Keep an eye on 'Blindspot'

NBC’s “Blindspot” proves to stand apart from today’s typical television show.

It’s not often that a new show pops up out of nowhere and delivers something new to the table. Nowadays, we are used to spin-offs and returning shows and we rarely get something different. Who doesn’t get tired of the same-old, mundane shows that plaguemost networks?

NBC seemingly heard our concerns and decided to put out a good and brand new show that started this fall. “Blindspot” might have the potential to be on the top of everyone’s DVR list.

The show is about a woman with amnesia who is found naked and covered in complex tattoos in the middle of Time Square. The FBI takes her into custody, only to discover her tattoos are actually clues to crimes that have yet to happen. The tattoos begin to unweave a conspiracy happening in the U.S., making her the most important FBI asset. Every case they solve brings them closer to discovering the identity of the amnesiac.

The show boasts a great cast that sells you on the characters they portray. Jaime Alexander plays the lead as Jane Doe, the tattooed woman. Alexander’s portrayal is nothing less than outstanding, as she makes the viewers feel for Jane Doe. When the drama kicks in, her eyes make the most lasting impression, as they truly portray her emotion.  Alexander has a way of creating a character out of thin air. Knowing nothing about her past, it really is up to Alexander to create Jane Doe.

Her story is mysterious, and Alexander’s performance is sure to leave viewers with goosebumps. Sullivan Stapleton plays Kurt Weller, the lead FBI agent on Jane Doe’s case. Weller plays an intricate part of the story, as his name is tattooed on the back of Jane Doe.

Knowing nothing about her, Weller begins to help uncover clues regarding her true identity. Stapleton’s performance is good, however, not on the level of Alexander’s.

Ashley Johnson plays Patterson, an upbeat tech specialist. Johnson offers most of the comic relief in the show, with ease some might say, as her charm and charisma are hard to avoid. It’s hard to not fall in love with her dorky-ness, and her performance stands out as one of the best in the show.

Rob Brown and Audrey Esparza round out the show as Edgar Reed and Tasha Zapata. Both do a fine job in their performances, however, they fall under cliché characters that we’ve seen in other crime shows.

The character development is by far an integral part of the show. Whether it’s the relationship between Jane and Weller growing through the missions they undertake, or Zapata’s gambling addiction, the show continues to unravel the characters in interesting ways.

“Blindspot” has it flaws, like any other TV show. There are things that could be improved. Some of the episodes, while interesting, fall to old troupes in its genre. Furthermore, the show can be too serious at times. It’s a gritty show, however, that doesn’t mean it has to be devoid of humor. With only Patterson offering comic relief, the show suffers from its rough and tumble-ness.

While the drama that fills the series is to be craved, audiences will find themselves wanting the show to be slightly more “fun.” The show is picking up more steam, as they begin to discover who Jane Doe really is.

“Blindspot” has the potential to become something great, provided that it fixes some of its problems. With a great cast and solid premise, “Blindspot” is a show you want to keep your eyes on.