Legion contributor Andrea Levine is recapping and reviewing Blindspot for us this season. Follow her on Twitter @wysefyre
Hello there, Blindspot fans! I want to apologize for having to bail last season. As you know, life sometimes has a funny way of getting in your way. But I’m back! And ready to talk about the season premiere. But first, a super quickie catch up of last season’s finale.
Here’s what you need to know. Sandstorm was defeated. Shepard was captured. Roman remembered everything, including how Jane wiped his memory, and now he hates her. He defected back to Sandstorm, and he and Jane came to blows. Jane could not kill him, so he got away. Jane and Weller professed their love to each other. Reade was going to leave the FBI to teach. Then we’re taken about two years into the future, and Jane is in Nepal and living with spiritual guides. Weller arrives, and they have a loving reunion. It turns out they’re married, but Jane went into seclusion for some reason. Weller sought her out because a biometric box with her name on it was sent to the FBI. They both touch the box, and it unlocks. Inside is a disc.Weller put it up to Jane, and her tattoos light up. The finale ends with them wondering what is going on.
And that brings us to the premiere. Back to Grind begins not with us jumping right back into the action, but with a flashback. We find out Jane and Weller got married shortly after Sandstorm’s defeat. They moved to Colorado to spend more time with Allie and Weller’s daughter, Bethany. It’s a slower paced life, but they’re happy. At least, they’re happy until they get a phone call from CIA Deputy Director Jack Keaton telling them they’re about to get attacked, and then they do. They quickly take down the men, but they want to know what is going on.
Keaton and the FBI show up the next day and fill them in. A Sandstorm loyalist, Bertrand Keele, was a bit upset about the FBI stopping Sandstorm and put a ten million dollar bounty out on Jane. Keele is dead, but the bounty is still alive, thanks to a Dark Web escrow account.
Jane realizes her blissful life is officially over. She needs to go into hiding. Weller is willing to go with her, but Jane can’t let him leave his life and daughter, so she sneaks away in the middle of the night, because it’s always in the middle of the night.
Fast forward about 18 months. Weller is in his apartment, which is about to be sold to continue funding his search for Jane, and FBI Director Hurst arrives to inform Weller Reade, Zapata, and Patterson have been kidnapped and the biometric box had been delivered to the FBI along with a set of coordinates. And that takes us up to the present.
First things first, how did Jane get new tattoos? Jane remembers she was in an accident not long ago, and she slipped in and out of consciousness for a while. That must have been when the tattoos were put on her. As for the first clue, it’s a quote from Dante’s Inferno. This leads Weller and Jane to Venice and the site of their engagement.
Jane and Weller find a briefcase containing a phone, and when it rings, lo and behold, it’s Roman on the other end. He’s the one responsible for the new tattoos. He wants revenge, and plans on making Jane suffer. He also knows how to get the bounty off of Jane. It involves her basically dying and being revived. And it works! Roman escapes, and we’ll see more of him in the future. Right now, we need to find out about Reade, Zapata, and Patterson.
It turns out they’re in Venezuela. They’re not sure why they’re being held, but we find out Zapata is now with the CIA, she and Reade haven’t spoken in about a year, and Patterson has been developing an app in Silicon Valley.
One of their captors appears and demands Patterson hack into a CIA computer. She swears she can’t, so Reade and Zapata’s lives are threatened if she doesn’t. She’s got six hours. Instead of hacking into the computer, Patterson uses the magnesium powder from quick-heat meals they’ve been given, and uses it to make a flashbang. I love a good flashbang. They attempt to subdue their captors and escape, and guess who arrives? Weller and Jane for the assist! In a tank! They all jump in and roll away to freedom.
Other points of interest
~ Reade is heading the team. He organizes a joint team between the FBI and CIA to work on the new tattoos.
~ Zapata has a secret.
~ Jane and Weller obviously move back to New York.
~ Rich Dotcom is working for the FBI! Whaaaaat?
And there you have it! What did you think of Back to the Grind? Did you appreciate the “soft reset” or did you hope for something else? I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed my weekly dose of Blindspot intrigue.