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TV Review: THE BLACKLIST: Season 4, Episode 14: The Architect (No. 107) [NBC]

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The Blacklist The Architect (No. 107) Review

The Blacklist: Season 4, Episode 14: The Architect (No. 107) features potentially-compelling guest stars but is unable to leverage them into anything memorable or meaningful.

When it was revealed that Brent Spiner would play the titular Architect, this reviewer was excited about getting to see the veteran actor not only the small screen once again but as noteworthy as show as The Blacklist. Having played the eternally curious android Data for seven years (as well as his villainous doppelganger Lore) on Star Trek: The Next Generation, he has more than proved his ability to deliver quirky, captivating performances. But despite the prominent billing Spiner’s character revealed, he actually does relatively little in the scenes he is in. In fact, he doesn’t even get much in the way of words in the episode, with him saying no more than a single sentence in his initial appearance. One can’t help but wonder if the baffling decision to have him killed off-screen was made because the writers got bored of their Blacklister and opted to dispose of him in the most convenient way possible.

Spiner is far from the only guest to receive inadequate attention. Brian Stokes Mitchell has a surprise role as a colleague of Red (James Spader) who has the misfortune of having the Concierge of Crime come calling on him and Melora Hardin returns to her role as Isabella Stone of the previous episode, but neither is given the time or development to make their storylines truly compelling. Let’s just hope that next week’s show learns from these mistakes and makes sure to give guests of The Blacklist the treatment they deserve.

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Reggie Peralta

An aspiring writer, longtime film junkie, and former UCLARadio.com disc jockey (where I graduated with a BA in Political Science), I’ve made the jump from penning book reviews and current events editorials for HonorSociety.org to writing movie and TV news and reviews.

When I’m not working towards my certificate in Radio and Television/Video Production at Fullerton College, I enjoy reading (horror, science fiction, and historical/political nonfiction are particular favorites), participating in my school’s TV and theatre clubs, attending movie screenings, plays, concerts, and other events, and trying to come up with pithy things to say on social media. Believe it or not, there are occasions where I find time to write for my own leisure.

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