This was one of those “leaked” premieres that happened last summer, where the first episode “accidentally” got released online. So we saw it and it was pretty good and so started our Monday night viewing of Blindspot, the new crime/mystery drama on NBC.
It falls into the general “crime drama with something weird” category that we tend to like and as such, didn’t disappoint. But how did it hold up over the season? Read on and see.
After a woman with amnesia, covered head to toe with tattoos, is found stuffed in a bag in Times Square, FBI agent Kurt Weller is called because she has his name tattooed on her back. But these tattoos mean something and as the team deciphers them, they start to solve cases, but could it all be connected? And who is this Jane Doe and what connection does she have to Weller?
Overall, the series is intriguing and certainly interesting, you have a woman with no past, covered in tattoos with a mysterious meaning and a lot of really well done mysteries to boot. However, where I thought it fell apart, at least a little, was in the teamwork. Nobody on the team was really trustworthy, they all had their little secrets that they kept from each other and it was hard throughout the season to know who, if anyone, could be trusted. Yes, we do have to learn about all of the team members, but watching each and every one of them stabbing the rest in the back at one time or another was disturbing to say the least. I don’t mind a little bit of that but I think they went overboard, showing the betrayal of pretty much everyone on the team. I’d much rather feel like they could function as a unit, not in spite of each other, but because of each other. There is such a thing as too many secrets.
Secrets are really what makes the show work though. We have no idea who Jane Doe really is. We think we do for much of the season but it turns out to be wrong. We don’t know the truth behind Weller’s father. We don’t know the truth behind Mayfair’s secretive past. We don’t know anything about Jane’s secretive past with Oscar. Those are great mysteries to explore, but I just felt we needed a home base we could return to, somewhere that was well understood and felt safe, but we really never got that because the team members never really felt open and honest with each other, at least not until the very end.
We finish up the season with everything thrown up in the air. Jane isn’t who we thought she was. Weller’s father turned out to be a murderer after all. Mayfair got her secrets into the hands of the team and Weller arrested Jane, for what I have no idea, and Jane took out Oscar. It all feels mostly satisfying, except for the arrest, which makes no sense because there are no charges that can be brought against her, but I’m sure that will just evaporate at the beginning of the next season. And yes, it has already been renewed for a second season so we’re going to see what happens when this show moves to sophomore status. Can it maintain the same feel? Or will it all go horribly, horribly wrong? I guess we have to wait until fall to find out.