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Blindspot recap: Season 2, Episode 7

When Rich Dotcom seeks safety from a super assassin, the FBI is forced to work with the enemy

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Blindspot

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
2
run date:
09/21/15
performer:
Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton
broadcaster:
NBC
genre:
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

 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.

NEXT: Rich Dotcom always comes with a twist

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