With Blindspot on its winter break, fans are probably wondering what to do with their Monday nights. Never fear, as Strike Back Examiner has compiled a short list of readily available shows and films that audiences can dive into and enjoy until the NBC series returns on Feb. 29. Here are our top five favorites:
1) The Player
If you’re one of the many people that missed Blindspot‘s network sibling The Player when it aired this fall, now’s your chance to catch up. Philip Winchester leads an all-star cast in this action-centric show as a former special ops expert who plays a mysterious game in order to find out what happened to his ex-wife. Incredibly well-written, well-acted and packing just as much punch, this series is the best show you missed out on. All nine episodes of the complete season are available on Hulu, iTunes and NBC.com.
2) Cut Snake
Kurt Weller fans will want to check out Sullivan Stapleton’s newest movie, an Australian crime drama in which he plays an ex-con out to reunite with his former cellmate. Cut Snake features a barn-burning performance from Stapleton in a role that couldn’t be more removed from Weller, and should show Blindspot fans just how versatile he actually is. You can read our review of the film here, and catch it for yourself on either Blu-Ray or DVD.
3) Strike Back
Just before he was Weller, Stapleton teamed up with Winchester to lead this Cinemax action-drama that will go down as one of the best TV series of all time. Former Delta Force soldier Damien Scott (Stapleton) fights alongside elite British commando Michael Stonebridge (Winchester) to tackle some of the world’s toughest terrorist threats. The first three seasons of Strike Back are readily available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Amazon Instant Video, while the fourth season that ended in October can be screened on Cinemax on Demand or MAX GO.
4) Kyle XY
Those of you who can’t get enough of Jaimie Alexander need look no further than her previous TV starring role as Jessi in the second and third seasons of ABC Family’s cult hit Kyle XY. Like Jane Doe, Jessi has a variety of impressive skills and not much clarity as to how she acquired them. Being an ABC Family show, it’s less intense than Blindspot, but it’s interesting to see Alexander tackle similar themes at an earlier point in her career. Both season two and season three are available on DVD.
5) The Man in the High Castle
Last but certainly not least, Blindspot fans who enjoy the show’s labyrinthine plotting and deep exploration should head to Amazon Prime for The Man in the High Castle, which premiered its entire ten-episode first season on Nov. 20. Adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick, the series probes what life would be like if the Allies lost World War II, and it’s as carefully thought out and sometimes gut-wrenching as watching Jane’s flashbacks. The complete first season is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime.
Blindspot returns Monday, Feb. 29 at 10 p.m. on NBC.