Excerpts from IGN article about Person of Interest. Yeah, I've a hardon for this show.
Aside from being the last remaining network that's able to produce smash-hit "traditional" multi-cam sitcoms, CBS' bread and butter is also its barely-serialized "case of the week" shows. Not exactly IGN-friendly, as not only do we love our genre shows, but we love the long-arcing, deep-cutting stories (and payoffs) that come with serialization. Well, Person of Interest has all but circumvented its procedural roots and turned into a show that's both challenging and rewarding.
Saving people is still at the heart of the series, which started out with Michael Emerson's Harold Finch and Jim Caviezel's John Reese using a backdoor program to obtain social security numbers from a secret semi-sentient surveillance computer to rescue citizens from dangers deemed "irrelevant" and too small for government intervention. It's since grown into a massive, labyrinthine tragi-commentary about our own personal freedoms and liberties, the abuse of power, and the rise of AI.
Created by Jonathan Nolan, Person of Interest is basically The Dark Knight without the cape and cowl.
Finch is the eloquent billionaire genius and Reese is the soft-spoken one-man army, and both are in need of purpose and redemption. Together, along with a team that grows as the seasons progress, they swoop in and rescue ordinary citizens who Finch's super-computer, "The Machine," determines to be in danger (or who may be the danger, in some cases).
Another feat that Person of Interest deftly pulls off on a regular basis - while in the midst of showcasing important issues like privacy, security, and the fragile balance between the two - is that it's able to present both sides of a debate. The characters have sound ideologies and convictions. They have reasons for being the way they are and doing the things they're doing. There's a lot of "grey" to sift through as it pertains to government, liberty, morality and in a post-9/11 America. Which makes for outstanding television.
If this is to be a superhero story, then you need some proper bad guys. And this is another category where Person of Interest shines brightly.
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