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Most of us keep the essence of ourselves locked inside our minds. That's where we hold our memories and emotions, our thoughts and feelings. We keep records of whether we like broccoli or not, whether we have a soft spot for '80s hair bands or Air Supply. And while some of our personality may show up outside our noggins—how we dress, how we walk, whether we sport a Mohawk or not—most of who we are, really, is hidden from sight.

For Jane Doe, it's just the opposite.

Found naked in the middle of Times Square, Jane has few memories of who or what she is. Occasionally she sees fleeting glimpses of her past life—a training run here, a gun battle there. But her essence—who she is and what makes her her—is missing. She doesn't know her name. Her hometown. Not even whether she likes broccoli or not. Her body, though, is covered in tattoos—letters, numbers, shapes, pictures. Her physical self is an open book of sorts, albeit one written in cryptic code.

"Someone did this to me," she says. "Took away my whole life. And I can't do anything."

But perhaps she can. FBI agent Kurt Weller—the guy in charge of Jane's case (and whose name is mysteriously tattooed on Jane's back) calls her body art a "treasure map." Each dot of ink is another clue—another step toward an answer. And at the end of the trail, Jane's hoping to find the treasure: her past.

Or maybe she and Kurt will just find a whole bunch of nasty criminals to catch. Not only are Jane's tattoos a trail leading to who she is (and why someone saw fit to tattoo her whole body in the first place), they're also a massive repository of dates and addresses that seem to always lead them into the middle of some sort of crime spree. And there's a certain element of societal beauty in that—a beauty that runs only skin deep, of course.

Blindspot is, essentially, a crime procedural. But it has a bit of a conspiratorial twist to it, which makes it more interesting than your typical CSI clone. Jaimie Alexander makes for a pretty riveting Jane Doe, convincingly blending frightened confusion, naked aggression and a desire to do what's right. It's her story—or lack thereof—that holds this show together through each episodic segment. And the moral underpinnings of her background are intriguing, too. Because she doesn't remember who she is, Jane's not sure whether she's a good guy or a bad guy. And as viewers, we're left to ponder whether it matters.

"We're defined by our choices," a doctor tells Jane. "You just don't remember which ones you've made." She's free, then, to rediscover the person she was or re-create herself in a different, perhaps better image. That's a timely message for all of us, really, given that we're all defined by our choices. And there's also a nugget of spirituality hiding in there, too: Jane's been given the same clean slate that Christians are granted through God's grace. We're new people, Jane and us. We're given a new, hopefully better, life.

But despite those promising elements, NBC did not deign to make Blindspot a new, better show. Indeed, the procedural has many of the same old problems common among crime procedurals—plus a few more to boot.

As mentioned, the plot is predicated on Jane's tattooed body, and as such we see a lot of it. Almost all of it. She, Kurt and other FBI agents fight soon-to-be-felons pretty frequently, too. Fists, feet and bullets fly, leading to bloody injuries and death. And like practically every show on television these days, Blindspot turns a deaf ear to profanities.

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Blindspot - September 22, 2015 - "Pilot"
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