The Blacklist: Redemption has been ordered by NBC to premiere no later than this fall. The show features characters from a current hit series, The Blacklist, and is created by the same people behind one of NBC’s greatest shows in recent memory. Currently, there are four main characters already enlisted for The Blacklist: Redemption, all who have previously featured on The Blacklist.
Famke Janssen (X-Men and Hemlock Grove) reprises Susan “Scottie” Hargrave,”‘the brilliant and cunning chief of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary organization that solves problems governments don’t dare touch,” notes NBC. While Ryan Eggold will continue to play his role as Tom Keen.
They will be joined by another regular from The Blacklist, Matias Solomon (Into the Badlands and Proof), while Tawney Cypress (Supergirl) completes the list so far. It is also expected that more characters will be added to the series as it goes into production with, for instance, Tom Keen’s father being featured at some stage, as well as members of various arch-criminal organizations like Alexander Kirk.
The Blacklist: Redemption faces an uphill task of replicating the success of The Blacklist. While Susan Hargrave will reprise the cunning role similar to the one played by Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) in The Blacklist, audience expectation is already high which means that the task might be tougher than perceived.
As such, it would require more than the brilliant Scottie to stir up the show and woo rave reviews. So who could make it a lot more interesting? Well, NBC says that while Tom will be working hand-in-hand with his biological mother, Susan Hargrave, he will also endeavor to discover more about his past.
Ideally, this is one of the main background storylines of the show, in which case more characters, including allies and enemies, will be revealed. So this should stir things up a bit. The other character that could unexpectedly bring the show to life is that of Solomon.
In The Blacklist, Solomon proved to be another cunning character, which added to his strategic planning and criminal background to bring out a person that cannot be trusted. In the spin-off series, The Blacklist: Redemption, he works for the same organization with Tom Keen. So they are theoretically partners.
However, given how events unfolded in the previous episode of The Blacklist, “Alexander Kirk (1),” these two have a lot of scores to settle. Tom made it clear that he is not just going to let Solomon’s involvement in Liz’s death stay buried when he shot him while working together.
Therefore, these two are bound to have a feisty relationship while working for Grey Matters. Can one trust the other while out in the field? This will be an interesting thing to look out for as they go on missions trying to solve what NBC terms as “problems that governments don’t dare touch.”
NBC’s The Blacklist: Redemption season one will have eight episodes and is expected to take the Monday slot previously held by The Blacklist, which moved to Thursdays, according to Deadline. NBC is also lining up several other TV shows this fall, among them, Emerald City and Taken, with 10 episodes each.
Susan Hargrave’s blood ties to Tom will serve as the lead background story in The Blacklist: Redemption. We could see scenes where Susan comes close to discovering that Tom is actually her son.
However, it will also be interesting to see how Tom and Solomon get along. The two have been listed amongst the lead characters; therefore, they will most likely stay alive for quite a while. So how do they manage to avoid killing each other in The Blacklist: Redemption?
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