after they arrived at the Keen family escape-haven, not in time from stopping Alexander Kirk/Constantin Rostov’s henchmen kidnapping mom, dad and daughter. Mr. Kaplan looks at the blood on the floor and says it came from one of Rostov’s men and that he’s likely in the area. Seconds later Dembe says he’s got a location.

They arrive where the badly bleeding man’s being treated, to find out he just expired on the table. Raymond spits out that since his “Cleaner” over stepped her bounds, he would do her job and proceeds to hack the man’s head from his neck.

Liz demands that Rostov produce Agnes and Tom, Constantin replies that her daughter will soon join them. She then demands, that Rostov reveal his true identity and he responds that he’s indeed her father. He says Reddington and her mother had an affair, he says at one time he questioned if Raymond was her father, but Rostov confirmed Masha was his daughter. He says Reddington kidnapped her when she turned three and he never knew what happened to her until she and Reddington made headlines while they were on the lam.

Rostov’s got a hitman that might give Matthias Solomon a run for his money, he’s called Bobo, by his female companion, whose got Agnes in her arms and Tom’s tied up in the trunk. Neither father or daughter seem pleased with the situation, however Keen’s able to reach his hand through the tail light socket and the car behind them calls the police.

Reddington finds the house where Rostov’s holding Liz prisoner. He tells Constantin he’ll give him what ever he desires to release Lizzie and Rostov replies he wants the 26-years he missed with his daughter. Raymond responds that Liz was never meant to be raised by Constantin

Raymond contacts Cooper and tells him to send a team to Cuba, however Samar refuses to join Ressler for the mission due to her anger at Keen. Cooper let’s it be known he’s displeased with Navabi’s decision, but he’s basically helpless. He contacts old friend Cynthia Panabaker, to arrange for Ressler to meet with Manuel Esteban, a double-agent who works for Castro and the CIA. Raymond believes the despot can ascertain Lizzie’s location before Rostov can get her off the island.

Raymond tells Esteban, that with political relations improving between Havana and Washington improving, his days running his own prison and playing the two nations off each other are rapidly coming to an end. Any time the Double-Agent could be assassinated, however if he can get Liz’s location before Rostov gets her off the island, Raymond will keep the despot safe.

Tom’s taken out to the desert to dig his own grave, but of course he overpowers his captor and escapes. Mr. Kaplan recovers Agnes, from the hitman’s female accomplice, however they’re not able to stop Rostov from leaving the island via the seaplane. Reddington consoles himself with the fact they were able to get back Agnes, but that dynamic soon changes as the hitman T-Bones Raymond’s vehicle and grabs the infant out of the vehicle and puts his finger on Kate’s lips.

Ressler, who hadn’t made a deal with Esteban, turns the despot over to the Cubans and that causes the Cuban soldiers to release all of Esteban’s prisoners. However the two prisoners that Raymond’s most concerned with, Liz and Agnes, have been spirited away by Rostov and the search begins anew.

The Story Continues Next Thursday Night, on NBC at 10:00pm EDT.

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

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Whether M. Night Shyamalan, convinces the FOX Network to fulfill his vision and bring back “Wayward Pines,” for a third and final season, or this episode concluded the series, we departed the year 4032, with far more hope than we felt at season one’s conclusion. Unfortunately, not every resident received their happy ending, we ended season two believing that people finally learned how to break the unending circle of man’s inhumanity to man. That perhaps after yet another fresh start, humanity can take the proper path and help our species to truly evolve.

The finale opens minutes after the previous episode, as Jason Higgins’ gets rushed into surgery on a gurney accompanied by Theo Yedlin and his senior medical student Oscar. The student stresses they need to save Jason’s life, but Theo says that the leader’s just another patient. Oscar still calls for back-up nurses in the operating room screaming that Jason’s critically wounded. We see Kerry standing in the hospital hallway, covered in blood and in a state of shock.

Outside the electric fence, Margaret stands upon a cliff and looks out into a sea of Abbies. She screams and we watch several of the Abbies start to scatter. She keeps screaming and with every screech more and more start running. We then see a lone male perhaps from another tribe, exploring and then he sees the thousands gathered around the mountain. He yells to them and waves a tree branch and then heads down into the valley to join them.

In the operating room, Theo’s removing the bullet when Jason goes into cardiac arrest and they’re without the drugs needed to restart his heart. After trying to revive Higgins with the paddles Yedlin calls the time of death at 7:30 am. Theo then addresses the residents gathered outside the hospital and announces that Jason’s dead, he says that Higgins’ ran the town the best he knew how.

He then tells them all that the way to honor Jason’s by completing his last wish, that they survive. He says he realizes most of them didn’t choose to be there, but they’re all that remains of humanity. That when they’re revived they’ll find a better way and then tells them all to head to their homes and prepare for the evacuation.

Theo walks back inside the hospital and Oscar calls Yedlin out on whether he tried to save Higgins, saying that Theo failed to perform a procedure properly and then stating that Yedlin never makes mistakes. Both know he’s busted but Theo says he did everything reasonable to save the patient. He then tells Oscar he’s going to become a fine doctor. Oscar then mentions that Jason had a very rare blood type that only four other people in town shared. Three of the folks belong to the same family, but he found it strange that the other person’s Kerry Campbell.

CJ Mitchum and Theo have a meeting in Yedlin’s office. Mitchum hands two binders to the surgeon and informs him each binder contains the lists that Higgins put together, one containing the names of those Jason deemed worthy of survival. The other one contains the people who didn’t make the cut. Mitchum tells Theo that there are still 300 people in pods who’ve yet to get revived and Yedlin can choose to use their pods to save those awake. However he stresses that every change Theo makes to the list, Yedlin’s choosing to pardon somebody by condemning another.

We get a glimpse of the radar screen tracking the Abbies and the crowd outside the fence continues to grow at an alarming rate. Kerry walks into Theo’s office and asks if Jason suffered and he asks her if she wanted him to? She says she doesn’t know and Yedlin responds that she’s now got a pod.

She’s repulsed by Theo’s apparent callousness and asks if he thinks it’s all just a joke? He says that she was always the brains behind the tyrant and she cries out Jason wasn’t a tyrant. Theo then asks he if she’s aware that Pilcher changed her records and she responds that she’s aware. He then says that Jason was put into cryogenic hibernation days after he was born and she went into hibernation shortly after giving birth and they shared a very rare blood type and leaves the room. She comprehends what he said seconds after he exits and proceeds to wretch into a wastebasket.

We check back with Margaret and we see that the Abbies have likely grown ten-fold since the last time we saw them. Margaret’s going to finally get the vengeance she’s wanted since Pilcher wiped out most of her tribe with an automatic weapon mounted on a helicopter in 4014.

There’s an announcement over the loud-speaker system in the town, saying that extraction teams are gathering the first group to take them back to the mountain. The announcer states that if you’re not picked up in the first wave to calmly wait at their homes until the shuttles return. However we soon see the ugly reality of families getting split up and folks left behind. Our first glimpse comes when a father’s told to wait behind as his wife and two children get shuttled to the mountain.

At Wayward Pines Academy, we witness a situation involving residents we know, as Lucy’s loaded into a school bus while Frank’s told to wait inside the dormitory. Lucy sees her older brother in the window of the dorm and starts calling for him. Frank hears her cries and tries to leave the building but he’s bludgeoned by a guard and passes out. The bus pulls away as Lucy cries that she doesn’t want to leave her brother.

The extraction team come for Rebecca but tell Xander that he’ll be picked up in the second wave of shuttles. Rebecca starts to protest, but Xander asks the soldier if they could have some private time. She tells Beck she’s not going to leave him, but Xander tells her she must and that he’ll always be with her and their baby no matter where they are or he’s at. There’s a tearful kiss goodbye and then the jeep pulls off.

Yedlin and Mitchum are taken along with Mario and Kerry to the mountain facility and then CJ and Theo sit down and talk about the future. CJ tells the doctor that each death means the end of a universe, while each life saved continues another universe. Theo recalls his conversation with Sheriff Pope in Hawaii, when Pope asked Yedlin if he could save a hundred people would he do it. He then says the decision’s easy to make in theory, but far tougher in reality. Mitchum starts to realize that perhaps Theo’s not planning on going back into hibernation.

Reality starts to set in for those left behind, as we hear Johnny Cash singing the old Tom Petty hit “Won’t Back Down.” Arlene’s sitting in front of the hospital with tears streaming down her face. Xander’s walking through the town square with a rifle on his shoulder as others take out their frustration in destruction. Breaking store-front windows and knocking over statues.

Theo’s alone in the lab and he grabs an audio recorder and leaves a message for the survivors. He informs the listener that David Pilcher was wrong and his vision was twisted. He built a town to save humanity but ruled in an inhumane fashion. Yedlin states there’s no such thing as the “Greater Good,” there’s just good, no matter how small the action.

He then explains that Pilcher brought along strains of the deadliest diseases known to man, theorizing the scientist planned experiments with germ warfare. He says that he’s going to inject himself with the three deadliest strains; the bubonic plague, typhus and the Marburg virus. He then tells the listener that after the 13-hour incubation period, he’ll step outside the gate and get consumed. He says the theorizes that the bubonic plague should kill about half to two-thirds of the Abbies and that Typhoid fever and the Marburg virus travel through communal water and should wipe out the rest of them by the time the humans get revived.

Mario informs Yedlin that Rebecca just reached the facility but there’s a disturbance at the gate. We see the crowd stranded on the outside of the fence try to prevent Rebecca and the guard from getting through the gate. Rebecca makes it inside, but the guards stabbed and dies outside the fence around the mountain facility. The crowd starts screaming and surging towards the fence when Mitchum arrives with his automatic weapon and scares the crowd off with a burst of fire into the air. He screams at them to go home.

As the rioting continues in the town square, Xander’s sitting in the remains of a building chugging on a bottle of whiskey, when Frank shows up and asks for a hit off the bottle. Beck says Frank’s too young, but he probably realizes how ridiculous the statement was as he soon hands the bottle over to the teen. Just after Frank takes a swig a jeep barrels into town and stops directly in front of them. Theo opens the door and tells the pair to jump in.

The trio’s about to head to the facility when two guys stand in the middle of the road, one holding a Molotov Cocktail. Xander tells Theo that he’s got this and steps out of the passenger door of the vehicle, the dude yells to Beck that he needs that Jeep and Xander best not do anything stupid. Beck aims at the bottle which explodes in the guy’s hand and he’s consumed by the flame. The trio head to the mountain.

When they pull up to the gates of the facility, Frank and Xander run inside to look for their loved ones, but Yedlin’s stopped by a familiar face. Arlene’s standing there and says to Theo that he should have told them and he agrees with her. She says good luck in the future and starts to walk away when Yedlin tells her she’s getting the pod of the guard whose corpse lies outside the fence. She thanks Yedlin with a passionate kiss.

Kerry’s standing in the area for processing already wearing her hibernation uniform on, when she almost jumps out of her skin when she feels a hand on her shoulder. It’s CJ, attempting to comfort her and she looks at him and says you don’t even know what’s going on. He smiles and says of course he does, David and Jason are gone. He then says that he’s going to need her when they’re revived and he says she certainly deserves a fresh start. Perhaps hearing the same words Pilcher said to her, provoked her response as she replied no thanks that she already had one and then leaves the room.

Xander and Frank find Rebecca and Lucy, while Lucy’s overjoyed Rebecca’s confused as to how her husband reached her. Beck nods towards Theo and the former husband and wife make eye contact. Later, Rebecca comes to thank her former husband for saving Xander with a hug. She tells Theo they couldn’t save their marriage, but he’s the only one who can save the town.

With everything in order Yedlin heads back to the lab to start the process that will sacrifice his life to hopefully save those who are in hibernation. Suddenly Theo hears his own voice talking about injecting himself with the three diseases. Kerry’s in the lab holding the recorder and says that she’s decided the best way to fulfill her purpose, is to sacrifice herself. Theo begs please don’t do this, but she drops the vials on the floor and announces she’s already done it.

Yedlin gives her a bottle and a syringe and tells her it’s morphine and for her to inject it into a vein two minutes before she goes outside the electric fence. She says that the world needs Theo and men like Theo to protect against men like her son. She then smiles sadly and says she’s just a girl from Idaho and then bids him farewell.

The hibernation process finalized, Christopher James Mitchum contemplates whether he wants to once again go back to sleep. He suddenly sees his wife’s vision standing in front of him and she tells him he looks tired. She then tells him that he can create any world he wants and Mitchum decides to enter his pod and join the rest of the survivors.

After Mitchum’s back in hibernation, Wayward Pines powers down and we see all the lights in the facility and then the town go off. We also get one final glimpse inside the greenhouse and we see that a plant’s sprung to life, meaning the soil’s no longer toxic. We watch a rather hazy version of Kerry opening the gate that protects the town and we hear the alarms sound as she shuts it closed behind her. Seconds later we hear the sounds of what sounds like the Abbies making a meal out of Campbell.

There’s one final scene, we’re not given a date however we see that the forest now seems to be populated by just a few Abbies and we hear a baby cry. Our last shot shows us an Abbie mother with what looks very much like any new-born infant. Did the viruses leave the surviving Abbies back on the path to humanity?

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Photo Courtesy Of FOX

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Season One of the FOX Network’s summer series “Wayward Pines,” felt like being submerged in a  tank of ice-cold water when David Pilcher revealed to Ethan Burke and the audience, that they now lived in the year 4028.  Realizing that they couldn’t shock their audience in Season Two, the show’s creative staff used a different method of telling their story.  Their new method could be best described as putting the audience in another tank of water and slowly turning up the heat in each episode. We’ve watched as the writers slowly peel back the layers of the onion and discovering the ways that David Pilcher, fulfilled his vision.

Much of Episode Nine’s story takes place in our era as Pilcher goes searching for his “Chosen One,” a child that will enter cryogenic suspension shortly after birth. This child will be groomed to become Pilcher’s hand-picked successor, groomed from day one to become the eventual leader of Wayward Pines. After much research, Pilcher discovers the perfect candidate at a toney girls’ school, Walcott Prep.

The mother-to-be comes from a prestigious family, her father’s a Senator. The child’s father’s in his first year at Harvard and they both just want to get through this “inconvenience” and go onto their lives of privilege. After meeting with school officials, Pilcher meets with the parents and then privately with their daughter Abigail.

Pilcher’s extremely awkward in his meeting with Abigail and he attempts to keep his composure when the teenager tells him she expected he’d be younger. She’s reading Orwell’s Animal Farm and David’s face lights up when he realizes what she’s holding. He takes the book from her and reads a passage that talks about the animal’s conception of heaven. She responds with a passage she’s memorized from the end of the novel, that alludes to the fact that the previously warring factions, now looked exactly alike. Pilcher says it’s an idealistic novel, Abigail replies that it begins in an idealistic tone, but then goes dark.

Returning to 4032, we watch the Abbies attempting to save Margaret, they cauterized the wound with fire and then wrap her injured arms in leaves. We watch as she takes nourishment and we can feel the concern the Abbies have for their leader. Once again we see a humanity displayed by the Abbies, that’s absent in the last human outpost.

There’s been no greater transformation of a character this season than Dr. Theo Yedlin, who got revived in the season opener to save the life of rebel Kate Hewson. After completing the surgery, Yedlin found himself unceremoniously dumped outside the protective fence along with Xander Beck and Ben Burke. Kerry Campbell got gutted by an Abbie, which led to Jason Higgins sending soldiers to rescue him. Theo originally thought that he’d been the target of Team-Pilcher’s capture, but he soon found out that his wife Rebecca had designed the town for the visionary madman and he just got snatched up in the bargain.

Yedlin originally wanted no role in the new reality he found himself in, but without a properly trained medical staff he realized his medical skills were needed. He challenged Higgins authority from the start, telling the leader that Theo could fill Jason’s role, but Higgins couldn’t perform surgery. Yedlin’s authority and power’s increased with each episode and the doctor who stopped using guns due to the damage they caused gave way to a man wanting vengeance. He decides to enlist the man now married to Theo’s former wife Xander Beck, to help carry out his mission.

Yedlin enters the ice-cream shop and Beck comes out of the back room expecting to argue with Theo over Rebecca, but the surgeon makes it clear that’s not the reason for his visit. He tells Xander that he wants to take out Higgins and asks for his assistance. Beck replies that he’s fine with the regime change, but he asks Yedlin if he’s got a plan of what they should do after killing Jason. Theo remains silent, showing us all that he’s not thought about anything but killing the boy-king.

CJ Mitchum walks into the shop and tells Yedlin that Higgins has summoned them both to the mountain. When they arrive, Jason tells them he’s decided that the only way to save the community’s for them all to go back into cryogenic hibernation. He asks Mitchum to check the pods and make certain they’re all operational and he tells them he’s going to address the town and tell them of his decision.

Turns out there’s a fly in the ointment, CJ informs Higgins that powering the fence and the town has drained many of the pods batteries and they’re now inoperable. Mitchum tells Jason that only 571 pods can operate, leaving about half their citizens to die by starvation or at the hands of the Abbies.

Higgins tries to pull a fast one on Yedlin, but he soon confesses what Mitchum told him and asks Yedlin to go through the medical records of the residents and divide them into groups. Theo refuses to go that route telling Jason that the only fair way to choose who survives, is by lottery. Higgins dismisses the idea saying that people who are needed could be left to die. Theo then brings up the fact that Kerry can’t get pregnant and reminds him that Pilcher would have allowed her to die.

Yedlin decides to use the situation to his advantage and meets with Kerry and tells her about the lack of working pods. He tells Campbell that Jason’s going to leave her behind because she can’t get pregnant. She loses her composure and tells Theo she doesn’t believe him and Higgins loves her. Yedlin responds that he loves Pilcher more and that she’s got to take Jason out. Theo keeps his hands clean while achieving his desired results.

We flashback to 2017, and watch as Team-Pilcher does its final preparation check before they enter their cryogenic hibernation. Mitchum tells David that all the pods are in working condition and they’ve got some extras if Pilcher decides to add any last-minute guests. Pilcher’s cellphone rings and his face turns ashen when he finds out that Abigail miscarried and his “Chosen One” died. He’s crushed, they’re scheduled to all be frozen within days and he’s lost his successor.

In desperation Pilcher heads to a hospital in Boise and finds an unwed mother who doesn’t want to keep her son. David makes a huge donation to the hospital and gives the mother a huge amount of money. He asks the physician if he could possibly talk with the child’s mother, but he believes she’s asleep. A girl’s voice rings out from the bed that she’s awake and the young mother’s Kerry Campbell.

Campbell’s from a town about 30-miles outside of Boise and she’s had a hard-knocks life. We find out the father of her child’s a boy she knew since she was seven, but she says she guesses she never really knew him. Pilcher asks if he hurt Kerry and she smiles that he tried to, just like her step-brother and father did, but she didn’t let them. David asks her what she’s going to do with the money and she starts beaming and telling Pilcher about all the places she’s going to travel to beginning with Paris.

Turns out Campbell’s infatuated with the writings of Marcel Proust, author of a seven part epic entitled In Search Of Lost Time. She’s mesmerized by his words after taking a bite from a cookie and the memories it evokes within him. We can see that Pilcher’s captivated by the young woman and we realize why he asked her to join his new society. Unfortunately he never expected that her son would see her file and that Jason would conclude that she’d be the perfect mate for him. Unaware that the woman he’d chosen was actually his mother.

Higgins goes through all of the files of the town’s residents and discovers that Kerry Campbell has an alternate file telling the true story of her past. He sees that she had a son and that the child got renamed Jason Higgins. Unlike Oedipus from the Greek Myths, Higgins does not react to the news by tearing out his own eyes. He decides he’ll end this twisted relationship by killing Campbell.

Kerry walks into Jason’s office right then, fearing he’s going to leave her behind because she’s defective, but putting on a brave face. Higgins naturally loses his composure quickly and tells Kerry about the problem with the pods. He then says he’s glad it’s out in the open, that they share everything with each other. He then asks why she never told him she had a baby and she thinks Jason believes that’s why she can’t get pregnant. She tells him it was 2,000 years ago and Pilcher saw something special in her and asked her to join his society. Higgins asks her what happened to her son and she told Higgins what Pilcher told her in the hospital, he got sent to Texas. Jason asks how can she be sure and she replies Pilcher told her.

Who actually made the first move’s hard to say but soon the couple were locked in a battle to the death. They both struggle for Jason’s pistol, then we hear a gunshot and we go to commercial. When we return we’re watching one of Higgins memories. We see him pick Kerry’s file to become his significant other and then we watch as Jason’s the first person Kerry meets in Wayward Pines.

We jump back to 4032, and find Campbell and Higgins lying next to each other on the floor. We see by the blood streaming from his chest that Jason got shot. His dying words to Kerry are that they taught her well at Walcott Prep.

Our final scene takes us back outside the fence and we find that Margaret’s getting stronger and will survive her shooting. The leader of the Abbies sits upright and growls and soon the thousands of Abbies that surround her follow suit.