DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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INEED some of that soft­ware Mr Finch de­vel­oped for the US govern­ment to pre­dict for me whether Per­son of In­ter­est is go­ing to re­main a Pro­gram of In­ter­est for Chan­nel 9. And there­fore for us.

I got into this se­ries with the pi­lot. Any­time there’s a cor­rupt cop, I’m there. Of course, I would’ve had to stop watch­ing it if Jim Caviezel — Reese, the star of the show — hadn’t shaved. Too beardy. He could have gone on Un­der­cover Boss in his home­less man dis­guise, those kids from the sub­way had no idea. Even that de­tec­tive, Carter, she walked right past him. He didn’t fool Finch though. But he’s played by Michael Emer­son from Lost— you wouldn’t ex­pect to get any­thing past him.

And then I had con­cerns — based on state­ments Finch made about Reese’s ‘‘ doubts’’ about his work as a spe­cial ops agent, and about how he didn’t like firearms, and Reese said he didn’t ei­ther— that he may have be­come a soft-shell paci­fist, blud­geoned into morn­ing drink­ing by the Pen­tagon. But then he walked in on that small arms deal, where he men­tioned to one of the neo­phyte buy­ers that he was hold­ing his hand­gun side­ways, and what would hap­pen if he fired it, and it was on. Fan­tas­tic scene. Backed up by an­other one, where Reese stood in the mid­dle of the road and blew a hole in the wind­screen of an on­com­ing 4WD, like he was Arnie and it was 1984.

We’ve seen a lot of UK shows use se­cu­rity cam­eras as a plot de­vice, but Per­son of In­ter­est isn’t like that. Plus it goes deeper. How deep, we don’t know yet, but I’m hang­ing around to find out. This isn’t some tired old con­cept un­der­pin­ning the weekly res­cue mis­sion here. Sure, there are sim­i­lar­i­ties to a cou­ple of ac­tion movies you may have seen. But it taps into post 9/11 fear and para­noia and that thing that hap­pened here and ev­ery­where — just how much we all traded pri­vacy for safety. Never get­ting that back. Per­son of In­ter­est Chan­nel 9, 9.30pm

Still in­ter­est­ing: Jim Caviezel

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