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TV Review: BLINDSPOT: Season 1, Episode 4: Bone May Rot [NBC]

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NBC’s Blindspot Bone May Rot TV Show Review. Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 4: Bone May Rot opens two years ago as Walter Tunnel (Doug Barron) of the CDC comes down with a nasty bug and coughs up some blood in a secret storage freezer. Turns out it was a rare form of botulism.

Thanks to Patterson’s (Ashley Johnson) boyfriend sneaking a peek into her classified work folders, she ‘solves’ one of Jane’s (Jaimie Alexander) tattoos all by herself which propels the team to the CDC at the corner of Oak and Maple. The CDC logo is hidden in a tattoo of an intersecting maple and oak leaf.

Jane gets some backstory about her dead parents and other family details from Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) and Dr. Borden (Ukweli Roach), the psychiatrist, who I would personally love to talk to about my own problems.

Zapata (Audrey Esparza) gets caught with a potential philanderer on the corner by Edgar (Rob Brown) and brushes it off. He still has jitters about taking Jane into the field with the team. He seems to want to protect her, but he also knows she could be a huge liability despite any face value she has.

Speaking of face value, Jane’s mug lights up like a rave in the decontamination process at the CDC revealing some invisible u.v. light tattoos that lead to some top secret vials stored in an unknown biohazard level 4 lab. None of the diseases are curable.

Boss lady, Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), tells Patterson that it’s too dangerous to have the Guerrero file redacted, and lets her in on her suspicion that she is having some help with the puzzle solving over breakfast. She’s right. Patterson gave herself away while explaining the tattoo.

All the registered vials on Jane’s face have gone missing and the manhunt ensues for whomever pulled the lockdown trigger while Jane and Weller were suited up in hazmat gear in the lab discovering the new mystery lead. Weller is anxious and a little claustrophobic. He’s driving Jane a little crazy. So, she asks him for any details of her kidnapping. He tells her she “just vanished” with no signs of entry to her home. Her flashback shows young Jane going willfully with a man. Weller’s father had been the only suspect and was caught lying about his alibi, but there was no evidence. Then, the lockdown is lifted and it turns out the CDC liaison, Rebecca (Nicole Quintero), initiated a false alarm remotely from her laptop on an ‘errand’ to her own top secret lab in Brooklyn.

Patterson nails down a secret vial containing viral hemorrhagic fever. Edgar and Zapata reveal that Rebecca has released nine of the ten missing vials in worldwide epidemic outbreaks by tracking her movements. Patterson rushes in with aerosol cans that were to be used to weaponize the virus. Rebecca last called her husband from her cell phone, and his whereabouts are seen by monitoring a credit card swipe. Yeah, Rebecca is with her husband alright, and as soon as the cops try to pull them, she offs both of them.

The team figures out that Rebecca probably left a viral bomb at the pier, and on the way there, Jane asks Weller about talking to his dad about her. He doesn’t have the focus to get into a heavy emotional trope at the moment.

The terminal is being evacuated. Weller notices a bag on a pile of bags that are locked together. Security footage reveals Rebecca leaving it there. Patterson has to talk them through installing a makeshift containment system. Thanks to some handy drop cloth, brooms, and duct tape, they successfully contain the bag. At 4:00, the canister starts a spray of one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind.

Weller gets suited up again, but this time Patterson lets him in on a secret Dr. Suri (Paul Fitzgerald) has been hiding. He was tagging along with Rebecca on her worldly travel excursions and he probably intends to infect himself with the disease and spread it around the world today. Weller stops him from getting near the device, but Suri begins ranting about modern medicine and its role in killing the planet by allowing the human race to supercede any living capacity for us the earth has us. He believes he is saving the human race. So, Jane has to leap into action for her episodic throw down, which is amazing. She and Weller knock the guy out with some punches and kicks to the head. Good team.

Edgar finally tells Jane she did good work. He tells her he’s not worried about her, but that when Weller is with her, he isn’t the top gun. She says she can’t do anything about that, and Edgar says he knows, and that’s the problem.

Tom (Michael Gaston), from the CIA wants to murder Jane. Mayfield has to keep holding her ground and prevent Jane from being tortured by interrogation techniques. She is attached to Jane now, and demands that he leave her office. He warns her about the future, and thinks she will regret letting her team solve who knows about project “Daylight”.

Weller compliments Jane by telling her she was brave yet stupid. Good thinking.

Zapata is being followed around by a bookie, not a boyfriend. She has a gambling problem. This guy could be part of the whole conspiracy, and it wouldn’t make much sense if he wasn’t part of it. He has to be looking for a way to get inside. 

Trace isotopic elements were found in Jane’s knocked out tooth by Patterson. Jane would have had to have been born in Sub Saharan Africa for the evidence in her teeth to be present. Patterson reveals that she couldn’t have been born in Pennsylvania and Africa, and that both tests she has performed on Jane are conclusive, but both cannot be right. Patterson doesn’t know who Jane really is. So, sort of back to square one. 

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About the author

Stephanie King

I am a meticulous writer. Story is my strong suit.

I do not waste time on political "critique" or paranoid "undertones" that might have been an inspiration to a story writer, but clearly are not a main or secondary theme.

I can identify high concept, main and sub theme(s), protagonists and antagonists, secondary character roles, the turning point, the key, the antagonist's story thrust, the spine, twelve sequences, the climax, the resolution, and most importantly, the goal of any film. I am aware of the act structure which can be from three to five acts, generally.

Aristotle elaborates in his Poetics on Plato's Republic on act structure.

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