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Fall 2015: What’s on Monday? Supergirl, Blindspot & Minority Report

BY Jennifer Griffin

Published 6 years ago

With a slew of new shows to consider this Fall, it can be hard to know what to DVR, what to ditch, and what to invest your time watching live. And with a huge number of often nebulous, or worse, blandly praise-worthy online reviews popping up ahead of the Fall schedule the decision only becomes more difficult.

That's where ScreenSpy comes in. We've put together a series of brief and concise thoughts on everything on offer, structured according to the day each new show airs. What's more, our reviews are written by people who have watched and analyzed in advance almost every pilot episode of every new show premiering this TV season.

Is Blindspot worth the hype? Is Supergirl The Flash light? Will Minority Report turn out to be another Almost Human? We can't predict the future, but we can help you make an informed viewing choice. And because we're not owned or affiliated with any TV Network, unlike some of our industry peers, you can be sure our criticism is genuine, and not a marketing maneuver in disguise.

The various Networks sent us a slew of pilot episodes over the summer on a 'not for review' basis. This means that they don't want us to offer a full critique just yet. That's ok with us because this series of articles isn't intended to be another lengthy online review. (We can discuss all those character insights later, right?) Sometimes, the Network will decide to recast an actor, alter a scene, or make a change to any number of little details that might spell big changes for the show as a whole. For that reason they don't want us to review their product before it's finished, which is understandable. We wouldn't like someone reading an early first draft of this article either. What you will find below, therefore, are our first impressions, or a 'preview' of what's around the corner.

And yes, our full 'for review' analysis will follow in due course.

Here's what's new on Monday night this Fall.

BLINDSPOT (NBC)

What NBC Says: A beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.

What We Say: What if Red Reddington’s blacklist was a series of tattoos …? Despite a slightly silly premise (Why tattoo someone with a series of clues to major terror threats instead of just picking up the phone and telling someone, other than to give the audience a new case every week?), Blindspot is actually one of the many pilots we’ve seen over the summer with a sense of drama, urgency and excitement about it. (We’ve got Blacklist season 1 tingles.)

Jaimie Alexander strikes a perfect balance in her portrayal of a vulnerable amnesiac thrust into the spotlight (quite literally) and a capable and deadly special agent. Kudos too to Sullivan Stapleton whose agent Kurt Weller is a delicious blend of cool reserve, street smarts and just a spot of old fashioned hero. Can we start shipping them now, or is it too early?

Who’s In It: Jaimie Alexander as ‘Jane Doe’ and Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller. Also starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson.

Points of Note:

“That was right under our nose”

“Behind her ear actually.”

Ok, what if there was just one tattoo and it was the combination to one of those safety deposit boxes with the rest of the clues tucked inside?

Seriously, her entire body?

Blindspot premieres Monday September 21 (10:00-11:00 pm ET/PT) on NBC

BLINDSPOT -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

BLINDSPOT — “Pilot” — Pictured: Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

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