The Binge

It’s Saturday morning, boys and girls! When I was a kid, this day typically started off with a bowl full of sugar (cereal) while watching SuperFriends, Smurfs and Bugs Bunny. And by the time Fat Albert said his last “Hey, hey, hey ….” it was time to go play outside. In my adult years, this day begins with caffeine and a couple more episodes of whatever i started binge-watching during my Friday night rendezvous with Netflix. So, i figured Saturday morning would be the perfect opportunity to blog Netflix binge-watching recommendations. So, on that note, I submit for your consideration …

 

“The Blacklist”. I realize I’m late to the party on this one (but hopefully just fashionably late). That being said, if the party’s any good, it doesn’t matter how late you are. And this party is off-the-hook. By the end of the first episode, i thought i was going to have to pop a Xanax just to get through the rest of them. It’s Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter (minus the creepy cannibalism) on steroids by way of Tom Clancy and John LeCarre, and IT IS AMAZING. James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington is mesmerizing as one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted, who voluntarily turns himself in within the first 5 minutes of the pilot.  On a side note – it occurred to me that Spader is what i imagine the devil would be. Seriously. That voice could convince me to eat a bucketful of toenails and wash it all down with a glass of motor oil.  Megan Boone holds her own against him, conveying the perfect mixture of nervous strength and vulnerability as Elizabeth Keen, the rookie government agent perpetually confused as to why Red demands to work only with her. It’s a fabulous show (at least so far – i’m only halfway through the first season).  And hey – the music ain’t too bad, either (how could it be when the first episode closes w/ Hugo’s version of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and another episode features Filter’s “Hey Man, Nice Shot”, and if you don’t know those two songs – go to iTunes or YouTube right now and give them a listen). It’s a show that jerked me up by the collar and threw me against the wall, which is very rare when it comes to original programming these days.  So, if you have the time, give it a whirl.  I have to go play outside now …

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