TV Review: “Blindspot” – An Eye for an Eye

Written by Danielle Sing October 13, 2015

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Fall 2015 seems to be the golden hour for several television networks to premiere their newest cop shows, with at least five new series gracing the small screen. Cop shows are an over-saturated television genre and each show feels required to have some unconventional twist – the consultant/informant seems to be a popular one. “Blindspot” follows this twist of the consultant, but warps it even further with an amnesia-ridden woman who is covered head to toe in fresh tattoos. “Blindspot” does bring a fresh idea into the consultant trope within cop shows, but for everything this show does right, it does something wrong.

“Blindspot” wastes no time and gets directly into the action of the main plot. Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) emerges from a duffle bag in the middle of New York City’s Time Square, covered in tattoos which includes the name of an FBI Agent, Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton). While it does take some time for FBI’s Head of Forensics, Patterson (Ashley Johnson), to discover that each tattoo is a warning about specific crimes, I’m sure it’s the network trying to take any chance to get Alexander naked. Oops, I mean to show off the special effects make-up budget that they have.

“She might be just be the most important resource we’ve ever had.”

“Blindspot” enters into the main plot within the show’s first seconds, so the show follows a fast pace. But it’s not the only thing the show jumps into quickly. We’re introduced to three subplots by the end of the first episode, and even though one of them seems to dissipate by the third episode, it’s too premature to introduce that many subplots. One of the subplots is Jane Doe regaining her memories, which could have been withheld until several episodes into the series. A fast pace is not necessarily bad, but the multiple subplots quickens the pace show much that it removes some of the suspense.

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As Jane regains her memories, she also regains some mysterious skills. While it’s intriguing that she could be the only female U.S. Navy Seal – especially since in August it was announced that women being are now allowed to join the elite team -, but she’s becoming a human deus ex machina. ‘Deus ex machina’ is a plot device that advances a story from an unsolvable problem with the sudden appearance of something new. Jane knowing Chinese and how to handle a hostage situation under pressure without any indication why does play up the amnesia but it could potentially turn into lazy writing if she truly becomes a human deus ex machina.

“Tell me the last time a victim was invited to join their own FBI investigation.”

The acting is quite solid across the entire cast. Most of these actors aren’t known names within acting, minus Jaimie Alexander in her supporting role within Marvel’s “Thor” as Lady Sif, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste from “Without a Trace”. While the acting is good, the character of Kurt Weller plays on the stereotypes of a strict police officer, or in this case, an FBI Agent. With a raspy voice, and all work and no play makes Kurt Weller a dull, repetitive character. Alexander’s Jane Doe has enough fear and emotion in the first episode for both herself and Kurt Weller. With the possible solving of Jane Doe’s identity, we may see Kurt Weller’s character break free of this stereotype.

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The show deserves credit for keeping its crimes current, including drone missile attacks and military whistle blowers – all controversial subjects within the American military. Unfortunately, it feels like the writers believe the only way the show can scream ‘terrorism’ is with an explosion. The first two episodes have at least half a dozen explosions from bombs and missiles. It may be the network trying to be a flashy Buzzfeed click bait video to attract viewership, but hopefully the show doesn’t pigeon hole itself into exploiting one brand of threat.

“I’ve been drugged, my memory has been erased, my entire body has been tattooed without my consent. A break-in at my safe house is the least intimate of my violations.”

“Blindspot” is a solid show with a good concept and an interesting take on the consultant theme within the cop show genre. It has the advantage of being interesting enough to keep disbelief suspended for the viewer, but with the unnecessary quick pace of multiple plot-lines, it does decrease the overall suspense. For everything this show does right, it also does something wrong..

My Rating: 7/10

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