First impressions of the new NBC fall show “Blindspot” might seem to suggest it’s Jason Bourne meets “Prison Break”, with the prison being a woman’s mind. But further viewing of the show’s pilot, written by show creator Martin Gero (“Bored to Death,” “L.A. Complex”), reveals the show is full of intrigue, secrets among the core characters, awesome action sequences and great actors.
The show begins with a crowded New York Times Square and a large, unattended luggage bag noticed by a patrolling New York City police officer. The scene quickly transitions to an empty Times Square and a bomb squad member breathing heavily and nervously as he approaches the bag. The scene invoked feelings from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with the show premiering exactly 10 days after the 14th anniversary of those attacks.
Just as the bomb squad member is about to open the bag, a naked woman (portrayed by Jamie Alexander, who plays Lady Sif in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), covered from head to toe with tattoos, emerges from the bag, slithering from it like a snake from a hole, and appears confused.
The woman claims to have no memory, verified by a scientist later in the show, before emerging from the bag and relays to the authorities that her tattoos still hurt, meaning they are a few weeks old and that they were all done at the same time.
“Someone did this to me…took away my whole life and I can’t do anything,” the woman, now called “Jane Doe” said to an interviewer.
As the story plays out, Jane learns that she can do something about it. She learns she can speak and understand different languages, fight viciously, and that her tattoos are clues to terrible crimes that are to occur in the future.
Alexander is deserving of being the lead in this awesome, exciting thriller, after shining as a valuable teammate to Marvel Comic’s character Thor in “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World”, as well as the episodes of ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” she has appeared on. She makes the viewers believe not that she has amnesia and is just as shocked by what she can do as the other characters on the show.
While Jane is helping authorities and trying to remember who she was, FBI Agent Kurt Weller (portrayed by Sullivan Stapleton, best known for “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Strike Back”) is trying to find out why his name is tattooed, in large letters, on Jane’s back.
The season looks set to find Jane and Kurt using her tattoos to prevent the crimes alluded to in her tattoos and inching closer and closer to the truth of who Jane Doe truly is. It also appears that Kurt’s superior, FBI Director Bethany Mayfair (portrayed by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, best known for “Broadchurch”, 2014’s “RoboCop” and “Without A Trace”) knows more about Jane than she’s letting on.
Rounding out the cast are Rob Brown (of “Treme”) as Ramirez/Edgar Reed , Audrey Esparza (of “Black Box”) as Tasha Oslo/Tasha Zapata, Ukweli Roach (of “The Royals”) as Dr. Borden and Ashley Johnson (of “Much Ado About Nothing”) as Patterson, according to IMDb.com.
According to the show’s webpage on NBC.com, Gero serves as executive producer along with Greg Berlanti (of The CW’s “Arrow”, NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” and The CW’s “The Flash”), Sarah Schechter (of “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Flash”), Mark Pellington (of “Arlington Road”, “The Mothman Prophecies” and “Cold Case”) and Marcos Siega (of Fox’s “The Following”). Pellington directed the pilot episode.
The show is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions.
If you want to know more about the show or watch the premiere of “Blindspot”, visit http://www.nbc.com/blindspot.
“Blindspot” airs on NBC on Mondays at 9 p.m. CDT.