'The Blacklist: Season 3 (Blu-ray + UltraViolet)'
(James Spader, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra, Ryan Eggold, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, et al / 5-Disc Blu-Ray / NR / 2016 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: In the third season of the hit drama 'The Blacklist,' FBI Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) is now a fugitive and on the run with criminal mastermind Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader). With Assistant FBI Director Harold Cooper under investigation, a conflicted Agent Donald Ressler leads the FBI Task Force on a massive manhunt for Liz and Red.
Blu-Ray Verdict: For those not wanting to know anything about this third season, to enable them to binge, turn away ... now! For, in my humble opinion, Raymond Reddington has got to be my favorite bad/good guy at the moment. James Spader has breathed life into this role as one of the FBI's top most wanted. He has moments of incredible evil as well as times of incredible tenderness. It is amazing to me that after three years of this show, I am still wondering exactly who Reddington is and what he is trying to accomplish.
Season Three is just as good as the first two seasons, which for me were excellent. Even with Season Three's accommodation of Megan Boone's real-life pregnancy with her character of Elizabeth Keen, which can be a series killer for many shows (remember “Moonlighting” off-hand), the show continues to build in momentum.
I look forward to seeing which number and name comes up on Reddington's list each week. What will be their special “evil” role and how will it benefit Raymond? As for this action-packed, jam-packed third season itself, well, first episode “The Troll Farmer” picks up mere moments after the end of the season two finale - in which you may recall that the Cabal was exposed by the world press after Red leaked them the Fulcrum. The Cabal had framed Liz for the death of several CIA agents and a sitting U.S. Senator by revealing that her mother was a famous and accomplished KGB assassin. If all that weren’t bad enough, Liz personally shot Attorney General Connolly, a low-level rung of the Cabal that threatened to eliminate the task force (with extreme and creative severity). So now what?
Well, ... lots! But let's not get it all out there, just in case there are people who stil haven't heeded the spoiler warning! Anyway, as for the case of the week/Blacklister, the hour did a nice job of incorporating the Troll Farmer without making him the focal point. And Ressler managed to take him down in the end anyway. Guess even when Red is on the run, he’s willing to help.
But it was the side story that involved Dembe’s family that really had my interest. Dembe is such a fascinatingly mysterious character, and we’ve continued to get little bits of backstory here and there. This time we found out he has a daughter and granddaughter!
Plus, we learned he was willing to do whatever it took to save his family. I wouldn’t have expected anything less. In all, this third season was HUGE and deservedly so and without losing anything along the way. Not only was I engaged for each of the developing hours, but I wasn't constantly thinking about Red’s secret-keeping from Liz or even his real connection to her. Plus, there were plenty of new doors and opportunities opened for the series that could wind up making this the best season yet. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Blu-ray Exclusive Features:
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Creating The Stunts: Script to Screen
From the Shadows: Villains of Season 3
Blu-ray and DVD Special Features:
Outside the Box: Making The Blacklist Comic Book
All About Aram
Red’s Gems: Favorite Lines From Season 3