Every week, TV Line picks their favorite performance on TV and this week it’s Jaimie ! Read the article (full of spoilers here:
THE PERFORMER | Jaimie Alexander
THE SHOW | Blindspot
THE EPISODE | “In Night So Ransomed Rogue” (Sept. 14, 2016)
THE PERFORMANCE | As far as memorable entrances go, crawling out of a duffel bag in the heart of New York City is a tough act to follow.
And yet, as soon as Blindspot‘s sophomore premiere began Wednesday night, Alexander had us as captivated as we were the moment we first laid eyes on her inked Jane Doe last fall — and she didn’t let up one bit in the hour that followed.
From scene to scene, moment to moment, Alexander showed us a myriad of different Janes, easily shifting from stoic to vulnerable and back again. Just minutes after we watched her get tortured at a CIA black site, eyes vacant and glazed-over, Alexander reintroduced Jane’s ruthless badass, as her character managed to escape captivity after a soul-crushing three months.
But Alexander’s strongest performances can be found in two separate scenes, the first of which was Jane’s emotionally loaded reunion with Weller. “You don’t want anyone to get hurt?” Jane asked, incredulous, while pointing a gun at her onetime colleague. “Do you have any idea where I have been these past three months?” During the fistfight that followed between the pair (which ended with Jane once again threatening Weller’s life), Alexander’s face registered all of Jane’s fear, anger and resentment.
Later, as Jane was introduced to her long-lost mother and brother, Alexander was heartbreaking in her portrayal of Jane’s shock and confusion. As her eyes welled with tears at the deluge of new information about her life, the actress made us feel intensely sympathetic for this character whose very existence continues to be thrown into chaos. Even in a moment as small and innocuous as hugging her brother Roman, Jane’s mixture of relief and uncertainty was palpable.
Given the events of Wednesday’s premiere, Jane — or Alice, or Remy — has a long season ahead. Thanks to Alexander’s superb performance, we can’t wait to watch the drama unfold.