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TV Picks: Emmys, ‘Blindspot,’ ‘Minority Report’

Emmy statue


An Emmy award sits on the table where winners can have their Emmy statuette engraved.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

“The Primetime Emmys” Just as the new fall season roars into view, the Emmys remind us just how much great TV there is already. There were new faces and names on the lists of nominees, but will any of them make it to podium or will Andy Samberg oversee yet another evening of ridiculous repeats or will it wind up being kind of like the Republican debates only with more jokes and musical numbers. Fox, Sunday at 5 p.m. PDT

“Blindspot”  Amid the relentless neon of Times Square, a duffle bag is discovered, tagged with directions to call the FBI. Is it a bomb? A big pile of Anthrax? No. As men in riot gear shout orders and point guns, the bag opens and a woman emerges shaking and clearly petrified to reveal her naked body, covered with tattoos.
   
Meet Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), who eventually gets clothes but has no memory at all. Her brain was apparently wiped clean by whoever covered her body with tattoos, which include quite prominently, the name “Kurt Weller.” 

That would be Agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), who has no idea who Jane Doe is or why his name is on her back, but with the aid of assorted doctors and “computer experts,” it is soon revealed that A) the tattoos are a “treasure map” of crime-related information, and B) Jane was apparently Jason Bourne in a former life. She may have no idea who she is or if she likes coffee, but every minute reveals a pretty amazing skill set. She speaks Chinese! She can take down three bad guys armed only with a broken broom! She knows how to handle a gun!

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Together they will decipher Jane’s epidermal code and no doubt save the world from innumerable disaster. Not the most original plot on TV, but Alexander, already a warrior icon as the Lady Sif sells it so well you are too busy watching her to notice. NBC, Mondays, 10 p.m.

“Minority Report” This slickly futuristic sequel to the 2002 film of the same name and description picks up 10 years following the events of the movie, after John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is rescued from three “PreCogs” from the briny depths of murder prediction. They now live in anonymity and their vision-based “PreCrime” system has been dismantled. Cops must solve “M” the old-fashioned way, with legwork and super-groovy contact lenses that holographically re-create the crime.

But the youngest PreCog, Dash (Stark Sands), continues to have visions, horrific visions of deaths he longs to prevent. So, ignoring the passionate pleadings of big sister and chief PreCog Agatha (Laura Regan), he tries to do that.

Obviously, he needs help. Which, with one convenient plot twist after another, he finds in Lara Vega (Meagan Good). Struggling against her own feelings of inadequacy and the glory-stealing tendencies of her supervisor Will (Wilmer Valderrama), Lara longs for the golden days of PreCrime, and promises to keep Dash’s identity a secret if he will work with her.

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The gizmos and aesthetics are reason enough to watch the pilot; whether the series will use the more complex themes raised by the idea of PreCrime remains to be seen. Unless you yourself are a PreCog. Fox, Mondays, 9 p.m.


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