The Super Bowl showdown between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks was a tense and action-packed battle to the bitter end. And the special episode of The Blacklist that aired right after was no different.
Of course, The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 9 had the tall order of appealing to fans of the series and new viewers that decided to stick around after the big game.
That said, ramping up the action, providing a menacing villain, teasing that larger mythology of the series, adding some fantastic guest stars (yay for Ron Perlman and David Strathairn!) and letting James Spader be James Spader worked wonders for the hour.
I think the episode really stepped up to its massive task.