“Blindspot” (NBC) pilot preview: the Blacktattoolist!

BLINDS

Written & produced by Martin Gero (Stargate SG1, Atlantis, Universe, The LA Complex). Executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Brothers & Sisters) & Sarah Schechter (The Flash, The Mysteries Of Laura). Directed by Mark Pellington (Cold Case). For NBC, Warner Bros. Television & Berlanti Prods. 62 pages.

Description: a beautiful woman with no memories of her past is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity…

With Jaimie Alexander (Thor, Agents of SHIELD), Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back, 300 Rise of an Empire, Satisfaction), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace, Broadchurch), Rob Brown (Treme), Audrey Esparza (Black Box), Ukweli Roach (Grantchester)…

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You may not be familiar with Martin Gero yet but I bet his name is gonna count in the future of TV, whatever happens with Blinspot. After writing many episodes of sci-fi saga Stargate, some of HBO’s irresistible dark comedy Bored To Death, the interesting movie -let’s put it like that- Young People Fucking and the nice little show The LA Complex, which was worth a longer life in my opinion, here he is, entering pilot season with a script that shows the potential of a hit in the making. It’s no surprise if two of the most sought after actors, Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander and Strike Back‘s Sullivan Stappleton, chose to star in it. Two years ago, The Blacklist was THE show everybody in the business was talking about. And it became a hit of some sort. Blindspot might become this years’. And with genius Greg Berlanti as a producer, I don’t see how it could turn into something else than a series order, with NBC giving it a big promotional push (and a spot behind The Voice). You’re gonna hear about it a lot. You’ve been warned!

In its DNA, Blindspot shares a lot with The Blacklist (and a certain John Doe, for those who remember it). It’s the same kind of “go big or go home” pilot where nothing sounds realistic in any way but somehow it manages not to turn into a ridiculous disaster because it’s highly entertaining, fast-paced -doesn’t really give you time to think- and ambitious. It starts with a very intense and visual scene that is definitely gonna be remembered. When I say “Go big” I mean: a NAKED woman who goes out of a BAG in the middle of TIMES SQUARE in NEW YORK, covered with TATTOOS. Of course, everybody think it’s a human bomb ready to explode. Can you imagine something bigger than that to start a show? In comparison, the first scene of The Blacklist was just a walk in the park. Because it was probably not enough, there’s another story in parallel where our hero is saving a group of kidnaped women stuck in the attic of a house. Just for the sake of showing how great he is at his job. So you have in one hand a beautiful amnesiac woman, who is looking for answers about her past, and on the other hand a brilliant man of action, who needs to take care of her if he wants to catch the bad guys until there is none anymore in the surface of the Earth. And now you have a show to toy with in your hands.

I can’t definitely tell you how Blindspot will look like after the pilot but my guess is it will be like The Blacklist, a mix of procedural and serialized elements, thanks to the hundreds of tattoos on her body and their meanings. One bad guy will be caught every episode, with a bigger story told from time to time because there’s clearly a great conspiracy behind all this. A flashback is here to prove that, and a mysterious face in the shadows too. Classical elements, efficient. There are two main differences with The Blacklist though. Let’s start with the bad one: there is no Reddington in Blindspot. We’re missing a mastermind of that sort that cracks funny and cruel jokes while fascinates the audience and eveybody around him. But he could arrive later in the season… The good one is our Jane Doe is not the same as pretty boring and inexpressive Elizabeth Keen. She’s the fascinating one in fact. She has a lot of stories from her past to tell. A lot of secrets also. And so many skills. It’s already too much. Plus, she may not be the victim here… I don’t want to spoil anything but I’ll just say there is a connection between our two heroes, an obvious one after a few minutes. And the writer doesn’t wait for an entire season to tell us the truth about it. Many thanks for that!

Blindspot is an high octane thriller with two kick-ass characters at the center of it, that will please those who like action scenes as much as those who are more into suspense and mysteries (and you’re allowed to like both). It’s a no-brainer pick-up for NBC and truthfully, I’d watch it blindly.

3 comments

  1. Paula says:

    It sounds to me like it has A LOT in common with John Doe. I liked that show. I was very disappointed when it was not renewed.

    • Lulla says:

      I’d say “Blindspot”. It’s the most entertaining I guess. The most efficient. “The Player” is really good too, but I’m not sure it can sustain the same level of intensity and mystery after the pilot…

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