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Person of Interest
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this high-concept crime procedural has plenty of violence. From hand-to-hand combat that includes blood, heavy weaponry, and references to September 11, this show is definitely not for young kids or sensitive viewers. Also expect some minor sexuality, plus some drinking, smoking, and references to drug dealing.
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What's the story?
As PERSON OF INTEREST begins, Reese (Jim Caviezel) is a washed-up former CIA agent, presumed dead, who's drinking away his sorrow over the death of his wife. Enter enigmatic billionaire Finch (Michael Emerson), who has a simple mission for Reese: Help save lives. Using data from a supercomputer built to hunt terrorists in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Reese and Finch act only with a Social Security number and must determine how innocent people become involved in terrible crimes -- and what can be done to prevent them.
Is it any good?
We live in an age in which it seems that all you need to get a TV show deal is a very high-concept idea. The high concept behind Person of Interest isn't necessarily a bad one -- supercomputer identifies people about to be killed, rich man hires former CIA agent to help these people -- but the execution lacks energy and wit. With an idea so fundamentally silly, you'd expect the plotting and characterization to be a little less dour.
Instead, the show takes itself very seriously, which in turn results in a boring, humorless hour built on a goofy idea. Caviezel is either trying way too hard or not trying hard enough as the perpetually depressed Reese, while Lost's Emerson tries to mine what he can from the material but comes off as almost a parody of an eccentric wealthy person. Both of these actors deserve a better series than this.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence as problem solver on the show. Does every conflict on the show need to be resolved using fists/weapons? Why or why not?
What does the show have to do with the attacks on September 11? Is it important for the show to use such an event as a plot point?
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