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"The Blacklist Redemption" review by Eva Diaz  2/26/17
Airs Thursdays on NBC

I watched this because I am a fan of "The Blacklist"; I thought it would be interesting to find out more about the life of Tom Keene (RyanEgold), Elizabeth Kenne's (Megan Boone) husband.  Plus, you get to see his skills as a spy.  In the show, Tom is contacted by his father, Howard Hargrave (Terry O'Quinn), who tells him that his mother, Susan "Scottie" Hargrave (Famke Janssen), hired someone to crash his plane so that she could keep all his money.  Howard asks Tom to go undercover at the company of mercenaries that he created to take on secret missons that the goverment can't handle.  Tom's job is to find out if his mother really tried to kill his father, take all his money and keep his company. Howard also thinks that Scottie planned Tom's kidnapping and ordered Tom (otherwise known as Christopher Hargrave) killed because Howard had left all his money to Christopher in his will, hoping that someday he would find his son alive.  In true Blacklist fashion, Scottie may or may not be Tom's mother because she is a very good liar and you never know if she is telling the truth.  As with "The Blacklist," every week you find out new pieces of the puzzle of Tom's life.  

I have seen a few interviews on TV with the stars of the show. They say you don't have to watch "The Blacklist" to watch "The Blacklist Redemption."  However, from watching the first episode, I don't think that is true because if you don't know Tom's history on "The Blacklist," you don't understand what's going on in the first episode.  I think that unless the show fixes this problem, it will have a tough time attracting viewers that don't watch "The Blacklist".  

"Redemption" has a bit slower pace then "The Blacklist," concentrating more on how they will acomplish the misson that they have to do each week, as well as the cool gadgets they use to acomplish their tasks.  If you like spy shows, you will like this one.  Think of it as a mix of "Leverage" with a bit of "The Blacklist". I think this show has a bit of work to do. it didn't hook me from the first epiosoe like "The Blacklist" did, but it's still worth watching to see if it improves.  However, I do have to admit that it is uncomfortable to watch some scenes between Tom Keene amd Scottie because she keeps flirting with him.  She doesn't know that  Tom is her son, and Tom has to pretend to flirt back, since he is undercover.  I give this show a 4 out of 5 stars because it is still worth watching despite its many flaws.


In this thrilling new spinoff, the world's most elusive criminals from Red's infamous list come together to form an elite mercenary team as they try to regain their self-worth after a lifetime of inflicting damage on the world. Seeking redemption for their past transgressions, this new group solves problems governments don't dare touch. Blacklist undercover operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) joins the team’s brilliant and cunning chief, Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen), as well as lethal assassin and Tom nemesis Matias Solomon (Edi Gathegi), as they aim to be a force for good and right dangerous wrongs. Along with highly skilled members Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress) and hacker Dumont (Adrian Martinez), they will undertake seemingly impossible missions — all in the hopes of repairing their damaged souls.

Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath and David Amann serve as writers and executive producers. John Fox and John Davis also executive produce. Co-executive producer John Terlesky directs. “The Blacklist: Redemption” was created by Bokenkamp, Eisendrath, Lukas Reiter and J.R. Orci. The series is produced by John Eisendrath Productions, Flatwater Scribe, Davis Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Television.

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