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Blindspot premiere recap: Pilot

The NBC drama kicks off with more than a few mysteries.

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Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Blindspot

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
2
run date:
09/21/15
performer:
Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton
broadcaster:
NBC
genre:
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Blindspot gets right to the point in the first couple of minutes — introducing us to our mysterious, tattoo-covered Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) emerging from a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square. She has no idea who she is or how she ended up naked inside of a piece of luggage. She may not remember her name, or anything else about herself, but we learn that she’s still in there somewhere. Her likes, dislikes, abilities, and knowledge are still present and predetermined; she just has to uncover them. Kind of like when she decides tea tastes like blades of grass or starts randomly speaking Chinese (specifically Wenzhouhua).

Jane makes her first human connection with FBI Agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), whose name is tattooed on her back for unknown reasons. The tattoos covering her body are clues — puzzle pieces laid out for the FBI and Jane to put together. Under one of her tattoos, the FBI is able to see that she had a Navy Seal tattoo. Whoever tattooed Jane’s body apparently wanted to hide this, and it’s the only clue we have to her previous life.

After the discovery of a date and address for an apartment tattooed in Chinese behind Jane’s ear, Weller and two of his team members decide to check it out. Jane insists on being brought along. Not only can she help because she knows Chinese, but she wants to see if this clue could help her unlock her memory. Nothing Weller says can stop her, so they bring her along for the ride. When they arrive, they find a room full of bomb-making materials and a terrorist propaganda video inferring that the tenant, Chao (Chang Yung-I), is planning on detonating an explosive that day somewhere in the city.

While in Chao’s apartment building, Jane takes it upon herself to intervene when she hears a man beating his wife in another unit. I think we can assume she’s a decent person to have this reaction? When she feels threatened by the husband and his friend, she goes into autopilot and starts beating the crap out of them. She has obviously been trained, and trained well.

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