The Season 2 premiere of the NBC hit show “Blindspot” promised to bring answers to who our protagonist is regarding her identity and maybe even a bit into her past.
Boy, did they deliver. First, let’s set up all of this.
The episode doesn’t take long to grab you. First, Jane escapes from the CIA prison she was in when we last saw her at the end of Season 1. She proves she can still kick butt by punching her way out of custody.
After that, Jane’s former FBI mates, led by Agent Weller, track down a former agent in a high-speed chase involving dirt bikes and flips through the air. The show is still good at actions sequences, no doubt about that.
A woman from an NSA group called Zero division then joins up with the FBI and informs them of a big terror group known as Sandstorm (which was hinted at during the Season finale). This appears to be the over-arcing “Bad Guy” organization for at least the near future of Season 2.
Okay, quick recap: Jane worked with her fiance, Oscar, and secretly sabotaged the FBI in an attempt to frame Agent Mayfair, whom Jane eventually killed. Weller, who, at one point, had feelings for Jane, was devastated about losing Mayfair, as were agents Edgar Reade and Tasha Zapata. So they had some animosity toward Jane, who eventually was taken captive by the CIA. Season 2 picks up three months later when she escapes this prison.
Now, the FBI, along with this woman from Zero Division named Nas Kamal, believe Jane was sent to the FBI as a trojan horse by Sandstorm to sabotage them. But Jane seemingly was going to turn against the terrorists; Kamal suggested bringing Jane back into the FBI fold and sending her to infiltrate Sandstorm so the FBI can bust them.
It’s a classic case of double agent, one I will be supremely disappointed in if Jane eventually turns out to be on the terrorists’ side (She won’t be, but it’s a possibility nonetheless). How much of this “Who’s side is she on?” game the show will play remains to be seen, but the final scenes of the episode opened up other issues that could come into play in that regard.
So Jane meets up with a guy named Roman, who is a part of Sandstorm. She goes with him to meet Shepherd, the head of the organization, someone whom she found out about in Season 1.
When she finally meets Shepherd, she gets some shocking news.
Shepherd says she is her adoptive mother. And that her real name is Alice Kruger. And that this guy Roman is actually her brother and the one who dropped her off in Times Square in the bag to start the series. Shepherd tells her that her parents were anti-activists killed by the government and that she was taken into custody by the South African government as a child and put into a program that trained kids to be killers.
Whoa. Talk about a lot to take in.
The obvious challenge for Jane, now Alice, will be whether she, first of all, goes along with what Shepherd says about her past, and, secondly, if Alice would be able to bring in Shepherd and her brother to the FBI. If everything lines up later on, she’s going to have to make a choice and choose either her family (so they are telling her, anyway) or her FBI teammates.
It’s a great start to the season already, but then the writers give us a tease. Shepherd doesn’t appear to fully trust Alice yet, and Roman suggests “Activating their FBI mole” to discover the truth about her. So now the audience knows someone, likely a significant character, is a double agent, as well. This surely will provide the writers plenty of chances to manipulate how we feel about each character through specific situations that will sway our feelings one way or the other.
Yeah, Season 2 is going to be fun.
My biggest concern, though, is the tattoos. They were the primary hook for the show, and I fear they aren’t going to deliver any grand revelation. The tease for next week suggested they come back into play again, of course, as one of them appears to have a clue for a case. Seriously, how far out could these possibly have been planned? Who put them on her? Why? How did they know the bread crumb nature of the tattoos would work? I initially feared that the idea based around her tattoos would be a one-off concept, but now it seems like the writers will stick with their episodic functionality. I’m not yet convinced that’s a good idea. Hopefully these writers are pure geniuses and have an ace up their sleeve. I doubt it.
— Jeremy Costello is the Sports Editor and Entertainment Guru for the Butler County (Kansas) Times Gazette.