Blindspot has really gone downhill for me. It’s not a good sign when you’re expecting a so-so episode—and that’s exactly what you get. Now, to be fair, the last few minutes of “Of Whose Uneasy Route” was fantastic, paying off all of those random little missions Oscar had been giving Jane. Little did Jane realize that she was helping frame Mayfair for the murder of Carter. While Mayfair has her sins from the past, it was hard not to feel some sympathy for her being accused of a murder she didn’t commit. Jaime Alexander’s fantastic acting helped bring out that sympathy as we see the guilt Jane feels for what she’s done. This is definitely going to put a dent her relationship with Oscar.
But while the ending of this week’s installment was very well played out, this episode did have its problems. It had a unique yet unrealistic premise, a cliché B story, and as has been the case with some previous episodes, it just didn’t take full advantage of what if could have been. Here are the five most ridiculous moments from last night’s episode of Blindspot.
How has this thought never occurred to her before until now? And she didn’t even think about it until Patterson brought it up. There’s something a little unbelievable about that. Personally, if I woke up with mysterious tattoos all over my body I’m pretty sure I’d not wait several months to ask myself whether or not I should get them removed, but that’s just me.
In the world of Blindspot, anything can happen. There are no limits to how unbelievable any event may be, including one of the world’s most powerful government agencies getting hacked with no counter-measures to fight back. If the FBI could so easily be hacked the way it was in this episode, then the agency wouldn’t even be around today. Sure, it set up the exciting premise of the episode, but it didn’t make sense that they could be caught off guard like that and not have some sort of contingency plan to set in motion.
Seriously? Are you kidding me?! This is by far one of the most ridiculous things this show has done. Of course, Edgar and Sarah are in that awkward phase of being newly exes, so let’s put them in a situation where they’re stuck with each other and have to grin and bear it, while just maybe patching up their relationship a bit. The fact that it was in an elevator is what made it so terrible. Had the scene taken place in one of the many rooms in the FBI facility, perhaps it wouldn’t have seemed nearly as cliché.
Usually when a TV episode involves the main characters being trapped somewhere, it’s referred to as a bottle episode—where the producers are trying to save money, so the storyline keeps the characters contained in one location. While that was the case for this episode, it was hard to tell just what the whole point really was, other than trying to use it as a setup for the end of the episode involving Mayfair’s arrest. Bottle episodes are usually a good setting for the characters to reflect on what has led them up to that point, and that didn’t happen here (except for the stuck in the elevator cliché between Edgar and Sarah). Jane definitely has a lot to think about, and so much has happened lately that it’s a little strange that the characters haven’t taken a step back to consider all that has happened to them recently. And when oh when are Jane and Kurt finally going to admit that they really, really, really like each other?
Zapata admitted this pretty quickly. I thought Mayfair was going to have to try to interrogate her or perhaps play cat and mouse with Zapata for another episode or so. But Zapata just comes out with it and confronts Mayfair head on. While it’s great to see Zapata take the initiative, that was not the impression the first several beats of this subplot hinted at. When Mayfair notices Zapata’s interaction with the senator, she asks her what that was all about, and Zapata manages to dodge it… only to then later admit what it was really all about. Perhaps Zapata was just tired of keeping secrets (since she’s been doing that quite a lot in this show). So maybe she just finally thought “screw it” and confessed. But still, couldn’t she have at least given a little more effort to not accuse her boss of being a criminal?