NBC’s Blindspot pilot review

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Ever since NBC brought shows such as Law & Order, Hannibal, Heroes, and more recently, The Blacklist, NBC has had no problem in making people understand the concept of sitting at the edge of your seat. Well, hope your butts are ready, because you’re going to be on that edge again for every show of what may be one of this season’s hit series.

From the creator of the hit TV show Stargate: Atlantis, and the 2007 independent film YPF, comes Martin Gero and NBC’s suspenseful thriller series of the season, Blindspot. The show brings to the small screen an exceptional and dynamic cast, such as Jamie Alexander, known for her role in the film The Last Stand, and most notably as Lady Sif in the Marvel film, Thor, and Sullivan Stapleton, known for roles in films such as Gangster Squad, 300: Rise of an Empire, and the hit BBC show, Strike Back.

In a post-9/11 world of heightened security, a mysterious duffel bag is found in Time Square with a tag stating “Call the FBI.” Once inspected by the bomb squad, it is found that the bag contains a disoriented naked woman (Jamie Alexander), covered in tattoos from head to toe. As the FBI examines the unknown woman, they begin to take note of the various tattoos on her body, the largest one being the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller (Stapleton) on her back.

The doctors find an inhibitor drug, called Zeta interacting protein, in her body that is being tested to help people with PTSD forget certain events. The drug is normally given in small amounts, but the doctors find that her system is flooded with it, creating a constant chemical reaction and causing a permanent state of amnesia. The FBI starts an investigation to figure out who did this to the woman, whom they’re now calling Jane Doe, and start to discover that the very clues to cracking the case might actually be in the hieroglyphics of tattoos on her. Weller and his team will soon realize, though, that the answers on Jane’s body may hold the key to information to other things than just her own case.


Alexander is solid as Jane, showing excellent acting performances and showcasing meticulous choreography through her fighting skills. Looks like fighting alongside Thor all those years have really served her well. Although not much is known about her character, Alexander’s ability to create a character that is an amnesiac with a mysterious past is unparalleled. Weller, with Stapleton being experienced in cop shows due to Strike Back, dons the brooding agent façade well, as his character holds a guarded-yet-devoted-to-the-job mentality. The drive he uses to help flesh out his character really shines through, creating an Elliot Stabler styled vibe, yet still holding uniqueness to it. The atmosphere that Alexander and he bring to the show delivers a heightened level of intimidation and holds no punches in establishing this.

Blindspot illustrates good writing from creator Gero, not great, as there were a few parts early in the show that seemed to carry on too long or didn’t make much sense to mention. Luckily, this is only the first episode, and hopefully just an isolated incident, as I did find myself enjoying the rest of the show. My hope is that the rest of the series has had plenty of time to tighten up the dialogue so that it is more fluid. The route the show goes in displaying the agents pursuing suspects is intense and high energy, creating instances of suspense and fear for the viewer. The choreography, as I’ve said earlier, is well done, and leaves me hoping that the rest of the season continues with the amount of energy this episode held. And speaking of leaving, the show left off on a note that leaves you scratching your head, and in a good way, hoping that the next episode explains what it all meant. This isn’t like the typical who-dun-it type of ending, but a very conscientious sequence of shots, showing things that you may have missed during the episode, and showing you new things that you have no clue what it is. Kudos to the ending.

Filled with moments of suspense and thrills, this show has the potential to being one of this year’s season hit. With a few tweaks here and there, with the writing mostly, the show will strike a chord with most viewers, and definitely find a place in many homes’ Monday-night-viewing lineups.

The season premiere of Blindspot debuts this Monday, September 21st, on NBC.

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