Sorry for the deceptive title. This isn't a recap. The episode was 5 days ago, after all. Though I did enjoy the presence of Mr. Lau from The Dark Knight and Arrow (where I don't recall his name, so we'll just play along that his name was also Mr. Lau).
Just a thought on The Blacklist, which will be sticking around for the whole season and I'm enjoying more than I expected to: The most interesting perspective to me is Elizabeth's. Sure, Spader is the star and Raymond Reddington is the catalyst that drives the story each week, but I don't think he's all that interesting (yet).
Elizabeth is interesting. During her slow motion, stand in the middle of her own dinner party and stare off into space scene at the end of the episode, I reflected on what she must be thinking. It had been building since episode one, but her life fucking sucks. Literally overnight, her life went from all right to totally fucking sucks.
From her perspective, 3 weeks ago she got a call to come to work and the next thing she knows, every single person in her life, be it her federal coworkers or her husband, is suddenly completely untrustworthy. Nor does anyone fully trust her. She can't even trust her own past as revelations about who her father was are dangled in front of her. She can't trust anyone; emotionally she's isolated and all alone. Just like that.
The best part is the only person who keeps outright insisting she trust him is the worst person in the world, the international criminal asshole who totally creeps her out. I'm enjoying the shitshow Elizabeth Keen's life suddenly became. Also, no idea where this is all going. I'm glad they got the back nine and we'll get the full story this season.
See, I can see where Elizabeth Keen is SUPPOSED to be the most interesting character, but I don't think it's working because the actress, so far, sucks.
BTW, the actor you're referring to is Chin Han, who actually went to school with The Lovely Future Mrs. Hegemon. It's kind of neat for her to see an old schoolmate become this generation's Tzi Ma--the guy every show goes to when they need an Asian villain.
I think one of the more successful, fleshed out versions of MJ has been in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. She's got that nerd-hot, Tina Fey thing. That might not be the best option on the big screen I suppose, but it works in the comics.