Jane wrestles with her identity, along with her allegiances to Sandstorm and the FBI
After last week’s emotional roller coaster (where Blindspot crammed a bunch of emotional revelations into a convoluted episode about a plan to blow up a plane) this week’s episode, “Hero Fears Imminent Rot,” focuses a little more on the main story of this season. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still the dangling subplots of Reade’s potentially abusive past, and a little hint that Borden maybe isn’t exactly who he says he is, but those moments are rightly put on the backburner so that the focus can shift back to Jane.
Jane, having been kidnapped by Roman at the end of last week’s episode, starts this week by waking up in some old, beat-up house. She frantically tries to find her way out before a guard of some sort opens the door and brings her to meet with Shepherd and Roman. Jane spots some computers and maps while being led to the meeting. What is Sandstorm up to? Whatever it is, it looks very secret spy-ish.
Unfortunately for Jane, the meeting with Roman and Shepherd isn’t a sentimental family reunion. Rather, Shepherd reveals that Cade was in Venezuela during the time Jane insisted he was torturing her, so her story of escape doesn’t add up. Jane manages to wriggle her way out of the lie by bringing up her shoddy sense of time, but she’s not off the hook just yet. A secret military organization that’s hiding a huge bomb doesn’t just let you off the hook. You have to prove your loyalty. And that’s where Jeffery Kantor comes in.
Kantor is a mechanical engineer who Jane recruited back in the day. Sandstorm was using him to clone a technology, a microchip, that’s necessary for the completion of Phase 2. But Kantor recently missed his drop, and Roman chalks it up to the absence of Jane. Jane was his handler, and Kantor adored her. As Roman puts hit, she has a way of getting people to do what she wants. “That’s why we sent you to Weller.”
So, while Jane sets out with Roman to find Kantor and “prove her loyalty” — that’s terrorist organization speak for “shoot him in the face” — the FBI team is working on tracking down two men who are going around town setting off bombs. After some handy research from Patterson about shrapnel and metals, she determines the weapons are DIME bombs, often used in Navy tests, secretly of course, in Vieques, an island in Puerto Rico.
The two bombers seem to be hitting symbolic military locations across the city, leading the team to believe they’re protesting the testing going on in Vieques. That instinct is confirmed when a Twitter account starts dedicating the attacks to victims of the tests. As Nas and Patterson point out though, the tweets are pre-planned. That means that if they can hack into the account’s scheduled tweets, they can figure out the next target.
Speaking of targets, Roman and Jane find Jeffery at his house, but what they weren’t expecting was for him to lock himself in his panic room for fear of what they might do to him. Jane is slick though, and she manages to talk him out of there and take down a few security guards in the process.
With Kantor out though, Jane is left with a huge decision.
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