The Blacklist Season 3 Episode 2 Review: Marvin Gerard

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Red and Liz are still on the run… and that’s a good thing.

I’m glad that The Blacklist Season 3 hasn’t decided to wrap up the fugitive storyline quickly, instead really changing the game for the series and shaking things up.

And with the way The Blacklist Season 3 Episode 2 ended, on a boat sailing away, it seems like this new direction is only just getting started.

That said, I was disappointed the whole “I’m a Russian agent” ploy didn’t last long. I was intrigued by where that storyline might go and if it might lead to more information about her mother.

I don’t think the whole Russian angle is over, but it’s pushed aside for now. If anything, we got a deeper sense of how connected the Cabal is and the lengths that the new antagonist, the villainous and soft-spoken Mr. Solomon, will go to get to Red.

That dude is one menacing villain without being some cartoon. He’s cold and calculating and he’s beating the crap out of Dembe for info on Red’s whereabouts. Actor Edi Gathegi may be doing a great job with the character, but I’ve got a feeling when Red and Mr. Solomon finally meet up, it’s going to a bloody and deadly fight.

I’m glad that the fulcrum and Red releasing the info is still a part of the larger story, especially in bringing viewers Mr. Solomon. The Cabal is still a force to be reckoned with and just one more thing Liz and Red have to watch out for.

But what the heck was Marvin Gerard talking about when he and Red were reading that info on the computer? What’s this big plan that could just possibly work?

The Blacklist really loves teasing its viewers, doesn’t it?

I also liked that the hostage situation turned out to be a prison break. It was a good twist, but man, Red gets lucky knowing all these people that have secret rooms and exits.

And I know that we didn’t really get a ton of new story as this was more of a continuation of The Blacklist Season 3 Episode 1 chase out of Washington, D.C., but it was still an engaging hour, having you trying to guess where the story and the characters are headed.

It definitely allowed Ressler to shine some more as he continued to take the lead on trying to bring Liz in. We also got to see him get to show off his bad ass fighting moves and driving skills in an effort to save her.

The whole drug addiction storyline from The Blacklist Season 2 was a bust for his character, but I’m hoping that we get to see more of Ressler taking charge and getting stuff done. When he’s on a mission, he’s as determined as ever. And it’s nice to see him as more than just the guy backing up Liz.

Plus, with the return of Tom – that guy loves hoodies and just can’t stay away – the two teaming up could be a pretty cool change of pace.

Certainly, the hour almost tried to get Liz captured again, and I was ready to roll my eyes. Thankfully, she wasn’t, but we got to see some crazy darker side.

I’m not really sold on it in the way I think the moment wanted me to, but it did allow for a nice conversation between her and Red at the end. Those two do have a good rapport, and yes, I’m hoping we get some more info on their connection. He’s bound to let something slip right?

At least I’m sure we’ll have plenty more questions than answers soon enough. But the way things are started for The Blacklist Season 3, I’m invested to go on the run with Red, Liz and a slice of pecan pie.

What did you think of the twist? What’s Tom want to talk about? Sound off below, and don’t miss out anything when you watch The Blacklist online now.

NOTE: The Blacklist Season 3 Episode 3, "Eli Matchett," airs Oct. 15 at 9/8c.

Marvin Gerard Review

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Sean McKenna was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. He retired in May of 2017. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Blacklist Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

When I look at you, I see my way home.


I can't let her go.