Debuting on Sky Living this week, The Blacklist is a tense and suspenseful drama which stars James Spader as a former good guy, turned bad guy, turned enigma.
Spader’s former government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington, now top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list, shocks the spooks when he walks into FBI HQ with a promise to help them catch the world’s most dangerous terrorists.
But why does Red suddenly want to play nice with the Feds and what’s behind his instance on being partnered with rising agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone)?
There are plenty of hints but no solid answers – this show is about teasing the audience with a character whose every utterance and motives should be carefully analysed and parsed.
This week’s opening episode is utterly gripping, Spader plays with the audience’s minds with a virtuoso performance in scheming and skulduggery.
Just when you think it’s OK to let your guard down, he swerves and leaves you questioning everything you thought you’d worked out.
Not since J.R Ewing has TV has such a delightfully untrustworthy and cocky anti-hero.
The Blacklist looks set to succeed where The Americans failed by creating a worthy rival to Homeland, rewarding viewers who like to savour both top-notch performances and the fictional intrigue.
Sky Living, Friday 4th October.