No doubt conscious of suggestions that the Blindspot formula might be running out of steam, the writers have tried to shake it up a number of times this season, with a variety of episodes trying something different. These have ranged from the absolutely wonderful right through to the pretty awful, with this week’s falling somewhere in between.
In short, a new bomber demands that Team Tat confess to falsifying evidence against a previous bomber or he’ll keep up the bombing, so our heroes have to investigate the previous case, the new one and themselves. This means a lot of looking shifty and pointing fingers at Rich – STOP it! – but there’s really no danger of it being him since he’s integral to the show at this point, and the advantage of the first case being two years old and having happened off-screen is that there are people who’ve already left/been killed off that we can blame it on instead. Poor REDACTED.
Although ”The Big Blast from the Past Episode” itself is actually quite good, then, my feelings about it are mixed. As well as being sad for REDACTED, I wasn’t in any hurry to see OTHER REDACTED again and I’m disappointed about what the twist means for ALSO REDACTED – I’ve really enjoyed him this year. The ep also highlights just how little Zapata has developed over the years – two years ago, one year ago, now…. her entire storyline always comes back to her moaning about whether she really fits in at the FBI, and whether Reade is enough to keep her there. The answers to these questions being “no” and “no”, a bolder way to resolve this ep and just end the whining already might have been to reveal that it was in fact Tasha who had falsified the evidence, and to give her a big Mayfair-style shock exit while trying to stop the bomber. Alas, however, it wasn’t to be and, since Madeleine’s goons took special care not to kill her this week, I suspect they want to frame her for something to come instead so no doubt there will be plenty more Zapata/Reade feelings in our future instead. Whatevs. Anyway, in the meantime, this wasn’t an amazing episode but it was a more than decent one.