For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. Brokering deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Ranko Zamani is the focus of the pilot episode FBI chase. Red Reddington surrenders to the FBI with a major offer: He will help catch terrorist Ranko Zamani who is long assumed dead. Red has one condition, that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, a FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Agent Keen, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job, when a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins.
Is Red Reddington Agent Keen’s father or otherwise related to her? How does he know so much about her? Saying things like: your father was a career criminal, your highlights are gone, and the Baltimore is out of you. Just how was Red involved in her life? Reddington accompanies Agent Keen through her first case, a revenge plot against Washington, D.C. An important American military figure’s daughter is kidnaped right out from under the FBI’s nose, we see closeup stabbings, and a time bomb ticks. Definitely a fast start and very intense.
Reddington reveals it’s about much more than Zamani, he has a list of bad guys, it’s about The Blacklist! that he will share with the FBI, if they keep him living the lavish lifestyle to which he is accustomed and partnered with Keen. The Blacklist contains the names of international terrorists, mobsters, spies and politicians. Red will help catch them all, but only if Agent Keen continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz how to think like a criminal whether she wants to or not.
The Blacklist started out a little too Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal for me, but quickly sucked me in and left me satisfied like a good holiday dinner does. Who is Red Reddington? Give us your conspiracy theory in the comments below.