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There is only one reason to watch Blindspot, and it isn’t Sullivan Stapleton.

Look, I’m sure he’s a very nice guy and he’s certainly pleasing to the eye. But is it just me, or is he the dullest “hero” on television right now? Stapleton plays Kurt Weller, who is called after a bomb scare in Times Square reveals a naked woman with tattoos all over her body, including his name on her back. We are sure to get lots and lots of shots of the naked woman.

Jaimie Alexander plays the mysterious Jane Doe, an amnesiac apparently tattooed without her consent all over her body. She may or may not be the little girl who lived next door to Weller and disappeared many years ago, prompting a lifetime of searching, a career in law enforcement and plenty of stoic jaw-clenching.

No one else in the cast matters. 

Credulity is stretched when Jane Doe starts “helping” the FBI in their investigations of the tattoos, each of which seems to be a clue to the mystery of the week. Of course Jane discovers she is super-strong, trained as Special Forces or something, and due pretty much to her ability to kick the ass of any bad guy they meet, she gets a commission. Or something. She gets a gun and helps the team. Okay. That was pretty much the point where my disbelief could no longer get off the ground.

(Minor bonus points for Marianne Jean-Baptiste as a black female commanding officer, which is becoming more common this year, and she does a very good job with utterly crap material. Quietly, unheralded, diversity sneaks its way into television! Finally. Now write better.)

The only reason to watch this drivel is Jaimie Alexander, who never fails to portray Jane as capable and grounded despite her bizarre circumstances. No matter how flimsy the plot, dangerous the situation or wooden her partner, she remains watchable - even fun. It would be easy to let the “tattoos all over the hot girl” bit become needlessly lurid, but Alexander shows Jane’s horror and fury at the violation against her physical and mental self. Laser surgery aside, tattoos are forever, and Jane has been quite literally used in someone else’s game. 

A weaker woman would collapse and cry about it, but Jane is angry, and we are angry for her. That’s enough for me to keep watching. For now.


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