Everyone has a blind spot. What’s yours?
Blindspot stars Jaimie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World) as “Jane Doe”, a woman found naked and tattooed in the middle of Times Square in New York City. Jane’s memories have all but been wiped clean with drugs, but she is still an experienced fighter with military-like combat skills. Jane also has a menagerie of inky tattoos running the length of her body of various shapes and words, which may point towards something more sinister than she can imagine. The tattoos point towards potential terrorist activity and governmental corruption that reaches the higher echelons of our country’s most powerful leaders. One particular tattoo has a familiar name: FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton, 300: Rise of an Empire), who leads a crisis team under the command of Bethany Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Secrets & Lies). Jane Doe has no idea where she came from or what she’s doing, but her tattoos help Weller and his teammates crack cases and take down the bad guys week-to-week…and may provide the clues of Jane Doe’s secret past.
Blindspot is a crackling, fast-paced series that will be immediately familar to anyone who has watched any televison in the past twenty years. The series feels like a hodge-podge of other similar shows, like The X-Files, C.S.I., and a multitude of others. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing. Television has become so cannibalistic over the years that sometimes the only hope you can have is that a current show will entertain, even if it’s not as original as one would like.
The good news is that Blindspot does entertain, and then some. This is a show that features ripped-from-the-headlines dealing with human trafficking, drones, governmental corruption (something that is very timely in this day and age), computer hacking, and chemical warfare. The stories aren’t ground breaking, but the series keeps the action going to fast and furious that it almost gives features films a run for its money. From car to foot chases, gunfire to explosions, Blindspot never fails to give the viewer a fun sensation machine.
The actors are all exceptional in their roles, though truth be told his is really Jaimie Alexander’s show. Alexander exudes gritty toughness as Jane Doe, playing both sexy and smart with equal parts aplomb. Alexander is complimented by a strong supporting cast, led by Sullivan Stapleton as FBI Agent Kurt Weller, who’s uneasy relationship with Jane Doe provides some real tension to the show’s underlying theme of not knowing what’s true and what’ a lie.
Each episode of Blindspot: Complete First Season (Blu-ray) is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080p high definition. Not surprisingly, each of these episodes appear to be in fantastic shape without any major defects or imperfections. The image is crystal clear with bright, bold colors and solid black levels. The soundtracks are presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround in English and feature an aggressive mix of directional effects and surround sounds. Viewers with a home theater audio system will be very happy with how this show sounds. Also included on this release are English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish subtitles.
Extra features include a commentary track for the pilot episode with series creator Martin Gero and director Mark Pellingham, deleted scenes from various episodes, featurettes on the making of the series (“Casting the Team”, “Oscar The Handler”, “Weller Takes Action”, “Double Vision”, “Rich Dotcom”, “Make it GO Boom!”, “Tattooed Clues”), a 2015 interview with the cast and crew from ComicCon, and a gag reel (“Bound and Gag Reel”). Also included on this set is a digital copy of the series.
Like a lot of TV shows, Blindspot is clearly looking towards the bigger picture – I.E., stretching out the show’s main mystery (Jane Doe’s real identity) for future seasons. By the end of Season One, viewers will most likely have just as many questions as they do answers. However, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. The doors left open for revelations on Jane Doe’s past create anticipation for the second season for the show (which is coming this fall).