My Take

Person of InterestI just finished watching the final episode of Person of Interest. I found the ending very appropriate, playing Pink Floyd’s Welcome to the Machine. After all, wasn’t the whole series about the “MACHINE” that watched everyone. I don’t think the series is too far off the mark as far as the government watching everyone all of the time is concerned.

I live in a small town in southern Utah. During the twenty years, I have lived here I have watched the government install traffic cameras at nearly every intersection. They say the cameras are to monitor traffic. I don’t believe that. Too bad the cameras don’t change the color of the stoplight from red to green; when traffic is backed up halfway across town.

Storyline – Person of Interest

  • An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI. It then sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes–including the civilians’ roles–are left a mystery.

Plot Summary

  • Person of InterestWealthy genius software engineer, who generally goes by the name Harold Finch, is the mastermind behind the creation of an all-seeing machine. Finch and his frontman Nathan Ingram devised the device to sell to the US government; who are unaware of Finch working behind the scenes. The purpose of the machine is so that the government can spot acts leading to terrorism and to prevent those terrorist acts from occurring. But what the government considers irrelevant in its use of the machine are acts leading to murder. As such, Finch, without the government’s knowledge that he has a back door to the computer, wants to prevent those murders. The machine only provides the social security number of someone involved. Finch is unaware if that person is the target or perpetrator. He enlists the help of an ex-CIA special operative who generally goes by the name John Reese to assist in his mission. Reese is officially listed as dead. But as Reese in particular often uses non-legal means to achieve Finch’s end goal. He is tracked by the authorities, who only know him as the man in the suit. They are also followed by those who are thwarted by the pair in carrying out this mission, and by the few who know of the machine’s existence and who have their own evil thoughts of what to do with the computer if they can get their hands on it.

I give Person of Interest Five Stars.