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Reese Brings a Gun to a Hostage Negotiation on 'Person of Interest' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 21st 2011 3:15AM
'Person of Interest' - 'Judgment''Person of Interest' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS) is definitely following that classic CBS procedural formula. While we get to enjoy a new mystery each week, the character development and larger storylines are moving at a glacial pace.

This week, we saw that Reese and Finch are starting to trust one another a little bit more, and even maybe starting to open up. Not really, but the hints that they could someday become close are there. We're going to guess about halfway through the 11th season at this pace.

Luckily, the cases they tackle are unique each week, as we never quite know what to expect, or even who the real bad guy is until the guys start to piece it together. This week's case turned out to be a fairly standard one, with the guy who's number came up having his son kidnapped.

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Flashbacks Show the Building of Finch's Machine on 'Person of Interest' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 6:45AM
'Person of Interest' - 'Ghosts'By now we know that Mr. Finch built and designed the software that finds the titular 'Person of Interest' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS) in each episode. His guilty conscience about these people who aren't tied to terrorists but still in danger lead him to seek out Reese and start this clandestine operation they've got going on.

But it wasn't always that way, as we saw in this week's flashbacks. We also saw Finch running on a treadmill, so the injury that's lead to his current limp and limited mobility happened after this -- perhaps when he stopped working for the government?

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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.

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Review: Michael Emerson's 'Person of Interest' Is a Mixed Bag But Worth a Look

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 21st 2011 12:30PM
'Person of Interest' (9PM ET Thursday, CBS) has a few solidly good things going for it.

A big part of the premise is the idea that video surveillance and online tracking programs pervade almost every aspect of our lives. The show isn't designed to peer into the scarier crevices of paranoia, but 'Person of Interest' asks, not without cause, is it actually paranoia if someone really is watching us?

The other big thing it has going for it is Michael Emerson, who, after his terrific performance as the charismatic and ambiguous Ben Linus on 'Lost,' is more than capable of commanding the center of this drama as an enigmatic technology titan named Finch.

The pilot is well-paced and looks great, but then we always expect excellent production values from things that J.J. Abrams (one of the show's executive producers) sprinkles his pixie dust on. And, despite the fact that someone's dusting for fingerprints within the first five minutes of the pilot, there are glimmerings that this may not be just another CBS procedural.

Then again, 'Person of Interest' might be just another CBS procedural, dressed up in fancier clothing. We'll have to see.

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From Jack Bauer to Cylons, How Scripted Television Dealt With Sept. 11

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2011 12:30PM
Given the enormity of what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, it was natural that many television writers would spend the next decade working out what it meant in the stories they told. But the shows that grappled most directly with what it meant to live in a post-9/11 world (and I examine those shows in a bit more depth below) sometimes had a difficult time wrestling with the moral and political complexities of the age while still telling a gripping story. Who knew that a show about killer robots would be one of the most successful shows to combine concerns about terrorism with satisfying character drama?

Of course, in the relatively immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many scripted television shows had episodes or moments that paid tribute to what occurred on Sept. 11, including 'NYPD Blue,' 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing,' among many others (and almost a decade later, 'Fringe' depicted still-standing twin towers in one of its most memorable moments).

Others programs dwelled on our longing for reassurance in a chaotic world in more oblique ways. 'Lost,' after all, depicted a plane crash, a struggle for survival and the difficulty of sustaining relationships in extreme circumstances, and 'Jericho' took our fears about the state of our union and amplified them in a variety of ways.

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