Blindspot Series Premiere Review: Not a Great Body of Work

Blindspot S01E01: "Pilot"

Just when you thought broadcast networks were fresh out of bold conceits that are simply vessels for boilerplate procedural storytelling, NBC brings you Blindspot. It's always fun to watch the first 10 minutes of a pilot and immediately understand how a project was sold in the room ("It's like The Blacklist, but on a naked woman!") and how it will look week-to-week ("There are so many tattoos and therefore so many crimes!"). Broadcast TV, what will it come up with next?!

In case you haven't seen any of promos for Blindspot—and to be fair, there have only been a few; NBC is very frugal—this sucker follows Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), a mysterious amnesiac who was dropped in the middle of Times Square in a duffel bag, and who has countless newly-inked tattoos on her body. When some of the tattoos point Jane to the FBI, specifically agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), the Bureau does what they do: poke, prod, photograph, and investigate. Shockingly, Jane's tattoos point to a potentially vast conspiracy, one that involves her supreme skills as a linguistic, marksman, and fighter. 

As far as high-concept pilots go, Blindspot wasn't entirely terrible. The episode's opening sequence, with Jane's body being discovered in a jam-packed Times Square that is then evacuated due to obvious safety concerns, was one heck of a way to begin. Unfortunately, that brief moment was the episode's most evocative, by far, and even if the subsequent montage of discovering Jane's condition, the tattoos, their linkages to crimes, etc. worked effectively and economically in establishing the premise, there were no other key scenes that grabbed hold of me. 

This is not Alexander's fault. Again, you can imagine why a network would want to build a show around her—she's beautiful, people recognize her just enough to care but not so much as to prevent NBC from claiming they made her a star, etc.—and most of my enjoyment of the pilot's final 36 minutes were because of her. Watching Alexander play somewhat of a normal person is a fine switch-up after the Thor movies (and Kyle XY!), and while this wasn't a tremendously revelatory performance, it was a sturdy, low-key rangey start that suggests room to grow. 

We know Alexander can handle the physicality of the action she's asked to, but I much preferred her more nuanced performance in the brief Q&As with the doctors and researchers. You can easily imagine a bigger, louder performance of a character with massive amnesia, but Alexander found small pieces of humanity in Jane's circumstances. She's not entirely dysfunctional as an adult person, but yeah, it'd be frustrating as hell to wake up and have no idea what kind of pizza you like (or heaven forbid, dislike pizza entirely). Surely Blindspot will give its star ample opportunity to play different versions of her character—she was already a Tough Girl in the flashbacks here—and that's okay. I just hope writer Martin Gero finds additional small moments to underscore the day-to-day problems that would confront a person in Jane's shoes.

Unfortunately, there were two significant issues on display here. One is, as Tim mentioned last week on Totally Tubular, that Blindspot is needlessly serious. If you think The Blacklist (this show's clear antecedent) is a humorless slog amid James Spader's charming and playful performance, then I'm sure you simply adored Sullivan Stapleton's steely tough guy act, Marianne Jean Baptiste's grave work as the generic lead of the Special Tattoo Taskforce (working title), or Rob Brown's desperate attempts to be funny by acting like his character absolutely didn't want to be anywhere ever. You expect Alexander to be a little stiff given the circumstances her Jane wakes up in, but that the show immediately dove into TERROR ALERT, with people in business professional sternly worrying about the Consequences of These Here Tattoos. 

The second issue? Oh, NBD, just that the premise functions just as much to generate standard procedural stories as it does to treat Alexander/Jane's body as an object. Her body is LITERALLY a plot device, and was consistently on display here in a manner that tried to appreciate the gross circumstances of it all but ultimately reinforced those gross circumstances. Meaning, while we could give a small nod to the show for not exclusively sexualizing its star's body, it doesn't get a pass for that when most of the scenes of Jane without clothes involve her shrinking, crying, trembling, and so on. Or, frankly, that we can expect future episodes to metaphorically chop up portions of her body in photos and scans simply to produce a catalyst for some story about a dude with an EMP in Slovakia. This isn't the most sexually grotesque instance of the female body being used for its to-be-looked-at-ness, and I can already see someone arguing that it's all okay because Jane, seemingly, agreed to lose her memory and get these tattoos for plot reasons, but we shouldn't simply let Blindspot off the hook.

Maybe I'd forgive some of that representation stuff if the rest of the pilot held my attention. I found this episode to be entirely okay the first time I watched it earlier in the summer, but when it was time to take notes and prepare for this review? Well, let's just say thinking critically about Blindspot doesn't help improve my evaluation of Blindspot. The secondary delight of The Blacklist is—or at least was in Season 1—the bizarre oddities and gruesome circumstances the show created for its procedural stories, and this pilot had absolutely none of that. The driving force was, of course, Jane's discovery of her abilities—which, again, was totally fine thanks to Alexander—but the crime itself couldn't have been more bland, despite its purpose as a story-starter for the conspiracy around Jane's condition. Though Jane's memory problems could prevent Blindspot from devolving into the frustrating deceit that plagued The Blacklist in Season 2, there's not even that much to go on after one hour. She has special forces training—exciting! I bet she has super hacker skills too, because she's a character on a TV procedural in 2015. 

And really, a "TV procedural in 2015" is a fine way to describe Blindspot, no matter what the glossy promos and high-concept premise have suggested. That's not a knock on procedurals; in fact, I'd prefer if more shows actively embraced their procedural nature instead of trying to smother us with mysteries, conspiracies, and bold conceits just to sneak the procedural stuff in through the side door. That kind of stuff might help sell the show in a room, but man does it make for frustrating, and in Blindspot's case, competently dull TV.



NOTES

– My god is Sullivan Stapleton misused here. If you haven't seen Strike Back, just know that he was certainly cast because he's a charming rascal on that show. Hopefully he's able to embody a bit more of that moving forward.

– More comparisons to The Blacklist: By my count, I believe Jane had at least three significantly different hairstyles here, with a variety of lengths. The long-haired wigs aren't quite as bad as whatever The Blacklist saddled Megan Boone with a couple of years ago, but they're certainly not good.

– Worth noting: This is a pretty diverse cast. Couple of white leads to be fair, but with Baptiste, Brown, Audrey Esparza, and Ukweli Roach all in key supporting roles, the show isn't a complete white-out.  

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Dec 26, 2015
Remember when in alias Sydney Bristow lost her memory blah blah. Same thing as blindspot and now there is a love storyline, switched off after hearing her ask same repetitive question of 'wait he must know about my past. It's the same as alias only slower and the tattoos as a reference oh and the government watching over citizens another bit of person of interest in the mix. Not original just boring.
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Oct 11, 2015
Clearly this will be one of those times when I'm right and loads of you + Cory are all wrong. Tought life being superior.... ;) (yes, the wink is important).

I think the effort the show made to distant itself from the many procederals has been missed here. The seriousness works well with the plot. The story jumped right in without loads of exposition. That was pretty brave. I think Jaimie Alexandar is doing a great job of being both strong and scared. Sullliva Stapleton is doing a good job as someone who didn't want this but sees he must work with it and do his best.

I am unsure where it can go. The attraction is the mystery of her. How long can they keep that going?
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Oct 07, 2015
just another cop show so sick of the cops and the crap shows produced to glorify them
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Oct 07, 2015
  • You are right on the money. Could not finish watching the second episode. The premisses are just too silly. The one dimensional acting of Mr. Stapleton, which goes along the scale from "intense" to "seriously intense" makes this pretty bad with no charm at all. Won't be watching.
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Oct 01, 2015
I just saw the first episode last night. I liked the opening and the lead actress. Beyond that, it seemed bland - including Stapleton. The ads had me looking forward to an amnesiac version of season one Sydney Bristow on Alias, which was probably the most fun and energetic first season of a show I've ever seen. Blindspot could definitely use some of that energy and sense of playfulness with a kick-ass female lead.
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Sep 29, 2015
Just watched second episode, doesn't look good, except for the really really small part concerning her identity...
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Sep 29, 2015
Haven't had a show in a long time and am so happy they came out with Blindspot! I wish I could just watch the whole season already!
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Sep 29, 2015
It might be a good show but I won't be watching this (not even the pilot). I don't like amnesia plots and I'm not at all curious about her tattoos.

I know I'm supposed to be intensely intrigued, but these plot devices are having the reverse effect on me: I'm thinking/feeling that someone's trying very hard to disguise something that's ultimately unoriginal, potentially uninteresting and/or has no actual substance.
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Sep 26, 2015
Seriously, where were the police minding the hospital room?
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Sep 26, 2015
Seriously, where were the police minding the hospital room?
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Sep 25, 2015
I enjoyed the premiere and will keep watching the next few episodes to see if I like the show. But since this show supposedly is more of a "realism" concept than some of the "fantasy" concept shows, it needs to stay grounded more than say Agents of SHIELD. This means they need to show Jane Doe start to itch like crazy in the next few days/weeks. Those new tattoos should be making her very twitchy really soon. :p
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Sep 27, 2015
Good point about the tattoos. She did say that they were all "sore", so the next stage is the itch.
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Sep 24, 2015
it's a mistake in my view, to compare a show with other shows just on the basis of one episode. Not only that it is as insulting to the writers as it is lacking in critical integrity.

On the basis of one episode i will say this; I find the concept interesting. Interesting enough to want to see where it's going, With regards the acting; Jamie Alexander was convincing in the sense that she portrayed the fear from amnesia well. Imagine having your memory formatted. Sullivan Stapleton's character appears to be refreshingly unfractured and he acted quite well. We shall see where his character is headed. I suspect that he is portraying someone who is very very much a career agent. We shall see.

It is early days yet. But it passed the first episode test, in my book, with flying colours
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Sep 24, 2015
For all those who dislike the negative review written above here, read the following one, which is in good plain understandable English
(I dislike the reviewer here trying to sound like an arrogant university lecturer, which he may actually be one).
http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/09/17/blindspot-pilot-review
"If you can look past some of the show's inherent silliness, NBC's Blindspot presents a good mystery and some fun action sequences in the first episode. Both Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton turn in fine performances as the leads, even if their characters are somewhat bland on the surface. Time will tell if the new series is worth watching, but the initial premise is interesting enough to tune in for another episode or two".
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Oct 09, 2015
If the review is anything like that quote, I'll give it a miss. I'd rather have someone's opinion than a few standard on-the-fence adjectives.
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Sep 24, 2015
Why do you so desperately want people to agree with you?
it says more about you than about the reviewer.
Like it, dislike it. It's both perfectly ok.
The world would be a boring place if we were all the same.
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Sep 24, 2015
Not all that bad, but it's all been done before - even not that long before: The Whispers this summer had an amnesiac soldier covered in tattoos he doesn't understand that lead the government to a conspiracy. 2002's John Doe also comes to my mind.
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Sep 24, 2015
in the story this young woman supposedly went through Navy SEAL training? really???? with those skinny little arms?? have the producers even seen anyone who's been through SEAL training?
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Sep 24, 2015
So, no one mentioned that fact that they picked a tattoo (the chinese writing) that happened to involve a bomb that was going to blow up "in a few hours from now". What if they didn't pick that tattoo first? Would the bomb have gone off unnoticed? Like a tree falling in the forest that no one hears?
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Sep 28, 2015
It has the date of that day, that is a clear indication they need to deal with it ASAP. Also, it had an address, so it was easy to follow.
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Sep 24, 2015
I liked it. It has me intrigued, so I'll keep watching.

The amnesia plot device has been used so much, like with the Bourne movies, that I wasn't expecting to like it.
But Jaime Alexander is doing such a good job with this role so far, that I'm going to stay with it for now.
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Sep 24, 2015
I started watching Strike Back earlier this month, mostly in prep for this show. How weird is it to see Sullivan Stapleton all buttoned up and calling people ma'am? I hope he relaxes a little, he was practically wood in the Pilot, and not in the good Strike Back kind of way ;)
Overall, I thought the pilot was good but not great. The writing was clunky (but it often is in pilots), Reed's throwaway line about rolling down the window of the car was a highlight. And the "Jane, stay in the car" plot device is going to get old really quickly, so hopefully they abandon that and embrace this show for the thinly veiled procedural that it is. Nice to see Johnny Whitworth playing his usually creepy self.
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Sep 24, 2015
"How weird is it to see Sullivan Stapleton all buttoned up and calling people ma'am? I hope he relaxes a little, he was practically wood in the Pilot, and not in the good Strike Back kind of way ;)"

Hah. I know what you mean. But I'm kind of enjoying seeing him in this "all business" sort of character.
He's doing a good job with it so far.
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Sep 23, 2015
I like Jaime Alexander enough to watch more eps. To be honest I though she was just a pretty face and surprise she is reasonably solid as an actor.

I have always missed the Pretender so much that this might give me a little fix... PLUS she's hot! :-P
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Sep 23, 2015
I liked Stapleton in Strike Back and I like Jaime Alexander. I will give it a shot.
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Sep 23, 2015
This... sucked.
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Sep 23, 2015
I must say, liked it better than I expected! Jaime's performance was pretty good.
There's definitely a lot of room for improvement: lighten up, people! Ok, not every show should have a James Spader-like main character, no prob that she's a bit more serious than him, but there should really be some source of 'light' for me to keep my interest, I usually get really bored with shows that are all-ersious-no-fun. And it had some real over-the-top moments, but that's to be expected from a pilot like this that needs to sell. I mean, blowing up the statue of liberty? the coolish FBI agents blowing up a bomb in the subway? Yeah, ok, I kinda don't expect things like that to happen again anytime soon:P

I'm definitely giving it the 4-episode test :)
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Sep 23, 2015
Not bad, I watched the whole show without picking up my iPad to look at something else LOL, the CTTP (conducive to the plot) aspect might start to get on my nerves. How lucky she honed in on the Chinese writing and could read Chinese just at the right time to stop the bomber. How lucky the bomber didn't wake up with a bad dose of the skids and decide to to the bombing another day thus rendering her tattoo useless. However I will try to shut off that side of my brain and just enjoy the show.

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Sep 23, 2015
So this is a cross between prison break and bourne identity but nowhere as good first problem is the script good idea poorly excuted . Then we have Sullivan Stapleton who just walked of 300 part two poorly written role and then we have the rest of the characters boring , I rather watch wait for Banshee for my action kicks.
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Dec 26, 2015
Reminded me of alias and person on interest when Sydney lost her memory. It's not original, seen it all before.
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Sep 23, 2015
guess you missed Strike Back with Stapleton
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Sep 23, 2015
yeah do miss strike back the ending was'nt great but it was better then blindspot
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Sep 23, 2015

I wondering if there's more tattoos under her hair. In the flashback her hair was long now its short, maybe because they shaved her head put some more tats on it.
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Sep 25, 2015
Considering how new her tattoos are, her hair would've had to be Marine Corps length instead of the pixie cut she has. Her hair was probably cut that short to make her neck area more accessible.
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Sep 23, 2015
I thought it was just o.k. it really didn't pull me in very much. The lead guy needs to loosen up a little bit very stiff and wooden. To me the best part was the look on her face when she blocks that guys punch and realises "Hey, I think I can fight!" her eyes widen with the realization and she starts to kick ass.
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Sep 23, 2015
Blindspot, Minority Report, Limitless, iZombie, The Listener, Blacklist Forever... yes there are more.
They are all pretty much the same ... through some means (Tattoos, Visions, Drugs, eating Brains, Mindreading, Information Broker, 200 Years Life experience) they solve/prevent the "murder of the week". I find it pretty boring. Blindspot is just another show... Of the 3 new shows I prefer Limitless and Minority Report...
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Sep 23, 2015
I don't care about the storyline, I watch it only because of Jaimie.
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Sep 23, 2015
Quite mediocre. Stapleton's diction is terrible and it's not his Australian accent, he just refuses to open his mouth. It drives me crazy!
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Sep 23, 2015
I didn't find any particular problems with his diction and I am not a native English speaker.

Maybe you need more exposure... try watching more Brit tv. now those are challenging accents! ;-)
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Sep 23, 2015
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Sep 23, 2015
I haven't seen Strike Back, but in this particular pilot I did not understand half of what the man was saying. Little bit articulation would be appreciated, or but some subtitles on :)
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Sep 23, 2015
He is not my hero. I just like Strike Back a lot, or Banshee. Good Cinemax TV shows. Yes I have watched the pilot for Blindspot. I liked it a lot. I see a lot of potential. This can be very good. It reminds me when I saw the pilot for Person of Interest: not so convincing first, but one could see the potential. And it turned to be one of the best TV shows I have seen. I am talking about Person of Interest now.
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Sep 23, 2015
Well, if you talk about Stapleton without having seen Strike Back, without a doubt the best TV action series (from season 2 - and final season is best), is like talking about Michael C. Hall without ever seen Dexter, or Kiefer Sutherland without knowing who Jack Bauer is. I hope you get my point.
About his diction: I don´t live in USA, English is not my mother tongue and in most cases I watch with English subtitles to prevent losing important words or expressions. But Stapleton... he is easy to understand.
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Sep 23, 2015
I understand he's your idol, but have you watched Blindspot pilot? :D
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Sep 23, 2015
Pretty much standard pilot, as they usually are... What bothers me with this particular tattoo high concept is that it already has a expiration date, end game. As we remember from Prison Break, it can not really work in the long run, taking it even beyond first season will be difficult task.

Didn't mind the seriousness, it was actually refreshing, although some decisions included only to move plot forward (almost instant usefulness and trust).

Not many characters so no one is yet annoying, but I am sure they will be pretty soon given enough screen time. At least we do not have domestic puzzle/artificial tension ala Blacklist.

Will see, but if they do not take it beyond tattoos soon, I will not watch it for sure because I don't want to watch another artifically prolonged show,
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Sep 23, 2015
I checked my brain at the door and enjoyed the pilot. Willing to suspend my disbelief for most of it, except for the part where the FBI had absolutely no one who could speak Chinese (granted, an obscure Chinese variant/ dialect). But, hey, plot reasons. It was still kinda fun, overall.

That said, very much like The Blacklist , let's see how long these plot contrivances can last. It'll probably be enough for a season or two.
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Sep 23, 2015
I fail to see how Blindspot is anything like the Blacklist. I thought that the main character was more like Jason Bourne than anything the Blacklist has ever done.
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Sep 23, 2015
The similarity is that an unlikely asset brings a list (or in this case, a map) of crimes/ criminals about to happen and works with the FBI to solve it, with some to-be-determined underlying agenda.

But yeah, good comparison with Jason Bourne too!
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Sep 23, 2015
Yeah, that makes sense. But there are more differences in my mind.
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Sep 23, 2015
What I thought about when I read about using Jane's body as an object was Prison Break, but then we've got an amnessiac kickass black ops Navy Seal female on a blind mission. Got hooked to the series already, wondering what she's up to without even knowing.
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Sep 23, 2015
My first association was with John Doe - a series about an amnesiac with a very diverse set of skills, embroiled in a worldwide conspiracy. It also had Dominic Purcell as the lead, so there is your Prison Break association :) Not underestimating the talent of Jaime Alexander, I think Purcell is easier to like. Also, his character was seeing everything in black & white, which was cool.
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Sep 23, 2015
Yeah, Prison Break was the first thing that came to my mind too!
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Sep 23, 2015
There were plot holes and other issues but Jamie Alexander seemed very solid. (I never saw her in Thor or earlier roles, but, sorry, I just couldn't take her character seriously on Agents of SHIELD.)

I hope this was just an awkward pilot and things improve so I won't decide to stop watching.
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Sep 23, 2015
The show started good and then slowly went downhill. No Chinese interpreters? FBI would take what she says at her word? No Chinese speaking FBI agent to go with the group to see the guy they were searching? Chinese guy arrested and yet not put in a secure holding facility? Please. This show better improve or it will not last by the time December comes around.
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Sep 23, 2015
"It's like The Blacklist, but on a naked woman!"
Ha! A better line than anything on the show!
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Sep 23, 2015
what an awesome first episode!! with just one exception near the end when we saw the flashback when she agreed to take the drug to wipe her memory that could have waited to show us that!! but their is wee problem for the viewers its quite obvious that the tattoos are a puzzle to a greater plot or purpose due to the fact we can't see the whole picture network tv!!
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Sep 23, 2015
as usual the Critics don't know what there talking about, but they think they know best and that's why the people lose a lot of TV shows that are good, or could be good in favor of trash TV, namely Reality TV shows, like making already rich self absorbed let me see just how much of my body I can show off and still get away with it young adults into public icons that tell the kids it's cool to be mean to or bad mouth others and that it's ok to wear close that show off way to much of your body when it's not ok, or that it's normal to go out and get drunk and get into fights and cuss and get sick in public and throw wild parties and have the cops show up. And for those that don't know the shows I'm talking about they are
Keeping up with the Kardashian's and The Jersey Shore I mean really do we want the kids of today to be like these people, and don't get me wrong there are other show that are just as bad like
Big Brother, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Dancing With The Stars, and Do we Really need another season of American Idol a show that should have been Canceled 6 Seasons ago let TV ALONE and make shows the family can watch together and show for just the adults and ones for Teens and kids. Let's take our TV back People
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Sep 22, 2015
Well this was a fairly negative review most of the other ones I have read had been a lot more positive. I like the show, a powerful female lead good action and a puzzle to work on for the season, this is not the first tv series all about mysterious tattoos and I think even the male audience can get over the nudity in the first episode as I doubt we will need to go there again as they scanned every inch of her.

I can't agree with her body as an object that is a huge stretch the tattoos are the plot device and unless they are going to tell her to strip off everytime they need to see a tattoo I think this argument is false. Also it isn't just the tattoos it is her, the training, the languages and I am in no doubt there are a few more specialist skills beyond SEAL training locked into her amnesiac mind.

Does TV.com switch reviewers if they dislike their given shows because I'm not crazy about reading this tone of recap for the season.
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Sep 23, 2015
they don't have to ask her to strip!! they scanned here body so they have an digital reference!!!
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Sep 24, 2015
Exactly my point which makes me wonder why the reviewer harped on about it so much
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Sep 22, 2015
Ugh another generic show with the illusion of originality. NO THANKS! These network shows can't hold a candle to cable/netflix these days.
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Sep 22, 2015
Yuck! If I wanted to see a tattooed woman, I'd visit a traveling carnival sideshow...there with all of the other geeks...
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Sep 22, 2015
I liked it, it was fun, fast (maybe a little too fast) and has some interesting concepts. The cast seemed to work well off of one another, and you couldn't not feel compassion for Jane Doe when she couldn't figure out anything about her past. And you sure as hell didn't want to get in her way when she was kickin' butt, either. I'll be back!
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Sep 22, 2015
Anyone think this premise would be much cool if it was a new person with tattoos every episode or at least every few episodes. There only so much information you can stick on a single person. It going to come a bit more obvious as the show goes on that more tattoos were added after the pilot episode as they run through initial batch of episode ideas.

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Sep 22, 2015
What annoy me was one of things they didn't state is that they were going to try and trace was who could get hold of a large quantity of experimental memory erasing drug that is still going through clinical trials.

Such drugs are usually created per patient on a clinical trial, the number of people who can create such a drug by themselves wouldn't be that huge, in fact it probably be a tiny handful, fewer would actually know the detail make up of the drug. For this line of inquiry to be completely ignore is idiotic.

Anyone else think it a shame that they didn't blow up the statue of liberty, that would have been one hell of a way to start of a tv series and show us that there are big stakes up for play. Instead they boringly solves the case just in time.
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Sep 22, 2015
It would have added much more weight to big FBI boss lady hiding what she knows.
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Sep 22, 2015
Well if this clone of Dom. Purcell's John Doe doesn't succeed, she can always go back to playing Lady Siff!
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Sep 23, 2015
Exactly what I thought. Speaking of Purcell, I think the tattoos are a map for someone to break out of a prison...
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Sep 22, 2015
Never saw John Doe, any good?
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Sep 28, 2015
It was good but it was cancelled in an awful cliffhanger. One of the cancellations I am more bitter about, even now.
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Sep 23, 2015
I liked it, but the writers didn't know how to end it properly. I think it was cancelled.
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Sep 23, 2015
Yup, cancelled after one season, ending on a cliffhanger. To the Gotham fans out there I just gotta say. Don't you just love FOX's patience with new, high concept shows with low ratings?
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Sep 22, 2015
Just finished watching the Pilot and can say I liked it thoroughly. Of course 1 episode is too early to say much about the whole show but as of right now the worst part like any good show you like is having to wait for the next episode.
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Sep 22, 2015
Well, since there is absolutely nothing new under the sun, we have to go with presentation these days. I enjoyed this and Cory's not going to talk me out of it. I've always liked Jaime Alexander on my TV set, and this is fun. Hopefully they will take from The Blacklist and lighten up a bit. I know Jaimie can do it, and liking the characters is the best we can hope for these days...
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Sep 23, 2015
agreed. Jaimie can do good drama. when she tore her clothes off TO LOOK AT HER TATS. (Tattoos) and then turned into a weeping mass it was great drama. then she can kick ass.
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Sep 22, 2015
I liked the show way more than most of these reviews.

Way too much Jamie Alexander love here. So far this is her Kyle XY character only she is "well trained" rather than some genius genetic experiment. I hope the show lasts long enough so we can definitively ascertain whether she is physically capable of a facial expression - you know, acting.

And can you spare everyone the feminism 101 objectification hogwash from all the sensitive souls who would have an 8 pack of batteries on hand if it was a hunky guy running aroud naked checking out his tatoos? Pahlese.
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Sep 22, 2015
I didn't care much for the mystery or the plot and a lot of times I was bothered by the unbelievable coincidences that the show was so freaking serious about. But for some reason, I do like the two main characters and that's why I'm giving the show a little more time to fix things. I really hope it does because otherwise another good premise is entirely wasted.
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Sep 22, 2015
I thought it was okay. I love Jaime Alexander so she was fine in this but I did not like the guy FBI agent. He seemed so stiff and bland. His words came out like he was chewing cardboard. I just wasn't liking his portrayal. The one thing that will annoy the crap outta me is if she ends up being amazing at everything. Her amnesia is a really easy way for the writers to just get the characters out of anything. If she's remembering one second "Oh hey, I forgot, I'm fluent in Egyptian hieroglyphs" then next week "Oh silly me, I forgot I could totally flip this car over".....etc, I'm gonna be pissed.

I'll give the show a few more episodes before I decide to stay with it but a tv-holic who's DVR records upwards of 30-35 new episodes a week during peak fall season, idk if I'll care enough about this how to stick with it.

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