'The Blacklist': Will you watch James Spader track down more bad guys?

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"The Blacklist" may have been one of the most solid pilots to hit network television this fall. With James Spader killing it as the nefarious (but awfully fun) Red Reddington and Megan Boone solid as the young agent Red inexplicably wants to work with, this thriller could be a hit for NBC.

The question is, however, will the audiences tune in?

It's not like the show is perfect or anything. It isn't. Other than Red and Boone's Agent Liz Keene, none of the main characters have much to distinguish them by the end of the pilot. Maybe we want to know a little bit more about Liz's possibly-evil husband, but the crowd of FBI agents was made up of fairly indistinguishable G-men.

Hopefully, "The Blacklist" will right this wrong within a few episodes. There was so much happening in the pilot, after all, that massive character development for the secondaries just had to wait.

In a positive sign for viewer longevity, the "Blacklist" premiere did bring up some intriguing mysteries.

What is Red's scheme?

The guy is, by his own gleeful admission, a criminal. Why would this man suddenly and inexplicably turn himself in to start destroying other criminals? There is no evidence of a conscience or any morals of any kind in Red. He just has a lot of self-interest.

So why is it in his interest to decimate the world's criminal-mastermind population?

How are Red and Elizabeth connected?

The far-too-obvious possibility is that Red is somehow Liz's father. But you would think someone else would have caught that long before the premiere episode ended.

That option removed, what is the connection? Did Red know Liz's criminal (and apparently abusive) dad? Whether he did or not, why does Red care so much about Liz's life and career?

Who is Liz's husband?

The nice, kind of wimpy schoolteacher turned out to be something more than what he appeared. Money, fake passports and a hit ordered by Red would indicate that. Who is this guy?

There seem to be two big options. One is that Liz is somehow at the center of some big, international criminal conspiracy. Her husband was then planted to keep an eye on her. The second option is that Red has framed Elizabeth's husband to get him out of the way, freeing the woman to concentrate on Red.

Based on the immorality of Red, this second option should not be ignored.

But does it all work?

All of these other questions are pointless if audiences won't return. So let us know, is "The Blacklist" a show you plan to watch again?



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