The Blacklist “Karakurt” Review (Season 2, Episode 21)

The Blacklist - Season 2

FBI Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen is now one of the top 10 most wanted in the country.

That is the last thing told to viewers of tonight’s episode of The Blacklist, as we approach the show’s second season finale, which will air next Thursday.

And how did Liz get to that dubious distinction? She single-handedly poisoned a powerful Senator, who was being targeted by a Russian hitman but actually working for the Kabal, that uber-secret worldwide group for which The Director is a member.

Are you confused yet? Oh, you want to know why Liz would do such a thing. Well, she didn’t, at least not intentionally. As it turns out members of the Justice Department had evidently been meeting with a former KGB man named Anton, asking him questions about Liz’s Russian spy mom, who viewers learned about in last week’s episode. The fact that Liz is the progeny of a Russian spy (who in some circles is seen only as a myth), she is framed for the near fatal poisoning of said Senator; and at the end of the episode is warned by Raymond “Red” Reddington to run for her life because she is in BIG trouble.

I’ll say one thing for the masterminds behind ‘The Blacklist’ (that would be the writers), they never disappoint putting the protagonist in the show into jeopardy by the end of the season; and this is one hell of a jam that Liz finds herself in.

It would seem that the Kabal wanted to start, basically, an all-out war between the United States and Russia and they, for whatever reason, decided to make Liz the lynchpin. How this FBI agent is going to get out of this whole sordid case is anyone’s guess; but I’m going to guess that since Tom Keen aka Jacob is still in the picture, and asking Liz to sail away with him on that boat that he wanted to get, that the finale could possibly feature them trying to escape by water?

Where this whole poisoning is concerned, a Russian virologist created a very specific viral weapon that was synchronized to the DNA of one man: Senator Hawkings. In order to make sure that the virus would work, a test was made on the illegitimate son of Hawkings, a bright young law student who was killed in the opening scene of tonight’s episode. And let me just say, how gross was that scene? Watching that poor kid succumb so quickly to that pathogen was just disturbing? I was grossed out, to say the least, and I’m sure that is just what the writers of the show were aiming for, right?

The team, of course, with several assists from Red, were able to figure out what Karakurt, the Russian killer, was aiming to do; and Liz made a heroic last-minute save (or at least it seemed that way) to get the Senator out of harm’s way. The only problem: Karakurt wasn’t actually carrying the virus on him. Somehow it was on Liz and when she rushed the Senator into an awaiting car to get him to “safety” she infected him, leaving him in critical condition in the hospital.

What do you think will happen in next week’s episode with Liz now on the lam, trying to prove her innocence and staying one step ahead of the Kabal? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The season finale of the second season of ‘The Blacklist’ will air on NBC on Thursday, May 15 at 9/8c.


James Spader as Red
Megan Boone as Liz
Ryan Eggold as Tom
Diego Klattenhoff as Ressler
Harry Lennix as Cooper
Amir Arison as Aram
Mozhan Marno as Samar

Guest Stars:
Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe
Reed Birney as Tom Connolly
Ned Van Zandt as Leonard Caul
Michael Masseee as Karakurt/Jonas Fleming
Noelle Beck as Dr. Lauren Kimberly
John Bolger as Senator Hawking