‘Blindspot’ Series Premiere Packs Powerful Punch [Review]

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Blindspot, the much-anticipated NBC series, premiered on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, with an action-packed, powerful punch that could not be denied. The series centers around an amnesiac woman with no memories of her past, who is introduced in the first scene of series in a large duffel left in the middle of Times Square in New York City. When the audience first sees “Jane Doe” emerge from the bag, she is stark naked with her body fully covered in elaborate tattoos. Her unexpected appearance triggers the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which the police are prompted to alert, thanks to the luggage tag on the bag. Once the FBI arrive on the scene, they begin to follow Jane Doe’s tattoos into a web of crime and mystery. The Blindspot series premiere packed a powerful punch and seems intent on delivering an intriguing first season. The action/thriller series was created by Swiss-born Martin Gero (Stargate: Atlantis) and airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.

American actress Jaimie Alexander, of the Thor Franchise, plays the enigmatic Jane Doe. She manages to bring a tangible and believable emotional undercurrent to the role while she is kicking butt and taking names in multiple languages no less. Her interaction with FBI Agent Kurt Weller, who is played by Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), is multi-layered and intriguing. Agent Weller is brought into the mix when it is discovered that his name is imprinted on her back in big, bold, block letters. The chemistry is palatable between the two leads and chock full of conflicting emotions. There is little doubt that the two characters will form a bond and grow closer while analyzing her extensive body art, which will also provide answers to discovering the truth about Jane Doe’s identity.

One aspect revealed in the Blindspot pilot involves the discovery of an old tattoo that was covered over prior to Jane’s body art makeover. The FBI team assigned to decipher the elaborate Prison Break-esque body tattoos believe Jane was either a female Navy Seal or some other Special Forces operative. Whether or not this theory proves true remains to be seen. However, it is pretty obvious that Jane did not pick up her moves from the local YMCA or an at-home self-defense video. This theory is further supported by Jane’s flashbacks in the Blindspot premiere episode. She is shown battling shady figures as well as maneuvering through a tactical obstacle course and accompanied by a menacing man. While in present-day events, she is deftly fighting off potential threats with powerful punches and advanced martial arts training. Moreover, she even manages to save Agent Weller’s life in the premiere, which reveals more of her highly skilled nature. While she is visibly shaken by every memory she envisions, it is also obvious that there is more to Jane Doe’s story and the Blindspot plot than the audience realizes. As far as the series’ outlook for Season 1, the Blindspot series premiere packed a powerful punch and seems intent on delivering an intriguing season to remember.

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Jane’s final recollection in the Blindspot series premiere is particularly telling. Could Jane Doe be party to this elaborate mystery? Did she willingly allow the sinister man from her flashbacks to erase her memory? The actions of this mystery man in the final scenes of the premiere episode certainly ramped up the suspense and danger factor. There are so many questions raised in the premiere episode and the answers will be part of the series’ journey. Along the way, other questions will be raised and answers will be provided. Viewers might wonder how long it will be before answers are revealed. If Blindspot manages to maintain the impressive pace of its pilot episode, which is nearly as powerful and action-packed as Jane Doe’s punches, it might not be long before some questions are answered and others are posed to the audience. One thing was clear from the premiere episode–Jane’s skills, body art, and memory loss are part of a bigger mystery. What kind of mystery and its impact remains to be seen, but Blindspot seems determined to make the ride worthwhile right out of the gate.

NBC has started its Fall 2015 season out on the right foot with its new action-packed series, Blindspot. The much-anticipated pilot premiered on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, with a powerful punch that could not be denied. The drama series centers around an amnesiac woman with no recollection of her past, who is introduced to the audience via a large duffel bag dropped in the middle of Times Square in New York City. When Jane Doe emerges from the bag, she is completely naked and covered in elaborate body art. Thanks to her tattooed presence, the FBI is called in and thus begins the complex mystery of Jane Doe’s identity and body art. The thrilling new series from Swiss-born creator Martin Gero (Stargate: Atlantis) airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on NBC, and while the Blindspot series premiere packed a powerful punch, the compelling drama seems intent on delivering an intriguing first season.

Opinion and Review By Leigh Haugh

Sources:
NBC–Blindspot Official Website
IMDb–Blindspot
Deadline–‘Blindspot’ Strong in Ratings Debut, ‘Minority Report’ Soft as Season Kicks Off

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