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Person of Interest Review: Episode 1.02 "Ghosts"

If there is one sure-fire way to please the audience for Person of Interest, it's to have Michael Emerson perform the introductory voice-over for the series. The voice of Ben Linus rests in the hearts and minds of many a TV fan and he manages to perform the necessary exposition without allowing the premise of the show to seem complicated when he's finished. There's a machine, he built the machine, and the machine spits out numbers—if you're number is up they're going to find you for better or worse.

This week, Finch and Reese assist in helping a girl who, by all accounts, died many years ago. When I watched the pilot of this series last week, it seemed plain to me that the show was going to live or die not necessarily by the strength of the case of the week, but by the interactions of the characters and now, apparently, the mythology of the machine itself. Count on a show that comes from Bad Robot and a Nolan to not just let the tech at the center of the show's premise remain in some dark corner somewhere—instead we dive into starting to learn about the inception, (yeah I couldn't help it really) of the machine and the secret origins of its creator, Mr. Finch. In order to do that, POI turns to something as familiar to fans of LOST as seeing the face of Benry himself on their screen, the flashback. Read More...


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