‘The Blacklist’ 6×03 Review: Trial of the Century

I think we were all hoping there would be some loophole to get Red out of police custody without something catastrophic happening, but it’s looking more and more like that won’t be the case.

For a minute it seemed like the judge might rule in Red’s favor, thanks to Cooper providing documents to validate Red’s immunity agreement, but at the very last second, the prosecution threw a curveball.

Red’s immunity agreement only protects him if he doesn’t violate the agreement, and apparently the unregistered firearm the police found on him when he was arrested means Red violated the agreement. Red, of course is challenging that argument, so now instead of getting in and out of this trial, he’s going to have to go through another trial about the illegal firearm, and do a stint in prison in the meantime.

No one is worried about Red going to prison because he can take care of himself of course, he’ll probably have everyone in the prison working for him by the end, but it’s just all so unnecessary.

To me it seems like the charge of possessing an illegal firearm should be thrown out because the prosecution only brought it up after the judge was about to give her ruling. If Red having a gun is the thing that finally brings him down, I’m going to be beyond upset.

Now it’s time to rant some more about Liz. Frankly I can hardly stand to see or hear her on screen anymore. Her fake concern over Red’s well being is infuriating, and I can’t believe no one on the Task Force has become even a little bit suspicious. I just can’t wait until Red finds out what she did and she finally gets what’s coming to her.

I just want to make the rest of this review an appreciation post for Harold Cooper, because he really came through for Red when he needed to. Of course he didn’t really do it for Red, he did it for the good of the Task Force and the mission, but above all he did it for the truth.

The FBI wanted to deny that they had ever worked with Red, and Cooper wasn’t having it. He provided the judge with an official copy of the immunity agreement and even testified on Red’s behalf.

Say what you want about Red, but he really has helped the FBI save thousand of lives, and that is what Cooper is choosing to focus on.

Cooper doesn’t allow himself to be distracted and controlled by personal vendettas like Liz, he just does what’s right and I think that’s why he’s always been the backbone of the Task Force and the show. He keeps everyone on track, showing them the honest way to do things. I’ve always liked Cooper, and he was the real MVP of this episode.

We also got to see Ressler kicking butt and tackling more criminals, so that was a great added bonus.

Red’s relationship with the main blacklister of the episode could also be foreshadowing something tragic. The blacklister is a man called “The Pharmacist” a genius scientist and doctor who works on genetically tailored cures for his patients.

At the end of the episode we found out that that he’s working on something for Red, which doesn’t sound good at all. We don’t know if he’s working on something to cure Red of a deadly illness or that Red needs something for someone close to him, but either way it seems like this storyline is headed towards a tragic ending.

We’ll just have to wait and see if the next round of the trial goes in Red’s favor and how he handles himself in prison, but needless to say it seems like this season is going to be an absolutely crazy and game changing ride.

Check out the synopsis and trailer for next week’s episode below.

Synopsis: Red tries to adapt in federal prison. Samar goes undercover to stop a black market organization. Meanwhile, Liz and Jennifer continue their search into Red’s past.

The Blacklist airs Fridays at 9/8c on NBC.

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