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Blindspot - (S01E11)

Mystery . Drama . Crime . Action

Jane reels from a series of massive revelations about her tattoos and grapples with whether to trust Oscar. Meanwhile, a tattoo leads the team to a shocking discovery in the Black Sea.

Episode Title: Cease Forcing Enemy
Airs: 2016-02-29 at 22:00
  • David Wiegand

    It is gripping, well acted and beautifully written. Most of all, its multiple layers of mystery should keep viewers coming back for more, week after week.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    While we don’t know the identity of Jane Doe yet, the pilot drops some hefty clues, ones that only touch the surface of what looks to be a compelling conspiracy thriller.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The parsing of detail is effective because by the end of Monday's pilot, I was surprised by an unexpected reaction: I actually wanted to know what happens next week.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    This visually arresting thriller suggests that Gero is not easily pigeonholed.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Clever, well-plotted, if predictable, it borrows liberally from every spy movie and conspiracy thriller ever made.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The whodunit and dunwhat? elements of Blindspot are terse, fast-pitched and intriguing. Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    The thriller created by Martin Gero can seem overly intricate at times, but the conspiracy doesn’t get in the way of the show’s early momentum. Where it goes from here is definitely worth checking out.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    A promising mystery thriller with a pair of strong, intriguing characters at the center.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    The suspense is ripping, the combat violent, in its own peculiarly satisfying way.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Blindspot (not the title you’d expect or hope for when your series is about a woman covered in tattoos) has more than enough going for it early on, despite some real bouts of silliness, that it’s one of those few and elusive pilots that can be endorsed for at least initial evaluation. The reward for spending an hour is mostly worth it.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Why watch a show this silly? In part because Alexander is able to make us empathize with Jane's emotional upheaval while still creating a heroine who is believably feisty and capable.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Based on its completely riveting pilot, Blindspot might have earned four stars if there were any way to judge what it was going to be.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The first episode isn’t even that bad, given the absurdity of its premise: It achieves a little menace. But the warning signs of future stupidity are everywhere.

    Slate Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    It warrants a little suspension of disbelief, but Blindspot is a fun, entertaining, action-packed thriller perfect for a Monday night lineup.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Deborah Day

    The show moves quickly to establish not only Jane’s superior physicality, but also her hard-wired do-gooder tendencies and willingness to join the fray. At the same time, Blindspot creators seed their story with memory flashbacks intended to suspend the tension surrounding the character.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    What keeps the first episode from slipping into absurdity is the commitment to action displayed by star Alexander and creators Martin Gero and Greg Berlanti.... Blindspot could be a good show--nothing revolutionary, but a fun escapade in the weeks ahead.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's all completely absurd, of course, but smoothly so —"The Da Vinci Code" meets "Alias."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    [The pilot episode is] still an incredibly tight, well-crafted hour of television, fast-paced enough to sell the ludicrous hook but trusting enough of its actors, particularly Alexander, to let them flex some dramatic muscle.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    It’s a lot of unwieldy plot points--borrowing indiscriminately from “Alias,” “National Treasure,” and “John Doe.” What keeps it together is Alexander’s performance.

    Salon Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Alexander and Stapleton, both appealing enough in their own right, to execute some basic action-adventure moves, though their characters have no discernible chemistry as yet. The Blindspot pilot is more or less efficient enough, even though few aspects of the premise make any real sense.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    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.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Alex McCown

    There are brief flashes of potential. ... But the show simply lacks the confidence to let its audience connect the dots.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Blindspot has an initially intriguing premise and a compelling co-lead in Alexander. But there’s also some Silly Putty in play here, with Weller’s hard-charging man of action at times laughably intense amid all this oh-so deadly serious business.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    While Ms. Alexander is an appealing lead actress, Blindspot feels like a too familiar, warmed-over series premise even though it’s the only “original” series concept among the three thrillers debuting in the next two days.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While the premiere is very fast-paced and action-packed--created by Martin Gero, working in conjunction with prolific showrunner Greg Berlanti, taking a sort-of break from superheroes--one can see pretty quickly where all this is heading.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The mythology feels like mystery for its own sake, and even the characters on the show start wondering why whoever inked up Jane didn't just call the FBI anonymously.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    Blindspot really only works if you don’t think about it too hard.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Blindspot isn't the dumbest show of the fall season, not by a lot. But oh God, does it ever sell itself out by cramming in the most labored, faux-action-movie dialogue.... The show moves briskly enough, and the performances are all fine, but the show's, well, blind spot is its off-putting use of women as props.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Beneath its loud insistence on its own urgency, Blindspot is a complete blank.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Blindspot is a textbook TV exercise in the preposterous.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    From the beginning, dialogue is overdone and laughable. I don’t demand realism from a show about a tattooed naked woman dropped in Times Square, but there’s a line where it gets ridiculous instead of entertaining and Blindspot crosses it early and often. Full Review

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