I’m enjoying the new NBC show Blindspot much more than I expected. It’s a ‘high concept’ show, which often spells disaster when the writers have no idea where to go with the high concept once they get beyond the pilot episode. When it works, however, it can be golden (Blacklist).
Blindspot sports some very sharp writing, indicating the show runners have a clear understanding of the concept and where they are taking it. The high concept mystery underlying the series (who is the tattoo covered Jane Doe and why do her tattoos keep leading the FBI to major crimes) has been brilliantly dispersed through the first six episodes, managing to keep me interested and coming back without being frustratingly obtuse.
The biggest risk in utilizing this style of storytelling is it is a dangerous weekly high wire act. Done right, the underlying mystery keeps regular viewers wanting/hoping to see if the show can actually pull off a satisfying resolution. Done wrong (Lost), the mystery is kept going from season to season, simply getting more complicated and confusing (Person of Interest) with no resolution in sight causing once engaged viewers to let episode after episode stack up of their DVR without watching.
So far, Blindspot has been handled in a satisfying and intriguing manner. I’m going to keep watching, battling against my cynicism and hoping for a strong wrap up to the season…
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