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Blindspot (TV series)

Blindspot
Genre
Created by Martin Gero
Starring
Composer(s) Blake Neely
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Howard Griffith
Location(s) New York City, New York
Cinematography Martin Ahlgren
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42–43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel NBC
Original release September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Blindspot is an American crime drama television series created by Martin Gero, starring Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton. The series was ordered by NBC on May 1, 2015,[1] and premiered on September 21, 2015. A back-nine-order was given on October 9, 2015, bringing the first season to a total of 22 episodes.[2]

Blindspot focuses on a mysterious tattooed woman who has lost her memory and does not know her own identity. The FBI discovers that each tattoo contains a clue to a crime they will have to solve.[3][4]

Contents

  • Cast 1
    • Main 1.1
    • Recurring 1.2
  • Episodes 2
  • Broadcast 3
  • Reception 4
    • Critical reception 4.1
    • Ratings 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Cast

Main

  • Sullivan Stapleton as Special Agent Kurt Weller, head of the FBI Critical Incident Response Group.
  • Jaimie Alexander as "Jane Doe", an amnesiac woman with tattoos on her body that connect her with Weller. A DNA test matches Taylor Shaw, Weller's neighbor when they were kids, who had vanished 25 years ago and was presumed dead.[5]
  • Rob Brown as FBI Agent Edgar Reade
  • Audrey Esparza as FBI Agent Tasha Zapata
  • Ashley Johnson as Patterson, head of the FBI Forensic Science Unit
  • Ukweli Roach as Dr. Borden, a psychologist who helps Jane Doe/Taylor Shaw in retrieving her memories
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Bethany Mayfair, Assistant Director of the FBI

Recurring

Episodes

No.  Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  Production
code 
U.S. viewers
(millions) 
1 "Pilot"
"Woe Has Joined"[7]
Mark Pellington Martin Gero September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) 276092 10.61[8]

A woman is left naked inside a duffel bag on Times Square, completely covered in recent tattoos, among which is the name of FBI Special Agent Kurt Weller. She suffers from a drug-induced amnesia. At the FBI laboratory, they can neither identify her, nor does Kurt know her, making her a Jane Doe. They also find an older Navy SEAL tattoo that was covered up. One of her tattoos is an address in Chinese characters, leading them to the terrorist Chao. Jane and Kurt stop him, which triggers a memory of Jane running a shooting course supervised by an unknown man. This man also appears at the hospital to kill Chao. A flashback shows how the same man has given Jane the amnesia drug at her request. A number on Jane's body matches a redacted file of Assistant Director Bethany Mayfair.

Note: The episode's alternate title is an anagram of the phrase "Who is Jane Doe".[7]
2 "A Stray Howl" Mark Pellington Martin Gero September 28, 2015 (2015-09-28) 4X6302 9.11[9]

Patterson has set up a computer program to constantly cross reference Jane's tattoos. It brings up the name Major Arthur Gibson, a pilot who wants to expose a secret domestic drone program. He attains control over an armed drone and kills both his former boss and another pilot who had turned him in as a whistleblower. Gibson intends to destroy the drone program by bombing the pilots' operation center. Patterson locates his signal and Weller and Jane stop him. Jane is haunted by flashbacks of killing a nun and suffers from remorse. She eventually remembers that it was really a disguised soldier from whom she took a USB key. Weller notices a scar on Jane's neck which coincides with a scar of Taylor Shaw, a childhood friend who went missing 25 years ago, and he becomes certain that Jane is Taylor. His father was accused of kidnapping and murdering Taylor which split up their family. At night, Jane is surprised by the mysterious man in her apartment.

Note: The episode's title is an anagram of the name "Taylor Shaw".[7]
3 "Eight Slim Grins" Steve Shill Eoghan Mahony & Martin Gero October 5, 2015 (2015-10-05) 4X6303 9.06[10]

When the unknown man in Jane's apartment warns her about the FBI, he is shot by a sniper, which makes Jane suspicious and cautious. The FBI is unable to identify his body. Patterson finds the number of the redacted FBI case file of gang leader Saúl Guerrero, which was led by Mayfair, who pretends not to remember. Casey Robek is injured while robbing a jewelry store. He has the same Navy SEALs tattoo as Jane. When he wakes up in the hospital after surgery, he signals Jane that he knows her, but then his brother Travis abducts him. Travis lets himself get killed rather than be arrested, and Casey whispers the word "Orion" to Jane before he dies. A DNA test confirms that Jane is Taylor Shaw, Weller's childhood neighbor. To Edgar's dismay, Jane becomes an official member of the team. Mayfair meets with Tom Carter, Deputy Director of the CIA, to discuss the secret operation "Daylight". Whoever tattooed Jane must have known about it, but only four people did and one is dead. Carter demands Mayfair make the situation go away.

Note: The episode's title is an anagram of the phrase "The Missing Girl".[7]
4 "Bone May Rot" Karen Gaviola Christina M. Kim October 12, 2015 (2015-10-12) 4X6304 8.45[11]

Patterson's boyfriend David solves a puzzle on a photo of one of Jane's tattoos. It leads them to a CDC lab where two fanatic scientists are planning to release a deadly virus to save the world from overpopulation, but they are stopped just in time. Patterson asks Mayfair to see the non-redacted Guerrero file, but is denied, presumably to protect agents in the field. Carter demands to interrogate Jane himself, but Mayfair refuses. Kurt tells Jane about Taylor's past. However, a test that Patterson ran on Jane's tooth shows that she was born in Africa – this contradicts the DNA which matched Taylor Shaw. Tasha's bookkeeper warns her that she has three days to pay off her gambling debts.

Note: The episode's title is an anagram of the phrase "Or Maybe Not".[7]
5 "Split the Law" Mark Pellington Brendan Gall October 19, 2015 (2015-10-19) 4X6305 7.82[12]

During a dinner with Kurt's sister, Sarah, Jane cannot withstand the pressure to fill the role of Taylor Shaw. She has a memory from her childhood of being led into a basement filled with other children. A crime scene of what seems to be a hostage situation matches an address derived from one of Jane's tattoos, but it is really a CIA black site where Director Carter keeps bomb maker Dodi. Dodi is rescued by his team and builds a radiological bomb, but is stopped by the FBI. Carter shows up on site and is stopped by Mayfair from shooting Jane. He openly demands either Dodi or Jane for the CIA, so Mayfair gives up Dodi. Kurt's father, Bill, visits Sarah, but Kurt refuses to reconcile. Carter pays off Zapata's gambling debts and demands all the FBI's information about Jane in return.

Note: The episode's title is an anagram of the phrase "The Past Will".[7]
6 "Cede Your Soul" Rob Hardy Alex Berger October 26, 2015 (2015-10-26) 4X6306 7.91[13]

The FBI is shutting down a hacker app which can locate government vehicles. Jane has an erotic dream about someone who she thinks is Kurt, so she tries to keep her distance from him. However, the man in her dreams is not Weller and is observing her house at night. Tasha ultimately decided to pay her gambling debts by giving the money she got from Carter to her bookie. She tells him that she's out and doesn't want to bet anymore. Sarah tells Bill that Taylor is alive.

Note: The episode's title is an anagram of the phrase "Cloud Our Eyes".[14]
7 "Sent on Tour"[15] TBA TBA November 2, 2015 (2015-11-02) TBA TBD
Note: The episode's title is an anagram of the phrase "Trust No One".
8 "Persecute Envoys"[16] TBA TBA November 9, 2015 (2015-11-09) TBA TBD
Note: The episode's title is an anagram of the phrase "Suspect Everyone".
9 "Authentic Flirt"[17] TBA TBA November 16, 2015 (2015-11-16) TBA TBD
Note: The episode's title is an anagram of the phrase "Lift the Curtain".

Broadcast

In Australia, the series was acquired by the Seven Network[18] and premiered the program on October 28, 2015.[19] In Canada, CTV has acquired the broadcasting rights for the series.[20]

Reception

Critical reception

Blindspot has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the series has a rating of 66%, based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Blindspot is elevated by an intriguing mystery and enough strong action to propel most viewers into a necessary suspense of disbelief."[21] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[22]

Ratings

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" September 21, 2015 3.1/10[8] 10.61[8] 1.9 5.98 5.0 16.59[23]
2 "A Stray Howl" September 28, 2015 2.6/8[9] 9.11[9] 2.0 6.02 4.6 15.12[24]
3 "Eight Slim Grins" October 5, 2015 2.4/8[10] 9.06[10] 1.9 5.65 4.3 14.71[25]
4 "Bone May Rot" October 12, 2015 2.5/8[11] 8.45[11] 1.7 5.34 4.2 13.79[26]
5 "Split the Law" October 19, 2015 2.1/7[12] 7.82[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Cede Your Soul" October 26, 2015 2.1/7[13] 7.91[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD
7 "Sent on Tour" November 2, 2015 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Persecute Envoys" November 9, 2015 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Authentic Flirt" November 16, 2015 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

References

  1. ^ Collins, Scott (May 1, 2015). "'"NBC picks up dramas 'Heartbreaker,' 'Chicago Med,' 'Blindspot.  
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 9, 2015). "‘Blindspot’ Gets Full-Season Order By NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 1, 2015). "NBC Picks Up Dramas ‘Blindspot’, ‘Chicago Med’ & ‘Heartbreaker’ To Series".  
  4. ^ Lesnick, Silas (June 10, 2015). "Warner Bros. Television Announces Full Comic-Con 2015 Line-Up".  
  5. ^ Alston, Joshua (October 6, 2015). "Blindspot turns around a disastrous episode with a twisty final act". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (July 29, 2015). "Michael Gaston Joins NBC’s New Drama Series ‘Blindspot’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Villagracia, Michelle (October 8, 2015). "Blindspot - Latest News - Each week, Blindspot reveals a new clue to be solved!". CTV.ca. Enter anything and it will reveal the correct answer. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (September 22, 2015). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Adjusted Up; 'Significant Mother', 'Life in Pieces' & 'Penn & Teller' Adjusted Down".  
  9. ^ a b c Dixon, Dani (September 29, 2015). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' + 'The Voice' Adjusted Up; 'Castle', 'Life in Pieces' & 'Dancing With the Stars' Adjusted Down".  
  10. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (October 6, 2015). "Monday final ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'The Voice' adjusted up, 'Blindspot' and 'Castle' adjusted down".  
  11. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (October 13, 2015). "Monday final ratings: 'The Voice' and 'Big Bang Theory' adjusted up, 'Castle,' 'Life in Pieces' and 'Scorpion' adjusted down".  
  12. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (October 20, 2015). "Monday final ratings: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and 'Jane the Virgin' adjusted down, 'Big Bang' adjusted up".  
  13. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (October 27, 2015). "Monday final ratings: 'Supergirl' and 'Blindspot' adjust down, 'Big Bang Theory' adjusts up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (October 19, 2015). Blindspot' Split The Law Spoilers: Jane Doe, Mayfair, Zapata Betrayal"'".  
  15. ^ "(#107) Sent On Tour".  
  16. ^ "(#108) Persecute Envoys".  
  17. ^ """(#109) "Authentic Flirt.  
  18. ^ Byrnes, Holly (September 6, 2015). "Open Slather: Gina Riley and Magda Szubanski pay hilarious homage to Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington". Sydney Confidential.  
  19. ^ Knox, David (October 19, 2015). "Airdate: Blindspot".  
  20. ^ Brioux, Bill (June 28, 2015). "Canadian networks unveil fall lineups,".  
  21. ^ "Blindspot: Season 1 (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Blindspot: Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  23. ^ Porter, Rick (October 11, 2015). "Premiere week Live +7 ratings: 'Blindspot,' 'Empire' and 'Big Bang Theory' score biggest gains". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  24. ^ Porter, Rick (October 19, 2015). "Broadcast Live +7 ratings, week 2: 'The Blacklist' premiere joins 'Empire' and 'Blindspot' atop the charts". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  25. ^ Porter, Rick (October 26, 2015). "Broadcast Live +7 ratings, week 3: 'Quantico' more than doubles, 'Empire' and 'Blindspot' score biggest gains". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  26. ^ Porter, Rick (November 2, 2015). "Broadcast Live +7 ratings, week 4: 'Jane the Virgin' premiere doubles, 'Empire' and 'Blindspot' top charts for Oct. 12-18". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 

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