It’s that time again.
This week on Why It’s Worth a Watch, Tiffany and I return yet again to CBS. Tiffany is giving us her two cents on Unforgettable and I am filling you in on Person of Interest.
For those of you that joined us last week, you may remember that I mentioned Person of Interest in my DVR priority post. It seems only fitting that if it found a place in my queue, it should have a spot in the #watchwed lineup as well.
Person of Interest has an interesting premise to begin with. A man creates a program to help the government assess threats to national security after 9/11. The program does more than that, though. It spits out even the “less significant” threats. Since these threats aren’t considered important enough to be handled, they are ignored. This tugs at the system creator’s conscience. With the government doing nothing about these threats to individuals, this man, Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson, Lost), takes it upon himself to do something about it himself.
Or, at least with a little help.
Meet John Reese (Jim Caviziel). A former Green Beret and CIA Officer who is officially dead, yet very much alive, is a man with just the right skillset to assist Mr. Finch in saving those deemed “irrelevant”.
Armed with only a social security number, using Finch’s tech skills and general genius along with Reese’s military training, they set about finding a way to keep people from harm. Or in some cases, keeping people from harming others. You see, the computer doesn’t differentiate a victim from a perpetrator, so this difficult job is even harder than it looks.
So, obviously, I like this show. I’ve made that clear by stating that it has a spot in the DVR queue. But why?
When it comes to saving people with amazing skill, John Reese not only impresses us with his training, but he doesn’t like to kill. After years of 24 on TV, it’s a refreshing change. Sure, there will be those who get their kneecaps shot, but hey, they’re alive, right?
And hey, in a post 9/11 world, who isn’t a little paranoid about when or where we are being watched? The intro of the show totally plays on this feeling, with the voice of Mr. Finch stating the following:
“You are being watched. The government has a secret system–a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because…I built it…You will never find us. But victim or perpetrator, if your number’s up, we’ll find you.”
The creators of the show are no strangers to success. I mean, you have heard of Fringe, Alias, and Lost, right? This is a J.J. Abrams show, so it’s no surprise that the show’s pilot tested better than any drama for CBS in the past 15 years.
Michael Emerson and Jim Caviziel are both perfect in their roles. Jim Caviziel is so calm and collected in his work, not to mention mysterious and brooding, and Emerson, well, he is genius in everything he does.
I have to give Person of Interest a GMacTV rating – Gourmet Mac N Cheese. It just missed Gourmet, but that is quite a feat for crime drama these days. Lobster for everyone!
What do you think? Does Person of Interest deserve a spot in your TV viewing routine? Can Mr. Reese replace Jack Bauer?
Now click over to Tiffany’s and see whether or not she thinks Unforgettable is worth remembering to watch.
Come back next week when we’ll have plenty more to say about what you should or shouldn’t be watching.
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A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:
GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech