Hi people! Yeah, I know, been off the grid again. But you’ll definitely forgive me when you hear what I’ve been up to. Attempting to finish Five Seasons of the series “Person of Interest in one week. And to sum it up with one word; awesome. I wonder how come I didn’t know such a series existed until now *sigh heartbroken*. Better late than never, right? I don’t think I’ve been this entranced by a series since “Prison Break”, (Season 1 that is, before it became something else. More like “Prisoners On The Run” crap).
So, where was I? Yes, Person of Interest is an American science fiction crime drama television series that aired on CBS from September 22, 2011, to June 21, 2016, over five seasons, comprising a total of 103 episodes. The series was created by Jonathan Nolan, and executive produced by Nolan, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Greg Plageman, Denise Thé, and Chris Fisher. It stars Jim Caviezel (Passion of The Christ), Michael Emerson (Lost), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi.
What makes the series so fab? For one the characters. Complicated and fascinating are the words that come to mind. Throw in a soft spoken but lethal ex-military, CIA agent gone rogue and now presumed dead, add another presumed dead, mysterious software billionaire genius, a crime lord with an order complex, a corrupt cop, a by the book cop, spice it up with one psychopathic contract killer and brillant computer hacker, a sociopathic government assassin, two IA (artificial intelligence) machines playing God, and we’ve cooked up the most interesting watch. All to support my argument; character trumps story!
Secondly, the plot. The twist to the series, has our unusual combo of characters trying to save the world by preventing impending violent crimes predicted by one of the IAs called “The Machine”, a mass-surveillance computer system that relays the identity of a single person predicted to be the crime victim or perpetrator. While the other IA basically wants to kill the world. Not gonna tell you more, lest I spoil the fun that awaits you *wink*
The series received a highly positive reception from critics, including an increase in acclaim when the series introduced more serialized storylines and deepened its exploration of artificial intelligence in later seasons. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave a 100% approval rating for seasons three and four with an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 for season three and 8.4 out of 10 for season four. 100% approval rating! That’s a first from Rotten Tomatoes, and absolutely deserving.
The first season of the series received generally positive reviews, with the pilot episode drawing a favorable response from critics and later episodes receiving higher praise. On Metacritic, the season scored a 65 out of 100. Of the pilot, David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said “Person of Interest separates itself from the gimmick pack, not only because of superbly nuanced characterization and writing but also because of how it engages a post-9/11 sense of paranoia in its viewers.” David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave the pilot four stars out of five, commenting on Caviezel’s and Emerson’s performances, saying Caviezel “brings the right stuff to this role” and Emerson “is fascinating as Mr. Finch.
Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times stated that in regard to the pilot, “the notion of preventing crimes rather than solving them is an appealing twist… The surveillance graphics are very cool. The episodes “Many Happy Returns” and the finale “Firewall” were particularly acclaimed. Tim Surette of TV.com called the former one of the series’ “best episodes”, commending Caviezel’s performance and the episode’s character exploration, while the latter was called “exactly what a season finale should be”, with Surette concluding his review by saying “‘Firewall’ was a spectacular finish to what has been an incredibly surprising first season of Person of Interest.
Other words to describe the series includes, “unapologetically kick-ass, conspiracy theory turned into art, brilliant, playful, mind-bending, heart-breaking, and flat-out excellent”. I couldn’t agree more. Which is why I’m so sad the only gave us five seasons. Whatever were the producers thinking of to come up with such a heart wrenching idea. Someone should have talked them out of it. I’m sending a mail right now to register my utmost displeasure. Not laughing peeps. Wearing my stern face.
Also going to miss my favourite character, John Reese a.k.a the man in the suit. The contrast of this gentle, soft spoken but lethal human, conversant with all manner of weaponry and hand to hand combat, former killer with a hero complex makes for a complicated and fascinating character. And the voice! Is that for real? Does he really talk that way or is it all for the cameras. Because I’m certain that most guys will kill for a voice like that *wink*. Anyway, Person of Interest is a must watch peeps. Be sure to send in your take and your favourite character.
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