Blindspot: Is It The End for Reade’s Team?

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Screen Capture: Ennis Esmer as Rich Dotcom in the David McWhirter-directed Blindspot episode
Screen Capture: Ennis Esmer as Rich Dotcom in the David McWhirter-directed Blindspot episode "The Gang Gets Gone"



Blindspot’s final two season four episodes, “Masters of War 1:5 – 8 and “The Gang Gets Gone,” landed on NBC Friday, 31 May 2019.

Fans will be on the edges of their seats for when the series returns for the fifth and final season. It’s brutal, to say the least. Lives are in the balance.

The Martin Gero created action crime drama has been picked up for a fifth and final season. The likelihood any of the series regulars, Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson and or Ennis Esmer, not returning for the finale season is remote. Esmer confirms shooting for season five has not yet started.

Blindspot” promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb.

Episode Synopsis: “Masters of War 1:5 – 8

As FBI Assistant Director Edgar Reade’s (Rob Brown) team rushes to stop him, Dominic Masters (Chaske Spencer) begins to enact  Madeline Burke’s (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) a scheme which is nothing short of cataclysmic.

Meanwhile, because Reade has concerns about the trustworthiness of his team members, the assistant director speaks Eleanor Hirst (Mary Stuart Masterson). Tensions rise as past secrets begin to unravel.

Episode Synopsis: “The Gang Gets Gone

The team sets out on an international mission to stop an attack from spreading. When internal friction begins to threaten team cohesiveness, Madeline attempts to use it to her advantage.

Is There a Trailer?

Tensions Are High

Have we ever seen tensions reach this level in a previous Blindspot episode? Tensions are significant in “Masters of War 1:5 – 8.” The entire electrical grid for the Eastern seaboard went down in the closing moments of the penultimate episode. Secrets are more than unravelling. Most of all, Reade is super angry with how unprofessional the team is being.

Tearing down the electrical grid is not Burke’s only focus. It’s the FBI. Burke wants the FBI gone because of how the federal agency treated her father. It looks like she got what she wants.

Project Helios is a huge success for Burke. Everything she wants falls into place like dominoes. Burke, with Richard Shirley’s (Raoul Bhaneja) assistance, paints a convincing portrait of criminal wrongdoing by Reade’s team. Consequently, the tide has turned against our heroes. Shirley’s voice makes me wish someone would punch him out cold.

The Frame Game

Burke’s plan to take down the electrical grid is only the tip of a very large iceberg. Burke frames Reade’s team for everything her people has done. She spins a convincing tale, there is no doubt. many people would be fooled by the way she frames her arguements.

The fourth season finale s the first time where the big bad gets the win. Neither Shepherd nor Roman were given the opportunity to gloat victory over the FBI. This is unusual for Blindspot. It’s uncharted territory. We go into the fifth and final season not knowing the game plan for our heroes.

As Doctor Strange said in Avengers: Infinity War, “We are in the endgame now.” This is truely the endgame for Reade’s team.

Can Rich Dotcom Help the Team?

Screen Capture: Ennis Esmer and Aaron Abrams as Rich Dotcom and Matthew Weitz, respectively, in the David McWhirter-directed Blindspot episode "The Gang Gets Gone"
Screen Capture: Ennis Esmer and Aaron Abrams as Rich Dotcom and Matthew Weitz, respectively, in the David McWhirter-directed Blindspot episode “The Gang Gets Gone”

The team discover they have been framed while on route to Iceland. The only person to not join the team with its international mission is Rich Dodcom (Ennis Esmer). Loyal to the team, Rich continues to work on clearing everyone’s name.

One Small Step for the FBI…

Jumping out of the FBI plane was the only way the team could escape capture. Not doing so would mean immediate arrest on landing in Iceland. Fortunately, the jet was equipped with enough parachutes for everyone.

Pulling off the skydiving scene must have taken serious work by all involved. It takes careful planning to successfully shoot something as big as this for an episodic drama. It has a Mission: Impossible vibe to the sequence. Because of how seemlessly the scene flows, I’d be surprised if there was any CGI used in making the sequence.

Screen Capture: A scene from the David McWhirter-directed Blindspot episode "The Gang Gets Gone"
Screen Capture: A scene from the David McWhirter-directed Blindspot episode “The Gang Gets Gone”

Unfortunately for the tam, Burke locates the hideout. Because Jane Weller (Jaimie Alexander) took first watch, she was the only one of the team not in the hideout when the drone hit. But with Blindspot, nothing is what it seems. It will be at least six to eight months before we find of if anyone makes it out of the hideout alive.

Final Thoughts

In the season four two-part season four finale, the Blindspot cast and crew brought their A-game. Tension, both professionally and personally, is high. All characters have their secrets. The only true way for three people to keep a secret is if two of those individuals are dead.

With the exception of Rich, the only Blindspot main character we know is still alive in Jane. If any of the other team members are still alive, with what has happened, they will be closer than ever. The team dynamic will be firmer.

With the fifth season being shorter, the dramatic content will be heightened sigificantly. Storytelling will probably have a degree of ergency not seen before in previous seasons. With there being only so much material one can cram into a shorter season, some fans might not get to see character resolutions we want. The end of the series is coming. It will be epic, there is no doubt.