Monday, May 23, 2016

The Blacklist - Alexander Kirk

The Blacklist concludes its Third Season with a two-part episode of Reddington (James Spader), the FBI, and Susan Hargrave (Famke Janssen) all working together in hunting down the person responsible for the death of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone): Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen). By the end of the episode a couple of big secrets will be revealed, one shocking only Red, and the other explaining Kirk's interest in both Lizzie and her daughter. While the first episode is more about setting up the show's new spinoff and teasing big secrets in Tom's (Ryan Eggold) past, the conclusion focuses more on Red's attempt to drive Kirk into the light by framing him as a terrorist in order to put a bullet in the man's skull. The reveal of Lizzie being alive isn't a surprise. The fact that Kirk discovered the truth before Reddington is, however. I don't know that I buy Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) masterminding the deception, or keeping the truth from Reddington (and every intelligence agency on the planet) the entire time. That said, Lizzie's eventual face-to-face with Alexander Kirk does explain the man's obsession with the former FBI agent (although not why Reddington refused to disclose his identity). The cliffhanger leaves plenty of questions unanswered about Liz, Kirk, Reddington, and the future of the Blacklist task force.

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