Monday, April 17, 2017

The Blacklist: Redemption - Whitehall

The Blacklist: Redemption wraps up its First Season with a two-part episode. We open with Scottie (Famke Janssen) confronting her son about his true identity... and then breaking any potential trust between the pair by having him tortured and chased around the city, cementing whose side he'll choose throughout the events of the finale. Putting all cards on the table, Howard (Terry O’Quinn) reveals himself to the world forcing a board meeting and providing Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Nez (Tawny Cypress), who like Tom chooses Mr. Hargraves over Mrs. Hargraves, the necessary distraction to sneak into Halcyon and smuggle out Richard Whitehall (Clarke Peters). The episode features a couple of cameos from The Blacklist including Liz (Megan Boone) and Harold (Harry Lennix), but the main focus remains Tom and his choice to help Howard stop his mother.

The second-half of the episode begins and ends with a big twist many saw coming as a select few in the company still loyal to Scottie do some additional digging of their own despite all the evidence pointing to her obvious guilt. And, of course, Kat (Theodora Miranne) finds something. The cliffhanger leaves the storyline at a precarious precipice. Does Tom's story pause here? Does it pick up back on The Blacklist? Without the final scene any hiatus for the spin-off would make more sense, but given what Tom holds in his hands as the credits roll can The Blacklist just ignore this storyline for the foreseeable future?

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