Person of Interest: Why Batman Fans Need to Watch it
What if you could take Batman's two aspects, the extremely skilled crime fighter and the genius with unlimited funds, and split them into two people? Well, if you could, those two people would look a lot like John Reese and Harold Finch from CBS's new show Person of Interest.
One of the most memorable quotes from Batman Begins has to be what Bruce told Detective Gordon when they first met in the movie. As Bruce holds a presumed gun, which was actually a stapler, to the back of Gordon's head, he gets Gordon to explain what will be necessary to take down Carmine Falcone. Gordon, unable to believe one man can do such a thing, says, "You're just one man." Bruce replies, "Now we're two."
What if you could take Batman's two aspects, the extremely skilled crime fighter and the genius with unlimited funds, and split them into two people? Well, if you could, those two people would look a lot like John Reese and Harold Finch from CBS's show Person of Interest.
I don't watch television much, so the only way I hear about new shows is through friends and family. As usual, I had heard nothing of the show, Person of Interest, until my dad called me and recommended it for me. One night when I had nothing better to do, I decided I'd give it a try. From the first minute I was hooked. The show focuses around two men, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Harold Finch (Kevin Chapman). Basically, and this won't spoil the show, Harold Finch is the inventor of the program that the government uses to track and prevent terrorism. The "machine" as he calls it, sees and hears everything. It monitors phone calls, emails, texts, bank accounts, internet use, street cameras, store cameras, everything. The machine then compiles the information and looks for anomalies indicative of terrorism. However, the machine became so sophisticated and efficient at finding such criminal acts, that it found possible offenders and victims in all types of criminal activity, not just terrorism. When he discovered this, he changed the programming so that the machine would delete the "irrelevant" information every night at midnight and keep only "relevant" terroristic information. For years he let this go on until he lost someone close to him. Unable to move on from the guilt of knowing that the machine could have seen this and he could have done something about it, he created a backdoor in the machine's programming so that it would send him the social security number of people that the machine determined to be at risk of becoming a victim or offender. Unable to do anything about this on his own, as he is disabled, he used the machine to track down a man that could do the physical things he could not. This is where John Reese comes into play. Apparently, Mr. Reese is a former high level government operative, possibly CIA, NSA, or maybe even more specialized, like a member of Delta Force. Like Mr. Finch, John has lost someone close to him, and because of it, he quit working for the government. He has been on the run as a bum for years. Mr. Finch finds him and convinces him to help him save these people that the government finds irrelevant. Mr. Finch, the genius with unlimited funds, and Mr. Reese, skilled combatant and detective, find these people that the machine recognizes as in danger or a danger to others, and either saves them or gives them the justice they deserve.
Throughout the first episode, action sequences and dialogue would remind of The Dark Knight. I thought to myself, "Man, these guys are like Batman split into two people! They ROCK!" So needless to say, it was slowly creeping its way up my favorite shows list. As I said, I don't watch much television, so I had no idea that this show was created by co-writer of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, Jonathan Nolan! I was also unaware that the executive producer on the show is JJ Abrams. Add Jonathan and JJ to the mix, along with Jim Caviezel who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ and the Count in The Count of Monte Cristo, and you have officially just created my favorite TV show.
As comic book fans, you need to check this show out. It takes a new and modern look at vigilante justice, much like The Dark Knight did, and does so in an action-packed, hour-long episode at a time. And with each show, the comparison to Batman only grows stronger and stronger. I won't say any more because I don't want to ruin it for you! If you check it out or have seen it already, let me know what you think in the comments section below!
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