With a lot of skepticism, I tuned into the pilot episode of Person of Interest, really not sure of what to expect. I had heard just bits and pieces about the show and did not really have a handle on what the show was about. The reveal on that was frustrating at first because it took a while to explain itself, but when it came, I was pleasantly surprised by it.
What I don’t know is whether or not the intensity and theme can continue on successfully week after week. What I do know is that I completely buy the premise. In essence, we have a brilliant programmer who has created a machine that helps the government anticipate those involved in future terrorist activity. However, the programmer, who is named Finch and is played by Michael Emerson, has realized that much of the data accumulated can be used to help protect people.
On the sly, having created a backdoor to the system, Finch recruits one of those hot shot types named John Reese (James Caviezel) to help him help others. It’s all a mystery, though, as they never really know what they are getting into and why a person needs help.
At the same time, they are being watched, but then the entire country is being watched. Here’s the thing. Finch makes a statement early on that Americans just want things taken care of without knowing how it is resolved, and I believe that is true. If we knew what our government really does half the time in the name of justice, we’d be outraged and disgusted. We hide behind the bliss of ignorance.
So, I totally believe in the type of system Finch has created in this fictional series. I’m not saying it’s out there, but at the same time, I’m not saying there isn’t something like it out there, either. In addition, the way they’ve set it up, I buy that, too. We have cameras everywhere, and in this day of micro-technology, I do not have a problem buying into the scenario on which this series bases itself.
So, this could be intense and intriguing. However, I don’t like the violence, especially the scene that had Reese firing multiple bullets into one of the bad guys who was defenseless at the time. That kind of thing will stop me from watching if it happens again. In the meantime, week one was a success. We’ll see what the future brings.