“The Blacklist” has been on a bit of a tear for the last season and a half. Thursday’s (Jan. 5) midseason premiere appears to finally have put things back in order — and we were surprised at how pleasing that was.

Make no mistake, sending Elizabeth (Megan Boone) and Reddington (James Spader) on the run in Season 3 was an exciting divergence for the series, and we actually liked that the show didn’t find a way to wrap things up with a nice little bow by the end of November 2015 sweeps.

This past fall was similarly interesting, what with Liz coming back from the dead and all, plus viewers got more insight into her past — and Ulrich Thomsen was fantastic as Alexander Kirk. If you never saw him as Kai Proctor on “Banshee,” go check it out on HBO Now. The show was a lot of fun, and Thomsen was one of the many stand-outs.

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But we digress — much like “The Blacklist” did, which was a breath of fresh air for a procedural crime drama. However, all the running around did make us miss the team dynamic from Season 2. It just wasn’t the same without Liz interacting with Aram (Amir Arison), Harold (Harry Lennix) and everyone else at the FBI.

So with Reddington securing Liz’s pardon for shooting the Attorney General and her reinstatement as an FBI agent, the show is back to basics — and it’s a welcome respite, a breather between cataclysmic events. Even the previews for the next episode’s “case of the week” had us excited, because it looks to be one of those bonkers villains “The Blacklist” writers are so good at inventing.

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Now, we certainly don’t hope it goes back to straight procedural and stays that way — and we don’t think it will. After all, the “The Blacklist: Redemption” spinoff starring Ryan Eggold premieres in seven weeks, so there will have to be some inciting incident that sets Tom off on his own adventure away from Liz and baby Agnes while the flagship is on its hiatus. What that will do to “The Blacklist’s” DNA moving forward remains to be seen.

And there’s also the missing Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) to wonder about! Who picked her up on that wooded road? Where is she now?

Presumably we have those storylines to look forward to in the coming weeks. But for now, we’re kind of excited to get back to normal for awhile.

“The Blacklist” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."