One of my regular exercises while pursuing my degree in television (yes, that’s a real degree) was to come up with log lines for TV shows; one to two sentences that perfectly sum up a particular show. It was never one of my strong suits, but I believe all that work has paid off into my creation for this log line. Blindspot: It’s The Black List, but the list is on boobs.
We’ve all seen the promos, but for the sake of full reporting, lets set it up. Blindspot opened on a duffle bag abandoned in Times Square with a tag that read, “Call the FBI.” The local patrolman who found the bag did just that and when the bomb squad showed up they found a woman, Jane Doe (Jamie Alexander), inside. She was also covered in tattoos. This is important. Because, one of these tattoos lead to thwarting a terrorist plot, and just in the knick of time.
It’s a pretty basic formula: a case of the week style format (investigating each tattoo) interwoven with a serialized mystery (why the hell was she covered in tattoos and left in a bag). But this formula isn’t the only reason I likened it to The Black List. There was a very similar aesthetic that NBC was clearly trying to emulate. And why not, The Black List is great and it’s the network’s most successful drama in the last 20 years that doesn’t include the words law or order.
But I digress, Blindspot isn’t reinventing the wheel here, but they took a basic structure and added an interesting hook to it. By the end of the pilot I felt entertained and interested in finding out more. Sounds like a pretty successful pilot to me.
Final Verdict: It’s got a date with my DVR. For now.
*Blindspot airs on Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.
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