Like The Blacklist, Designated Survivor, and The Last Ship, the TV show Blindspot is a ridiculous, unrealistic, and over-the-top action show that’s like a weekly version of a big dumb action movie. Which is what makes it so much fun. Though what also makes the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD so much fun is that it augments this explosive season with informative and interesting extras.
For those who’ve never seen the show, Blindspot is about an anti-terrorist division of the FBI charged with investigating a far-flung conspiracy that began when a woman with amnesia (Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander) emerged from a duffle bag in Times Square wearing nothing but a lot of cryptic tattoos and a confused look on her face. After someone realized that one of her tats was the name FBI Assistant Director Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton from 300: Rise Of An Empire), she’s turned over to him and his team so they can decrypt the rest of her skin art and solve the crimes they’re apparently alluding to.
As for the twenty-two episodes included in the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD, the season largely centers around Weller, Jane (Alexander’s character), and their team trying to stop a terrorist group called Sandstorm. Though as you might expect, some people still don’t trust Jane, others don’t deserve the trust they have from others, and there’s more twists and turns than there are episodes. And while they’re not as curious and mysterious as the ones in the first season, before we even knew about Sandstorm and Jane’s role in it, these installments are just as exciting and explosive…sometimes literally.
Which is why, like the first season, the episodes in the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD play out like hour-long versions of the Bourne movies.
As for how the episodes on the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD look, obviously the picture is crisper and cleaner on on the former than the latter, though both are an improvement over watching them on TV since they don’t have any of those distracting on-screen promos for other shows.
Along with the twenty-two episodes, the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD also have a ton of extras.
First up on the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD are deleted scenes from nine of the episodes. While most are interesting, none add anything vital, nor is there any indication of why they were cut. Though, on the plus side, each is located in the “Episodes” menu next to the episode from which it was deleted. Which is where they should always be on this kind of seasonal set but, sadly, usually aren’t.
The Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD also has a gag reel — or, as they call it, “Bound And Gag Reel” — which is pretty typical for a TV show’s gag reel.
Next, the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD has a series of making-of featurettes. To begin, there are three with the writers and creator/executive producer Martin Gero: “Writer’ Conspiracy: Breaking The Season,” in which they discuss what went into writing this season; “The Writer’s Conspiracy: Premiere Revelations,” in which they discuss the first episode of the season; and “The Writer’s Conspiracy: Premiere Revelations,” which is centered on the family drama of this action show.
These are followed on the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD by “Conspiracies And Cover-Ups: Zero Division” and “Conspiracies And Cover-Ups: Sandstorm” in which Gero and the cast discuss the background and tenets on these two organizations.
What’s surprising, given the secrecy that is both a part of this show and par for the course with any show about secrecy, is that these making-of featurettes are not the typical white-washed kind of extras you usually get on a TV show’s seasonal collection. Granted, no one airs their dirty laundry, but it also doesn’t sound like anyone’s comments were scripted or sanitized by the marketing department, which is so often the case.
Finally, the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD have two Comic-Con-related extras. In “Blindspot: 2016 Comic-Con Panel,” we get to see thirty-five minutes of highlights (or about half the panel), while “My Crazy Comic-Con Experience” has Gero and star Ashley Johnson discussing what it’s like to go to San Diego Comic-Con as both fans and creators.
What’s ironic about the featurettes on the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD is that unlike the deleted scenes, which were presented where they should be, some of the making-of videos are on disc one and two, as opposed to all being on the last disc where they belong, since you shouldn’t watch any of them until you’ve seen all of the episodes.
Not having all of the extras on the last disc is not the only issue with the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD, though. This collection could also use running commentaries on the episodes, though only if they included members of the cast, which would keep them from becoming like lectures from “TV Production 101.”
Even without commentaries and badly placed extras, though, the Blindspot The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD are still the best way to watch this exciting, if a bit silly, action movie of a show.