30 Day Blacklist Challenge (No. 1)

12/29/2013

Someone at Tumblr started this, but I love it so much I had to make it available here, too, not just link to it. I missed the first 8 days because of computer problems and then more because of Christmas. Now I'm getting further behind making gifs to accompany nearly every answer.

Day #1: Introduce Yourself and share your thoughts about the first time you watched the Blacklist and what made you continue to watch.

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Hi, I'm Erin. I watch far more TV than I should, far more than I have time for. But I get really involved in only a few, my favorite series being Fringe, with Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Agents of SHIELD, and Breaking Bad, among others, also being as close to the top of my list as you can get. I like variety and I crave great performances.

This season I had so many shows to watch already that I only tried The Blacklist because of James Spader. I didn't even know about it until a few weeks before it aired. What made me continue to watch? The intriguing story...and James Spader delivering Red's carefully chosen words and, more importantly, the words he kept to himself. He so quickly pushed The Blacklist into all-time favorite shows territory that I had to question my sanity. Then I realized he was just that perfect in the role of Raymond "Red" Reddington. I would thank him if I could.

Day #2: Who is your favorite female character?

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Liz. The second she started screaming at Red in the pilot, she had my attention. I realized then that Megan was a great choice and I really looked forward to many more interactions between them. I remember reading something about Liz being written like a stereotypical hysterical woman who falls apart in a tough situation or whatever the bullshit complaint was. Excuse me, but if she was calm facing the man she thinks is trying to destroy her life, who quite recently pulled the rug out from under her, then I would be worried about her mental state. She should be angry. She should be out of control.

Day #3: Who is your favorite male character?

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No doubt the answer is and always will be Red. Spader is masterful in every scene. Whether he's amusing, scary, beaten and weary, or gut-wrenching, every moment is spot-on. And those suits...damn.

Day #4: Who is your least liked character?

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If I have to choose, I guess I'll say Meera Malik. I don't dislike her, but I don't know enough about her yet to really form an opinion. Or maybe Cooper, because he didn't waver even a bit when Garrick threatened Luli, Dembe, and Liz. Red was willing to give his life for theirs, but Cooper wanted only to protect his asset. Although, being the one in charge, he has to make the tough calls, so I respect him for it.

Day #5: Share a scene that made you laugh.

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There are so many. Red is delightfully witty. I think my favorite is...

"Your witness is dead, you lost Lorca, and he took Agent Keen. I'd say my meeting with Lorca might be the equivalent of you falling on your ass and landing in a pile of Christmas."

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