****Person of Interest airs on the local CBS affiliate which is WBNS 10 TV and can be found on channel 10 . For HD channel versions, check your local cable or satellite provider for more information. ****
The Alter of Abrams. J.J. Abrams, that is. Apparently, that is how some people roll. I am no different, I suppose. I also worship at the alter of Bill Lawrence, Kevin Smith, Cameron Crowe and Joss Whedon too. Frankly, anything touched upon by these creative talents are always given a chance, no matter how silly or awesome the preview. And they’re not always right out of the gate hits, but most times out of 10, it’s a quality film or program. J.J. Abrams new produced CBS show Person of Intersest hit Thursday Night at 10pm and it begs the question, how did the Abrams produced show go?
The series, created by Jonathan Nolan(yeah, the brother of the guy who did Inception), follows the story of John Reese(James Caviezel), a bum, who feels horrible about something that happened to a girl he loved. He used to be black-ops, or CIA, something bad, practically a human weapon, and while we don’t know what exactly happened besides that ‘he lost’ her, he punishes himself with the bottle, sleeping on subway trains. But Reese is being watched. Long since considered dead by his government, no one is actively looking for Reese, or at least, he thinks so, that is, until, after a scuffle with some punks on a train, he is taken into custody of the police for questioning, and is bailed out by the eccentric Finch (the wonderful Michael Emerson). Luckily Reese is bailed out just in time as it seems that detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) from the police gets a nod from the fingerprint database that this guy is wanted for 14 murders. While it’s not cleared up whether or not it is marked as the city or the country as a whole (unless I overlooked that) but Carter is hot on the heels of tracking down Reese.
Finch, meanwhile had bailed out Reese for a reason. You see, there is a person of interest that this computer spits out. While I won’t go into the semantics required by the device, like Finch does for us audience members when you watch the show, (it’ll make more sense, trust me) but Finch somehow has a social security number of someone who will be involved with a crime or murder. Now he doesn’t know if the person is the victim or the murderer, but either way, he needs someone who can save this ‘Person of Interest’. See what I did there? Yeah, I know.
But, Reese and Finch make their deal, and go out to save a female lawyer who is trying to help a man who is possibly in over his head with dirty cops. Or is she? What if she isn’t the one that is over her head, but it will lead to someone else who could get hurt or killed? Surely this is an interesting plot point, that the machine never knows exactly what it gives you just that they are somehow involved, they might be neither the victim or murderer but someone caught in between. And there is all sorts of kinds of extra stuff lining the mystery of the show, what is Finch hiding, what else is Reese hiding, and it’s serviceable. But can it last?
I think that Nolan can make magic here, and I won’t knock his show when it’s only the pilot. I’ve seen many shows, drama or otherwise improve upon a pilot. (Hello, uh, Fringe anyone?) I’ll be sure to tune in to find out where this show continues to go and grow.
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