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TV Review: BLINDSPOT: Season 1, Episode 8: Persecute Envoys [NBC]

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NBC’s Blindspot Persecute Envoys TV Show Review. Blindspot: Season 1, Episode 8: Persecute Envoys lets Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) spills the beans about “Daylight” to Kurt (Sullivan Stapleton). It was an illegal information laundering ring set up by the White House Chief of Staff to funnel intel obtained through the NSA’s wiretapping program. This show had me going a different direction, but it would have been too early to reveal some crucial  info about a secret special operative program. The whole plot behind Jane’s (Jaimie Alexander) kidnapping just keeps getting creepier. This episode of Blindspot came up just shy of a full tire for me.

Sal Guerrero (Lou Diamond Phillips) was Mayfair’s cover story while she pretended he was ratting on people the CIA and FBI gained evidence on through illegal surveillance. Kurt, irate as Kurt can be, can no longer trust her.

Tasha (Audrey Esparza) and Jane do get a into a really cute hand boxing scene. I mean, cute as kittens.

Edgar (Rob Brown) gets a little more attention this week now that he has cooled off on Jane. The team has to shimmy over to an NYPD precinct to investigate what looks like a retaliation murder of two cops who were present at the scene when an unarmed youth was shot by another police officer. The 65th precinct had been nicknamed “The Brooklyn Butchers” by the press, and one of Jane’s tattoos matches the incident. She can draw no link to how ‘whoever’ put her in her predicament would have known about these random cop killings. The episode evolves into a cop killing spree with a twist; it isn’t the lead they are following who is killing the cops. He’s just a gay football player.

Mayfair has been given authority to step in and takes over the investigation of the murders. There’s nothing like a room full of pissed off cops. So, they take the partner of one of the victims to their offices to interview her. Officer Tracy Dunn (Blaire Brooks) doesn’t know anything about why they were targeted other than the obvious revenge slogan, “Butcher the Butchers”, that was spray painted at the scene.

Tracy promptly winds up dead in the same scenario as the others. Total bummer.

The team acknowledges she is in the danger zone in her interview, but they aren’t too quick to tie up loose ends and put some 24/7 protection on her. I want my money back.

Kurt’s keen eye notices Tracy’s body cam. The team decides to look over a ton of footage and that’s how they discover the lead on Ricky Holt (Roy Jackson) who has the motive to snuff a cop. He’s being blackmailed over body cam footage of him having sex with a dude. Someone jumped through the roof for the opportunity to scam pictures of the footage off of the precinct server and deliver ultimatums to wealthy victims.  

By the end of the episode there’s no explanation for how anyone but an NYPD would know about the body cam footage blackmail scam, and how the tattoo of a butcher knife in a camera lens cross hair with a “65” in the middle wound up on Jane. The blackmailers turn out to be a ring of dirty cops led by Captain Rossi (James Colby) who lets his tongue slip and reveals too much to Mayfair about Ricky being gay, but she hadn’t told him. She has to wreck a vehicle at gunpoint to clear out of that one.

There isn’t another tattoo lead to leave you wondering about next week. It just ends with Kurt having a drink with his dad. Persecute Envoys is not so lonely, but not really enough to quench my thirst for Blindspot.   

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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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