Wow, have the mighty fallen. Loved the first season of this show, now, not so much. And this is becoming commonplace for Greg Berlanti series, they start off amazing and then rapidly fall apart because I honestly don’t think he, or any of the people he has working for him, have the slightest clue what they’re doing in the long run. It happened to Arrow, it happened to Flash, it happened to Supergirl (well, that was never that good to begin with) and now, unfortunately, it’s happened to Blindspot. So let’s look at what went wrong.
At the end of the last season, Jane was taken away by the CIA as a spy, but she escaped, only to be found by Weller and brought back into the FBI. Weller has become assistant director of the FBI and can do things like that. But now there’s a bigger threat, Sandstorm, run by Jane’s “mother” and her brother Roman. Joining up with the NSA, they spend the entire season trying to work out “phase 2”, which they think will be a massive terrorist attack.
So, like so many other shows and movies and comic books and the like, just making the threat bigger is supposedly how they keep things going. And worse, as I complain about a lot, they decided to throw romantic subplots into the lives of every single character. Weller and NSA agent Nas Kamai. Patterson and FBI shrink Dr. Borden. Reade and a former friend’s girlfriend. And of course, they had to put Weller and Jane together in the end, which was really idiotic. As I keep saying in these shows, the second you do that, you lose the show because no governmental agency anywhere is going to allow co-workers to be in a relationship, especially the assistant director of the freaking FBI and a subordinate. It just won’t happen. Good way to kill the show.
And, of course, the villain for the season, Shepherd, was everything that I hate about these season-long, or longer, baddies. She was absurdly ahead of everyone on everything, she was playing such a ludicrously long game that relied on her knowing everything about everyone all the time, that it lost all believability. I mean, she was planning this while Weller was in high school! That’s decades of planning, somehow knowing that Weller will become a high ranking official in the FBI and can magically be part of some shadow government. What the hell?
That whole “super secret government” nonsense was just idiotic. At the end of the season, Weller and a bunch of other people are just whisked away to a secret bunker and informed that, should the government get wiped out, they’re going to be the sole inheritors of governmental power so they can’t leave the bunker. And what do Weller CIA deputy director Keaton essentially just wander out of the bunker. And Shepherd is going to crash a nuclear missile into the White House, but either she’s stupid or miscalculated or something, but it’s powerful enough to wipe out half of the eastern seaboard. Because Shepherd has been depicted as being reckless and incapable of planning so far, right? It was just dumb. They went from being a pretty reality-based show to Dr. Evil levels of mustache twirling. All of Jane’s tattoos led to the government almost being taken out. Color me completely disappointed.
And the end, where Weller and Jane, who had been married, but Jane decides to take off and live with monks in the Himalayas (I wish I could say I was kidding), was laughable. “You have to come back, everyone has been kidnapped!” Oh brother. I have no idea where they’re going next season, but if this is what I have to look forward to, I’m not going to stick around for long. They took everything about this show that I loved and flushed it down the toilet. I have a hard time imagining this is what they had planned when Jane first climbed out of that bag in Times Square, but if it was, then I just wasted 2 years of my life watching this crap. Do better. It’s hard to do worse.