Person of Interest review: It could be so much more compelling

26 Oct

I’ve been hesitating to write about Person of Interest since its Fall premiere a month ago.  I like the premise of the show:  Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson), a mysterious billionaire, created a computer program that can predict the identity of people connected to violent crimes that will take place in the future.  The problem with the program is that it can’t identify whether the person will be the victim or the criminal.  Mr. Finch hires John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former Green Beret and CIA officer,  and in the pilot, a homeless man who is attacked on the subway, who is presumed dead, to help stop the crimes from taking place.

J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan bring a great deal of moody atmosphere to the show but something is missing.  I believe that is the point though.  Both Finch and Reese are shells of their former selves.  As we progress into the narrative of the show we get flashbacks (thankfully not very Lost-like), mostly of Reese and we witness the love that he lost.  While this should be poignant, for some reason, it is falling flat.  And while I can appreciate the creators wanting Finch to be super mysterious, it would be nice to start getting more of his past introduced into the storyline each week.  I can tell you that every week I debate whether or not I plan on watching this show.  Maybe Reese needs bring a bit more life into his performance.  I understand he’s gone through a great tragedy and he did have a breakdown but I’ve got to say, it’s kind of depressing to watch this show.  And I honestly don’t need any help from television to get depressed.  I can do a great job of that on my own!  So, CBS executives, Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, I realize this is supposed to be a thriller, but could it please be a bit more upbeat?  Could there be some hope?  Because at the end of every episode, even when Reese does his amazing capturing and disabling of criminals, I feel like some of these moments have a bit of humor in them but I can’t laugh.  I believe it’s the tone.  Maybe what I’m trying to say is there any way it could be just a tiny bit… lighter?  I know it’s not Castle but it isn’t Inspector Morse either.  And even Inspector Morse had a laugh sometimes.

One Response to “Person of Interest review: It could be so much more compelling”

  1. Willow November 9, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    I love this show! I look forward to it every week. It has dry humor.

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