Tuesday, September 29, 2015

On The Air: Blindspot (2015)

50 years ago, Larry Cohen had developed the story of an amnesiac struggling to learn his identity while on the run from enemy spies. Unfortunately, it took a year and a half before Coronet Blue hit the air. By the time it did, its star, Frank Converse, had moved on to another series, and so Coronet was cancelled after just the 1 season.

One wonders if Martin Gero, the creator of NBC's new series, Blindspot, was inspired by Coronet Blue. His amnesiac protagonist is a woman (Jaimie Alexander, "Thor") whose memory was wiped by an unknown man who will go to any lengths to protect whatever secrets he has, including who Jane Doe really is.

If the whole concept of a season-long, overarching mystery sounds familiar, that's because Blindspot also counts among its executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Mysteries of Laura), who will add a 2nd Monday series, CBS' Supergirl, next month. In the case of Blindspot, each individual episode will reveal at least one significant part of Jane's past, tied to the tattoos she now wears.

Let's take a look at the series opener, courtesy of Hulu:

Oh, I think romance will develop ere long between Jane and FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), but something tells me it won't end so well.

Rating: B+.

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