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'Person of Interest' Premiere: Reese Has Standoff With Corrupt Cop (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 2:45AM
'Person of Interest' - 'Pilot'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.

Jim Caviezel is brilliant as an emotionally haunted and physically menacing former government operative, while Michael Emerson captures much of the same genius that made Benjamin Linus a stand-out character on 'Lost,' but without the evil undertones.

The premiere did a great job of setting up the very simple premise. Mr. Finch (Emerson) built a machine after 9/11 that can predict who will be involved in criminal activities. The machine for the government's purposes isn't interested in smaller crimes, but it's these crimes that kept Finch up at night.

So he hacked into the system, and all he can retrieve is a social security number. That number leads to someone who's going to be involved in a violent crime, but it's unclear if they'll be the victim, the criminal or something else.

He recruits John Reese (Caviezel) to be his operative in trying to find out what's going to happen, and the prevent it. And with this guy, you're looking at much more of an action procedural than the traditional forensics and investigative variety that permeates network television.

Reese does some recruiting of his own, finding a reluctant participant in the dirty cop ring that he's investigating. In exchange for wiping the records of this guy's involvement, now he has an inside man in the NYPD.

The show did a smart thing, too, by having the first "person of interest" turn out to be the ringleader behind the upcoming violent crime, rather than the victim. Right there we see just how interesting a take on the format this is going to be.

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Dexter Morgan

So far, the new show WINNER....and the only one that has made the cut on my tv.........Playboy Club was ok.......and Homeland Pilot on DTV....has me anxious for Ep 2.....

Prime suspect is on life support .....and looking forward to Pan am on Sunday........

September 24 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael K Pate

I thought it was pretty obvious that Finch had lost someone important to him. I am betting we will find out that one of the numbers he ignored at first was for that person - kind of a Ben Parker/Spider-Man thing.

September 24 2011 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I also enjoyed the show but worried how many episodes can this premise work without becoming just another gimmick procedural.

Two question. Why did the lawyer go see the framed prisoner in jail? Why did the cop snap at her "I thought you were on our side?" with such disrespect if she was the boss?

September 23 2011 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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