New show: The Blindspot
When: 10 p.m. Mondays on NBC
Cast: Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown
Premise: A woman (Alexander) wiped clean of all memories is found naked in Times Square and her body is fully covered in intricate tattoos, including the name of an FBI agent (Stapleton) plastered across her back. Jane Doe assists the FBI in deciphering the meaning behind the tattoos (think massive criminal conspiracy) while she struggles to figure out who she is and how she got in such a predicament.
There’s plenty of action, and Alexander does a great job balancing the character’s fear and vulnerability with her somewhat surprising toughness. Stapleton, an Australian actor best known for his role on the Cinemax action series “Strike Back,” is textbook TV-FBI: macho loner with a sensitive side.
It’s a fairly original premise – shades of “Blacklist” aside – and the pilot moves quickly enough to hold your interest and bring you back for a second episode. I’ve been fooled by interesting pilots before, only to have the series go off the rails by episode four, but this one looks pretty good. We’ll see.