September 23rd, 2011
06:30 AM ET
What if, say, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs were hired by the government to create the technology to monitor all of the security cameras everywhere in the country? That's part of the concept of "Person of Interest," which premiered on Thursday night.
A big weapon in the series' arsenal is the actor playing software genius Finch, "Lost's" Michael Emerson. He could make reading the phone book scintillating.
When Finch bails a homeless man out of jail, who turns out to be a former CIA operative named John Reese, to look into disturbing patterns of behavior he spots on the security cameras, that's where the show quickly gets moving.
Reese, played by Jim Caviezel (best known for "The Passion of the Christ") seems to be a bit more than what Finch bargained for, something of a 21st century "Dirty Harry" but even more of the "strong, silent type" than that. Hopefully Caviezel won't cross the line from brooding, gruff-voiced vigilante to someone with a personality deficit.
Taraji P. Henson brings an Oscar-caliber pedigree to the proceedings, but it appears that her character – a detective curious about Reese – will have much more to do in future episodes.
Out of the many drama pilots this season, this is surprisingly one of the few where you can see it potentially lasting for many seasons to come. It's hard to see how shows like "Ringer," "Revenge," and even the upcoming "Pan Am" can continue to keep people's interest long term, as they seem to only have enough plot set out for a season or so, or they just seem gimmicky. Here, I can tell there are many layers still to be peeled away for Reese and Finch.
As for the episode itself, I liked that the victim turned out to be the ringleader, which shows that this series will keep you guessing.
With Jonah Nolan ("The Dark Knight") as the creator and J.J. Abrams overseeing things, there are a lot of reasons to keep tuning in. It's not my favorite show of the new season, but I'll continue to follow it.
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