2 comments on “The Blacklist: Working At Cross Purposes

  1. Loved this installment Jeff. Really wide and yet an easy to digest read. Well done sir! I would say more but I’ve left so many replies elsewhere. I will say Kaplan needed to be killed if only for one reason. She knows far too much and just like The Fulcrum, in the wrongs hands, it would be disaster for Red and all his concerns. Kaplan knows too much and torture always works. Besides, she will dispense with her capture being a master of death as she is. If they carry it much further than a few episodes it will not be believable for her NOT to have killed him, depending on her recuperative time…let’s minus that from the equation of the timetable.

    I laid out my own table of who is on the Fight Card last week and it’s playing out to be just that.
    Keen vs Keen *even with their makeup tonite. The fight prior will be the seed to him leaving.
    Keen vs Red *even if the DNA report is false, he and she have unresolved business.
    Keen vs Kirk *she may be interested in truths but more interested in her baby’s return.
    Red vs Kirk *Kirk having an asset as we learned tonite makes his steps ahead now gimpish. But it will come out just all the dirty laundry these two have between them. Daddygate isn’t over!
    FBI vs Kirk *This will play out as long as Red feeds Blacklisters. Panabaker has to go along.
    Keen’s Exit – This will be seeded I believe and a bridge built, already seeded but not watered, so he can make his was to “Redemption”.

    Lots of fighters on the board. And Dembe’s latest revelation of remorse for Kaplan even though he told her he wasn’t on her side – makes Red think twice. He knows Dembe’s conscience is next best to his own and if Dembe is regretful, so too should he be. Dembe knows he should have agreed with Kaplan in her stance….as he as always had the mind Liz should be told the truth and to let matters fall where they may. He doesn’t like Red manipulating the matter and holding Liz hostage with untold facts. He knows it would be better for her to be told by Red than to discover matters via other means. In fact, her thirst for this knowledge is constantly putting her at risk. So Red, whether he likes it or not is solely responsible for much of the current situation just from keeping secrets forcing Liz to go off on her own to find out the truth.

    Red has to change. Kaplan and I were right. He is blinded by his own hubris. He is not a God, even if he is master strategist. He should know from his own mistakes he will make more mistakes in the future. Knowing this, he should be able to stave off the most obvious ones…one being, never to let one’s ego get in the way of what is the most efficient means of delivery, whether it be truth or a bullet.

    Thanks for reading.

    Joey Schoenberger

    • Joe,

      As always thanks for your kind words and your insight, both are always appreciated. Mr. Kaplan’s final conversation centered around her saying something along the likes of Everybody expects her to make their life a little happier, a little cleaner, hence the name. However this time she decided not to make it easier for Keen or for Raymond. When she and Red took their final walk together, she basically called Reddington out, saying she knew what was coming next. The speech about her knowing too much, that she knew all of Raymond’s darkest secrets and his vulnerabilities. I’ve often wondered if she felt she was giving Red an ultimatum, you either take me back and we get past this, or just kill me. She dedicated her life to him and she was incensed that he refused to see things her way.

      What bothered me about “The Lindquist Concern,” was it seemed like they tried to squeeze ten pounds of sausage into a five pound casing. Silas Gouldsberry was a fascinating character who really got short-shrift in the story. We meet this guy who appears to inhabit that rarefied ground reserved for “Movers and Shakers” looking slightly Euro in his double-breasted suit. Carries himself with confidence and charisma. However after he kills the first inventor, we realize he’s just an office drone working in the patent office. His body language’s totally different and we can see by his face, he’s a beaten man that’s constant sport for his bully of a boss. During the hostage situation we learn his motivation, that he grew embittered after watching a corporation buy his first-born and then shelving it. However when you’ve got countless other subplots going on in the same episode, the writers have to balance everything, like the guy balancing plates spinning on poles.

      There was no connection between Gouldsberry and Agnes, it almost seemed as if it just served as an excuse to bring back Laurel Hitchin and for us to discover why Raymond didn’t kill her last season. He’s the Puppet-Master and she’s just another one of his hapless dummies, her silent partner getting a 45% profit on the deal. Another step in changing our perception of Reddington, we’ve gone from mood-lighting to the harsh-glare of the spotlight, and though the roaches and rats scattered, Red’s still there exposing another unattractive aspect of himself. The one positive of her return was seeing the Boy Scout take her on, promising he’ll pin Reven Wright’s murder on her.

      Now add in Tom trying to scam somebody from the Russian Embassy, the kidnapping and torture of the hematologist, including Teddy Brimley having fun with Tropical fish. The aborted Geneva meeting and how Rostov knew it was a setup (Could he have implanted a tracking chip on Masha, alerting him of where ever she’s at?) And the suddenly very strange triangle existing between, Aram, Samar and Elise.

      I believe that many of Raymond’s peers still derive enjoyment out of killing somebody. Red talked about the romance he once associated with being a criminal, but he told the guy who jumped Lizzie in the parking lot, that had long since dissipated. Raymond won’t hesitate to pull the trigger, but he looks at it as part of the job.

      Dembe however doesn’t like killing, although I believe that he’d have all sorts of fun with Matias Solomon, for what he did to his granddaughter. However when they caught Peter Fonda, who was responsible for Zuma’s kidnapping as a boy, he asked Raymond to let him go, that what he did was in the past. Of course Reddington doled out justice as he saw fit and killed him. I’ve always assumed Raymond’s an Atheist, because if he believed in an omnipotent being, he’d realize that if there’s an afterlife, he’s in for a doozy.

      However Dembe’s now wrestling with his internal demons and we really don’t have a clue as to how things will sort out. Those of us who thought we knew Raymond going into Season Four, realized we didn’t really know him at all when he shot Kate.

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