Person of Interest – Season 1
Person Of Interest begs, borrows and steals ideas from a number of previous films and TV shows, but takes it’s ill-gotten gains and mixes them up into a nicely packaged, compelling drama that will have you glued throughout the entirety of the first season.
The basic premise is that of our lack of privacy – surveillance is everywhere, and the Government now has a computer system built by reclusive billionaire Mr Finch (played by Lost’s Michael Emerson) with which it keeps an eye out for terrorist activities. Unknown to the Government, Finch built a back door and is collating data all of his own. Data that he programmed the system to delete, because it has nothing to do with terrorism, just ordinary, mostly fatal, crimes.
With the help of ex-Special Forces man Mr Reese – a kind of Jack Reacher character, the one written by Lee Child not the one played by Tom Cruise – Finch takes the information given by the program, which is nothing more than a social security number, and get to work on figuring out if they are the victim or the perpetrator, and working to stop the crime.
Different situations each week keeps the whole show fresh, whilst several story arcs glue the season together setting up for the second season with a nice cliffhanger.
The chemistry between Emerson and Jim Caviezel (Mr Reese) gives the show a kind of x-factor and a capable cast of secondary characters keep things moving along.
It’s one of the best new TV shows to be released in 2012.
M Violence & drug references.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read