Blindspot begins with a ridiculous premise, and I may as well put that right out there. It opens with the F.B.I. getting called about a bag in the middle of Times Square, which is suspected to be a bomb, but instead is…an amnesiac woman covered in tattoos. The goods news is that if you can get past the silly premise, the show is entertaining for it’s genre, which is basically a procedural cop show with an ongoing mystery in the background.
The tattooed woman, Jane, referring to a Jane Doe, or unknown female (Jaimie Alexander) has a tattoo on her back that lists the name of an F.B.I. agent, Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), and a phone number. They then scan all of Jane’s tattoos to try to figure out who she is and what they mean. Jane goes with them as they pursue clues.
This is one of the ridiculous aspects. I very much doubt the F.B.I. would just start working with an amnesiac woman they know nothing about. It seems more likely that she would end up in Guantanamo until they figured out her tattoos and made sure she wasn’t a terrorist, but I digress.
While they are in Chinatown, Jane sees a man abusing his wife and they end up in a physical altercation. It turns out that Jane is quite capable of taking care of herself, and back at the office, the tech has found a Navy SEAL tattoo under another tattoo. Of course, that means she must be a Navy SEAL, and since she’s a woman, and there are no female SEALS, she must be a covert agent, but just go with it.
By the end of the episode, Jane has saved Agent Weller, and is well on her way to becoming a permanent member of the F.B.I. team, with only one agent expressing reservations about it.
Over the next few episodes, Agent Weller becomes convinces that Jane is his childhood neighbor who disappeared, and Jane begins having a few memories, none of them pointing to her being involved in anything good. She has memories of training in the woods, and of murdering a woman in a habit who appears to be praying in a church. I don’t want to jump to any conclusions that she was actually a nun.
One thing that’s a little annoying is that every time there’s a clue that relates to Jane, the person always ends up dead before she can find anything out. Not only is it frustrating for Jane, but it’s frustrating for the viewer because it feels like they are spinning their wheels, story-wise.
The show does have a refreshing number of female characters, and Jane comes across as a potentially complex, capable character, which is great to see, especially on a police procedural, where there is usually only about one token female cast member per show.