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The Blacklist "Pilot" 9/23/2013

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by astrohip, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Sep 26, 2013 #81 of 112
    mattack

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    We've seen this kind of thing before, but this one REALLY got to me. I mean, I remember cringing and jumping, right before it happened. (Heck, it's even happened in TV *commercials*, right?)

    I'm not exactly sure what they did differently, but somehow it got to me, in a good way.

    I don't quite know how they're going to keep this show up, but it was fairly entertaining. There did seem to be one very weird cut/scene transition, near the middle. I seem to remember you see either Spader's character, or the female, walking towards an elevator, then it just jumps to an outside scene. I went back to confirm it wasn't an actual glitch in the recording, and it didn't seem to be.

    Also, when Spader's character puts his hat on the kids, NONE of them really react. Yeah, some stranger puts a hat on me, and I'm just going to keep walking? Even if they couldn't audibly react (would have to pay them more than extras, I think), seems like they could turn and make a "What the hell?" kind of face.
     
  2. Sep 26, 2013 #82 of 112
    mattack

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    ..and we know she's going to hide her hand most of the time, right? So they don't have to do the expensive makeup for the scar over and over? Just like making the guy on "Prison Break" wear heavy shirts all the time.
     
  3. Sep 26, 2013 #83 of 112
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I bet they have a slap-on scar for every day use, and save the expensive makeup for special occasions (i.e., close-ups).
     
  4. Sep 27, 2013 #84 of 112
    tlc

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    A lot of tropes and incredible scenarios, but something about it really hooked us.

    That might be true too, but I think Spader's been watching her for years because he's Daddy. And I can't believe she hasn't followed up on him knowing so much about her and her being abandoned.

    How did that conversation go? "OK, how about this. Instead of an easy snatch of an unprotected girl, I'll tip off the FBI, so you can have a really complicated plan and a dangerous shoot out with the Feds. Also, I'll make sure my new friend is there so she might get killed."

    This. He has to keep his rep so he can work his contacts and know who's where. (He's not really omniscient.) Of course this will continue to make things much more complicated than giving them a list of bad guys and last known locations.

    Well, we do know that Z was dying, so that may tie into him knowingly carrying it. (I don't buy it, but it could.)
     
  5. Sep 27, 2013 #85 of 112
    milo99

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    you're forgetting a conversation they had - REd and Zamani - where Zamani said something about improvising and changing the plan to get the girl due to the FBI getting in the way, but it went ok. i don't remember exactly, but as i was debating whether or not Red was setting up the FBI for that road attack, they had that dialogue, which made me think that the road attack was NOT the original plan.

    i too thought that the "alternate" plan was way to elaborate for an audible, which was one of my peeves with the show.
     
  6. Sep 27, 2013 #86 of 112
    rifleman69

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    I'll give it another episode or two but found it moving way too fast as well as being way too convenient for many of the plot points to run in succession.
     
  7. Sep 28, 2013 #87 of 112
    jilter

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    Husband hated it. I like it.
    Much of it was implausible, I think that is what ruined it for the husband.
    No doubt Spader is great. I had to look twice to see it was him. Maybe he will force the writers to tighten things up since it is the role of a lifetime.
     
  8. Sep 28, 2013 #88 of 112
    jilter

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    BTW, Can someone please explain to me what is meant by the word, "tropes" in this thread.
    I looked it up, but examples would be helpful.
    I only know from tropes in synagogue <grin>.
    Thanks!
     
  9. Sep 28, 2013 #89 of 112
    morac

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    Http://tvtropes.org
     
  10. Sep 28, 2013 #90 of 112
    wmcbrine

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    My thought: Red had the husband stabbed just so Elizabeth would tear up the carpet.
     
  11. Sep 28, 2013 #91 of 112
    cherry ghost

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    Most overused word on TCF in the last two weeks
     
  12. Sep 28, 2013 #92 of 112
    spartanstew

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    Loved it, and Spader was excellent.
     
  13. Sep 28, 2013 #93 of 112
    john4200

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    So, you are saying that using the word trope is a trope of TCF recently? ;)
     
  14. Sep 28, 2013 #94 of 112
    gchance

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    Skinny Pete (Breaking Bad) sighting!
    [​IMG]

    Greg
     
  15. Sep 29, 2013 #95 of 112
    dtivouser

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    Best new show of the season! Can't wait for more. Every scene with James Spader was compelling (like, if the Tivo 30-second skip went to far, I HAD to back it up, normally would just roll with it).
     
  16. Sep 29, 2013 #96 of 112
    Jon J

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    I'm in for the run.
     
  17. Sep 29, 2013 #97 of 112
    NorthAlabama

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    just finished all this week's premieres, and this is the only show not paused - i actually liked it! that was a pleasant surprise (hostages only made it a few minutes before the sp bit the dust).

    even though i agree with all the speed, trope, cliché, dad, and husband comments, spader held my attention, and i still found it entertaining, much more than the revolution se2 premiere. we'll see how it goes - looks like i'm in for at least a few more weeks.
     
  18. Sep 30, 2013 #98 of 112
    loubob57

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    I thought it was hilarious that we just had a thread that discussed the TV bomb trope and the bomb at the end of this episode played out all the elements of that trope.

    Big digital counter - check
    3 minutes to go - check
    Cut a wire and it speeds up - check
    Cut another wire and stop with 10 seconds left - check
     
  19. Sep 30, 2013 #99 of 112
    milo99

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    skinny pete? i thought that was the big Samoan dude in The Italian Job...
     
  20. gchance

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    Obviously that's the origin of his name. :)

    Greg
     

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