Whatever evil exists in the world, America must ultimately be at fault. That’s the tone of NBC’s series opener for “Blindspot.” The freshman drama centers around “Jane Doe,” a woman who emerges stark naked from a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square in a state of drug-induced amnesia. Jane’s entire body is covered in fresh tattoos, a series of coded clues that will be deciphered throughout the series.
The pilot episode’s antagonist, a Chinese immigrant, blames America for being too free and too indifferent to the struggles in his homeland. In a propaganda video set to upload after his bombs have detonated, the terrorist lays out his anti-American claims:
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The media never misses a chance to portray law enforcement as trigger-happy and itching to use excessive force. In a scene plucked straight from the rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement, “Gotham’s” Officer Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) draws his service weapon on a group of unarmed, hoodie-wearing looters as they attempt to abscond with a street vendor’s trinkets in the second season premiere episode “Damned If You Do…”
As if Gordon’s over-reaction wasn’t ridiculous enough on its own merits, it also comes immediately after he holstered his weapon to arrest a violent criminal who had already discharged a firearm in public and threatened an innocent civilian. If killing an armed criminal in self-defense is “too much paperwork,” I can’t imagine the clerical Everest he’d have to summit for discharging a firearm to stop petty theft.
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