“Person of Interest’: Sci-Fi Dystopia Meets Reality

Ever since I became an entertainment writer, I have loved watching good, tightly written shows, that  are complex, in a genre that enjoy, out of the box, brilliant, and that give rise to questions that one ends up reflecting on.

Because of these standards, I have become extremely picky about the shows that I watch, love and follow, whether it be a show that is currently airing or a show that is already done and is just waiting for me to be picked up.

Some of these shows include the likes of “Doctor Who”, “Battlestar Galactica” (2004), ” Sherlock”, ”The Last Ship”, anything under the ”Star Wars” or ”Star Trek” banner, “Warehouse 13”, ”Killjoys”, ”Dark Matter”, ”12 Monkeys”, and of course, “Person of Interest”.

I picked up ”Person of Interest” before I became an entertainment writer in 2014, guided only by the fact that the premise was interesting, it had Jim Caviezel, and it was being created and produced by a Nolan and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. And I am glad that I did.

Throughout the five seasons of the show, they managed to blend the crime procedural genre with a more timely dystopic serialized drama involving the notion of Artificial Super-Intelligences (ASIs).

The basic premise, for those who would like to someday try the show out, is that a reclusive billionaire named Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) hires an ex-CIA agent named John Reese (Caviezel), to assist him and a mass surveillance Artificial Intelligence, the Machine, prevent crimes from happening.

HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey”

At first, the show had a more procedural slant to it, introducing viewers to Finch, Reese, the Machine, and Detective Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson).

Later on, it continued the procedural format, but cleverly mixed it in with serialized story arcs, both on the street level, and a more global scale, while introducing us to other characters that end up becoming key characters later on.

Aside from this, with the whole issue of Edward Snowden, Wikileaks, and paranoia regarding mass surveillance, the Machine’s existence within the show’s universe proved to be quite timely, and even more so as the seasons moved forward to its recent and dramatic conclusion.

In the end, the show gave viewers a glimpse about a world with an Artificial Super-Intelligence helping us out, while at the same time being a cautionary tale.

Aside from the story, each major character was well fleshed out, and had their own particular story arcs, which all paid off in the end.

The tone of the series is definitely dark and gritty, and it is reflected in the cinematography, as it presents viewers with dark tones and a grittier New York.

New York
The Streets of NYC, the main setting for ”Person of Interest”

The action sequences were also well done, and Team Machine is probably the closest and most realistic thing to superheroes on the small screen, set in the modern world, with absolutely no super powers.

The musical score in the show was phenomenal, and the songs that the producers chose to highlight particular scenes and sequences were very spot on.

The score was written by Ramin Djawadi, whose work is pretty familiar in popular culture as he also composed the theme song of “Game of Thrones”. With regards to song choices, my personal favorites include Pink Floyd’s ”Welcome to the Machine”, which was used at the end of Season 4 and Philip Glass’ “Metamorphosis One” in the very last episode of the series.

In conclusion, if you want a science fiction dystopian show that is believable, with an interesting concept, awesome characters and a great story that leads up to a well thought off and satisfying conclusion, “Person of Interest” is for you. And, as the show just finished, you can just binge watch the show from the start, and see a whole new, yet familiar world unfold before your very eyes.

“Person of Interest” is a show that will go down in history, for me, and a show that I will never get tired watching re-runs of.






2 thoughts on ““Person of Interest’: Sci-Fi Dystopia Meets Reality

    1. Yup! That’s why I love the show! I think they had to ease us in first with the idea of the Machine and what it does before it delves into thought provoking themes such as freedom, Artificial Intelligence, and about life itself. 😀 Glad you like the show! For me, it is very underrated.

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