New drama uses intricate characters to intrigue viewers

Alex Hasapis, Staff Writer

Could you imagine waking up in the middle of Times Square, in a bag, with tattoos all over your body, having no recollection of how you got there in the first place? That is exactly how viewers are introduced to Jamie Alexander’s character, Jane Doe, in NBC’s new series, “Blindspot.”

First, a disclaimer: my initial encounter with this show was while in New York City and I stumbled upon the cast and crew in the middle of Times Square shooting the opening sequence. Naturally, I decided to get involved with the action and become a part of the show as an extra. So I do have a small connection with the show, but nevertheless, this drama does excite all types of viewers.

Through my never ending fangirling over “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing,” “The Office” and many more shows that have aired over the years, I have never quite seen a plot such as this.

The plot takes viewers and fully encapsulates them into the confusion of Jane as she is taken into custody of the FBI and has no choice but to attempt to help them in an investigation.

One of the tattoos has the name of Sullivan Stapleton’s FBI character, Kurt Weller, integrated into it. Jane nor Kurt know just why this has occurred but it is now both of their jobs to figure out just that.

While working to demystify each of the tattoo’s on Jane’s body, Weller and Doe uncover illegal government operations and terrorist plots. I think this is one of the main reasons I enjoy the show. I love the idea of defiance and uncovering the wrongs of authority figures.

Each show brings a new tattoo to the table and takes viewers through the twisted underground tunnel of the bureaucratic ways to see exactly what the government is doing without the public knowing.

The constant flashback of Jane’s characters help viewers—and actually Jane Doe, as well—to put her life together and figure out her past. To add to the excitement, it seems that Jane has come from a government agency herself, which may also have been involved in corrupt programs.

The character development in this story is slow and well thought out. Weller and Doe have a previous relationship, which seemed to be that of lovers before Doe was abducted by an unknown assailant at the age of ten. They were reunited after Jane had Weller’s name tattooed across her back, but this time, neither knew each other.

Martin Gero, the creator of the show, has taken the time to ensure that each detail of every character has an important part of the plot. The personalities of the team have come together to make some sort of dysfunctional relationship that has helped to solve more than 10 committed or yet-to-be-committed crimes across nine episodes.

The sub plot also gives viewers reason to keep coming back time and time again. We are given interagency turmoil, love between agents and regular citizens which compromise the safety of all, and agents wrestling with the idea of being a snitch to the other so-called “good guys,” the CIA.

Although, the sub plots seem to be something that is generic, I do think it helps to give another interesting layer to each episode. I like this additional layer of love stories and the different pasts of characters coming back into the light.

All in all, between the intense plot and antiquated sub plots, the show does seem to have promise for any fan of a good puzzle and intense governmental, crime drama. Certainly for me, it has given me something to hold onto as I navigate the educational world in which I live.