Blindspot s4 ep 16


While Madeline ties up loose ends and prepares to leave the country – I had written “flee” instead of “leave” at one point, but “flee” suggests fear and panic, and the wholly unaffected smirk on Madeline’s face suggests anything but –  someone is killing off all the HCI Global board members who might lead law enforcement back to her. Gee, I wonder who that might be.

Reade and Zapata are temporarily distracted by smashing up her office and getting shot at (neither of these are euphemisms) in the vicinity of a passing cartel member, but eventually everyone works out it’s – surprise! – the supervillain of the piece tidying up, and the hunt is on. Nobody is terribly bothered about the board members, mind you, which is just as well because they don’t even try to save any of them. They do, however, get the deets for Madeline’s private pilot, who has a similar smirk and a surprising willingness to help out. Or DOES he?

Meanwhile, Jane is taking a mental health day, tuckered out by all the moral gymnastics she’s been doing over the past four years. Conventional therapists – ie those with no previous involvement in terrorism or other major criminality – can’t seem to help, so it’s time to visit “an old friend”, a phrase which made my heart sink when I read it on my EPG. The show is generally much more interested in the Sandstorm friends and family tree than I am. I was surprised and delighted though to see who the “old friend” actually was: I always liked REDACTED and he was a really lovely character before he, er, wasn’t. Maximum security does seems to have given him a little edge, so his counselling techniques are significantly more direct than they used to be, but they work and the old REDACTED kindness is still in there somewhere. I know I was fretting about consequences and the lack thereof for Jane last week but it’s obvious the show doesn’t give a stray bullet about any of that, so is there really no hope that Team Tat, composed as it is of a combination of “reformed” master criminals and unrepentant rule-breakers – as Jed pointed out a couple of weeks ago, they’ve all done their fair share of colouring outside the lines – might have room for a handsome, sensitive former member who’s really, really sorry for everything?

Perhaps not. Anyhoo, Boston – brought in to make sure he doesn’t go the same way as the ill-fated HCI Global board members, pretending not to be happy about it – takes a break from vigorous  bickering with Rich to work out that JB’s not entirely on the level, the team converge on the hospital from where Madeline’s about to make her grand trip and there’s a lot of shooting and hand-to-hand combat which would no doubt be terrifying if you were a patient in said hospital but is entirely normal if you’re a regular viewer of Blindspot. I mean, Jane’s MRI trick is COOL. As is THAT cliffhanger, albeit for different reasons. Since the next episode’s already been shown in the US, it seems unnecessary for Sky to make us wait 4 weeks for it, but that seems to be what’s happening. Hurrumph.


One thought on “Blindspot s4 ep 16

  1. Jed Bartlet April 15, 2019 / 10:48 am

    I was a little underwhelmed by this one, but delighted to see Borden back. Frankly, if Rich can be accepted into the team – which requires us all to forget what he was like in his first episode – anyone can.

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