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Person of Interest (CBS) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review

Updated on August 18, 2012
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‘Person of Interest’ is a new drama series about a post-9/11 machine that predicts future crimes and a businessman (Michael Emerson, ‘Lost’) and a former CIA-agent (Jim Caviezel, ‘The Passion Of The Christ’) trying to stop these crimes from happening. Written by J.J. Abrams (co-creator of ‘Alias’ and ‘Lost’) and Jonathan Nolan (‘The Dark Knight’), ‘Person of Interest’ co-stars Taraji P. Henson (‘Boston Legal’).
According to a CBS executive, ‘Person of Interest’ has received the highest ratings from test audiences in the last 15 years. As a result, the network has decided to move CSI, the over-a-decade veteran occupant of the Thursdays 9/8c timeslot, to Wednesdays, in favor of ‘Person of Interest’.

In the aftermath of 9/11, the US government granted itself the power to read every one's e-mails, listen to all phone conversations and track us on video where ever we go. This amounts to an enormous lot of information, and the mysterious billionaire Mr. Finch (Emerson) was asked to build a machine that could look through all this information and help prevent another terrorist attack. As a side effect, the resulting machine also produced ‘irrelevant’ crimes. Since Finch couldn’t live with himself ignoring these, he built a back door that each day gives him one Social Security number of someone involved in a future crime.
Unable to intervene himself, Mr. Finch hires John Reese (Caviezel), a former CIA-agent who is presumed dead by everyone, just like Mr. Finch himself. Reese’s job is to find out what the role of the person in the crime will be (victim, perpetrator or witness), where and when it will happen and to prevent the actual crime from happening.

The expectations are sky high for ‘Person of Interest’, being created by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan and driving CSI out of its very own timeslot. The big question is: Does ‘Person of Interest’ deliver? The short answer: Yes. The long answer: If you’re willing to accept the fact that one’s Visa bills and phone calls can tell whether he or she will be involved in a crime, and the fact that there is a supercomputer that actually does this kind of thing, this is a great show. Michael Emerson brings eccentricity and mystery to his character and Jim Caviezel makes John Reese the tragic anti-hero he should be.
The first crime that our new duo prevents is not a very distinguishing one, with a wrongfully accused African-American and crooked cops, but that leaves the focus at the introduction of Finch and Reese’s collaboration. What really draws the attention of the audience is the mystery surrounding the two lead characters. If Abrams and Nolan do as expected, they will slowly unveil the history of the characters, keep us on the edges of our seats and deliver a new hit series to CBS.

What do you think of 'Person of Interest'?

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    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, xstatic, for reading and commenting!

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Love the show and this is a succinct Hub about it that I found interesting.

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      I am definitely still watching! I think Person of Interest is a great show, especially now it's becoming more than just cases of the week. I also love that our super hero Reese can be vulnerable at some times, getting shot or getting emotional. And I really want to know more about Finches past!

      I think you're right about PoI's renewal, its ratings have been growing lately with several season highs. Expect to see more of Finch and Reese!

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      Martyv25 

      6 years ago

      I'm wondering if you still watch this show? I think it's been brilliant with the last three maybe four episodes really standing out and starting to expalin a little more of just who Finch is and what he may have done in the past. Last weeks "Blue Code" was also a brilliant episode showing us more of the backing story from John Reese. I think Person of Interest will get renewed for a second season, especially if it keeps delivering the mystery of it's lead characters at the pace it has been.

      I review every episode on my site, tou should come check it out.

    • Robin Oatley profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Oatley 

      7 years ago

      Great! And thanks a lot!

    • Iggy Falcone profile image

      Iggy Falcone 

      7 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia

      Linking to this!

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