The Blacklist (Season 6), 2019
Signed up the 28/03/2017
This season is a go big or go home type of event and you know it from the first action sequence. It's got this high-stakes, high-octane, cunning atmosphere about it that everyone addicted to crime dramas loves so much. It's certainly above the pack in this particular view, being six seasons in and still being able to spark the same interesting from audiences, as well maintain the same quality of storytelling.
You'd think you'd be bored by now with all this cat-and-mouse shenanigans, with the authorities chasing high-profiled criminals and such, because I mean how many wide-known criminals can there be to cover a whole six seasons of just tracking them down? Somehow though, the show manages to keep you at the edge of your seat each time.
Even with absurd plots taking place ever so often, you still get to feel like you're a poignant person for following this particular show, because of how serious its characters present themselves. Take Elizabeth Keen for instance, the original self-destructive sad-girl template. She treats every chase, every discovery, every plot-break as a turning point for her personal growth and where the particular plot-point leads her to next. She's always trying to decipher something, whether it's the dark mysteries of Reddington himself, or her own haunting past. This driving point is the genius the show uses as a secret weapon. The same could be said for Reddington as a character.
The atmosphere of the show transcends a criminal drama, and explores other genres such as intensive pyshcological thrillers with a sprinkle of high-action and mystery. It feels like a human case study, and us as the audience have the control of the incisor as the show runners know exactly what we need, and when we need it to happen, even without us knowing sometimes. What I'm saying is, this is a criminal show like any other where we know that the criminal will be caught somehow in the end, but how it arrives there is what sets it apart from the rest.
Season 6 proves to be the most profound of all the seasons so far. The writers know themselves more, thus writing the characters more calmly/less exaggerated, making them feel more human-like, and so serve human vanity as we like to project ourselves, our moralities in these stories. This aspect has helped elevate the show to new heights where even Red's self-righteous, proud and cunning persona doesn't feel too much. It's rare for a show like this to be in its sixth season and still be breaking new grounds. A definite satisfying watch!
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