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on 8 May 2014
I happened upon Person of Interest one evening whilst flicking through the Freeview channels and immediately thought it an interesting concept and I was keen to see more...

The DVD box set gave the chance to do just that; it is excellent and at 6 full discs is frankly great value. Having now watched the full series all the way through from the Pilot (both versions of which are included on discs 1 and 6) to episode 23 the series picks up quickly from the pilot, carving out strong character development through really strong writing. The overall surveillance principles are very much in line with the film Enemy of the State and none the worse for that, though it will be interesting to look back at this series in a few years to see how the technology in our daily lives has moved on.

One note on the product contents - the listing says that sets purchased after the initial release may not have a UV (digital copy) version included. At the time of purchase (April 2014) a flyer is included that lets you register a digital copy via a UV/Flixster account link and a serial number. The flyer says that the serial number will expire on 18 March 2015, so if you have not registered by then it would not work.

At the time of writing the second series is already available in the US, but will not be released in the UK until June. I will be waiting for the UK release with almost baited breath.

Thoroughly recommended.
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After 9/11, brilliant inventor Hector Finch's MACHINE was gifted to the nation to help identify potential terrorists. Heavily encrypted are many secret other skills - Finch able to detect people of interest likely to be perpetrators or victims of crime. With especially recruited hard man John Reese, he seeks to protect the innocent and bring the guilty to book. Their actions are outside the law - NYPD, FBI, CIA determined to track them down

As Finch and Reese, Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel make a great team. Emerson is superb, as enigmatic (and a bit creepy) as he was in "Lost". No Superman or Batman garb for Caviezel - he an invigilante in suit and brilliant white open neck shirt, adept at martial arts, not to mention leaving behind him kneecapped villains for police to arrest.

Both stars are masters of the "less is more" style of acting, it here working a treat - especially with the sly, throwaway humour which lightens the mood. Ably abetting (with considerable reservations) are cops Carter (straight) and Fusco (dodgy), played by Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman.

23 episodes, many of them very exciting indeed. Tension and surprises abound, Ep.7 ending with one of the season's biggest shocks.

Modest extras include an extended pilot with commentary, a gag reel, a chilling feature on how much of the apparently far-fetched surveillance depicted here in fact already exists. As actor Caviezel himself indicates at one point, it is like Big Brother on steroids.

Moral implications are throughout explored and cause for concern. The MACHINE was created to do good. What if it becomes a monster, out of control!

Thought provoking, thrilling and thoroughly enjoyed.
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on 9 October 2012
A simple concept. Man (Michael Emerson) designs machine that can predict crime before it happens. He enlists the help a former CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) to intervene through whatever means necessary to prevent said crime.
Each episode revolves around a specific investigation. Caviezel is a bona fide leading man, and despite criticism as to the depth of his performances, his role in season 1 is very much physical, and he is as convincing in the role as I have seen on television. You can't teach screen presence after all!
Emrerson, once again, is a delight and commands the audience attention every frame he is on camera. Who could forget his turn on LOST?
The talented supporting cast, fast paced plot, and intriguing premise guarantee most viewers will be coming back for more.
Along with homeland, the best new drama of 2011.
Let's hope they can keep this standard up in season 2...
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on 26 April 2017
Excellent TV series, currently coming to an end. Any newbie should start here and won't be disappointed!
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on 5 August 2017
Really interesting series, unique story lines which hold the interest. Very good.
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on 22 March 2017
Interesting series cut of in its prime
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on 29 March 2017
Excellent cheers!
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on 2 March 2017
Great
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on 5 May 2017
ok
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on 20 March 2014
I really enjoyed this programme. I like Michael Emerson and I bought it because he's in it. I found the show very, very good and I am looking forward to the next season.
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