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Few issues about The Blacklist are extra satisfying than when the present decides to tackle the evils of up to date expertise. Not often is there any sort of Black Mirror-esque “commentary” on society. As a substitute, the tech is usually integrated to Pink’s (James Spader) prison enterprise — which is especially humorous given his full philistine (or boomer?) angle.

This week’s episode spotlighted my favourite type of technological nightmare gasoline: the deep pretend. Sadly, the tech wasn’t getting used to show one superstar’s face into one other, solely to border genius scientists for potential terrorist acts.

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Although the present did not have a lot to say about deep fakes, it did up the ante by revealing a bonkers perpetrator for the duplicitous YouTube vids: synthetic intelligence. Sure, the villain of the episode was not even human however an excellent A.I. named Clark that sought to kill all of the researchers who tried to suppress his maturation. If you are going to wade into the uneven waters of harmful tech, you would possibly as effectively actually experience the wave, proper?

The plot produced the right quantity of ridiculousness. Solely on an American procedural can the “nerd” Aram (Amir Arison) attempt to discuss a very self-aware and murderous A.I. off the ledge — and solely partially reach that endeavor. Likewise, solely an American procedural can function an FBI process pressure cease a very self-aware and murderous A.I. after which simply transfer onto the subsequent case that includes, like, an evil surgeon.

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The episode additionally related deep fakes to Pink’s difficult relationship with expertise. Not solely did he do a full rant concerning the “risks of expertise” that includes a celebration of the flip cellphone, however he subsequently used deep pretend tech to check Frankie’s (Natalie Paul) true loyalties. Sadly for Frankie, she failed considerably. She opted to reunite with a deep pretend Katarina (Laila Robins) and betray Pink, finally taking a bullet for her actions. Pink would possibly hate refined expertise, however he does not thoughts utilizing it to screw with folks or get his method. He makes it work for him and nobody else.

By some means, amid the deep pretend hysteria, this episode additionally managed to jam within the introduction of a brand new process pressure member, Agent Park (Laura Sohn), who seems fully unstable and stuffed with secrets and techniques associated to her project in Alaska, and one other runner with Aram and Elodie (Elizabeth Bogush) committing felonies within the title of spicing it up.

Each plots have been satisfying regardless of their lack of deep pretend shenanigans. Frankly, there is not any purpose why Aram and Elodie could not have tried to sneak into the Washington Monument to have intercourse by utilizing deep pretend expertise. Maybe Agent Park’s time up north additionally concerned deep fakes? When there have been no deep fakes on display screen, the entire characters ought to have been asking, “Is that this a deep pretend?”

The Blacklist wants extra episodes like this. Screw the cabal storyline. Let’s do a midseason episode about exploding Juul pods. Think about what Pink might do with a type of?

The Blacklist airs Fridays at eight/7c on NBC.

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