‘Blindspot’ Has a Plan: Where the Show Will Go After the Premiere

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Blindspot gets right to the point in the first couple of minutes — introducing us to our mysterious, tattoo-covered Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) emerging from a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square. The first discussion point for this new NBC thriller materialized before the premiere episode was even a minute old: In these jittery times, could a large duffel bag really be dumped in Times Square unchallenged and sit there indefinitely while passers-by stepped around it unconcerned?

The new thriller “Blindspot,” starring Jaimie Alexander as “Jane Doe,” a woman whose memory has been erased and whose body is covered in tattoos, premieres tonight. (NBC) “Dancing with the Stars”: Oregon’s hero, Alek Skarlatos, impressed the judges his first time on the dance floor. Since we don’t know much about Alexander’s character, EW decided to get to know the Thor actress by having her take our Pop Culture Personality Quiz. Tattooed between her shoulder blades — in her blind spot — is the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller (played by Strike Back’s Sullivan Stapleton), who is just as clueless as she is about who or what could be masterminding this riddle. The butt-kicking star revealed most days the process is a far cry from the full-body 7-hour process. “Every single day I put on the arms and then chest up,” she revealed to E! ABC/2) “Life in Pieces”: The cast of this new sitcom about a family going through various life stages and changes is outstanding: Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Dan Bakkedahl, Angelique Cabral, and more.

Because her wardrobe involves a full body of tattoos, Alexander spends seven and a half hours standing in the makeup department getting them transferred on — and that is before her day in front of the camera begins. “I can’t sit down, so it gets a little rough towards the end of the makeup session,” said the 31-year-old in what we are sure must be a tremendous understatement. In any case, I liked the way “Blindspot” opened and I liked Jaimie Alexander, the actress who popped out of that bag wearing only tattoos and lots of them. (Nice camera work, by the way, to accommodate the nudity; it would have killed the whole ominous buzz of that opening scene to have seen blurring or carefully placed obstructions or whatever.) Is the whole premise of the show preposterous? To take her mind off the process, “we blast The Beatles and watch Daniel Boone reruns because that’s the only thing on at 3.30 in the morning”, she said.

But while these standalone plots could descend into sketches, they don’t — the writing is sharp and relatable, and the cast, particularly Colin Hanks and Zoe Lister Jones as new parents, bring their standard-fare roles to life. CBS/6) “Minority Report”: TV adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 sci-fi movie about police trying to prevent crimes with the aid of “precogs” who can see what’s about to happen. This elaborate torture is actually something the actress is quite prepared for. “The worst thing that happens in television or in film is the way they just cover you up because they don’t want to put the actor through makeup every day.

The Thor star said the role has her fighting on quite a bit—when you see the first episode tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC, you’ll see why—and to recover from that she and her stunt double BFF cook healthy food together (they also live together in New York!), and do Aqua Cycle, which is basically Soul Cycle, but in water. Stapleton, a veteran of Strike Back, knows a thing or two about kicking butt on TV, didn’t know Alexander before . “I guess that’s been the great part: We get to work together and I get to watch this girl kick absolute ass,” he told us. But with a good cast and crisp delivery, ‘Blindspot’ should at least compel you to stick around for a few more episodes to see where it’s going.” Elsewhere: Admirers, called it “The Blacklist” for women, but worried that it may not know how to use its tools. A fast-paced action thriller with gee-whiz special effects and a moral about the triumph of free will over determinism? “Minority Report” the television series is that, except with the opposite of that moral.

After the discovery of a date and address for an apartment tattooed in Chinese behind Jane’s ear, Weller and two of his team members decide to check it out. The premiere’s best moment, besides the opening, was Jane’s arguing to be taken along when the agents went to the address they had found tattooed behind her ear. And a relatively helpless but uniquely skilled male protagonist who reaches his potential only with the help of an astute, extremely capable woman. (This is what we burned our bras for?) The series (Fox, 9 p.m.) is set a decade after the events of the movie, after the PreCrime Division, which harnessed the precognitive abilities of three young siblings to track down wrongdoers before they committed their crimes, was shut down. But one of the siblings, the damaged Dash (Stark Sands), still receives violent but frustratingly incomplete flashes of future crimes and tries ineffectually to prevent them.

That scene, and several others in the premiere, suggested an interesting philosophical question that could be read into this series if you felt like reading way more into an improbable TV show than it deserves. That puts him on a collision course with Lara Vega (Meagan Good), a detective who decides that using Dash’s skills aren’t a complete violation of civil rights.

When they arrive, they find a room full of bomb-making materials and a terrorist propaganda video inferring that the tenant, Chao (Chang Yung-I), is planning on detonating an explosive that day somewhere in the city. CBS/6) “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”: The parade of political guests on late-night talk shows continues, as Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina drops by, as does Ryan Reynolds, who’s not running for anything, as far as I know. (11:34 p.m. So the two team up to use his knowledge, but they also need an assist from Dash’s twin Arthur (Nick Zano, a Nutley native), a far less noble precog who has used his powers to enrich himself. (He seems far more fun to watch than Dash.) The CGI is still pretty cool, and some chuckles are wrought from the futuristic premise (Iggy Azalea is considered a classic in 2065), but at its heart “Minority Report” is a by-the-book cop procedural with turgid writing and complete absence of subtlety. It’s not that bad.’” Apart from all the ink, the thing she enjoys most about the series is getting to showcase her acting chops. “The last time I had the opportunity to work on scenes where you could see that I could act was on Kyle XY because the rest of my work involves a lot of action,” she said. The opening moments of “Blindspot” (NBC, 10 p.m.) are among the most arresting of the fall newcomers, with Alexander rising from the duffle like a punk Aphrodite in her shell.

Not that this show is not action-packed, of course, which resulted in a spot of trouble during a Navy SEAL training session she was put through in a hotel in New York City. “We had the windows open because we’re idiots, and we were messing around with shotguns and assault rifles. Somebody saw us and called the cops,” she recounted. “The police came and started to bang on the door … They were trying to arrest us because they probably thought we were part of ISIS.” As one of her tattoos leads to an unfolding terrorist plot, our Jane improbably joins forces with Weller to unravel it, revealing a multitude of talents along the way (fluent Chinese, martial arts, zero body fat). If you’d had your memory wiped so clean that you didn’t know your own name, would you still have a strong enough sense of justice that you’d put yourself in jeopardy to help a stranger?

The leads are fine, but the amount of disbelief that must be suspended for an anonymous woman with hinky body art to become an adjunct FBI agent beggars belief. And you’ll see the episode capper, which offers a major clue about Jane’s identity (if not the motives of those responsible for her condition), coming a mile away. We have a week to contemplate such weighty matters before we (perhaps) learn more about that shadowy guy with the beard and why someone would go to so much trouble and use up so much ink to convey messages to the F.B.I. They find the bomb that Chao kindly leaves behind on a subway car, and though it can’t be deactivated, Weller saves the day by running it down the subway tunnel and reducing its blast radius.

On CBS, the ninth season of “The Big Bang Theory” debuts at 8 p.m., followed by “Life in Pieces,” sophomore show “Scorpion,” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” NJ.com TV critic Vicki Hyman and super fan Erin Medley, the new dynamic duo of TV coverage, recap Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, which included a historic moment or two. This is where Jane experiences her first flashback; she sees herself doing target practice in the woods with a mystery man who appears to be training her.

So, even with the excitement of Weller and his team successfully saving the day from a terrorist attack, Jane still has to spend the night alone in her new “home” (read: safe house) to deal with her emotions. Even though we’re not sensing any sparks flying between Jane and Weller yet, these two both seem to crave human affection and have great onscreen chemistry. The file has Mayfair’s name on it, and though most of the words are blacked out because it’s top secret, we do see words like “murder” and “embezzlement” scribed on the page. When he confirms with her that she wants to wipe her memory, her response is, “it’s my only choice.” Now we likely begin the season long (at least) process of uncovering her relationship with the mystery man and discovering what led her to willingly wipe her slate clean.

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