Week 2 of Blindspot (or The Blindspot as I can’t seem to stop calling it) and it’s a lot like Week 1, except now we’ve got the whole “OMG naked woman in a bag! OMG tattoos! OMG – WTF?” set-up bit out of the way, we can just jump right into the action.
After a completely unnecessary spoiler posing as an in media res opening, we bounce back to several hours earlier: another one of Jane’s tattoos has been deciphered, the team want to dash out and investigate, and Jane and her identity crisis want to tag along and see, after last week’s martial arts and sniper-grade shooting shenanigans, what other hidden skills she might suddenly break out along the way. (I’m looking forward to origami week, myself. Or the really big one – DECOUPAGE.)
This obviously means a re-run of ep 1’s squabbling over whether it’s a good idea to have the unidentified amnesiac material witness out there in the field except that, this time around, everybody swaps roles in the argument. Last week, Kurt. Hardass. Weller was adamant Jane mustn’t go, no way, no how; this time he’s adamant she must – because a hero needs someone to stare meaningfully at, dammit – so it falls to sidekick Reade to get all bent out of shape and plain mean about the idea in a way that makes him sound jealous ’cause big handsome Kurt might like this new GIRL more than him.
Which is an entirely legitimate reading of the situation, in fairness, since big handsome Kurt not only does like this new GIRL more than Reade, but also thinks she might be his long-lost childhood friend – SECRET PAIN ALERT! – who went missing decades earlier and took all his joy and happiness with her.
The object of Kurt’s Meaningful Stares, meanwhile, is also fresh out of joy and happiness, now that a few memories have surfaced which suggest she might not be an entirely delightful person. Uh-oh. No time to hang about the office brooding though; Jane has to fret about the possibility that she may be an amoral nun-killing psychopath on the road instead, since tat two leads to an embittered, demented soldier determined to expose a SECRET DRONE killing programme by using the SECRET DRONES to, er, kill.
Cue plenty of defiantly silly but thoroughly enjoyable craziness involving a load of explosions and running and shooting, in amongst the SECRET DRONES and the Meaningful Stares, with a kidnapped child and a secret military conspiracy thrown in so we can complete Action Thriller Bingo. And it all leads up to a genuinely fantastic final scene which deserves credit for fooling me into thinking it was just another excuse for Jane to take off her clothes and stare at her tattoos again when it’s actually something entirely different.
As a whole, then, ep 2 isn’t quite as deliriously entertaining as ep 1 was, but it’s still a truckload of fun, barrelling along at top speed and only slowing down for Kurt to tell Jane it doesn’t matter what she’s done, she’s always a woman to him. Or something. I know this show is totally ridiculous but I think I love it.