I mentioned in last week’s recap that Blindspot is often at its best when its presenting a focused, streamlined case each week, while allowing smaller moments to fill in the details of the season’s larger story. Such a structure allows Blindspot to loosen up, to not have to carry the weight of all its mysteries, from Sandstorm to Nas to whether Reade is a murderer or not, through every single episode. If last week’s episode was a solid representation of the show’s best qualities, “Resolves Eleven Myths” is even better. It’s a tense, perfectly paced hour that boasts some of the most clear-headed and exciting writing of the season so far.
“Resolves Eleven Myths” doesn’t begin with action though. Instead, there’s tenderness to start. Jane and Weller are seen kissing in an apartment, preparing a dinner together. Then Roman walks in and everyone laughs and gets along. Yeah, that doesn’t sound right. Sure enough, the dream sequence ends when Jane faces off against a longer-haired version of herself and gets stabbed in the chest.
The theme of the dream sequence comes into play later, but for now Jane, back in real life, is trying to explain to Nas and her team that she saved Roman’s life, and therefore didn’t have time to upload the data from the microchip, in order to keep her cover intact. Nobody is very convinced by her explanation — though Weller is always willing to give her the benefit of the doubt — but it doesn’t matter because before long, everything at the FBI headquarters is going wrong and nobody gives a damn about Jane’s allegiances.
While Weller is questioning Nas about the listening device Patterson found in Borden’s office, all the computers in the FBI headquarters shut off. Everyone gathers around waiting for something to happen. That’s when an old friend (or maybe foe would be a better description) pops up on the screen: Rich Dotcom. That’s right, the hacker is back, and he’s given Weller and his team a deadline to use a drone to bomb a specific set of coordinates. “You have until I’m done binge-watching Stranger Things. I’m on episode 7, so you better hurry,” he says.
Before the team can even think about bombing some random place, Weller picks up on a slip in Rich’s speech and the team tracks him to an unlikely place: Weller’s apartment. When they arrest him and bring him into an interrogation room, they mention that this was all too easy, that it seems like he wanted to be captured. Rich confirms their suspicions right away, saying he needs protection from some sort of super assassin named The Acadian, who not all that long ago killed his boyfriend Boston and is now looking for him.
So, Rich has a plan, though it sounds a lot like a death wish: get arrested by the FBI, which will draw the boisterous super assassin to the FBI headquarters, forcing Weller and his team to take out the man who’s trying to take him out. That should go off without a hitch, right? Not so much. Weller’s team, in case you hadn’t noticed, is struggling to work together right now. Even Rich notices how their chemistry is off, comparing the tension Nas brings to the group to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: “This is like when they brought in the second Aunt Viv.” Rich, you will always hold a special place in my heart for this statement alone.
Before the Arcadian even shows up, there’s chaos inside the FBI headquarters. Not only is the prosecutor from Coach Jones’ case, along with the cop from the crime scene, in the building, Rich utters the word “Omaha,” which seems to rattle Nas for reasons we don’t understand just yet. Never a dull day within the ranks of the FBI!
Up until this point the episode’s intrigue is built on our impatience/dread while waiting for the Acadian to show up. When he does, killing two security guards with unprecedented ease, the action really picks up. Jane and Nas secure Nas’ office, all while fighting about whether it’s possible for Jane to turn Roman into someone the FBI can trust, while Weller tries to keep Rich, and everyone else, safe.
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As it turns out, the Acadian is quite adept at hunting down his prey and kicking them in the face with cool karate moves. His skills don’t end there though. He builds a chemical bomb out of a water cooler, which Patterson manages to dismantle, only to then trigger a secondary bomb built into the first. Seriously, this Acadian guy knows what he’s doing. That blast sends Patterson to the infirmary while Weller and Nas come up with a plan to take down the Acadian.
Taking him down won’t be so easy though because after Reade and Zapata have a blowup about her intrusion into his case and her seeming inability to fully believe that he didn’t murder Jones, the Acadian attacks them both and makes off with an unconscious Zapata. Then, he injects her with a neurotoxin and delivers a message to Weller: Leave Rich alone in the room, and in exchange he’ll let Weller know which vial in front of Zapata is the antidote. “Resolves Eleven Myths” was already building an exciting episode, but here it doubles down on the stakes, not only giving Weller a reason to come up with an innovative plan to kill the Acadian, but it also adds some depth to the relationship between Reade and Zapata.
So, Weller’s plan: Have Rich create a loop for the security cameras that makes it look like he’s alone in the room, then wait to kill the Arcadian. Surprisingly, it works, though the Arcadian doesn’t go down without a fight, nearly taking down both Weller and Jane before the former drives a knife into his chest. But what about the antidote? Well, Zapata is apparently conscious enough to tap out a code on Reade’s arm so that he and Nas know which vial to choose to save her life.
With the Acadian dead and Zapata alive, everyone gets to go home happy, right? Not so fast. Blindspot still has a few more twists and turns to work through.
First, it turns out that Boston is still alive and that this whole “Rich gets arrested by the FBI” deal was only partly in service of getting rid of their would-be killer. Rich also wanted to snag some information from the FBI computers, which he was given access to when he said he could quickly create the security footage loop. Once a hacker, always a hacker. Maybe Rich can bring some comedic levity to Mr. Robot next season.
What Boston and Rich didn’t plan for though was Patterson outsmarting both of them, as she manages to track their hacks. But what tipped her off? Of all things, it was Harry Potter. When Rich was explaining how Boston died in his arms at the beginning of the episode, Patterson recognized the story as exactly how Dobby dies in the books. Rich’s propensity for pop culture references ends up being his downfall, which seems quite appropriate.
So, “Resolves Eleven Myths” boasts one of the more exciting single-episode cases of the show’s entire run, but it’s the details that really elevate the quality. There’s the reveal that “Omaha” is an all-encompassing, no restrictions surveillance program run by the NSA. There’s Zapata taking the weapon used to murder Coach Jones from the evidence locker and noticing that it’s the same knife Reade’s friend Freddie took with him before leaving the apartment.
Then there’s the episode’s overarching question, one established in the opening dream sequence: Can people change? The answer seems to be “no,” as not only does Jane bail on her date because she understands she can’t have that kind of life, not while she’s stuck in between Sandstorm and the FBI, but Roman also seems to be losing trust in his sister. A message about Jane’s loyalty, coupled with proof that she at least started to upload data from the microchip to the FBI, has him questioning her true intentions.
Maybe people don’t change. But, sometimes, they’re forced too. Surely we’ll see Roman and Jane reckoning with that in the weeks to come.