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This series has a really interesting plot, unfortunately producers and writers are trying to turn FBI's tech savy into some sort of NCIS's Abby and there's only one Abby Sciuto, lame attempt to create sympathy for a character that lacks Abby's charisma, no matter how hard they try she's simply unlikable
Is this the woman Groucho Marx used to sing about? The longer this show runs the inprobial tats turn into IMPOSSIBLE tats. If the tattoo ARTIST can see that far into the future, why DOESN'T he go to Vegas and retire rich?
Since before most members of the current television audience was born one of the favorite themes for most forms of entertainment included stories of espionage. For as long as humans settled conflicts through war there have been spies. Having covert agents infiltrate the enemies to gather information or sabotage their progress has been standard. The problem inherent in portraying spies ensuring the story is conducive to telling in an episodic fashion and the ability to prolong the story through multiple seasons. These issues were exacerbated in the NBC series, Blindside. The premise is reasonably straightforward. A duffle bag discovered New York Citys Time Square containing a naked woman covered completely in cryptic tattoos. The FBI team assigned to investigate the situation learn that the tattoos encoded various clues to matters important to national security. The obvious source of the problem in this setup is despite the tight proximity between tattoos there is only so much available skin for use as a canvas. The =woman in question has more ink than the cumulative designs found on a biker gang. The format rapidly fell into the weekly deciphering of design, the analysis to uncover the hidden meaning and the subsequent mission to foil the indicated plot. The freshman season was fleshed out, (pun unintentional), with the usual inter-agency relationships and delving into uncovering the illustrated womans true identity and past. This is understandably self-limiting as such crucial information cannot remain a secret for long without annoying the audience. What the creative team of writers accomplished was to transition those revelations into a deeper, substantially more involved shadow organization whose purpose is a conspiracy theorist dream. The more information uncovered about Jane Doe, the further down the rabbit hole you plunge. The first season finally was exciting, creating the requisite interest to hold over the break to this second season. What could have easily degraded into a one-horse pony managed to become a thoroughbred?
After the first season concluded with Jane (Jaimie Alexander), was arrested by the FBI on the charge of counter-espionage and immediately whisked away by the CIA to a black sit in a remote region in Oregon. There Jane was subjected to torture daily for three months. Ever resourceful, Jane contrives a means of escape. Before Jane could implement her plan, she has tortured once again. The pain induced triggers the retrieval of another suppressed memory. Jane escapes and is at large for a couple of weeks until found by as Kamal (Archie Panjabi), leader of a black ops sector of the NSA, Zero Division. She manages to hide Jane in a motel in Camden, New Jersey, where she was currently working to maintain a low profile and avoid detection from Law Enforcement. Both women have common ties to Sandstorm; a terrorist organization led Major General Ellen Briggs (Michelle Hurd). The mandate of the group was to end corruption in the United States at all costs with no regards for human lives. This resets the fundamental dynamic managed by the interaction of circumstances and the subsequent impact on the character development. Adding another group expands the potential to take the narrative in different directions. It is a clever means to avoid spirally into the monotonous road to cancellation. Proven means to revitalize a spy thriller is to infuse the established plot developments with additional conspiratorial organizations to complicate matters.
One of the prominent plot lines explored is Janes background. The deeper the audience is taken in her life before the tattoos and memory wipe to elaborate on how she came to be in her current situation.
The revelation of her real name is finally made, Alice Kruger. Although over the course of time she has been referred to by a plethora of aliases. Some used to engage in numerous undercover missions but mostly to remain alive. Born in Pretoria, South Africa and adopted by an American soldier after the death of her birth parents along with her younger brother, Ian (Luke Mitchell), the names commonly used between them was Remi and Roman respectively. Roman had been involved as an intermediator for a Sandstorm contact center. In typical fashion, particularly in the context of this series, Romans allegiance shifts between Sandstorm and the FBI. It appears to be a family tradition, Rome is given a treatment with a top-secret treatment, ZIP. The experimental substance was originally developed to treat victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, PTSS. Upon being revived the first person he sees is a strange woman covered in tattoos. This is a classic turnabout, a reversal of roles. Roman was instrumental in assisting his sister Remi in remembering. Now, Roman has become dependent on his sister to piece his own life together. When he remembers that she was the one responsible for administering the ZIP, their lifelong relationship is in jeopardy.
In the FBI side, several of the primary cast embers encounter the usual prime-time television mixture of profession obstacles, betrayal, and personal entanglements. At the top of this list is Former FBI New York office Assistant Director Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton). He had a relationship with Jane that complicated matters greatly. After the arrest, detainment, and torture by the CIA, Kurt talks Jane into renewing her connections with Sandstorm as an FBI double agent. Again, this is such a common trope in espionage stories that it is practically considered a requirement. As far as this plot contrivance is concerned, it permits an additional source of a clear and present danger placing her life in constant danger from all sides. It also affords a natural pathway to bring Jane/Remi out of the FBI team to directly engage the enemy an be regarded by her teammates as an outsider. Weller has been actively pursuing Sandstorm for six years and was brought in at the beginning of Janes involvement due to an unobscured tattoo on her back of his name. In the modern world, there is an archetype whose role has been enlarged from background exposition to one critical to how the story unfolds, the computer technician. Instead of just a few lines of dialogue revealing a clue ferreted out by the computer, this role is currently critical to most of the forces driving the action. The Head of the FBIs Forensic Science Unit is the mononymous Paterson (Ashley Johnson). Rather than being content remaining in the safety of her computer laboratory, Patterson is almost always center stage during briefings and strategy meetings. She has mistakenly involved a now deceased boyfriend in her classified work and has shared the experiences common to field agents including being kidnapped death threats and grievous bodily harm. Smart and intuitive her initial role was to analyze the tattoos uncovering their meanings. Far from accepting the stereotype of the socially awkward computer nerd Patterson has pushed herself to excel in weapons training and hand to hand combat. The treatment and personal growth of this character is a significant departure from the hackneyed stereotype of a computer professional. The third season has already begun, and once again the writers have demonstrated their determination to provide the audience with novel entertainment.
love the second season! Cant wait for the next
Another good season although, again, some of the plot line was a little ridiculous
You would think that blindspot is just another one of those boring cop shows but it's not. This show does have a creative twist. A woman is dropped off in a duffle bag at Times Square with no memory. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. I think that this series is great, it's all about mystery, family, trust and it's got some good action. If you like shows about mystery, crime and action then I would recommend this to you????
Season 1 was amazing. Now the creators are back to amp it up even further. Jaimie Alexander is just as cool playing Jane Doe with even more to bear on her shoulders.
Weller arrested Jane last time and she was sent to a black site. Now that shes escaped shes willing to make up for the deceit that hurt her team at the FBI. Not to mention that Mayfair was killed the more Jane dug further for answers. More of Janes past of the life before she arrived in Times Square is unveiled including her real name. The rest of the tattoos on her body are still key to understanding whats next.
Its also revealed that the leader of the terrorist group that created Jane and wiped her memory is called Sandstorm headed by Sheppard. Shes her real mother and she has a brother named Roman. Her folks were anti-apartied activists, too. This woman has a mysterious agenda to right America of the supposed wrongs it has caused to cripple the nation. Now its only a matter of time before she can carry it out.
Roman proves to be a powerful asset to the FBI. Yet he has some terrible dark secrets that makes Weller and the others question his loyalty as well as his word. But Jane still believes he can be brought back into the light. Maybe he can actually help bring Sandstorm down.
Kurt now has the responsibility of heading the FBI department. Hes also becoming a father to his girlfriends baby. Unbeknownst to him Sheppard and Sandstorm know more about him than he knows himself which could explain why hes so important. A few episodes also show how much of his relationship with Jane escalates. Could they still end up together?
A new face also shows up in the form of Nas who expresses how much she wants to take out Sandstorm. There might also be a nuclear attack in the future that can be prevented. I really love how she provides certain intel that adds to the teams next to bonding with them.
Theres also mention of a mole infiltrating the FBI to get Sandstorm one step ahead of everyone else. Its actually quite heartbreaking to know who it is.
Read gets more of a focus this time around, too. After he captures a criminal involved in a football scandal he starts to realize that as a kid he was more involved than he remembered. The memories start to resurface and it sends him over the edge making bad decisions that affect not only him but cause concern for Zapata. Its a terrible thing knowing something traumatic happened to you and the damage it can cause when it comes back.
Patterson does what she does best as far as the tech side of things. At one point she also is played by Sandstorm that cripples her on an emotional level. It makes it that much harder for her to trust anyone. I feel bad for her that shes been through so much.
A few familiar faces come back like RichDotCom as well as Keaton that open more ties to Kurt and Jane. Its pretty funny when you see their input into these cases.
Season 2 is better than Season 1. Jamies performance is still something to be reckoned with being that she plays someone who still wants all the answers. A life like hers wasnt by choice, it was decided by someone else. The finale is a hell of a reveal showing Janes true purpose. Plus a lot of action in a race against the clock. Of course its far from over.
How does anyone truly feel safe when it comes to so many threats? Feelings arent something you pull out of a file, how many secrets do we actually have, should we pay for the mistakes weve created, and how does a new world actually succeed? A job like the FBI takes so much away from you but it also gives back as well. Theres still so much good to be done.
Season 2 packs a hell of a punch as far as action, thrills, the acting, and the interwoven plot threads. Season 3 will explore new territory and it looks like Janes tattoos will still come in handy. I hope they can still do just as great with this one.
I love this show, excitement, drama, romance with talented cast. Each show had me on the edge of my seat.
Still waiting Jane to kiss Kurt xD
I think the next episode should be called "Go hang a salami I'm a lasagna hog"