Starz’s ‘Blindspotting’ Was an Unexpected Bright Spot of 2021

The eight-episode Starz series is a sequel to the 2018 comedy-drama film of the same name. 

The movie is about an Oakland man, Collin Hoskins returning to his old haunts after being released from prison. 

Daveed Diggs played Collin, but he doesn’t appear on screen in the television show. Instead, the narrative starts with Collin’s friend, Miles (Rafael Casal) being arrested for drug possession. 

As a result, his longtime girlfriend Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones) and their six-year-old Shaun (Atticus Woodward)  are kicked out of their home. 

They move in with Miles’ hippie mother Rainey (Helen Hunt) and his sister Trish (Jaylen Barron.) 

A show about the costs of incarceration could easily feel claustrophobic and grim. Blindspotting does have a lot of heartbreaking moments: Shaun starring in horror on his first visit as his dad is pushed around by guards; everyone melting down when they hear the length of Miles’ sentence.