Case Profile for Unpacking The Blacklist
G. Walter Bush stops by The Blacklist Exposed podcast to discuss his latest TV literary analysis entitled Unpacking The Blacklist: S1 Interpreted. Having previously worked on two books for the TV series Chuck, Bush jumps into the fray with Red and company to see if there are any deeper meanings that we may have missed in season one. From discussions around Ahab’s quest for the mighty white whale, to Marcel Proust and his concepts of voluntary and involuntary memory, Bush breaks down key moments of season one to uncover the hidden meaning that may have been in front of us the whole time.
In Unpacking The Blacklist: Season 1 Interpreted, Bush dives deep into the one concept of the show most fans scream about, the flip-flopping relationship between Red and Liz. Where some viewers and listeners despise this arc, in the chapter Pendulum, it is shown why this back and forth is so critical to the development of both the characters of Red and Liz. In the chapter Awakening, Liz is explained as having not only a coming into being who she is as a person, as a profiler, a wife, potential mother, but an awakening into the aspects of her life for which she has long been seeking answers. Tom makes an appearance in an appropriately titled chapter Tom Bond, as well as agent Ressler as we learn how he “Wrestles” with what it means that Reddington is in his life.
Bush also references the great music in the show and how it’s songs especially in season one add to the overall underlying subtext. Digging deep on the tracks like Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” in the Dianne Fowler scene, “Pendulum” by Pearl Jam, as well as Hugo’s “99 Problems”. You can relive these great songs via the official The Blacklist playlist on Spotify or the same playlist recreated by us on Apple Music.
The book is available in both Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon which you can order here. If you have read the book go ahead and leave a review on the book on Amazon so others may get to hear of this fascinating analysis. Aaron returns to the podcast next time as we look to the return of the show on April 4th at 8PM Eastern and Pacific 7PM Central on NBC.