“Blindspot”Misses Most of Its Marks

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By Carter Glace, Staff Writer

After a winter hiatus, “Blindspot” returned to NBC this week. The crime/thriller series received positive reviews and solid (if dwindling) ratings. While the pilot episode was mostly forgettable, it never hurts to give a show a second chance.

The basic premise is that a woman is found in New York with no memory of who she is and her entire body is covered in tattoos. Said tattoos turn out to be a series of clues to various impending crimes, which forces the woman, Jane, to team up with the FBI and try and piece together who she is.

Picking up from the previous episode’s cliffhanger, it turns out that Jane (Jaimie Alexander) ordered herself to have her memory wiped and body tattooed. It feels like the writer’s room committed to find the most absurd yet obvious solution they could think of. What’s more, they have finally discovered her identify to be Taylor Shaw, a girl who vanished 25 years ago. As it turns out, she was neighbors with Kurt Weller, the tough no nonsense FBI agent who Jane currently works with. Because of course he is.

Honestly, the overarching story of the season is mostly ignored this episode, kept to the beginning and the end of the episode. This episode mostly focuses on following a tattoo clue based on number coordinate ciphers on her back (the way they figure that one out is possibility one of the most convoluted solutions to a puzzle I’ve seen in years).  This leads them to an island where terrorists are holding the survivors of a Malaysian air-line stlye missing plane, using a scientist on board to make Nano-bots that could destroy the US’s GPS systems. Really.

Mocking aside, the actual execution is fun. The pacing and tension works, the action gets the job done and though the characters aren’t bastions of development, they make the sequences engaging enough.

Unfortunately, the episode keeps cutting back to New York to watch office drama/power struggles take place. A snooty pencil pusher type is gunning for the Assistant Director of the FBI position, and is questioning one of Jane’s allies on  a fatal incident. The intent was to make this guy obnoxious, pedantic and unlikeable, but they do that job too well and the sequences become more frustrating than anything. While they technically hold more weight to the series’ overarching stories than the more “villain of the day” action Jane is involved in, it feels more like a distraction.

“Blindspot” is certainly not ground breaking or even particularly great. But it’s workman like execution and commitment to absolute bonkers logic makes it a fun enough show to click on once a week. Jane’s committed efforts and presence give it more weight than it deserves to, and the individual adventures are fun and silly enough to hold up the drip-feeding of information. If you aren’t a fan of the long game and series that make you earn each nugget of information, it probably isn’t for you. But overall, “Blindspot” has become a solid “B” show.

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