‘Blindspot’ S2: E07 ‘Resolves Eleven Myths’ Review
on 2016-10-27 09:03
Rich dotcom (Enis Esmer) returns to the show to stir up trouble. Actually, he comes to the FBI for help. Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and the others have their hands full though as an assassin infiltrates the FBI, putting Zapata (Audrey Esparza) in the line of fire.
This review contains spoilers for S2E0 of Blindspot. If you haven’t yet watched, read at your own risk.
The opening sequence demonstrates Jane’s conflicted emotions. While I’m in the minority in the audience in that I’m not a fan of the Jane-Weller possible-romance, I did appreciate that Jane’s conflicted dream isn’t just about her feelings for Weller. It’s about her allegiance to Weller (i.e. the FBI) and her familial connection to Roman. Now that Jane is getting to know her brother, it’s a little harder to see him solely as a member of a terrorist group. She’s going to have to start making some real decisions soon.
Rich Dotcom remains hilarious. Enis Esmer is just such a great addition to the show. It’s a shame he only gets to stop by once in awhile. He’s got such a flair for his one-liners and he plays off the rest of the cast so well. I hope he gets to come back sooner rather than later.
Is the Akkadian the Winter Soldier? I couldn’t help but be amused by the fact that this master assassin has been blamed for every unsolved death of people in powerful positions. As Nas describes him as a myth, I definitely had flashbacks to the introduction of the Winter Soldier to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the team might not believe Rich DotCom that this person is after him, getting to see just how the master assassin maneuvers himself through the FBI as the episode goes on is amazing. And also terrifying.
Reade is still stuck in the middle of the Coach Jones investigation. If he wasn’t a suspect before, him blowing up at the investigator and the attorney might have made him one. Reade is frustrated that it took the coach being murdered for the claims of victims to be substantiated, but when he’s asked to look at a list of victims and voice his opinion on a suspect, he’s less than happy, to put it mildly.
And he has some harsh words for Zapata. His anger causes him to lash out at Zapata as well, who has been doing her best to look out for him. When she tells him she’ll take care of the murder weapon, Reade accuses her of using covering up this investigation to fill the hole left behind from giving up gambling. It’s harsh, and the intention is to get her to back off since Reade maintains that he didn’t kill Coach Jones, but he actually might not be far from the truth.
Patterson and Weller get ahead of Rich’s double cross. Patterson recognizes his story about Crab’s death as a nod to Harry Potter, of all things, so she and Weller set up a double cross of their own, catching him in the act of an attempted escape. It’s not only hilarious, but shows that the team has learned from past mistakes.
Reade really is innocent. Though Zapata has said she believes Reade, it’s obvious that the doubt is still there. So, what does she do? She steals the knife out of evidence, only to find that it doesn’t match Reade’s set of knives, but is instead the same switchblade that belongs to another of the coach’s victims. Not only does this mean she took yet another unnecessary risk to clear an innocent Reade but she might have just screwed up the evidence to get the real killer apprehended.
The Akkadian takes Zapata. Did he just get tired of being sneak? Did he just really want to attempt a trade? He’d been killing people left and right already and was willing to fill the building’s ventilation with a dangerous chemical mixture, so why, exactly, did he decide to knock Reade out and take Zapata for leverage? Just because they’re main characters? If so, it’s a small blip that I can accept in an otherwise stellar episode because it does add to the tension of the argument between Reade and Zapata and it does give the team even more motivation to catch the guy.
The Akkadian is also a nameless Asian man. We learn nothing about this guy over the course of the episode other than that he’s incredibly smart and well trained and that he really wants to kill Rich, presumably for the dictator of North Korea. This is actually an unfortunate trope in a lot of action movies - making the bad guys nameless and disposable, and usually Blindspot gives us a bit more detail about the person or people the team is going up against than a few rumors.
We’ve gone four episodes without the unveiling of a new tattoo. So, like last week, we’re still at 32. Less focus on the tattoos means more focus on one pertinent question: Who is Sandstorm’s mole in the FBI? Borden was the only one absent from the action tonight, and my suspicion of him keeps growing.
Grading the episode: With so much to love about this episode - RIch Dotcom’s return, Jane’s conflict, amazing fight sequences, the continuing Reade storyline - this episode was very nearly perfect. A-