NBC hit a bullseye with their new show Blindspot, the story about a woman discovered naked in a duffel bag in Times Square with no recollection of who she is or how she got there. She is the key to uncovering the mystery as her entire body is covered in cryptic tattoos that turn out to be leads to crimes about to occur. It’s like Christopher Nolan’s Memento meets Minority Report, or Prison Break with a woman.
The pilot script is a well written piece of action and intrigue and sets the stage for a potentially incredible first season. The final product stays close to the script, only removing some elements that might be revealed later on in the season and editing down some moments to keep the back stories simpler. For example – it is revealed that the Jane Doe discovered could possibly be FBI agent Kurt Weller’s long lost sister. This plot point is eluded to early on in the script by Kurt’s girlfriend — someone that does not exist in the show.
One major change from script to screen is that Edgar Ramirez in the script is changed to Edgar Reade played by Rob Brown, the young man who got his start along side Sean Connery in Finding Forrester.
The pilot episode of Blindspot also happened to be leaked online before it was originally going to air along with other show like Minority Report and Lucifer. Torrents for the latter two shows were more popular than Blindspot, but the Blindspot is bringing in some of the strongest numbers for any new show this season, while Minority Report had its episode count reduced and will be canceled. Lucifer starts in January 2016 but there is a movement trying to get the show canceled before it airs due to its religious or should we say anti-religious character.
It takes 7 hours each day to apply the tattoos to actor Jaimie Alexander in her role as Jane Doe. With so many tattoos it is possible for the writers to never run out of storylines and crimes to stop. But with a character that seemingly does not know who she is and why she has the tattoos to begin is it possible that Jane Doe’s mystery is enough to sustain a series past Season 1? In subsequent episodes she keeps telling the FBI and the audience that she doesn’t know who did this to her. But for the audience we discover that after one episode and the answer may or may not surprise you.
Blindspot borrows heavily from Memento – the genius film that slowly unveiled to the audience who was responsible for the crime he was trying to solve. And once we knew, the movie was over. As for Blindspot, well there is only so long someone can drive in your blindspot before you get very angry and decide to drive quickly away.
Script vs Screen Grades:
Alex: Script -A / Screen A
Jason: Script -A / Screen A
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