The very beginning of season 2 of Blindspot represents a bit of a reset. The season premiere revealed to us that Jane was in fact part of a former military group called Orion, and that the previously unseen Shepherd is her adoptive mother, and that she also has a brother named Roman. Those two are heading up Sandstorm now, trying to “help America fix itself,” which is their way of saying that they’re going to blow some things up. That means that season 2 is tasked with pivoting the story away from Jane’s identity and toward something more complex.
So “Heave Fiery Knot” begins with a memory, which is a way of telling us not only more about Jane’s past, but about Orion and how Sandstorm was formed. The memory sees Jane and other Orion members in Afghanistan in 2013. A helicopter descends on a small house in the hills, and while Jane subdues the woman who comes running out of the house, the rest of the team goes in. Seconds later the building blows up, then so does the helicopter. Jane is barely alive, the last surviving member of Orion.
As Shepherd explains, Orion was a CIA-sanctioned group for illegal operations, the ones they really had to keep off the books. When everything in that memory went down, the program obviously went south, so the government had to try and wipe all the evidence. Jane is nothing if not evidence, from her tattoos to her memories, hence why her brain was wiped. As we know though, those memories are still in there somewhere, and Shepherd seems to be trying to get them out of Jane. The question is: Why? Something’s telling me not to trust these Sandstorm people (and that something is the fact that they kill a lot of innocent people).
Playing the double agent role, Jane heads back to the FBI headquarters, where she informs the team that Shepherd has told her to keep going after the tattoo cases, and specifically one involving a coliseum. Everybody is hesitant about moving forward with a tip from Sandstorm, but they have no real choice but to play along. Plus, they could actually find something important by chasing down the secrets hidden in Jane’s tattoos.
There’s a lot going on in “Heave Fiery Knot,” as subplots swirl all around. Reade visits an old football buddy of his, but this isn’t for a friendly catch-up. Reade wants his friend Freddy to testify against Coach Jones, the man who ran a camp for young boys and used it to sexually abuse them. Then there’s Weller, who’s failing to deal with his daddy issues represented by a box of stuff still sitting in his house, and Zapata, who’s failing to deal with her Jane issues. “Heave Fiery Knot” feels overstuffed, especially once it gets into the details of the Coliseum tattoo case. Character development is good, but the show could do a better job of balancing it with the action, or spreading it across more episodes.
Anyway, after Jane tips off Patterson about the columns of the coliseum looking like bullets, Patterson finds a case where the same bullets were used to shoot up the wedding of a Mexico City narcotics officer. The bullets are traced back to the DEA and the Juarez cartel. But how does that happen? Well, as Weller explains, through a program called “gun waltzing.” Essentially, the DEA sells guns back to the cartels in order to then track them and, ideally, take down the cartels. Shockingly, it’s not a foolproof program, and now the Juarez cartel is about to get their hands on some Stinger missiles.
The lesson here: Everybody is bad at their jobs or corrupt, and Weller and company are left to clean up the mess.
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