We’re back, blindspotters! After recovering from the frenzied previous episodes, the show returns with the series finale and episode 100 “Iunne Ennul“. It was a bittersweet episode. It has emotion, winks towards history, nostalgia, action, feelings on the surface, it’s a love letter to fans … but everything flies through the air in a last minute that should never have existed because it makes disappear what they had built with so much care and love. Let’s discuss everything!
For one last time … here we go!
Normally we start from the beginning and I promise we will go back there but now I want to confess what I thought after the end of the episode: what the fuck is this? Really. What. The. Fuck. Is. This. I didn’t sign for something like that. For an ambiguous or, worse, lousy ending. Everything was good enough but with that last minute Blindspot has disappointed me and spoiled everything. A show can’t end like that. Sorry, but no. And we will explain why throughout this review.
Now, let’s start from the beginning. Jane wakes up in the hospital and manages to remember what happened, Patterson’s vaccine works and she remembers. But it doesn’t work as well as everyone hopes because Jane has hallucinations. She sees all the people from her past who have marked a before and after in her life and who have somehow helped her get to where she is and be the way she is.
Here begins one of the good and, at the same time, bad aspects of the episode. Let’s go with the bad side first. You know I don’t like episodes / scenes that are based on hallucinations, they bore me. And that’s happened to me sometimes with Jane’s hallucinations, especially at first when it seemed like the whole episode was going to revolve around that or when they were too surreal.
However, it has been a pleasure to see ALL the actors who have been part of this history for 5 years. Off camera it has been a love letter to the fans, both from the production team thinking about that idea and from all the actors who arranged their agenda to participate and thus also say goodbye to the show. In fact, only Myfair has been missing and in an interview Martin Gero has clarified that it was impossible to balance the agenda and, even so, they paid tribute to her with that toast of Rich, Patterson and Tasha. They tried hard and filled us with nostalgia and love for the show. And that’s to thank. So, from here, THANK YOU.
On camera, these characters have marked the story of Jane and, with her, the show. Some have been more important than others but all have put a grain of sand for the story to continue. However, we have to mention special moments of those hallucinations.
Roman’s appearance, for example, is on my top. We missed you Luke Mitchell! We love Roman! Listen to him again, with that cadence of voice and teaming up with Jane as always when they were little, as it should have been. It’s… heartbreaking and beautiful. And we were able to dream of a happy ending for him and Blake, what would have happened if things had been different.
Roman’s character in this story was always the one who was too damaged to get ahead, to live. This wedding is the end he would have had if things had been different. If this character had been less damaged. It’s just that sometimes … sometimes damaged people don’t get that second chance. Sometimes it’s too much and in the end they just … gone. That’s what happened with Roman and I’m glad that this episode has given us the opportunity to experience what happen if…a happy ending.
That moment brings us to the rest of the weddings Jane saw. It’s been a nice nod to the fans showing Tasha and Patterson getting married. Fandom has its own ideas about these two and the friendship that unites them and that little moment has been a clear nod to that, again, a love letter to fans. Also, we see the wedding between Tasha and Reade. What should have been … but it wasn’t.
Although it was so, in a hallucination, in something that wasn’t real, I like to saw that moment. I like to saw them for the last time together and happy. This couple deserved more than they had. They deserved everything.
And with this, we come to the last wedding, Patterson and David. The boy who left the history too soon, the one she always loved and never got over. The one who started it all. They deserved this too. Also, have you seen who officiates their wedding? Is Martin Gero, executive producer of the show. Nice cameo from the creator of all this madness that we love.
Apart from these moments, the episode had beautiful and perfect details. For example, that battle in church is so cool! WOW! Simply WOW! Just like Borden has vanished as ZIP disappeared from Jane’s system. I loved the montage. They had never done it before but it was very successful.
Another beautiful detail is the moment when Kurt introduces himself to Jane the way he introduced himself the first time he saw her, when they met so many years ago. A lifetime ago. It has been a perfect detail for nostalgia and gives us a brilliant circle closing feeling. I have to confess, I couldn’t help but smile and melt at the scene.
Hallucinations have also been an opportunity to closely analyze Jane’s psyche. Inside her, she always had a thorn stuck in her, a poisonous thorn that kept shouting at her that everyone who approached her died or was irreparably wounded. In short, she only left destruction in her wake. That, of course, isn’t true. But fears and demons don’t understand reality. They feed on our darkest thoughts.
What I love is that Jane confesses everything to Kurt. She doesn’t keep it for her but, in the end, she entrusts him with her worst fears, her darkest thoughts. It’s Kurt who helps her and makes her see that this world is better because she is in it, she has done much more good than harm. She helped catch horrible accimimals and saved many lives. I love this couple!
That feeling has been multiplied by a thousand in one of the last scenes of both. Kurt not only supports her but also takes into account how she feels and when everything ends he wants her to know that it’s over. No more feeling that someone has directed her life in any way. It’s time for them to create new memories, together, and for her to feel that she is in control of her own life, that she can go where she wants.
And that last scene of both deactivating the bomb. That takes us back to the other times in the show. And if this is the last time they see each other, the last time they can remember, if that’s the end … they want to go feeling each other, feeling the lips of the loved one brush against their own, just feeling and loving each other as they have from the beginning. #Jeller for the win!
Plus, we can also see Jane make peace with her past. The hallucinations have led her to question what the difference is between what she did for Sherperd and what she does now. In the end, she comes to the conclusion that everyone, at some point, had good intentions.
It’s undeniable that the FBI needed a change, needed less corruption, but the difference is that they were lost. In the end, for them, the end justified the means and the lives were worth nothing more than what they could contribute to the mission. Jane’s different. For her, each life counts, has importance and the end doesn’t justify the means. She may sacrifice herself, but never those she loves or innocent people.
Jane needed this. Close this chapter. We cannot ignore our past, it always comes back. We have to make peace with it so we can turn the page, learning from our mistakes. This is what Jane does here and it was a catharsis that the character needed.
Another wonderfully perfect scene is the parting between Rich, Patterson, and Tasha. That’s it. It was time to leave the FBI and start again. They may be together but … it will not be the same. And they are like … an indivisible pack. The entire team is a family but within it, Kurt and Jane are a couple, which means that they’re their own microcosm within the great family that they are all and the same happens with Tasha, Rich and Patterson. They have a connection and a special relationship so it feels right that the three of them have this scene alone.
And the words that are dedicated … God, have made me cry. All three … would not have come out alive if it weren’t for the help they’ve given each other, physically and emotionally. They saved each other’s lives in a literal and metaphorical way. They have been there when the other has needed it. No questions asked, just by his/her side, supporting, comforting, just offering a shoulder to cry on and a fighting partner.
The three love each other because they’re family. The family they choose and therefore they toast, for the family and, in it, they also include those who aren’y there like Reade or Mayfair. They toast with them and the words that have been said … are also dedicated to them. None would have survived without the family they are.
This scene is so emotional, it has so much feeling … I think this was all the actors. They were feeling what they were saying, the tears are real. They’re a family both on and off camera. And having such a team, which is part of you … is incredible.
Which leads us directly to the family dinner that we see in the last minutes of the episode. They’re all there. Bethany, Allie, Rich, Patterson, Tasha … even Avery, Jane’s missing daughter (welcome back Avery! It would have been great if they could give us an explanation of why you disappeared and now you reappear as if nothing had happened). Plus, there’s Boston too! He and Rich had their happy ending. Can you hear wedding bells around here?
And Tasha’s precious baby! Just look at the cuteness in person! And Jeller contemplate them all. To their family. They look at each other with the happiness written in their eyes. Happiness for everything they have achieved and for what they have left to live. They hold hands and just … look at them. They’re so lucky to have them all together, that they’re their family. It has been a long and hard journey of five years, with good and bad moments, even horrible ones, but absolutely everything has been worth it because it has taken them there and if it doesn’t come to be because a person somewhere came up with a plan absolutely crazy and decided to start it, they wouldn’t be there, they wouldn’t have met, they wouldn’t have been really happy.
If we think about it, it’s a perfect metaphor for what happened to the show. If it wasn’t because someone had this crazy idea and decided to fight to see it become a series, we would not have lived five wonderful years with this show. We would never have met Jane, Reade, Patterson, Tasha, Kurt and Rich, all the characters who have accompanied them and all the beautiful stories they have given us. We would not have suffered, cried, smiled, get emotional or screamed with happiness with them. We would not have grown up with them. We would not have met wonderful people in the fandom. THANKS to all who have made it possible for us to experience all of this. It has been a roller coaster but god, it was worth it. That would have been the perfect closure… but no. There’s one more scene that clouds the whole episode, the whole story. But before…
The last detail that we must name is that everything ends as it began: in Time Square, closing the circle. It’s quite poetic and I like the meaning of it, in fact, I love it. But not exactly the end, not exactly the last scene, not that. And that, finally, leads us to name the negative aspects of the end. That minute that spoiled everything.
They let us know that Jane’s cure is not on time and that she passes out in the middle of Times Square and dies amid Kurt’s heartbreaking and desperate screams. So, where it all started, Jane is back in a bag … but this time she is not going to get out of it. It’s just how the show started but they didn’t need this. They had been in a closed circle since the previous episode and also from the moment Jane and Kurt deactivated the bomb in the middle of Times Square. But no. They made this thing, what for? I imagine that to “surprise“.
That’s very fashionable lately, we had the example last year at Game of Thrones. The producers want to “surprise” with the ending and develop the plot in a way that is meaningless and inconsistent with what we have seen previously in order to “surprise” the audience. But, new flash! We aren’t surprised by anything and just piss us off. We’re mad! We don’t want any more surprises. We want a damn series finale that makes sense.
In the case of Blindspot they decided on this unnecessary final turn and, as if that weren’t enough, it’s an open end since they leave us with the intrigue of whether Jane is always dead or, on the contrary, is alive and is only remembering. As we said at the beginning of the review, this is not the way to end of a series. Guess what, producers: the audience LIKES HAPPY ENDINGS. It makes no sense that Jane was suddenly dead.
I mean, I understand Jane’s decision. Saving everyone, protecting them all, sacrificing for everyone, even losing her own life is just what she would do. But the way they make it all end is what’s so bad. I mean they had so many options.
For example, they could have opted, as a reader told me in the previous review, because ZIP administered to Jane was denatured (which, by the way, of that ZIP they managed to denature we don’t know anything, forgot in the immensity of the plot) or, something simpler, just having left it that way, not having put in shoehorn that horrible last minute. The cure came on time, it’s over. But no.
This counting on Jane being dead (which is an unfair and absolutely stupid and horrible ending to this story) but we don’t know. That is, the decision of what to believe is left to the viewer’s discretion. The ending is completely open and that’s just as stupid and horrible. When a show ends, a story ends and the viewer mustfeel that story has an end. A true ending. We must feel that there’s a conclusion to the story. It’s completely closed and we can turn the page with a smile. We need a self-ending.
What they done here would have been understandable if this was a normal season and the show had been the victim of the cancellations that the networks carry out every year. In that case, they could not have done anything. But when they renew the series for a FINAL season you expect the ending to feel like one. It’s as if they are halfway there.
I think this final spin would have been perfect for a season finale. For a finale waiting for a new season. In fact, it would have been Blindspot’s style, curling the curl (we can agree that they aren’t very good with the end-of-season twists) but it would have been a different, surprising and more dynamic end of season than the previous ones. The problem is, it’s not a season finale, it’s the series finale and it doesn’t feel like one. At no point. It feels like they should have put a “continue” at the end. But this doesn’t continue. It ends here. With an open ending that doesn’t make any sense no matter how hard you try to find it.
They wanted to “innovate” and “surprise” and, in my opinion, the only thing they did was to end up with a perfect ending and spoil everything at the last minute. Precisely that last minute is like a guide to everything NOT to do when a series ends. Really, what a disappointment.
In addition to what we commented, the end leaves other fringes that should have been resolved or that, directly, don’t make sense. I mean, haven’t you felt that everything that leads to the end is quite forced? For example, Kurt would not have left Jane alone in the hospital. We talk about Kurt overprotective Weller, there’s no chance he left Jane alone in such a situation. Kurt’s attitude is forced so that Jane can be alone and decide not to administer the treatment … but it’s an attitude that doesn’t match Kurt’s personality.
Then we have Ivy’s lack of motivation. As for Madeline, in the end, we found out why she was doing what she was doing (another thing that hasn’t been discussed at all and we can only guess at her story) but why is Ivy doing it? She’s a mercenary, she acts for money. I don’t understand why she’s hell-bent on finishing what Madeline started. And they don’t explain it either.
Speaking of Madeline, what is her story? Why did she says what she says about the FBI? If they were going to bet on this villain for two full seasons, they must develop her origin story. Honestly, they should have left Madeline alive before doing all of this.
And then we have the FBI, which is its own enemy. The team saves the world not once but twice (first unmasking Madeline and then catching Ivy and avoiding her plan) and the FBI fires them with a bad excuse about regeneration or I don’t know what. Thank you very much for your service but go to hell. Yes, it makes all the sense in the world.
No, it doesn’t really make any sense and even less to fill their posts with a mirror team of them, who prepare to start new adventures and become a family, like a reboot of history itself (although that has been a good wink) .
So all things considered, “what the fuck is this?” reaction it’s the most suitable.
In conclusion, well, I would have liked to do another type of review and not finish this cycle in such a bittersweet way. I would have liked everything to be different, I came prepared so that it was and I feel a little pity that it wasn’t. But all this is what I felt about the episode and I had to write it, like every week.
In general, the episode is good, full of feelings, nostalgia, emotion, winks towards the past and history, like a love letter. Close some plots and the circle itself that was opened in the pilot episode. It all ends where it started. However, the ending, that final last minute spoils everything and muddies all the work, care and love that had been noticed in the rest of the episode.
Everything ends with an appropriate ending for a season finale but not for a series finale since it’s open and somewhat chaotic, in which some basic plots aren’t developed or explained, the characters act out of character to accommodate that minute end and we don’t even know something as basic as if the protagonist lives or dies.
By the way, in my world Jane’s alive and happy with Kurt and their whole family and that family dinner is the daily routine for Jeller but, for your mental health, I recommend that you stop the episode at minute 41 and NEVER look beyond that. The final episode is 41 minutes long. That’s all. This is where the episode ends and it’s the most perfect ending we could dream of. Has anyone said fanfics? I need to read all the ones about the show ASAP.
PS: For my part, I wanted to thank you for joining me in my madness every week during these years. It has been a pleasure to share with you everything that this show makes us feel, good and bad. You don’t know what each reading, each comment and being able to be part of this wonderful fandom means. It has been a wonderful few years and an incredible experience. The best thing that this show leaves us, its legacy is that it has managed to unite people from different parts of the world who just wanted to share their love for this show. And that’s all friends! Until another series! I LOVE YOU!
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Blindspot aired on NBC.