The Blacklist: Luther Braxton (No. 21)
February 2, 2015 10:23 AM - Season 2, Episode 9 - Subscribe

Red gets himself captured by the CIA and sent to The Factory, a top secret black site in the middle of the Bering Sea in order to stop another prisoner, the notorious thief Luther Braxton (guest star Ron Perlman), from stealing The Fulcrum. Liz, Ressler, and Samar go there to rescue Red, but the tables are turned when Braxton takes over the prison.
posted by Small Dollar (15 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I'm fully expecting this seasons cliff hanger to involve sharks with lasers. Just an early prediction, I do love how in the middle of the countdown where they will have 10 seconds to escape the flaming inferno they are manually triggering, Red stops to elucidate one of his meandering analogies.
posted by sammyo at 11:30 AM on February 2, 2015


This is starting to shade into Alias territory of batshit crazy wheels-within-wheels and dimly understood (even by the writers) supertech. Liz is somehow key to the Fulcrum?

I can't stop watching, but nnngh it's getting difficult.
posted by Etrigan at 11:36 AM on February 2, 2015


Oh, also, it's nice to see Red not sharing basic information coming back to bite him on the ass.
posted by Etrigan at 11:37 AM on February 2, 2015


This episode was rather disjointed. It felt like 90 minutes of episode cut haphazardly down to 45 minutes. I do agree that the show would be better served by jettisoning some of the weird Aliasesque conspiracy supertech lingo. Why do these shows always feel like they have to include that sort of thing? Trust your writers and actors to keep us interested. You don't need all kinds of strange Illuminati cabals and supertech.
posted by Justinian at 11:39 AM on February 2, 2015


Every time I watch this show it's like, "DUDE. JUST SAY SHE'S YOUR DAMN DAUGHTER ALREADY. EVERYBODY KNOWS BY YOUR BEHAVIOR, PAPA BEAR." Especially what with the "now she was there at the Fulcrum" uh, thing.
posted by jenfullmoon at 1:09 PM on February 2, 2015


Nah, she isn't his daughter, way to obvious. She's HIS mother!! Blacklist to the Future !!!
posted by Pendragon at 1:46 PM on February 2, 2015 [4 favorites]


Every time I watch this show it's like, "DUDE. JUST SAY SHE'S YOUR DAMN DAUGHTER ALREADY. EVERYBODY KNOWS BY YOUR BEHAVIOR, PAPA BEAR."

Considering the number of times they've teased this and backed down from it (I believe Red has even specifically denied it in a situation where he would have no reason to), it would be the equivalent of the big scene in The Empire Strikes Back being Darth Vader saying, "Oh, Obi-Wan already told you that I killed your father? Well, yeah... Yeah, I did. I'm evil."
posted by Etrigan at 1:56 PM on February 2, 2015


I gave up at the season break, I think. What is this smoke monster Fulcrum thing?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 5:31 PM on February 2, 2015


What is this smoke monster Fulcrum thing?

A list/ledger/database of all the really bad shit that the powerful get up to, that would (according to Red) lead to major shakeups among the elites, revolutions, dogs and cats living together, et al.
posted by Etrigan at 5:40 PM on February 2, 2015


I'm still crossing my fingers and holding out hope that The Big Twist is superpowers. David Strathairn is going to call in an elite team to take down Reddington... A team of alphas...

Also I have so many conflicted feelings about the whole code thing in this episode. Okay so having a secret master code that gives you complete access to all of the intelligence networks in America that also is only six characters long and can't be revoked is pretty dumb, but uh, Snowden didn't even need a Secret Master Code to hoover up everything so I guess reality is stranger than fiction?
posted by books for weapons at 8:33 PM on February 2, 2015


Well, at least they are pulling in good actors for these roles. But Donna Moss, what happened?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:56 PM on February 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


A list/ledger/database of all the really bad shit that the powerful get up to, that would (according to Red) lead to major shakeups among the elites, revolutions, dogs and cats living together, et al.

So.... call it a blacklist. That sounds fun!
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:08 AM on February 3, 2015


But Donna Moss, what happened?

Have you seen her on Amazon's Alpha House? It's like Donna took a hard shot to the head and started thinking she was the irredeemably stupid version of Ainsley Hayes.
posted by Etrigan at 7:04 AM on February 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Okay so having a secret master code that gives you complete access to all of the intelligence networks in America that also is only six characters long and can't be revoked is pretty dumb...

In. A. Prison.

I love this show, but it is a monument to "That can't possibly go wrong."
posted by Etrigan at 7:07 AM on February 3, 2015


Also, who the hell put the server room -- which must be kept cold -- next to the BOILER room? Seriously, why not stick, oh, anywhere else in the facility? I been working in IT too long....


Though the rest of the ep was pretty neat.
posted by Mogur at 4:46 PM on February 3, 2015


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