A bag is found in Times Square with a tag for the FBI. In it is a woman who is wearing nothing but tattoos– which, for the record, cover her entire body. She has no name or memory — possibly wiped by a drug designed to wipe traumatic memories of PTSD sufferers — but also has skill sets right out of Jason Bourne.
One of the tattoos is literally a label “to be delivered” to an FBI agent Kurt Weller — a badass with a penchant for creative thinking, which we see in his first scene. Someone is thinking here.
If you’ve seen the trailer, you pretty much have 75% of the pilot episode, but you don’t have half the story.
Let’s start with something simple right here: the conceit is a standard plot device, like Blacklist, or Person of Interest, and is obviously going to develop into something more long term (obvious from the last few minutes of the pilot). But I have to tell you, I like it.
The pacing is very 24 — a good season, not a bad one. It moves as fast as possible while also jamming in a surprising amount of character along the way, in-between the shootings, bombings, and car chases.
The acting is surprisingly top notch. No, seriously. Jaimie Alexander pays the most vulnerable badass I have ever seen. When she’s falling apart (because hey, guess what, Matt Damon, people don’t just take amnesia in stride like a walk in the park) she looks like she’s going to crumble. When she’s “on,” I’m seeing a lot of berserker tendencies… which is probably why she was hired, after all, she did play a Valkyrie in the Thor films. But she has these wide, expressive green eyes that the cameraman has noticed. Yes, she’s a plot device, and in any other situation, she might come off as a bit of a Mary Sue, but they way they’re playing it just makes her look like a solid badass without making her look like an OP character in an RPG — mostly because she’s not the sole solution to every problem.
Kurt Weller is played by Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire) who comes off as a slightly more cuddly version of Adam Baldwin … if you can imagine such a thing. Who also has a set of bright green eyes. As Weller and “Jane Doe” both have similar coloring, if they don’t capitalize on this in the long run, I will be surprised.
But yes, I like the show. I like the writing — while not witty, it is at least engaging, and they’re FBI, they’re supposed to be stiffs. I like the pacing, because I really miss 24. And am curious and care enough about these characters to want to know what comes next in the long run. Strangely enough, I even like the camera angles. Our heroine is nude and topless repeatedly in the pilot, but you see nothing interesting. Just proving that this is not a premium cable program.
But, truth be told, I’ve seen some strange, strange critiques of Blindspot. Tor Books whined that the lead actress, Jaimie Alexander, lounged back pouting sexily at the camera in the shows ad, above. (I don’t know how they define “sexy pouting” or even lounging, but that looks like neither one.) The author Kim Harrison complained that Blindspot just used a stereotyped a strong female character for the lead.
In both cases, I have no idea what either of these two groups are smoking, but I’m sure I don’t want any.
I’ve seen both episodes aired thus far, and I look forward to round three.