Person of Interest – Pilot Review

John Reese is a scarily competent former CIA type who’s pretending to be dead. He’s picked up by Mr Finch who’s extremely rich, very creepy, slightly obsessed and also pretending to be dead. He designed a program that the US government spies on people to find anomalies – the government is looking for terrorists but it also finds people for whom bad things are going to happen. The US government isn’t interested in helping them, so Mr Finch hacks his system and enlists Reese to investigate and save who they can.

It’s a pretty bloody daft idea, but if treated with a humour and enthusiasm it could be quite fun – solving unknown crimes before they start when all you have to go on is a single identity who might be the victim or the perpetrator. It could be a sort of spy show meets Minority Report, with lots of potential for an A-Team style bunch of misfits helping people that the authorities have no interest in.

Shame that instead they managed to make a desperate dull piece of over the top rubbish.

I lay most of the blame at the feet of Jim Caviezel (Jesus in Passion of the Christ), as the most monotone borderline psychopath the world has ever seen. Boy, this guy can drain the charisma out of a room with just a raised eyebrow. He is DULL! He’s also overly violent, prone to wondering into situations that are likely to get him killed and… of course… seemingly traumatised by some trauma that happened to his girlfriend who we see in flashbacks. Oooo… that’s original.

Meanwhile Michael Emerson (who was apparently amazing in Lost, but I’d given up on it by then) is hamming it up like no one’s business having opted to play his character with a mysterious limp and a neck that only turns one way. It really is most distracting. Although on the plus side the distraction minimises the amount of attention you can pay to the plot which was overly complicated and utterly uninteresting.

It seems that I’m missing something, because most of the other reviewers seem to think it’s ok, if not brilliant and it also drew in pretty massive ratings that it mostly maintained for its second episode. I genuinely can’t understand it! It’s not like I’m on the fence about it, I really do think it’s utterly awful – charisma vacuum characters making ridiculous decisions and delivering cliché ridden dialogue – the least entertaining 45 minutes of television I’ve seen in a very long time. I can only conclude the rest of the television watching populace is insane.

Other reviews
AOL TV – If you’re looking for a procedural drama of a very different color, or even if you don’t care for the procedural format, you might just fall in love with ‘Person of Interest’ (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS). It certainly had one of the stronger pilots in this new premiere week.
TV Fanatic – There’s a lot of potential for the show and I look forward to seeing where it takes viewers. It’s safe to say that, while not a perfect start, I’m still very interested.


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