Blindspot: Episode 1, Pilot (2015)
Every new pilot season, I eagerly read up on all the new shows premiering on television and decide which sound most intriguing as it is those break from habit (DVD binge-watching all the way) and buy the pilot episode. This year, the list may be shorter, but there were still a few that I was interested in and excitedly awaited their entrance into the wonderful world of television. NBC’s latest taunt thriller, Blindspot, was one of them. Below I shall attempt to share my thoughts on the pilot with some semblance of order.Times Square is the point of origin for our story. It’s here that a duffle bag is spotted by authorities and it's there where a woman with no identity - a Jane Doe, emerges from the bag. Covered in tattoos, the police are baffled by the unexpected enigma; they are given their first clue with a tattoo on Jane Doe’s back. The name is that of FBI agent, Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton). Following his latest case in Kansas, Kurt is rushed to New York where he is immediately placed as lead agent in charge of the new case.
Jane (Jaimie Alexander) has no idea who she is, where she came from or what her purpose is. Her only clues are the tattoos that cover her body, and when one leads to a potential terrorist attack, the FBI realizes Jane has answers quit latterly written on her. The question is, who did this to her and why?
I do believe it’s safe to say this is one of the best pilots I’ve seen in recent years. Last year Scorpion was my go-to newbie show of the season. This year, I’ve a feeling that title will fall to this. From the first seconds of the opening frames, this show intrigues like no other has (or not since NBC’s The Blacklist came along). NBC may be the one network that consistently struggles in putting out or finding successes, but let me tell you, if this is indicative of the quality they do run with when they find that one gem among hundreds, I’m game. Blindspot (the ratings were encouraging also) is quite brilliant at the start and will hopefully prove itself to be anything but fluke.
(Please, please, let the answer be "no.")
Reviewers have heralded this as the female Jason Bourne, and it’s not a stretch to believe in that. Jaimie (our favorite forgotten Marvel girl from Thor) and Sullivan are brilliant in their characterizations. Jane’s past is shaping up to be something very like Jason’s story though I wouldn’t mind if the writer’s took the same principle only made it into a unique story all their own. This certainly has that potential and I hope, with time, it becomes better (and better) instead of peaking early and falling in a steady decline to a point it cannot return from. If you like good mysteries or any big-budget action flick, this show is a keeper. I’ve got great hopes for it. One of which is wishing it won’t get bogged down in mediocre writing and pacing because if this is any indication, Blindspot has the potential to be amazingly brilliant.
(Rated TV14: the camera barely avoids “graphic” nudity a time or two and does in fact show a woman’s tattooed body in far off shots on more than one occasion. There may be one or two minor profanities and some “tense” scenes involving hand-to-hand combat.)