DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
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