• Mindless Action Is This Program’s Blindspot

    by  • September 12, 2015 • Broadcast Decency, Paley2015, Paleyfest, Violence • 1 Comment


    An intriguing premise is undermined by too much violence.

    FBI agent Kurt Weller is confronted with a conundrum: a mysterious, amnesiac Jane Doe whose  memory has been erased, and whose body is covered in tattoos…including one of Weller’s name. The two soon discover that one tattoo on “Jane’s” body points to an impending act of terrorism. Seeking to uncover clues to her forgotten identity, “Jane” joins Weller’s team…and discovers that she possesses odd skills, including translating obscure dialects and incredible combat prowess. Weller and “Jane” join forces: he, motivated by a desire to use the “treasure map” of her tattoos to foil future crimes; she, to discover her past.

    Blindspot has an intriguing premise; and, especially in the early parts of the premiere episode, series star Jaimie Alexander convincingly conveys how devastating and terrifying being completely without one’s memories and identity would be. Unfortunately, these fine character moments, and the mystery behind them, are soon shoved aside in favor of a hefty quota of mindless action á la The Player: car chases, crashes, gun shots, people threatened by knives to the throat, senseless beatings (some administered by heroine “Jane”), and similar violence abound. Once again, to set the plot in motion a woman has been victimized; but at least this time, she’s not a helpless plot device, but is instead an active participant in her own story.

    Essentially a low-grade Bourne Identity with body art and a female lead, Blindspot is likely too violent for children, but may interest undemanding spy genre fans.


    Blindspot premieres Monday, September 21st at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    One Response to Mindless Action Is This Program’s Blindspot

    1. Ralph Hartman
      September 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      This show comes on at 10pm on a school night but it’s too violent for children? If you’re actually a good parent your kid would be in bed by then and not even have the opportunity to watch it. I think you should focus more on your parenting skills then what’s actually on TV.

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