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‘Blindspot’ Premiere Review: Another Generic Crime Thriller

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“Will it make it past a first season?” is a question I asked myself as I watched the Blindspot season premiere this past Monday on NBC. The show’s plotline is centered around the discovery of an amnesiac Jane Doe in the middle of Times Square; her whole body is covered in tattoos, she does not remember who she is or how she ended up there inside of a duffle bag. One of her tattoos says “Kurt Weller FBI” which leads to this particular agent being called in to the investigation, and so the drama begins.

The episode then goes on to deliver information about a Chinese terrorist who is planning on bombing the Statue of Liberty. Cue the gun shots, crime fighting and suspense of what’s going to happen next, and you’ve got yourself a somewhat generic crime thriller. Yes, although the story is more so unique because of its ‘tattooed woman’ complexity, the underlying fact is that it is still a crime drama that is focused on solving a puzzle in order to catch the bad guys.

One thing that did keep me intrigued, though, was the pretty vibrant cinematography and meticulous directing. Created by Martin Gero, the story itself relies heavily on the onscreen action and that’s one of two things that played out well. The other is the acting. Jaimie Alexander, who plays Jane Doe, and Sullivan Stapleton, who plays Kurt, have an undeniable connection on camera which definitely adds more depth to each of their characters. Overall, it’s a little too early to determine if the show will be a hit yet.

This first 45-minute episode was intriguing enough to bring me back to watch the next one, but I can’t help but think about what happens once Jane Doe gets her memory back. What happens when the FBI investigation leads to the discovering of what every tattoo on her body means? Will the show be able to support itself past its very focused plot subject? I guess the only way to find out is to keep watching and see where Jane Doe’s story takes us. Hopefully, the next episode will solidify the story a bit more and somehow create a better depth that will keep audiences watching.

Blindspot airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.