Blindspot “A Stray Howl” Episode Review

As always, beware of spoilers.

“Terrible people do terrible things, good people stop them”

The second episode gave viewers a glimpse of what this show may be about.

With the premiere episode focusing on the mystery of Jane and her tattoos, the second one follows it up with a back story of sorts for our other protagonist, Kurt Weller. Clues as to Weller’s family background were hinted at in the opening scenes and was later on reinforced before the end of the episode.

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Jane Doe’s story got even more intriguing with a new memory being unlocked, that of assassinating a nun, in church of all places. It further fueled the theory that Jane might be a soldier/enemy planted within the FBI to spy on them or eventually trap them, especially when Ramirez (Rob Brown) kept bringing up that sentiment. Personally, Ramirez’ observations do seem sound and the thought of Jane’s tattoos being an elaborate trap does seem well-founded.

Another thing revealed in this episode is that the tattoos are not random, or at least not for now, as clues to its sequence were revealed here. It seems that the first clue connects to the second clue and so on via an elaborate connect the dots scheme.

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Which brings us to this episode’s mystery-of-the-week. While the tattoos do setup some narrative of sorts, I can’t help but feel that the mystery/clue uncovered for this week was just a means to get the ball rolling in terms of character development. Early on we were shown the capabilities of Jane through muscle memory, and her realization that she might not be a good person after all. And this week’s clue mirrored that sentiment in a way, especially when Weller brought to Jane’s attention her tendencies to do right thing, hence making her a good person. Another scene of note is that of Jane and Zapata where Zapata laid down what makes a person good.

The biggest reveal here was that of Jane’s possible identity and how it ties to Weller’s backstory. Having revealed that Jane might just be a certain Taylor Shaw, who was said to be kidnapped by Weller’s father. Now I was really surprised that this was brought to light early on in the show’s life, but seeing that it was it just might be a means to mislead the audience. Nonetheless, it does make a compelling plot-point.

And if that wasn’t enough, then the last scene should leave you yearning for more, as the mystery man makes contact with Jane.


The Score: 3.5/5

The mystery gets one step clearer but gets much more complex with every answer uncovered. The weekly story-line/clue needs to improve though.


Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comic book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making by day and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek

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