The Blacklist Review Episode (1×12) “The Alchemist”



Liz May Lose Her Husband to One of Red’s Projects

Liz and Red may be growing closer, but she and Tom are growing further apart. This week on The Blacklist, the FBI hunts a man who “who protects the guilty by preying on the innocent,” while Red continued to hunt the mole. Meanwhile, Liz’ obsession with her work is putting her marriage in jeopardy just when a mystery women sets her sights on Tom. Will Liz end up finding the answers she’s been searching for only to discover there’s no one waiting for her at home? Let’s jump in and dissect Blacklister #101, “The Alchemist.”

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“He relies upon science to transform one person into another.” Red asked Liz to hunt down the Alchemist, Eric Trettel, because the killer had something Red wanted – a client list. Why Red wants the names on the Alchemist’s list is a new mystery we’ll have to solve, but this week Liz and Ressler went after a man who fakes the deaths of criminals so they can evade prosecution. This Blacklister was one of the most interesting we’ve seen so far, and left me wondering if how he changed people’s identities was actually possible. If so, it’s kind of scary. What else was terrifying was that Trettel was getting his victims from online dating sites, movie casting calls, and other sources where people may be too trusting and give up personal information too easily. As interesting as this guy was, it seems his main purpose was to set up another season long mystery involving Red’s master plan.

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Red: Yes, it’s a trade in death. The guilty give their blood and genetic identity, the innocent give their life for the guilty to live. Find the Alchemist and you have the chance to resurrect the dead, and bring to justice some of the vile people who’ve ever lived.

“You have so many secrets, and I hate that because I don’t have any secrets.” Ever since Liz got involved with Red, her relationship with Tom has suffered. Now, Liz doesn’t seem to even have time to have dinner with her husband. Red probably feels this is a good thing considering he believes Tom is a spy, but Liz has put her trust in Tom despite Red’s warnings. Enter new available woman. I thought Jolene looked familiar as soon as she popped up looking at a file folder with Tom’s name on it, but I couldn’t place her. Now I can. Jolene is really Lucy Brooks. You know, the woman Red was looking up on ViCAP earlier this season. Who Lucy is, what she wants with Tom, and why Red is interested in her is the second ongoing mystery presented in this episode. My only question this week: is i Jolene was the photographer of those photos and is Tom her next target? Fighting bad guys is all well and good, but Liz better start paying more attention closer to home.

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Tom: I’m not asking you to be Holly Homemaker.

What to Do When She’s Expecting… to Marry Someone Else… Liz wasn’t the only one with relationship problems this week. Donald has been grappling with the news of his ex-girlfriend’s impending nuptials ever since she told him about them while he was recuperating in the hospital. Now that he’s out, Audrey has been texting him about her fiancé. This was cute, but what was cuter was how it turned out Audrey only wanted to tell Donald that she wants him back. Now that it looks like they’ve rekindled their romance, I hope we don’t lose the sassy Ressler we saw in this episode. When the mob guy asked Donald, “You got a cigarette,” I was in tears laughing at how Ressler responded, “Yeah, I do.” I don’t know why, it was hilarious. Maybe it was the tension in the rest of the episode, or maybe I just needed a nap, but I hope Sassy Donald gets to stay. Maybe being in love will loosen him up a bit.

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Red: Just out of curiosity, what number am I on your speed dial?

Liz: Seven

Red: Who’s six?

Liz: Chinese takeout.

Red made sure Liz had her hands full this week, but he also was pretty busy. From searching for Lucy to hunting a mole, Red hasn’t been idle. After having his team put together shredded government documents, Red now think the mole is Mira, but is he right? Next week we’ll learn more about Mira and whether or not she’s the mole. Hopefully we’ll learn more about Lucy Brooks as well. Now that several new mysteries have been set up, answers should not be far behind, but whether or not they’re the ones we want remains to be seen.

Questions… Comments… Wonderings…

  • If Liz really isn’t Red’s daughter, could Lucy Brooks be her?
  • Will Tom end up the photographer’s next victim?
  • Why does Red want that list. Could he be one of the Alchemists clients?
  • Is Mira really the mole?