Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1 Review: Back to the Grind

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A new set of tattoos on Jane's body reunites the team, forcing them to find a way to work together again. On Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1 everyone's got something to hide.

The season Premiere of Blindspot quickly answered some long-awaited questions left over from Blindspot Season 2 Episode 22.

Back Together - Blindspot

A rose-colored montage gave us a glimpse of Jane and Weller's wedding and their blissful family life in Colorado before Jane was targeted by assassins and forced to flee initiating the 18-month separation between her and Weller.

Although these first few scenes were almost a bit too cutesy for my liking, I appreciated how quickly the relationship of our favorite duo was addressed.

Weller & Jane Back Together - Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1

We've now skimmed over the happy-go-lucky part of their love story that gets boring quickly and kills the suspense in any show. Now we have another new dynamic to explore between the two of them as they try to navigate their relationship after so much time apart. 

I'm sorry. I knew that you loved me so much that you would walk away from your whole life. But I loved you too much to let that happen.

Jane to Weller

The rest of the team has taken on new roles in their lives as well, Reade as the head of the NYO, Zapata at the CIA, Patterson as an app queen in Silicon Valley, and my favorite of all, Rich Dotcom as an FBI consultant.

Rich Dotcom New Addition - Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1

I'm tickled pink that Rich's character is being brought into the fold in a more direct way. The man is comedic gold and gives Blindspot a certain lightness that it may have been lacking before.

Patterson: I'm sorry, I know I've been gone a minute. But are we really letting Rich Dotcom, dark web super villain have access to the FBI's computer systems now?
Rich: Hey, Peppermint Patty, I'm a changed man, 'kay?

Reade and Zapata have obviously had a falling out over Z's move to the CIA, but as Patterson pointed out, their arguing has probably more to do with missing each other than anything else.

Their friendship was so strong I have to believe it would stand up to the effects a year of silence might have.

Gang Back Together - Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1

Agent Keaton will obviously be sticking around for a while, as co-head of the joint task force and Zapata's boss.

There's something sketchy about him that I don't think I'll ever quite get over. Sure, he's good at his job, but how is everyone cool with working with him after he tortured Jane?

Reade seems to be the perfect fit as Weller's replacement, with the cool head and professionalism necessary for the role.

Weller was always more of a hands-on guy, but it looks like Edgar has the perfect mix of brains and brawn to succeed at the bureaucratic elements of the job and still kick-ass.

New Leader Reade - Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1

Hearst is a new favorite of mine since she was introduced on the Season 2 finale.

She's tough but also kind, the first one to offer Jane freedom from the FBI's hold, but still gung-ho about taking down the bad guys. Surely, she's the least suspicious of anyone on the show.

Although time gaps can be pretty tricky to pull off without polarizing an audience, I think this was a perfect way to jumpstart the new season after the battle against Sandstorm was completed last year.

We as viewers get to enjoy the familiarity of this team and the characters we love, while also witnessing how they've changed and what their new relationships might be like.

The Team Says Goodbye - Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1

Blindspot has ensured that we'll tune in each week for clues as to what exactly happened in the time that we missed in their lives, while the new tattoos easily set up the week-to-week episodic element.

It's foolproof.

Roman is clearly the new villain of the season, a replacement of sorts for Shepard, and I'm on the fence about it. I loved Jane and Roman's relationship and it was crushing to watch him choose Shepard over his sister.

Roman Makes Plans - Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1

Although he was understandably upset by the revelation that Jane had erased his memory, it doesn't seem like a large enough betrayal to trigger this level of vengeance.

Has he regained his memories and recommitted himself to Sandstorms mission?

Patterson: I might have an idea. But it's just like, a little bit crazy.
Zapata: Crazier than getting killed in six hours?
Patterson: Well it involves Mexican-style chicken stew.
Reade: Oh, great, so "all the way" crazy.

Speaking of over the top, the chase scene in Venice where Jane and Weller attempted to catch Roman was contrived at best, unbelievable at worst. Too clean, too pretty.

The new global element to the season with the exquisite backdrops of foreign lands and the inclusion of the CIA into the storyline is enticing. However, they're going to have to work a little harder to achieve the level of authenticity Blindspot has delivered in the past.

Roman Runs - Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1

It seems there is a greater sense of lightheartedness to this season, with the introduction of Rich, and the clever one-liners.

We see this again when Weller and Jane come to the team's rescue in a tortoise-speed Venezuelan tank. Funny, sure, but almost too ridiculous to take seriously.

The New Jane - Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1

I'm looking forward to the sense of routine that I hope will come with next few episodes. I'd wish for more answers, but heck, the questions are half the fun.

What's behind the tattoo Keaton and Zapata are determined to hide? Why is Jane stashing getaway money? What happened in Berlin, huh, Weller? And, finally, are Patterson and Rich banging?!?!

Blindspot Season 3 is going to be a wild ride. I'm buckled in. Are you?

Don't forget to watch Blindspot online!

Back to the Grind Review

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Blindspot Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

I'm sorry. I knew that you loved me so much that you would walk away from your whole life. But I loved you too much to let that happen.

Jane to Weller

Patterson: I might have an idea. But it's just like, a little bit crazy.
Zapata: Crazier than getting killed in six hours?
Patterson: Well it involves Mexican-style chicken stew.
Reade: Oh, great, so "all the way" crazy.