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The Blacklist and Raymond Reddington (James Spader) are back on their bullsh--.
"Lady Luck" played like a classic Blacklist episode, with Reddington throwing his weight around and a fun, weird Blacklister giving the task force fits. After a run of heavy episodes, this was a welcome respite. This approach worked particularly well because the hour's events were still tethered to recent events, continuing the season's more serialized nature.
Prison - Issues - Aram - Amir - Arison
Freed from prison and interpersonal issues with Aram (Amir Arison), Reddington turned his attention to the narc inside his criminal network. Reddington continued to obsess over who turned him into the police. The new wrinkle is Dembe's (Hisham Tawfiq) knowledge that the culprit was Liz (Megan Boone). As Reddington got more aggressive and violent in his interrogations of various associates — including everyone's favorite carny, Smokey — Dembe did what Dembe does. He stood there quietly, helped with needed and eventually made a wise speech about his best friend's misguided search — even though he's hiding the truth.
Reddington's activity here was a needed reminder of what the man is capable of. Though Season 6 has positioned the character in weaker circumstances, Reddington is out of prison now. He's not going to be transformed by his time in prison. The Blacklist is not that kind of show. Might as well uncork some of the man's more villainous tendencies, even as he repeatedly expressed disgust in his network's development of an expansive meth distribution unit. The man has morals after all.
Show - Dembe - Loyalty - Reddington - Smokey
The show likewise needs to challenge Dembe's loyalty. He squirmed and tried to dissuade Reddington from disposing of Smokey but knows that he put himself in...
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