James Spader is warning television viewers about his character on The Blacklist. He thinks that people will need to really watch what Raymond Reddington says and to weigh it carefully if they want to stay one step ahead of the criminal. Time says you should listen to Spader, since he's carrying the show for the most part, with no real help from the pilot script according to their Sept. 23 review.
Spader is a talented actor, and when interviewed by NBC, he said that when it comes to his character on the new television show that it is best that he and the audience doesn't know the past, the present and the future right now about Reddington or the others in the show, because if they did they would lose interest too quickly.
But Time's reviewer thinks that there must be something more than just a genius bad guy built into this show soon or they will lose viewers, because an audience wants to relate in some way to a show's characters. That the audience needs to understand why this person is the way they are, to some degree.
Spader is issuing his warning to the show's viewers that he plans to make his character a moving, changing person. And thus far it appears he has successfully done so.
Both Spader and The Blacklist reviewer are right in predicting what the show needs to stay viable to the Fall 2013 TV audience. NBC can't divulge too much too soon to its audience if they want to keep up the tension and interest, yet they have to reveal little details about Spader's Reddington at least every other show or so, to help build up a better understanding about this character, even if it is to mislead us.
And part of that is revealing what it is that may have motivated Raymond Reddington, the "Navy officer who turned traitor turned fugitive," to do what he did (abandon his wife and daughter and betray his country)--and what makes him still do what he does: betray fellow criminals after turning himself into authorities.