“The Blacklist” – Can Season Two Outshine Season One?

BlacklistThe Blacklist season two has a lot to live up to. After all, season one of this primetime television show was the most popular in the 2013 fall lineup. However, critics believe viewers will continue to be entertained by this dramatic series, in part because both Megan Boone and James Spader are coming back but also, the incredible storyline.

This American crime drama television series first premiered in September 2013 on NBC. The plot involves a former government agent but also one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives by the name of Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader). As a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was prepared to become Admiral when things went horribly bad during the Christmas season.

Ultimately, “Red” surrenders to the FBI but under one condition. He wants to work with Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler (Megan Boone). As part of the deal, he offers both detailed information and the names of extremely dangerous criminals he calls “The Blacklist”, people the FBI does not even know exist.

While the performances of Spader and Boone are exceptional, The Blacklist would not have achieved critical acclaim had it not been for other supporting stars to include Diego Klattenhoff (FBI Special Agent Donald Ressler), Ryan Eggold (Tom, Elizabeth’s husband), Harry Lennix (Harold Cooper, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division), and Parminder Nagra (Meera Malik, CIA Field Agent assigned to security detail for “Red”), as well as numerous supporting actors.

Written by Jon Bokenkamp and directed by Joe Carnahan, The Blacklist quickly catapulted to success. After its debut, NBC ordered nine episodes to complete the first season but then in December 2013, not only was the show renewed but 22 episodes were ordered by NBC.

The Blacklist is coming back to television with a bang and will once again be enjoyed by millions of fans on September 22, 2014.