Monday, January 14, 2013

Person of Interest: the man in the suit

"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. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people, people like you. Crimes the government considered irrelevant. They wouldn't act, so I decided I would. But I needed a partner, someone with the skills to intervene. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You'll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number's up... we'll find you".

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i'm very fascinated with this show.  of course, that Jim Caviezel is one of the men in the suit working in secret to keep us all safe did help make the show interesting for me.  the show is  based on the premise that there is a Machine, a computer system for the government which uses information gleaned from omnipresent surveillance to predict future terrorist attacks. however, the Machine's creator, Harold Finch, played by Michael Emerson, discovered that the computer was predicting ordinary crimes as well. the government is not interested in these results, but Finch is determined to stop the predicted crimes. this is where Jim comes in.  he hires Reese to conduct surveillance and intervene as needed, using his repertoire of skills gained in the military and the CIA. through a back door built into the system, Finch receives the Social Security number of someone who will be involved in an imminent crime, at which point he contacts Reese. without knowing what the crime will be, when it will occur, or even if the person they were alerted to is a victim or perpetrator, Reese and Finch must try to stop the crime from occurring.

one of the things that fascinate me about the show is the dynamic between the two main characters, Finch and Reese.  they complement each other's strengths and despite the difficulty of the tasks they have to accomplish in saving people's lives, they cannot help but find humor in the situation.  saving lives is a serious job, and these men are really funny, you just have to be quick to get the dry humor. their dog, Bear (played by a pair of dogs: Graubaer’s Boker and Midas van’t Rietje) is a great addition to the cast.  he has character, just like his two humans.

it's a very intelligent show.  the circumstances it represents may already be happening somewhere right now, only we are not aware of it.  it pains me to know that the government would consider irrelevant things that would endanger you and me, but i understand that as such, it has to act for the greater good, for that which will affect a greater number of people.  unfortunately, there wouldn't be a man in the suit who can be everywhere every time something happens and just be there in time to save you and me.  chances are, if there were someone, it wouldn't be Jeremy Renner or Jim Caviezel.

also, it is scary but only those who are paranoid enough to cover their tracks are safe.  it is sad but it is the truth:  in the world right now, no one is truly safe.

"only the paranoid survive . . ."
- Andrew Grove