Our television screens have recently been filled with advertisements for the premiere of Blindspot, NBC’s latest drama. The show’s premise kicks off with a heavily tattooed woman found in a duffel bag in Times Square, naked.
Less than a minute in, my mother was hooked and concerned. Me, not so much. As the show progresses, we find out that the Jane Doe, played by Jaimie Alexander, has had her memories erased using a drug, resulting in a state of (possibly permanent?) amnesia, and was a Navy Seal. Okay, sure.
Sullivan Stapleton plays Kurt Weller, the FBI agent drawn into the case because his name is tattooed on the female lead’s back. Despite this exciting plot twist, Weller is a disappointment, occasionally comparable to wet cardboard. He shows no emotion or personality, and could easily be replaced with any other scruffy white man who is capable of frowning into the camera and running away from explosions.
Alexander, on the other hand, is just as captivating as her character’s ink covered skin. She is not only beautiful, with wide eyes and angular bone structure, but she gives a gripping and rawly emotional performance as a woman who doesn’t even recognize her own reflection.
As for the cinematography, the colors are saturated and electric, with scenes occasionally looking like they came straight out of a video game. In order to give the show a more frantic, fast-paced, even realistic feel, the camera shakes and moves, but the end result is distracting and kind of pisses me off.
My ultimate questions for Blindspot are these: Will it continue to sustain the intrigue it produced with the advertisements? Can it hold my attention for longer than a few episodes?
And, most importantly, will Agent Weller and Jane Doe be involved in a romantic relationship? Hopefully not, because that would make me really uncomfortable, especially since she’s an amnesiac, so it would feel like he was taking advantage of her. I’m not watching Blindspot for romance, I’m watching it for crime solving, mystery, and kickassery.
If Blindspot can live up to the hype it produced, it will certainly be a hit, and for now, I will keep watching.