DVD REVIEW: Person of Interest – Season 1

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The Season one DVD set of Person of Interest is out now on DVD and BluRay so we took a look at the show created by Jonathan Nolan, co-writer of The Dark Knight and is produced by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.

The show is a mash up of Enemy of the State and The Equaliser with elements of mystery, conspiracy and good old fashioned detective work. In a TV land which is flooded with Police procedural drama it is hard to come up with something original but Person of Interest is able to do just that and in style.

Usually I am very hesitant to invest in the first season of a shows because I hate nothing more than making that journey only to be let down by some stupid studio executive who decides to cancel said show in its prime. The good news is Person of Interest is already well into its 2nd season in the states and looks like it is here to stay.

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The premise is simple yet complex at the same time. Harold Finch played by Lost’s Michael Emerson invented a machine that alerts the government to major terrorist acts but it also alerts to smaller crimes that get overlooked. These are the ones that Finch wants to help but he could not do it alone so he recruits a partner. Jim Caviezel plays John Reese an ex CIA agent who has fallen off the grid. Together they try to either save the people who the machine has noticed or stop the people from committing a crime.

Each week they observe and stop what is going to happen by using all types of modern technology that the NSA would normally employ. This leads to new and interesting takes on how to solve crimes. Reese is not afraid to get his hands dirty literally, either in hand to hand combat or with a sniper rifle. With his new purpose in life he strives himself to make a difference.
Finch is the brains but also the driving force to stop these crimes, at first staying behind the scenes but slowly throughout the series comes out of his shell as we find out more about his mysterious past and even starts to help out on the streets with the victims.

Another key cast is Detective Carter the tough female cop who wants to solve crimes but find herself crossing paths with our two unlikely heroes. At first she wants to stop Reese at all costs but then starts to realise that they want to help so becomes torn between stopping them and bringing them in and letting do what they need to do.

Helping Detective Carter is Detective Fusco, a former dirty ciop, who is Reese’ inside man on the force and who begrudgingly helps him to save lives.

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The show also has a feel similar to the classic shows The Fugitive and The Invaders where every so often our main characters meet certain people who crop up from time to time to either help them or hinder them and this just adds to the mystery.

One thing I really love about this show is the visuals. It has a truly distinct style that works in line with the theme of technology and Big Brother is watching you.

During the course of the first season we get more back story from each of the main cast and a few twists and surprises along the way. Some episodes are stand alone and others enrich the larger story arc. The writers have found a way to leave questions but also keep delivering answers every so often.

The show has a very low key dry sense of humour that only come out to play at the coolest of times.

Some of the outstanding episodes are the pilot episode called Pilot and Number Crunch but also episodes that should not work including one with a six month old baby Baby Blues still seem to work so well. The show covers various topics from corrupt politicians, to evil lawyers to bankers to the Mafia.

What started as a niche little show has turned into one of the smartest and intriguing shows on air right now.

GS Rating: 5/5

Actors: Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson
Number of discs: 6
Classification: 15
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: 18 Mar 2013

Source: Warner Bros
Reporter: Montoya

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