Blindspot s1 ep 19

After last week’s Rich-related hijinks, Blindspot snaps back into serious – as serious as you can be when your entire show is based on fighting crime one tattoo at a time, that is – mode this week, with Team Tat heading back to school to investigate potential corruption in the sports program. “Doesn’t seem that tattoo-worthy,” muses Reade, wearing an inexplicably stupid bow tie for no reason other than his tailor (a low-level government employee with a tailor? Really?) hates him. “Scholarship fraud isn’t that big of a deal.” “Which means it’s probably more than scholarship fraud,” replies Zapata, fresh from the triumph of identifying the tattoo in the first place and determined that it’s going to lead to something worth the ink.

Zapata is, of course, right, and, as luck would have it, Team Tat have no sooner arrived on campus than the comms are jammed and the shooting starts. It’s a classic set-up which practically all procedurals have used at one point or another, but – presumably in a bid to do something different, but not that different with the format – Blindspot decides to shake things up a bit by going back and forth in the timeline, and showing us different people’s perspectives of the action.

This technique might have been revolutionary 30 years ago, but it’s not particularly startling any more, so all it does in this instance is undercut the tension in a perfectly serviceable story that would have been a lot tighter and more compelling without it. Which is not to say the episode isn’t entertaining, just that it could have been even more so if they hadn’t tried to be so smart with it. And if they’d skipped Zapata’s GA scenes, because really, NOBODY CARES.

Having said that, there’s still plenty of Blindspot fun to be had throughout. I could have done without Mayfair’s whining parasite of a girlfriend coming back from the dead, or Tree Tat Man continuing to play Jane like a baby piano – this week he’s pretending to be noble and selfless by threatening to cut his amnesiac, distraught girlfriend off entirely – but Kurt throwing a mini-fridge out of a window and trying to be Spider-man is a bizarre, if welcome, highlight, as is Jane schooling the world’s most nervous security guard. Unusually, however, the best scenes belong to Reade, who has a great time and some great lines with a bomb behind a door and a sweet girl called Valerie helping him out, and who ends the episode with something of a renewed sense of purpose. I suspect it’ll only last as long as Kurt’s bottle of Scotch, but it’s a better look on the man than that stupid bow-tie, at any rate.

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7 thoughts on “Blindspot s1 ep 19

  1. Jed Bartlet May 16, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I thought the non-linear timeline – admittedly hardly a new idea – was executed reasonably well. (Like the second shooter, amirite?) But overall not nearly as much fun as last week.

    And that hot metal plate thing used to cauterise a wound – ouch.

    • CJ Cregg May 16, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      OMG I forgot about the metal plate thing. OARGHOWWWWWWWW!

  2. Kay20 June 23, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    I think this may have been my favorite episode yet. I liked the different perspectives and treasure any background this show gives me on the agents. Reed was the most sympathetic of the bunch this episode. The tension was ratcheted up high enough for me.

    I didn’t like how Kurt didn’t want to split up with Jane. There are times when he doesn’t treat her like the bad ass agent she is and it drives me nuts. I did like his moment with Reed at the end. They need more of those to remind us that this was a team before Jane arrived and Kurt didn’t yell “JANE!” every three seconds. Made me like him.

    Also didn’t like the return of the girlfriend.

    And still firmly on #teamOscar whose angst makes me love him more every week. This is so going to turn out badly for me.

    • Jed Bartlet June 24, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Good point about the team. We’ve never really seen them as a unit without Jane getting in the way and unbalancing everything, although Reade’s clearly fed up with Weller’s head no longer being in the game.

      • Kay20 June 24, 2016 / 6:56 pm

        I keep spelling his name wrong. Agree Jed. I like those moments between the team that reminds us they know and trust one another.

        Preview had sensitive psychologist. That should be fun for next week!

        • CJ Cregg June 25, 2016 / 2:50 pm

          Yup – I like that Kurt, Reade and Zapata obviously have a proper bond and know and respect each other as a team, even if Jane turning up has knocked things off-kilter. Reade being exasperated with Kurt and regularly calling him out on it is a good sign of that, I think. Otherwise he’d grumble in private and just try and work around Kurt instead.

          The sensitive psychologist is lovely, bless him. He and Patterson should have a spin-off where they’re all loved up and go on holidays together to beautiful, sunny locations where they accidentally stumble upon murders they have to solve. Like a cross between Hart to Hart and Murder She Wrote.

          • Kay20 June 25, 2016 / 9:23 pm

            I’d watch that!

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