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Person of Interest: Is the New CBS Show Worth Watching?

Person of Interest TV seriesTwo former stars of Lost are now on Hawaii Five-0 and tonight, another island vet (Michael Emerson) comes to CBS in Person of Interest. This is one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall season. Do you think it’ll meet expectations?

Person of Interest is a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent (Jim Caviezel), who teams up with a mysterious billionaire named Finch (Emerson), to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Finch has invented a a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes and the two work outside of the law to prevent them. Not surprisingly, their actions attract the attention of a no-nonsense homicide detective (Taraji P. Henson).

Is it worth your time? Here’s what the critics are saying:

San Francisco Chronicle: “You often find gimmicks in lesser shows – Unforgettable, the new show about a woman with perfect recall who solves crimes, comes to mind. But Person of Interest separates itself from the gimmick pack, not only because of superbly nuanced characterization and writing but also because of how it engages a post-9/11 sense of paranoia in its viewers.”

“Throughout the show, we see and hear life on the streets of New York through surveillance cameras and listening devices. Thousands of faceless people stream by, or talk on cell phones, and so much of the information gathered and stored in banks and banks of computers is mundane. Yet, it’s human life, everyday life, and nothing is private anymore. This is just a further confirmation of the 1984-like reality of living in the 21st century. You are being watched, you are being heard.”

NY Daily News: “Caviezel, whose previous savior experience includes playing Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, brings the right stuff to this role. We believe both his skills and his reluctance to talk much about himself. Whatever happened to him before, which we may or may not learn as weeks go by, is tucked away in some tormented corner of his soul. Its only impact on his new job is that it may push him harder, and for our purposes, that’s okay, too.”

“Emerson is fascinating as Mr. Finch, and two regular cops who have an interest in Reese are also good: Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman).”

LA Times: “The notion of preventing crimes rather than solving them is an appealing twist, although the crime in the pilot is fairly boring. At least the surveillance graphics are very cool.”

“But when the only real tension is one character telling another to hurry and the most emotionally involving scene lasts 30 seconds and involves the cop who may not engage with the principals again all season, it’s difficult to remain an interested person.”

What do you think? Will you be checking out Person of Interest? What’s your gut instinct? Do you think it’ll survive to get renewed or will be quickly cancelled instead?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Sean July 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hands down, this is my favorite show on T.V. Excellent Character choice, plots with a twist, and the ending of the last show was unreal. I cannot wait for a new season. I will be highly disappointed if the show is cancelled.


Donna DeBoe February 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

This is one of the best shows I have seen in a very long time , hope it stays around ,although seems to me these tv stations keep all the dumb crappy shows that you require absolutly no IQ to watch on and take all the really good shows off ……….. please think before you axe a show do away with all the “stupid “ones leave the good ones alone


M September 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm

The pilot was really good. It has an excellent cast along with some of the best directors and producers to date. The show definitely has potential and given that it is not on NBC, it may last.


Mary September 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

Want to see more-love Michael Emerson.


Marie September 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Compelling and engrossing — loved it and looking forward to more.


J.P. September 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I thought the pilot was very good. Reminded me of last year’s Hawaii Five-O pilot — full of potential. Definately gonna be sticking around.


Ross September 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

I’m passing one this one. This show sucks.


karenconway917 September 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

This show is AWFUL I hope they put something else in it;s place not worth watching I board within 10 min finshed it but it is a LOSER


Patricia September 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

I loved the show!! Jim was great as he is in all he does!!
Characters were believable and the show was intense!


adam September 23, 2011 at 8:19 am

I liked the premise, but the crime in the first one was pretty weak. But pilots are rarely the high point, so we give it a “meh, but we saw enough promise to give it the ‘Three Episode Rule.'”


Kat September 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

The first two reviews are what I thought this show would be like. The third one represents what might end up being the case, but who knows? Maybe the show gets better with age, like Ringer (whose second episode was a lot more interesting than the pilot). Either way, I’m definitely interested!


Jeremy Rynek September 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Well if they were gonna ax one of the CSIs for this then it must be a little good. But on the other hand, I think they were gonna ax the original and they got Ted to be in it. So now we’re here.


Tunde September 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Looks to be an interesting show. Michael Emerson is a wonderful character.


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