Chemical Mary. Synthetic?

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Swine. Hog. Runt. Boar. Shoat. Sow. Chemical Mary.

The Blacklist. Season 8. Episode 7.

Thus begins the final dark spiral of FBI agent Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone. The opening scene will be disturbing for anyone owning a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. Because the lovable little creature is executed in a brutal manner by a super virus. For the edification of some elegant terrorists. All dressed in the latest haute couture. Surprisingly, PETA did not squawk about this scene. Having reviewed the scene a half dozen times, we now understand why. It’s a rubber pig. (Fun fact: did you know that PETA advocates calling saltwater fish ‘sea kittens’?)

Keen hires a hotshot lawyer to get a mad bomber out of jail, so the bomber can rig an airplane to crash. Why? Because Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader, her bete noire, is supposed to be on the plane. And she seems willing to kill 60 other people just to bump him off. Dark, no? Like that other Netflix series – The Witcher.

As for Chemical Mary

As for the Blacklist title character, Chemical Mary, she is a hideously disfigured mad doctor who created the super virus. Selling it to the highest bidder. Who, in the end, turns out to be Reddington. He gives it to the FBI to dispose of. So the world is once again safe for democracy and jaywalking.

But there are many more twists and turns to this Netflix episode. There is the shadowy figure of Rakitin. He or she is a mythical hacker. No one knows what he/she looks like. Where he/she lives. Or why he/she is even in this particular storyline. Rakitin hacks top-secret CIA intelligence files as easily as a baby spits up. 

But back to that booby-trapped plane. First of all, Reddington doesn’t even get on the darn flight. And then agent Mojtabai, played by Amir Arison, figures out how the plane is going to crash and guides the pilots to remove the thingamajig from their dashboard. 

Oh, and did we mention that agent Park, played by Laura Sohn, killed somebody? Not in the line of duty. And that she has Reddington clean up the mess. So now she owes Reddington a favor, big time. 

He’s probably gonna collect by having her smuggle Japanese soba noodles into the country. 

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