Welcome to the mid season finale of our favorite show, blindspotters! “Screech, Thwack, Pow” has been focused on Remi and her plan. Through what she has planned, we discover details that will be vital later and everything ends in a situation that is a turning point in the season. All this with the dose of action, humor and mystery that is key to the success of Blindspot. Let’s talk about everything!
Here we go!
Remi (and Shepherd)
Remi has been the central axis of the episode. Because of this, we have not had a case of the week as such, if not a race against the clock as Patterson, Kurt and Rich try to catch Remi without sounding the alarm to the FBI. This has given us the tension and emotion that we had been waiting for weeks.
In one of the team’s investigations, we finally find out why Remi has not recovered her memory. It’s a simple and credible. Although the explanation comes a little late … and that doesn’t eliminate the fact that they have not known how to handle this issue well.
As I have told you several times, there have been too many inconsistencies in Remi’s doubts. In one episode she couldn’t do anything and in the next she was totally Remi. They have not been able to explain well why she has doubts, except in these last two episodes, which have done brilliantly well.
But, having said that, it is understandable why Remi now acts totally as such – everything is a consequence of what happened in the previous episode . However, her ZIP poisoning worsens by leaps and bounds, and she no longer distinguishes reality from fiction. She really believes that Roman is there, at her side, talking to her.
That is clearly seen throughout the episode, but there is a moment that I think is vital. It’s the moment when Remi blames herself for everything that went wrong. Until then, she blamed Kurt for having loved Jane, but now she blames herself. Shepherd raised her to see weakness in feelings. Her feelings were something that Remi should not only control, but crush. But as Jane she could not do it and, therefore, according to the upbringing she had, she was weak and now she will not be any more.
Another key moment for Remi in this episode is the moment of Shepherd’s rescue. She finally rescues her and Shepherd is excited to learn that Remi is her again. Shepherd never knew how to truly love, never knew what it was like to be a mother or love and how to pass it on to others. But she did know a twisted love, which is not love, but it is what she identified as such and that is what she feels for Remi and Roman. That’s why we see her so excited when she recognizes Remi again, and even more excited when she thinks Roman is with them … but that’s when she realizes that Remi is doing badly.
The conversation that happens between them is clarifying. Shepherd knew perfectly well the deadly consequences of what she did, but she did it anyway. If Shepherd had known what love is, she would never have sacrificed Remi like that, but she never knew what love was. However, Remi isn’t even bothered that she did, but that she did not tell her and took away the opportunity to decide. This shows us the unhealthy environment in which Remi grew up, an environment in which sacrificing someone’s life, even someone they supposedly love, is totally acceptable. It is awful.
But there is still another more important conversation between the two: the one they have while Remi heals Shepherd. Remi wishes not to be weak again and that means ending the initial plan of Sandstorm until the final consequences. But Shepherd doesn’t want that anymore, she just wants to be a normal person and have a quiet life, with her daughter. Remi feels this as a betrayal, looks at Shepherd with contempt, as if she didn’t recognize in her who brought her up. But Remi forces her to be who she was again. Remi slaps her and orders her to adjust.
At that time I have seen in my head the way in which Remi was raised. The way Shepherd trained and indoctrinated her. In that scene the roles have been reversed and Shepherd has become little Remi and Remi has taken the role of Shepherd, making her square, training her militarily, demanding from her, forcing her to hate everything she hates, indoctrinating her. It has been horrible and chilling at the same time.
In the end, Remi has had to face her worst fear: to be Jane again. Kurt wants to recover his wife.
Whatever happens in that confrontation, it is clear that it will be a turning point. If Jane manages to return, she will have to face the consequences of what has happened and what she has done. Although trusts her, it will be difficult for them to return to how they were before. The same will happen with the team, who will see in her someone who has betrayed them. Shepherd is on the run thanks to Remi … and all that is something that Jane must forgive herself for.
Rich (and Boston)
I love these two! They are so unique. Rich thinks that a missile is heading to New York City, and that’s when he just has to call Boston so he knows he loves him, that’s the only truth in his life. And Boston had to think that he was going to spend some years in jail to confess to Rich that he is the love of his life (I would have slapped him at least, if he’d done that to me).
But it is at that moment, when they are at the limit and they think that they don’t have anything true because the luck is cast, perhaps is when the feelings are the most authentic, because they forget everything except the important. And they confess it. Because before a limit situation, you want that person so important for you to know what you feel.
That’s what happens to Rich and Boston. In addition, they are the typical couple that complements each other. They can’t live without one another. They need to challenge themselves, but also to love each other. All those little things that they do to annoy each other are nothing more than their way of trying to reach the other and, when they do, they never let go.
At last both are together and have accepted their feelings. It’s a new beginning for both of us, and I’m happy because they both deserve to be happy, especially Rich, because the poor guy was really sad to have lost Boston. Surely they’re going to get married soon!
Zapata keeps getting more and more into Madeline’s plan while Reade and Weitz follow her on the trail. However, I’m increasingly convinced that she is only pretending. The way she looks at Madeline sometimes when she tells Tasha her plans … it’s as if she couldn’t believe how far she is willing to go, the damage she is capable of doing. What’s more, Tasha confronts her for the first time when she finds out about the alleged attack on New York.
It is at that moment where, for the first time we see the Tasha we know. She has seen that her family is in danger, that the team may be in danger and she can’t control it. By being at Madeline’s side and knowing the plans, Tasha can anticipate and control what is going to happen to the best of her ability, but she has found herself faced with a plan she didn’t know about and could not mitigate its effects. Therefore, knowing that her team, the people she loves most may be in danger, has decided to put her cover with Madeline at risk and confront her.
With this, Tasha shows us that she is still herself and that for her team, for her family, she is capable of risking everything. For all that, I’m so convinced that Tasha is only fulfilling a mission.
What worries me, as I have told you, is that when the mission is over it will be too late for Tasha in every way. Her team, especially Reade and Patterson, no longer trusts her and sees her as her enemy. In fact, Reade has gone to arrest her. It will be very difficult for them to trust her again and more after what they are living with Remi. But, besides, I worry about herself. Tasha is having to do very dark things to continue with her cover, she also runs the risk of getting lost in that dark tangle without anything or anyone to help her get out of there.
This episode leaves us with honey on the lips. Weitz and Reade manage to find her and they are going to arrest her. I was struck by the tone of supplication with which Tasha has asked Reade to lower the weapon. She was literally begging him not to force her to shoot and hurt him.
Tasha doesn’t want to hurt him, that’s the thing she least wants in her life … and she could not bear to have to do it. Although I think Tasha doesn’t realize the extent of the damage she has done to Reade. She may not have hurt him physically, but he believes that Tasha has abandoned him and everything she fought for, he thinks he never knew her and that has destroyed him. And it’s not easy for her either. Zapata is also heartbroken for having to leave everything, including her feelings, behind with everything that entails.
Both are broken due to the situation … and the truth is that it will not be easy for either of them to forgive and forget. Will they get it?
There are many curves for Jeller, blindspotters! But, as always, there is hope. Kurt never stops fighting for Jane, he wants to get her back, even though Rich and Patterson are not sure she can come back. Kurt never doubts, he knows that she is there, he has realized that Remi has not been able to kill him and that has confirmed that Jane is still there, somewhere, lost … and he is going to get her back. There is no option to fail.
That is why he doesn’t hesitate or shudder to know that the operation that Patterson has told him about can make him recover Jane … or kill her. For Kurt, Jane is already lost, as if dead, there is someone who handles her body, speaks with her voice … but it is not her. The operation is an opportunity to revive her, to recover her.
Kurt loves her so much … it really is to be admired that he can separate Remi and Jane so clearly in his head and in his heart. In fact, he leaves a message for Jane. He tells her he will fight for her. That he will get her back. That he will never let her go. It is impossible not to love him, really.
Remi, meanwhile, doesn’t take off the wedding ring at any time. It’s a detail to keep in mind, she could have taken it away, especially once she’s discovered Boston, but she has not. I think that, for her, it is a way to stay connected to Kurt, a part of her can’t bear to get away, to break completely with him. That part is the part where Jane still lives, it’s the part of Remi that feels something deep for Kurt.
However, Remi crushes that part of her and does something she’s never been able to do: try to kill Kurt. It is also important that she has attacked him. But it is understandable since Remi still has in her head the contempt (completely normal and understandable) with which Kurt treated her and, as I mentioned in the previous review, she decided to become totally the horrible person that Kurt saw in her.
That feeling of abandonment, of loneliness, of not being loved led her to the extreme situation in which her “Remi part” has taken control and now nothing matters more than her plan, crushing everything else.
In fact, this is proven in the scene where Remi talks to Roman in the van. In it, Remi blames herself for having ruined the initial plan because of her weakness. And, in the middle of that conclusion, she remembers Kurt’s words of contempt for her. Showing us that those words are key to her. Kurt’s opinion, which he gives her aside is something that deeply affects her.
In the end, all this comes together in a confrontation between the two in which Kurt is willing to do everything to recover Jane and Remi will do anything to continue with her plan and, as she sees it, not be weak. What will happen?
In conclusion, this mid season finale has been at the height of what Blindspot has always promised: mystery, secrets, action and emotion. I have returned to feel that rhythm of the series that had been missing in previous episodes.
While it is clear that they have not made much progress in any other story than Remi’s, at least, the story that has been the focus of the episode (Remi) has advanced a lot, given us several important clues and, in addition, has taken to an end of infarction that I am sure will depend everything that awaits us later.
And I’m looking forward to what they have prepared for us! Will Kurt get to catch Remi? If he does, will the operation work? Or will Remi win that fight? There are many unanswered questions. If you ask me, I think Kurt will catch Remi and the operation will go well and she will recover her identity as Jane. And, if that is the case, Jane will have to face the consequences that Remi has left behind.
Agree? Disagree? Don’t hesitate to share your opinion with us in the comments below! We’ll be back in January, 11 with episode 4×09 “Check your Ed.” And here’s the promo for the next episode.
Blindspot returns Friday January, 11 at 8 / 7c on NBC.