Blindspot recap: Setting the stage for Roman vs. Jane
Fresh off a renewal for a fourth season, Blindspot‘s penultimate season three episode begins with a flashback, reminding us that there’s always a backstory to fill in, or other storytelling options to explore. The show’s come a long way from being a procedural based around Jane’s memories, growing into a true ensemble crime drama, complete with dashed romantic hopes, secret kids, hackers with hearts of gold, and more! At the outset of “Defection,” we see Roman and Jane as children, playing a game at their kitchen table while their adoptive mother/future terrorist Shepherd watches.
It isn’t long before the scene of domestic playfulness descends into something darker. Shepherd is a lot of things, but a caring mother isn’t one of them. She’s pitted Roman and Jane against each other; whoever loses each round of the game gets another chore added to their list. Roman can’t compete with Jane, so she throws one game to try to even things out and boost his confidence. It works, and Roman can barely contain his pride, but Shepherd is having none of it. She gives all the chores to Jane and chastises her for being soft.
That flashback informs the present day, as Roman and Jane are caught in a war that, at least at the beginning of this episode, has no end in sight. There was once hope for the two, as Jane took her brother under her wing and tried to guide him down a path that would allow him to be free of their toxic upbringing. He’s fully committed himself to the other side though, and Jane knows that. This only ends with his death, a final act of disconnection between a brother and sister who have been at odds for a long time.
For now, the FBI team needs to focus not on Roman, but on the security codes that Lynette, Avery’s godmother, gave to Crawford. The team believes those security codes will be used to make an important target vulnerable, and Patterson’s digging confirms that the company, Franklin Dorfman Security, boasts a lot of clients in the city. There’s no way to know where Crawford might be attacking though. All they know is that the codes need to be used in the next 24 hours.
Eventually, after Reade forgives Zapata for her emotional intrusion in his relationship with Meg, setting the stage for the hot and steamy reconciliation we’ve all been waiting for — don’t lie, you have been! — Patterson and Rich determine that one of the buildings the security company handles has been broken into. It’s a warehouse that manufactures cleaning supplies for farms, which really sounds like a place you’d rob if you were doing some shady bomb-making stuff.
Based on the chemical that was stolen, nerd twins Patterson and Rich figure out that Crawford is likely planning to take two rather innocuous chemicals and mix them together to create a massive bomb. With one chemical is stolen, all that’s left is to snag the other, which has a super long, science-y name that we’ll just shorten to MMH. The problem is, there’s no way to know where Roman or his team might be going to secure the MMH. Jane remembers that this was part of a plan Roman designed years ago for a separate operation, but she can’t recall the details.
There’s only one person who would remember: Shepherd. So, the FBI organizes with Keaton and the CIA to have her transferred to their interrogation room, and Weller starts to question her. He doesn’t get far though; she says she’ll reveal Roman’s intended location, but will only do so to Jane. It’s not exactly the family reunion Jane wants, and the whole team is hesitant about letting her into that room with her manipulative mother, but there’s no other choice.
What follows is one of the more important scenes of the season, and one that has implications beyond season three. It’s a scene that finally gives Jane the closure that she needs when it comes to Shepherd. She watches as her mother stumbles through an apology, complete with crocodile tears, before affirming that she’s not Remi anymore, and that her connection with her mother and brother is a thing of the past. Jane is a new person, and she has a new life and new family, and she’s going to protect that no matter what. (Recap continues on next page)
Shepherd gives up the location where Roman could be stealing MMH, a place called Little Sky Storage that mostly stores harmful materials for the military. It’s the information they needed, but it’s too late. They were already robbed, a few security guards ended up dead, and now the chemicals are en route to whatever the target is. By tracking an office supplies truck in the area that a witness spotted, the team determines the target: the United Nations. At the same time, Roman and Blake are scouting out a hotel across the street, one meant for a ball that Blake is throwing, but that will also serve Roman’s nefarious purposes.
The FBI heads to the United Nations and immediately starts evacuating the building. While Rich and Patterson dig up that Lynette’s wife once worked for Franklin Dorfman Security, the team on the ground tries to find the bomb, learning that the office supplies truck already made its delivery. Reade and Zapata find the bomb in the basement, the chemicals hidden inside a copier. They extract the chemicals and the bomb is officially disarmed.
It’s a win for the team, but Patterson doesn’t feel right about it. She says it was way too easy, especially considering how much Roman loves to deliver threats in complex puzzles. She goes back to Lynette with the leverage of charges against her wife, which forces Lynette to reveal that Crawford has some sort of plan relating to a pipeline. Patterson and Rich look into the land that Crawford purchased, and determine that he’s planning on assassinating the leaders of two African countries — both are fictional, but the name of one, Kambezi, was often used in episode’s of MacGyver, so there’s your fun fact for the day — forcing the pipeline company to reroute through his land. That means big money for Crawford.
It also means that the U.N. wasn’t the target, and that the bomb was used to get the two leaders out of the building. Jane and Weller find them and take them to a U.N. safe house, but that’s exactly what Roman wants. Moments later he’s storming the hotel with his men, all dressed like Secret Service agents, making it impossible to tell who’s on the FBI’s side and who’s trying to kill them.
Jane wins this round though, just like she did when she and Roman were kids. Her and Weller, and the two leaders, escape through a construction chute and get back to the FBI headquarters with enough information to finally arrest Crawford.
If they can find him, that is. They don’t really have a lead, and the end of the episode is all about setting the stage for next week’s finale. Zapata is fired after taking the phone of one of the leaders, as the CIA and Keaton throw her under the bus despite the theft being their directive. The whole team begs her to come back to the FBI, but she isn’t sure.
The promise of losing Zapata sends Reade to her locker, and he finally kisses her. It’s all too much at once for her though, and she leaves the locker room, only to show up at Reade’s apartment later that night, agreeing to not think about this for once and just do what feels right. While the two of them, um, “reconcile,” Patterson, Jane, and Weller notice that the tattoo database is suddenly back to normal, Roman’s false hits no longer there. All that’s left is a video, with Roman telling Jane that he’s ready to play one more game, like the Saw-inspired villain he is. It’s all come down to Roman and Jane, the way it was destined to ever since they were kids.
List of Blindspot episodes
List of episodes of the TV show Blindspot
Blindspot is an American crime dramatelevision series created by Martin Gero, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander. The series was ordered by NBC on May 1, 2015, and premiered on September 21, 2015. A back nine order was given on October 9, 2015, bringing the first season to a total of 22 episodes, plus an additional episode bringing the order to 23 episodes.
During the course of the series, 100 episodes of Blindspot aired over five seasons, between September 21, 2015, and July 23, 2020.
Season 1 (2015–16)
The episode titles for the first season are anagrams that reveal hints to the plot, which can be strung together to form a coherent paragraph.
Season 2 (2016–17)
The episode titles of the first nine of the second season follow the same anagram formula as the first season. The titles from the tenth episode onward are palindromes; the center letters of the episode titles spell out the phrase "Kurt Weller SOS".
Season 3 (2017–18)
Each episode title in the third season contains a three-letter pattern, in which the first and third letters are the same. The middle letters can be strung together to spell out the phrase "One Of Us Will Give Our Life".
Season 4 (2018–19)
Martin Gero stated that "the puzzle is a homage to some [of] our favorite TV series and how they title the shows." The first letters of each television series spells out the hidden phrase "Is This The Death of the FBI".
Season 5 (2020)
Each episode title in the fifth season contains a word featured in The Gashlycrumb Tinies, a macabre abecedarium. Using the letters from that work accordingly, the season's message is "DRNK YR OVLTN", a reference to secret decoder rings, and specifically the message to "Drink your Ovaltine", decoded by Ralphie in A Christmas Story. Gero and puzzle consultant David Kwong noted that this was the only season puzzle that, as far as they know, went unsolved.
Blindspot premiere recap: 'Back to the Grind'
In Entertainment Weekly‘s own interview with Martin Gero, the Blindspot producer said that season 3 would represent a “soft reset” for the show. That makes a lot of sense when you consider how last season ended. Sandstorm had been stopped, the FBI was in a good place, and for the most part life was normal for our main characters. Some sort of reset was bound to happen; you have to create new conflict somehow.
That “soft reset” began in the final moments of the finale. We watched as Jane scaled a cliff in an unknown location. She then sat alone in a tent, only to be visited by Weller. They embraced as if they haven’t seen each other in ages. That tenderness could only last so long though, as Weller arrived with a purpose. The two unlocked a biometric lock box and used the key inside to illuminate a new set of tattoos on Jane’s body. Where did the tattoos come from? Who put them there? Why were Jane and Weller apart? And what’s all this about the rest of the team being kidnapped?
Those are the questions the finale left us with, and the first portion of the season premiere focuses on filling in all the details. The episode opens with an atypical montage that comes across like a rom-com. The sun is shining and flowers are blooming on the day Jane and Weller are getting married. We watch them say their vows. We watch as they dance the night away with Zapata, Reed, and Patterson. Everybody is happy.
Then, Jane and Weller pack up and leave for Colorado so that Weller can be close to his daughter. Everybody is still happy, but clearly things are changing. It’s jarring to see this non-FBI life unfolding. Nonetheless, Jane and Weller are content. Their home is coming together, and the two get to take care of Bethany often. Domestic bliss. That is, until their phones ring. Keaton warns them they’re about to get attacked, and then they’re, you know, attacked!
They might be out of practice, but the two take down quite a few men with guns and knives trying to kill them. The episode moves swiftly from that attack to the explanation. The FBI and Keaton show up the next morning. Keaton explains that Bertrand Keele, a Sandstorm loyalist who was pretty mad about the FBI stopping the terrorist organization, put a $10 million bounty on Jane’s head. Keele is dead now, but the bounty remains live, held in escrow by a Dark Web fixer who the CIA hasn’t been able to identify for years.
That means it’s time for some passports and a new life for Jane and Weller. Rather than leave together though, Jane takes off in the middle of the night on her own. She knows she can’t uproot Weller’s life again, so she sacrifices herself.
Flash forward to 18 months later and FBI Director Hurst is in Weller’s apartment, now on the verge of being sold so that he can continue to fund his search for Jane; globetrotting ain’t cheap. Hurst puts a stop to it though because there’s been a development, or rather two. 1) Reed, Zapata, and Patterson have been kidnapped, and 2) The FBI has been given a biometric box with Jane’s name on it, as well as a set of coordinates.
And now we’re back to that final scene from last season. Weller is in Jane’s tent, reunited, and suddenly everything makes more sense, to a certain extent. We still don’t know why the others were kidnapped, but it’s clear that somebody has plans for Jane and Weller. Jane determines that the new tattoos must have been put on her while she was unconscious after an accident a few days ago, meaning that somebody wants her alive and searching for clues. The first clue, from Dante’s Inferno, brings them to St. Mark’s Square in Italy, the place where Weller proposed.
More importantly though, it brings them to the person orchestrating all of this. As Jane and Weller dial a phone they find in a briefcase stashed on top of a clock tower, a familiar voice answers on the other end: Roman. He’s back for revenge, though his true motivations remain vague. Jane chases him through the streets, and Weller does his best to stay with him once Roman hops in a speedboat to get away, but he manages to escape. A new set of tattoos, a familiar foe, and suddenly season 3 is off and running. (Recap continues on next page)
Armed with a better sense of what they’re dealing with, Jane and Weller get to work. First things first, they need to get the bounty lifted. In the episode’s first cruel twist, they have to use Roman’s crazy plan in order to get it done. That plan? Injecting Jane with a chemical that will slow down her heart rate to make it look like she’s dead, then have Weller deliver her body to the drop-off location, snag the money, get the bounty lifted, and then inject Jane with the antidote. No problem!
In fact, Jane and Weller execute the plan without a hitch. In a fun action sequence, Jane rises from the (fake) dead to come out of her bag and help Weller beat down all the bad guys before emerging from the church doors while smoke billows behind them. They share a smile, knowing that what they just did was pretty bad-ass. I’m inclined to agree, and “Back to the Grind” is filled with these sorts of beautifully shot, wonderfully brutal fight scenes.
The next great fight scene comes when the episode flashes to wherever Zapata, Reed, and Patterson are being held. They’ve been given water and some vacuum-sealed meals usually reserved for troops, but no clue where they are or why they’re being held. Reed and Zapata set about blaming each other for their current situation — Zapata is mad they haven’t spoken for a year, and Reed is mad that she’s working for the CIA now — but Patterson quickly jumps in and, like the good parental figure she is, tells them that they’re just lashing out because they missed each other.
Then, an angry-looking army dude walks into their cage, wheeling a gigantic safe behind him. He tells them they need to break into it otherwise he’ll kill them. That’s easy enough for Patterson, so she gets it done. But then, when they find a CIA computer inside, things get complicated. Now the man wants Patterson to hack the computer, and despite her protests that she couldn’t do it even if given months, he gives her six hours. “Otherwise I kill your friends,” he says. Yeah, the season premiere wastes no time getting back to the high-stakes action.
Because she can’t hack the computer, Patterson comes up with another plan: to use the magnesium powder in the quick-heat meals to create a makeshift flashbang. The idea works, as the guards are blinded by the light while Zapata, Reed, and Patterson take them down and secure their weapons, all while the camera spins around the enclosure in slow motion. It’s another inspired sequence that keeps the breakneck pace going. As the three of them attempt to escape, Weller and Jane show up just in time to lend a hand. After learning from Keaton and Hurst that their friends are being held on a Venezuelan military base, they storm the compound. The best moment comes when Zapata, Reed, and Patterson are trapped between armed soldiers and a tank. They raise their hands, presuming they’re caught. Then the tank fires, killing the soldiers, and out pops Weller. “I’ll explain later,” he says as everyone hops in the tank and makes an escape, reunited at last.
All of this action is really just the start of the craziness in this premiere. There are plenty of jokes about how things have changed — Rich Dot Com is working with the FBI, Reed is heading the team, and Patterson, before the kidnapping, was working in California on some sort of app — but there are also plenty of twists. Just as it looks like “Back to the Grind” is going to simply be an action-packed episode that’s largely an excuse to get the team back together, Blindspot pulls the rug out from under us in the final scene.
When Reed decides that the CIA and FBI will form a joint task force to work the case of the new tattoos, Hurst reminds him that things have changed, and so he should be wary of his friends. The trust may not be there anymore. Her statement is a precursor to everything that’s laid out in the closing montage.
In essence, nothing is as it seems. Secrets are everywhere. Zapata shows Keaton a dragonfly tattoo scanned from Jane’s body, but says it won’t be a problem as long as the team doesn’t find out. What could that possibly mean? It turns out that Patterson and Rich Dot Com have been in contact these past 18 months. Why the secrecy, and what could be the reason for their contact? On top of all that, when Weller leaves to get some food for him and Jane, who are starting to rekindle their romance, Jane hides money and passports in the vents. And as if that wasn’t enough, Roman shows up as Weller leaves, points a gun at him in the street, and says that Weller’s going to help him or else he’ll tell Jane about “what happened in Berlin.”
The Blindspot season premiere may have started out by providing necessary answers, but it ends with a flurry of questions. Welcome back you ludicrous, ridiculously fun show.
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