NBC drama “Blindspot” is the best comedy on television


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There are very few shows in entertainment media that can truly meet the requirements of the “so bad it’s good” genre. In 21st century cinema, “The Room,” released in 2003, is the quintessential movie of this genre, featuring truly awful acting and performing paired with a lackadaisical production. Following in its footsteps, “Blindspot”, premiering in 2015, was intended to be a serious drama but has instead transformed into a laugh out loud comedy.  Starring Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe and Sullivan Stapleton as FBI agent Kurt Weller, this show follows a woman who was found in the middle of Times Square covered with mysterious tattoos and no recollection of who she was and how she got there. To the dismay of the viewers, the original narrative quickly devolved into a convoluted mess.

Admittedly, “Blindspot” started out as a compelling show that satisfied viewers each week. The intrigue around the meaning of the tattoos and her wiped memory drove the show to critical success through the beginning of the first season. However, with the reveal to these mysteries, the show’s writing started to go off the rails. The definitive point in the show where it goes from good to bad is when it is revealed that Jane Doe wiped her own memory for the purpose of getting into the FBI to infiltrate it. The plot, to that point, had been fairly straightforward and easy to grasp; however, this incredibly cliche twist opened up too many plot holes for the show to patch up and it is still unclear what purpose this change in course had in the long run, considering that the show still has the same setup from its second season on as it did in the first season, even after the origin of the tattoos and her past have been revealed.

The show is littered with incorrect information and comical narrative decisions, transforming from simply noticeable throughout its second season to laughable in its third and fourth. The second season, following the apprehension of the terrorist group “Sandstorm,” had the potential to be an intriguing setup for the show due to  connections to Jane’s past that were revealed to be at the root of this organization. The show failed to explore any character development for Jane and instead opted to revert back to the status quo at the season’s conclusion despite events that should have been absolutely earth-shattering for her. The third season’s setup goes from questionable to simply amusing. For seemingly no reason, Jane’s brother Roman (Luke Mitchell) covers her body with new tattoos that  reveal major crimes and injustices that the FBI investigates in each episode, begging the question of why Roman wouldn’t just deal with these himself if he knows all of the information already. On top of that, his position as the antagonist makes little sense when looking at his actions, since he appears to be doing half of the FBI’s job for them with seemingly nothing in it for him. Pairing the larger ideas that the show has struggled to convey with the show’s complete failure to understand how the FBI and government works make it absolutely hilarious to watch. It is very hard to take a situation seriously when a show claims that the government locks up nuclear warheads with padlocks and each of the main protagonists have committed more major felonies than the show’s antagonists.

The acting in this show has never been one of its highlights, especially when it comes to the leads of the show. While Luke Mitchell’s performance as Roman is adequate, Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton are both wooden in their lead roles and have almost no chemistry on screen despite the show’s continued insistence on them being an item. One of the very few positive aspects of the show is actually the comedic performance of one of its part-time cast members. Ennis Esmer’s performance as hacker and regularly escaped prisoner Rich Dotcom is magnificent, with his comedic timing and overall goofiness being the highlight of the show whenever he appears in an episode. His regular jabs at the members of the FBI and how badly they are doing their jobs resonate with viewers, and make him the audience’s surrogate for pointing out each of the main cast’s frequent acts of stupidity.

Even though its original intrigue has been absolutely demolished by its lackluster execution, the show still remains quite entertaining when viewed not as a drama, but as a comedy. While this is certainly not what creator Martin Gero envisioned when he premiered the show, the show is infinitely more entertaining now than it ever had the potential of reaching as a serious drama.