Two weeks ago Blindspot dropped one of its typical bombshells. We’re used to the massive swerves at this point, making it clear that there’s really no plot twist that the show won’t consider using. So, yes, we found out that Jane has a kid. She gave birth at some point in her past, and now she knows about it thanks to someone who used to work with Shepherd. Of course, Roman loves having this information out there because it continues to push forward his plan of creating chaos within the ranks of the FBI. The question thus becomes: Is what’s good for Roman ultimately good for Blindspot, or is this one twist too many? How many secrets can the show handle before it starts to buckle under the weight of everything?
We’ll get to that in a moment, but first we have some Russians to deal with. Specifically, a woman and a young man are in what seems to be a gas station bathroom. The young man is cutting his hair, and the woman is frantically destroying his phone. She’s also bleeding all over the place, a gunshot wound visible in her abdomen. We don’t know anything about these two, but they’re clearly on the run.
Back at the FBI headquarters, Patterson has confirmed the birth records given to Jane. She has a daughter somewhere in the world, there’s no doubt about it. Jane responds with stubbornness and denial, telling Patterson to keep digging just in case it isn’t true. But Jane, somewhere deep down, knows it’s true. She’s just not ready to accept it, and that’s a line of thinking that kicks off the episode’s rather faulty arc for Jane.
Essentially, the emotional impact of “This Profound Legacy” hinges on Jane’s feelings about having a daughter that she’s never met, and one she doesn’t even remember giving birth too. We’re meant to be in her headspace as she struggles with the notion that she didn’t fight to keep her child, even though her memory has been wiped and she can’t possibly know the truth of the situation. If you buy into Jane’s pain, then “This Profound Legacy” works for you. If, like me, you find it jarring to have Jane suddenly get all maternal and emotionally distraught, especially after everything she’s been through, then this week’s story can be tough to engage with.
With that said, there’s still plenty of crime solving driving the narrative, and for the most part it’s a compelling case. This week the show does a better job of balancing its tattoo case with the ongoing mystery of Stuart’s murder. The tattoo case is a fascinating one: 33 numbers and letters on Jane’s spine correspond with a tracking number for a box of evidence from the ’90s. When Jane and Weller go to the NYPD warehouse to retrieve the box and find out what’s inside, they’re attacked by two Russians who attempt to burn the place down.
Why? Because the boxes are filled with untested rape kits, meaning that someone powerful is trying to cover their tracks. It’s an interesting case not only because it ends up tying in all sorts of crazy geopolitical tensions with the monarchy of Kazarus — as far as I can tell that’s not a real place, so is NBC just afraid to say Russia? I mean, they end up tracking the bad guys because they make transactions in Rubles, so who knows — but also because it touches on a real-life issue. A number of articles over the years have addressed the United States’ problem with not only failing to test rape kits in a timely manner, but also neglecting those cases and then destroying the kits years later.
Everyone on the team is disgusted by the miscarriage of justice, and that motivates them to track down whoever’s trying to cover up their crime. (Recap continues on next page)