Saturday, February 25, 2017
The Blacklist - The Apothecary
The final episode before its hiatus, allowing its new spin-off to spread its wings, "The Apothecary" would be a more interesting episode if the solution to the entire episode wasn't so obvious to everyone but Reddington (James Spader) and the FBI. Poisoned by a member of his inner-circle, with hazy memories of the night before, Red spends the entire episode stumbling around the city in search of his murderer before time runs out. Meanwhile, the FBI is sent after the Apothecary (Jamie Harrold) who invented the custom poison Red was doused with and alone knows the cure.
Eventually both the poisoner and the poison are found, but this also forces Red to stare down a hard (and pretty damn obvious) truth about those responsible. The moral of the story is it's always the ones you least expect who can do the most damage, however the episode shows us early on Red getting poisoned and the character missing throughout the episode is obviously responsible (although I'm betting a ghost from Red's past is the real mastermind behind the attacks on her former employer).