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Blindspot has been one of the shows that flew on our radar as a must watch series due to its intriguing premise of a certain Jane Doe (Thor’s Jamie Alexander) suffering from amnesia covered in tattoos and found in the middle of Times Square. Sure the premise sounds a bit out there, but for the series, or in this case the premiere or pilot episode, made it work.
The premiere starts with the aforementioned premise and introduces FBI agent Kurt Weller. Weller gets sucked in to the whole mystery as his name appears on one of the tattoos on Jane Doe. From there on the story races throughout the episode with the exposition and action fueling it.
What follows is more mystery and intrigue enough to get the viewer hooked, not just with the current episode, but rather hooked for the long run. With a new player and flashback sequences showing glimpses of who might Jane Doe be and a perspective big bad at the end, viewers are left aching for more answers.
As the lead, Jamie Alexander shined throughout the episode with her fragile demeanor, but what really sets her apart from her co-actors is that sudden switch to killer-mode, as was seen when she took out two men in the apartment. Truly a shroud of mystery was portrayed by Alexander and thus creating this compelling character.
Opposite Alexander is Sullivan Stapleton, who plays Kurt Weller. Now with Stapleton, I truly was disappointed. His acting was off in this pilot with his stiff movements, stiff delivery and downright dead look. I get it that his character should act as a hard-ass or kick-ass agent, but his delivery was way off on this one. Hopefully he grows into the role and gets better.
As for the show itself, it appears to be a compelling one, yet seems limited. It remains to be seen just how far this series would go once the mystery surrounding the tattoos and who put them there are uncovered. I found myself sometimes comparing it to Prison Break when Scoffield covered himself with tattoos, sure it made things interesting, but once season 1 was over the tattoos were just novelty pieces. So hopefully the show does not go down that road.
The Score: 4/5
Blindspot started on a high note, with some minor low notes, but with a full season ahead and mysteries piling-up, this show promises to be a hit series.
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 in a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek