‘Blindspot’ S2: E02 ‘Have Fiery Knot’ Review

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3.5

Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) struggles to keep the team together as Nas (Archie Panjabi) leads them in a mission to stop a corrupt DEA agent. It doesn’t help that there’s a rift between Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and the others now that much of her past has been revealed.

 

**Spoiler Alert**

This review contains spoilers for S2E02 of Blindspot. If you haven’t yet watched, read at your own risk.

 

The Good

Reade isn’t letting go of his past. Though it doesn’t have any bearing on the case of the week, Reade is helping build a case for the District Attorney that links to one of the season one episodes. His world was turned upside down when he learned that a coach he knew from a football camp was abusing young boys, and now, he’s seeking out boys that he went to camp with to see if he can help more victims come forward. Something as significant as that can’t just go away, so I’m glad that the writers have decided to have him continue pursuing it.

Patterson is a little touchy about working with Nas. Patterson is used to being the smartest person in the room, and she’s also used to being able to track down any information she wants. Not being a member of the NSA like Nas is though, she doesn’t exactly have the clearance she needs to find out certain information immediately, and she’s a little rankled by it. It’s both amusing, but also indicative of the rift between Nas and the team.

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Nas is Jane’s biggest supporter. Just like the rift between Nas and the team (because agencies always have a hard time working together, don’t they?), there’s also a big rift between Jane and the rest of the team. I’m glad that though none of the people she knows trust her, Nas appears to be in Jane’s corner. She warns Jane not to take the distrust personally, that the team needs time. It makes me like Nas a bit more, but it also makes me wonder if she’s actually Sandstorm’s mole since she’s the only new face in the main group and the only one to trust Jane. Add to that the fact that she’s got bugs recording conversations and she seems like an obvious plant. Hopefully, she’s not the mole after all.

Borden buys Patterson The Oregon Trail. How cute. I really wasn’t sold on the two of them pursuing a relationship last season, but Patterson has had time to grieve, and Borden giving her a disk of the 90s game as he asked her out was so adorably awkward. Watching their relationship progress will be fun instead of the usual drama the show devotes to relationships.

Zapata makes an effort. She’s one of the most vocal about wanting Jane off the team, but as the episode comes to a close, not only does she give Jane ointment for her gunshot wound, but she apologizes for shooting her. It’s obviously forced, but she’s trying to make things a little easier so they can work together, which is much appreciated.

We get to know Roman and Shepherd a bit more. Normally, these episodes are told completely from the point of view of the members of the FBI team. This week, we get to bounce back and forth between the team and Roman. While Roman is still quick tempered and violent, and Shepherd seems to be just as violent, if more controlled, the two do seem to have a genuine familial connection. They care about one another, and Roman cares about Jane especially. He can’t get beyond worrying about what happens to her while she’s working with the FBI. It’s enough to make you wonder if they’re really the bad guys or if there’s something else going on. The best bad guys do always think they’re doing the right thing.

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The Bad

The repeated chats about not wanting Jane on the team. It was made very obvious that no one trusted her last week. We didn’t need to be hit over the head with it all episode. I understand the need for the rift, but it could have been more subtle.

Weller’s not a very good shot. Why does it always seem to take him five or six shots to land a hit? With his experience, and the amount of shooting done on this show, you’d think he’d have better aim. He must go through a ton of bullets.

Weller’s about to be a dad. This seems like an unnecessarily soapy twist since he’s already not dealing with Jane’s real identity or the fact that Taylor Shaw was actually killed by his father very well. I really like Ally, but having her come back only to tell him she’s pregnant is a waste of her character.

 

Tattoos Unpuzzled

At last count, 29 since the last episode didn’t address any new tattoos. Tonight, pillars on Jane’s abdomen lead the team to a program that uses guns as bait to catch criminals, so we’re up to 30. It’s only the second time Sandstorm has specifically given Jane a tattoo to examine, but I wonder if now that they’re in direct contact with her if we’ll be seeing that more often and the tattoos themselves won’t be quite as puzzling.

Interestingly, this tattoo opened up a new avenue as well as Nas revealed that she knows that one Department of Justice member provided the information for at least two of her tattoos. Now, the audience is likely going to be curious about just how many people provided information for the images on Jane’s body.

 

Grading the episode: Considering how much I loved the season premiere, this one is a bit of a letdown for me. It felt very much like a case-of-the-week procedural with too much melodrama instead of truly advancing the plot. C+