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The Blacklist season 2: 10 things we want

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  1. Rob Williams says:

    11. More of Alan Alda and his clandestine group. What does Red have on them?

    12. If Berlin was only No. 8 on the list them who are 1-7? Tell us more.

    Tom can’t be dead although I’m sure that is what they want you to believe. The writers can easily put him back in the show. Like through a flashback that shows Liz leaving and Berlin showing up and saving Tom.

    1. Pip_EntFocus says:

      Ah so you think Berlin saved Tom? I’ve been wondering if it might have been Liz that removed him from the scene. Alan Alda is very good isn’t he?

      1. Rob Williams says:

        Just saying it would be easy to write Tom back into the script. Berlin was just the first thing that popped into my mind. But I like your idea of Liz saving him and it makes good sense. She really loved him at one time. She was the one who shot him. And after he told her that her father was still alive she may have had second thoughts and wants to find out what else Tom knows about her past and Red.

        I also can’t see Ford casting Ryan Eggold in that Mustang commercial if he was being killed off permanently. I’m confident Tom will be back in season 2.

        13.. I would also like to see Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) become a more integral character in the show.

        1. Pip_EntFocus says:

          Yes it would be great to find out more about Dembe. I’m with you there!

        2. alertgirl says:

          I agree that those Mustang adverts wouldn’t have used Eggold if he wasn’t going to stick around. I’d like him to give off more of the vibe he shows in the adverts. He’s very Bond like in those.

      2. Marissa says:

        Yes, I think so too, bec she prevented Red from finishing him off.

  2. helenw says:

    I;d like Tom Keen to be a permanent fixture as he was the most interesting and charismatic character in the series. I suspect that wasn’t planned by the producers !! but good on Ryan Eggold for making more of the character than was written on the page. Bad boy Tom was a revelation and I looked forward to glimpses of him each week. I want to see Tom’s back story and him operate as a badass spy in season 2

    1. Pip_EntFocus says:

      I agree with you. Dying to find our more about Tom and his past. I’m sure he will be alive which is amazing after being shot so many times!! 😉

      1. alford says:

        It seemed a little silly to have Liz shoot Tom so many times when the writers knew he’d be back. It also made no sense for Tom to fail to shoot Red immediately he came into the room. The writers did a poor job in the finale.

        I know James Spader has a huge following but his acting leaves me cold. I feel I’ve seen this type of performance from him numerous times. He apparently rewrites a lot of his lines based on what Megan Boone said in her gold derby video interview and that doesn’t suggest the executive producers have strong control of this show.

        I only started to like the show when we got Liz’s husband showing his true colors. That gave the show some edge and tension that I found missing through the first half. The producers said season 2 will move back to an episodic style focused on the blacklisters instead of following the serialised story. This saddens me. I’m much more of a fan of a strong serialisation.

  3. nat says:

    you dont know that red is her father, having burns means nothing. it just means he was at the fire. he could be the old friend he talked about who brought lizzie to sam, or he could be the person who started the fire and got burned. so you dont know that red lied to lizzie. i hope he isnt her father, that would be boring

    1. Pip_EntFocus says:

      We don’t know for certain but all the signs are pointing that way and there have been so many hints throughout the first season. Why else would Red do all the things he does just for Liz if he wasn’t her father? And why would he happen to have been there when the fire started? My theory is that he, like she, was burned in the fire and that he gave her to Sam as he realised he was endangering her life and wanted to protect her. I’m open to theories and would love to hear yours.

      1. nat says:

        red said a friend brought lizzie to sam, that is possible. i thought there was the possiblilty that red killed lizzie’s father and then took care of her like he told grey he would take care of his family. so he couldve started the fire but got burned helping lizzie. he told lizzie he needs her for answers. i would just find it very boring if it is that simple, that has been the obvious answer from episode 1, it will be a let down if he is her father. also spader said after the finale we think we know more than we do. what else could he be talking about?(other than we think he is the father because of the burns)

        1. Pip_EntFocus says:

          You could well be right. It’s an interesting debate and I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond to my article. I reckon there are plenty more twists to come yet.

  4. Graceton says:

    5. More Red and Liz scenes – um, no thanks! We had plenty during season 1. The banter can get really repetitive: ”I hate you Red! I don’t wanna see you ever again” cue next episode where she’s back to working with him. Don’t get me wrong, I like their relationship, but I don’t want to see the show become the Red & Liz show. There are other characters, too.

    7. Liz and Ressler to stay friends. I represent the minority here, but seriously. They don’t have ”zero sexual chemistry”! And you’re quick to judge since they’ve shared only a few proper scenes (outside of the workplace). I don’t wish to see them get together right away, but it’s definitely a possibility in the future. And when it comes down to Keenler vs. Lizzington, there’s no doubt in my mind which one I’d rather see happen. It doesn’t even matter if Red is or isn’t Lizzie’s dad, but their relationship is very father/daughter-like!

    1. Pip_EntFocus says:

      I agree there are other characters of course and I’d like to see them get more screen time too but for me the magic of the show is the Liz and Red back and forth. Let’s see how it pans out with Liz and Ressler. I think the actor that plays Ressler is a bit limited but let’s see if he can dig deep and serve up something better in season two.

  5. alertgirl says:

    More Tom for me. I loved Tom ‘Bond’ Keen for me. I was expecting to find out more about him in the last episode but then we got that lame Mexican standoff which was resolved really poorly. Hopefully the writers decided to keep the juciy Tom developments for season 2.

    Spader’s soliloquies in series 1 got a bit tiresome after a while. It came across like the writers were indulging him.

    The actor playing Ressler is like a piece of wood.He was the same in Homeland. I think it would be pathetic for the writers to go down the route of a Liz/Ressler relationship. The actors have zero chemistry with one another and Ressler in particular has no screen presence.

    1. Pip_EntFocus says:

      I agree with you on Ressler!

    2. Jim says:

      I agree the actor who plays Ressler is eh. Too bad they didn’t keep Paraminder Nagra and kill off Ressler instead

  6. tina says:

    more Dembe and his backstory.

    more Aram. yes he is adorable and stole alot of scenes.

    more Scary Gary. Loved his chemistry with Red.

    stronger woman roles and less of Liz being helpless.

    the answer to who is your daddy. I prefer he not be thank you.

    and yes more Fitch.

  7. mary says:

    more red and Liz scenes were they are just having fun. the daddy talk has been done. we get it. now move on. The blacklist IS about those two. *cough* so we dont need less just different. show the love story Megan talked about.

    1. Jim says:

      I agree. I want to see the story Megan spoke of.

  8. NellasP says:

    Regarding all of you people concluding with all certainty that Red is Liz father because of the burns on his back, I will quote this little interview that TODAY’s Al Roker did to James Spader on the morning of the finale (the video is still up on the site):

    Al: “Will we know more about the relationship between Red Reddington and Agent Keen that we don’t know?”
    James: Yes. With a qualification. You may also think you know more than you do.

    Liz remembers his father saving her from the fire, but maybe it wasn’t the dad but Red who took her out and it was him the “old friend” that take her to Sam.

    1. Pip_EntFocus says:

      James Spader wouldn’t be the first actor to give an interview where he deliberately gives out a red herring though would he? It’s all speculation but hopefully we’ll find out the answer in season 2.

    2. Rob Williams says:

      I don’t think that Red has ever lied to Liz. He even was truthful about killing Sam. Although he was a bit misleading in that answer. Often Red will either not answer her questions or dodge the question. I think the producers want you to think he is her father but I suspect he is not. I just can’t figure out what the relationship is. Remember the episode where he bought and blew up that house because of all the bad memories?

      We don’t know much about her mother either. Was she killed in the fire? I may need to go back and watch the pilot again and the season finale.

      I keep thinking about how much detail they went into about Berlin’s daughter. Could that have been Liz’s mother? But if so would that indicate Red is her father?

      So many questions…

      1. Pip_EntFocus says:

        The point where I think he lied is in the finale when he said with certainty her dad was dead after Tom had told her that he was still alive. If he was dead I don’t see how her knowing who he was could cause much of a threat to her. I like the theory about Liz’s mum though!!

      2. NellasP says:

        I agree, Red hasn’t lied to Liz. The problem is that d*nm ambiguity card the TPBT like to keep playing again and again and again.Tom said: “Your father is alive”; Red said: “I’m telling you, with no uncertainty, your father is dead. He died in that fire.” So far, we’re good, with the premise that Red doesn’t lie to Liz, we just conclude that Tom is lying. Then TPTB mess it up a bit saying in a postmorten interview: “It’s safe to believe that what he told her on the steps was the truth so far as he knows.” >..< Implying that what Red knows might be false and that Tom might be right after all. So, maybe Liz’ father is alive, but Red believes he's dead, and he tells Liz so, he’s not technically lying, is he?.

        It’s more or less the same situation with “Tom’s death”. Liz said “before Tom died, he told me.. “ as far as Liz knows, she’s sure Tom’s dead, but we know there is a possibility that he might have survived.

  9. Jim says:

    Red is not Liz’s bio dad. How tired and boring that would be. Have you read the creator’s, Jon Bokenkamp, quotes from TV Guide stating he’s not the dad? You should check out the Beyond the Blacklist segment for the finale as well – Executive Producer John Eisendrath says Red’s “no” to the father question was the answer. In addition, the chemistry they share sure doesn’t seem familial to me.

    1. Pip_EntFocus says:

      It’ll be interesting to see how it pans out. Lots of show runners, actors, producers etc have put out red herrings to fool viewers so it could be a bluff.

  10. T M says:

    – We don’t know if Red is her father or not, so interesting that you say he lied to her face.. I remember the scene where he said he never lied to her, so I think that he is probably her father, but as opposed to lying about it he perhaps believes that a part of him, or the man that he was, died in the fire (or as a consequence of some other event).. so he’s saying that the man – the man he was – is in fact dead..

    as others say also the distinct possibility that red was the guy who took her to sam, maybe it was him that pulled her from the flames not her father, which is what she had thought, but he seems to know too many intimate details, I think he’s got to be the father..

    – Tom being gone from the scene at the end surely means he’s not dead? Maybe it’s just there to retain the possibility of him coming back.. It was so blatant though, I think everyone expects that he’ll be back.. a lot of potential material that could revolve around him so it seems logical to keep him in the frame

  11. Justwondering says:

    Could Lizzie’s mother be Red’s sister?

    1. Pip_EntFocus says:

      Oooo maybe! That would be an interesting angle.

  12. Kiwijohnb says:

    I think that Alan Alda’s character was the one that orchestrated the saving of Tom as he has a lot of background information on Red, Liz and the FBI which means Alda’s group could use the information to block the threats from Red and minpulate FBI. It could also mean that Red has 2 major threats to deal with, as Berlin will play a key role in the next season….

  13. jhana says:

    i really belive elizabeth and rex wil end up dating

  14. BGJ says:

    I so want Liz and Ressler to get together. Both of them deserve more happiness in their lives. But the writers have to develop the relationship and develop Ressler more. They DO have some chemistry but they have had very little screen time for that chemistry to grow. Given the chance I think they could become a strong, compelling couple. I really don’t want any more of Tom. He did so many despicable things to Liz. I don’t care what his reasons were or if he has “feelings” for her; he’s far too cold-blooded for her to become involved with again.
    I also disagree with comments by others that say Diego Klattenhoff’s performance was wooden. He played the part the way the writer’s wrote his character. The writers need to develop the character of Ressler and give him more range and dimension.

    1. IsobelA says:

      I agree – there is some good chemistry developing between Liz and Ressler and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. I’d like to see more of Tom, as an interesting character, but definitely NOT romantically linked with Liz again, he is a cold creepy bugger.

  15. Mark says:

    “zero sexual chemistry” – whaaaat???….I completely disagree. But,on the other hand,I do think- s2 is too soon to Liz/Ressler hookup

  16. jj says:

    I would love to see more of Mr.Caplan, she is great!