For fans of The Blacklist, Season 7's winter hiatus is almost over.
The show returns to NBC on March 20 with a double episode spring premiere, tying together a birthday party, a faux funeral, a heist, a ballet, an ancient Byzantine curse, and a whodunnit, all over two highly entertaining hours.
If you've been looking for a reprieve from season 7's previous backstory-heavy fare, including all things Katarina Rostova, Liz's on and off again relationship with Red, and Red's true identity, then these two linked, light-hearted and adventurous episodes may just be what you're looking for.
Ushering in the hour at 8 pm is "Victoria Fenberg," an episode in which Red works to track down the identity of a gifted art forger who has inadvertently managed to thwart his plans to sell stolen pieces of an ultimate art collection. Oops!
Then at 9, in "Cornelius Ruck" Red finds himself caught in a dangerous game of cat and mouse on a deserted private island during a snowstorm.
We've screened both episodes a little early, thanks to our friends at NBC, and as is our way, have prepared a number of teasers on both instalments for those looking for some additional scoop.
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Hour 2 sees Red, sans Dembe, in a beautiful mansion, on a deserted Island, during a storm, surrounded by a motley collection of thieves, explosives experts, spies, a femme fatale, and goons for hire.
I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
No sooner does Red arrive, than his fellow guests begin to kick the bucket under mysterious, and sometimes grisly, circumstances.
Red must use his quick wits, and sometimes his quick gun, to unmask and outwit the killer before he becomes the next target.
And if this all sounds a lot like a game of Cluedo, then you are right. Our only gripe about this hour was that it had to end, because it’s nothing but a rollercoaster of fun from start to end.
If you’ve seen our official photo gallery from both “Victoria Fenberg” and “Cornelius Ruck” then you’ve probably already seen Red making his escape on a busy Ukrainian street on horseback, but did you know hour 2 will also see Red performing an autopsy, fending off the amorous advances of an old flame, taking out a plethora of gunmen, and more we won’t spoil for you here.
Without Dembe for protection, Red proves he is far from helpless. In fact, he truly comes into his own.