Blindspot starts with an intriguing premise: a naked woman (portrayed by Jaime Alexander), covered in tattoos, is found stuffed in a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square. It seems as though the woman has amnesia and can’t remember anything about her life prior to being found. Nicknamed “Jane Doe,” the woman is turned over to a crack FBI team headed by Kurt Weller (portrayed by Sullivan Stapleton) after the police find Weller’s name tattooed on Jane’s back.
The tattoos all have symbolic meanings which point to crimes or criminal activities. So the basis for the show is that each week the FBI team deciphers a tattoo with Jane’s help and prevents a crime (also with Jane’s help). Jane quickly demonstrates that she has had extensive training in weapons/shooting, hand-to-hand combat, lock picking, demolitions, foreign languages, etc. Weller is quick to add her to his team but it soon becomes apparent that Jane may be working against the interests of the FBI and even the US Government. As the FBI team and Jane continue to search for information about her identity, the truth is slowly revealed about Jane’s origins.
Blindspot has a lot going for it: Jaime Alexander is excellent as Jane Doe. She brings raw physicality to the role but there is also an undercurrent of vulnerability due to her character’s memory loss. Also good is actress Ashley Johnson as Patterson, a FBI techie/hacker who helps the FBI team navigate the cyber/digital world. In most shows like this, there is the temptation to put her character in glasses to make her look smart, but the writers have opted to write her smart instead; kudos to them. Finally, the action happens at breakneck speed and is fast and furious.
However there are some problems. The writing seems lazy at times: there is nothing novel and the show seems to be a mash up of The Bourne Identity, Memento, 24, The X-Files, The Blacklist, Salt, et al. It defies logic to have a 5′ 9″, 110 lb. woman throw around 6′ tall, 200+ lb. men around like rag dolls, no matter how well trained she is. It also seems that the FBI would not allow an outsider like Jane to join and FBI team, much less give her a firearm and allow her to assist at active crime scenes. To enjoy this show, suspension of disbelief is a necessity.
Worth a look if you like fast-paced action-adventure TV shows with a compelling protagonist.
Skip it if logical inconsistencies and/or lazy writing drive you nuts.
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