The Blindspot series premiere starts out with a bag being found in Times Square, containing the center of our mystery, the naked but fully tattooed body of "Jane Doe," played by Jaimie Alexander (Thor). A little bit later we meet the second primary character of the series, Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire).
This show delivered us a puzzle, and while telling the story, pulled the character pieces slowly together to help work on the puzzle of who she is. The biggest puzzle is that she has the FBI agent's name tattooed to her back. That being Stapleton's character.
And there's one last character who is part of her forgotten past and seemingly her present as he starts to show up on the outskirts of events within the story and her foggy memory.
Unlike the Minority Report premiere, this premiere episode felt more evolved and mature in its presentation. We got a story and it seems we are going to be learning about the characters during the plot.
If you like your police procedural, peppered with curious mysteries topped with a nice dose of suspenseful action, Blindspot seems to fill that quota for me.
Stapleton seems perfect for this role of lead agent in charge of Jane Doe's mystery while Alexander, whom I did not recognize initially, played a refreshing role of someone with obvious skills or leadership qualities while being confused about who she is.
The other aspect of the story is that her body is covered nearly 100% by tattoos. These tattoos are clues of some sort, seeing as how our star agent's name is front and center on the back of her neck. Well, front and center, on her back.
One piece of the story I find fascinating is that the FBI scans her entire body and start trying to decipher the tats, and sure enough, the first one they figure out ends up stopping a terrorist from killing hundreds of people.
Between her having skills that keep popping up when needed and her tats being clues, it felt like a refreshing take on Prison Break and The Blacklist spun up in a different medium. In a good way.
The disappointing part or maybe not, was as the episode was wrapping up and during previews, we started getting informational flashbacks from Jane and how it is she ended up with no memory. So that mystery may not be long-lived, but I'd not mind it all.
Though I was on the bubble about Minority Report, Blindspot is going into my permanent queue for shows to watch
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