Blindspot: Season 1
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Blindspot: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Sullivan Stapleton stars as hardened FBI agent Kurt Weller, who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a mysterious woman (Jaime Alexander), is found in Times Square covered in a series of cryptic tattoos … including his name on her back. As Weller and his teammates at the FBI — among them, wartime vet Edgar Reed, the secretive Tasha Zapata and Assistant Director Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) — begin to investigate Jane Doe’s tattoos, they are drawn into a high-stakes underworld that twists and turns through a labyrinth of secrets and revelations — and the information they uncover might ultimately change the world. With every passing day, Jane unveils a new skill or a hidden talent without understanding its origin, while Weller is drawn deeper into his troubled, complicated relationship with this enigmatic woman. They both strive to make a connection, unaware of the dangerous blindspot that threatens them.]]>
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Naked, she is covered in tattoos.
She cannot remember her name or anything about her past.
She does not know why she has been tattooed, or what they mean.
And she absolutely does not know why one of those tattoos is the name of an FBI agent assigned to the New York City office.
"Blindspot," starring Sullivan Stapleton as FBI agent Kurt Weller and Jaime Alexander as the mystery woman, is very good television. It has a complex plot, some very fine performances not only from Stapleton and Alexander but also from a really excellent supporting cast, and features some nice writing and cinematography.
If I can find fault with this first season in what I hope will be a long-running series, it is that some of the episodes feature deductive leaps that seemed, well, implausible. I was a journalist for nearly a half century and in that time I covered a lot of cops on local, state, and federal levels. None of them were capable of deductions worthy of Sherlock Holmes. That's not to say that they were intellectually incapable of making often brilliant deductions, but only to point out that it took them more time to arrive at them than the writers gave their fictional FBI agents in this first season.
That said, this is a very good series that, in addition to its other attributes, makes viewers think about some timely issues as they watch.
Can't ask for much more than that, in my opinion, so I give it 4.5 stars and would recommend it to people who like police dramas with an intriguing twist.
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As we learned more and more about Jane Doe - and Gero and his writing team weren't shy about doling out answers - the show got more and more intense (and when you start out with a suspected bomb in a duffle bag in a cleared out Times Square turning out to an amnesiac woman with fresh tattoos over her entire body - let alone learn in the pilot that she was a Navy SEAL and speaks Chinese) you're starting from a pretty intense place.
Years working on the Stargate franchise have given Gero a lot of experience in playing with tropes of a given genre and having fun while doing it, so it's no surprise that Blindspot works so well.
Now that we're into season 2, the pace hasn't slackened, either.
Unlike a lot of TVonDVD sets of late (I'm looking at YOU, Warner Home Video, with your DC TV shows not getting a single commentary between them this year - if Blindspot hadn't had a commentary track I'd be really pissed at you right now!), Blindspot has a killer commentary track on the first ep and a host of other bonus features (the only real letdown was the strikingly unfunny Gag Reel...).