Person of Interest : Pilot OAD 9/22/11

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by BeanMeScot, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. BeanMeScot

    BeanMeScot Sci-Fi Junkie

    Apr 17, 2002
    Atlanta, GA


    I'm surprised no one has started a thread on this. Reese made a return from drunk bum to Airbourne Ranger rather quickly. The only thing that I didn't like was when Reese would fall into "Dirty Harry" mode with the whispering. I like the premise and I like Emerson.

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

    Jul 10, 2000
    Dallas Texas
    Surprised? It's been over for less than 1 1/2 hours?

    Great show.
  3. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    I liked it too.

    This is a JJ Abrahms pilot, right?

    So when Finch tells Jesus, "I'm offering you a chance to be there in time"

    Does he mean "in time to stop it".....or are we going to get some time travel.....

    Ok, I'm still on the Island, what can I say.

    But it looks good. Emerson is great as always.

    Anyone else look at numbers and wonder if any will repeat.....:)

    Anyone else notice that there was one SSN that was repeated many times on the list we saw.......

    ok.....I need to stop putting my lost imprint on this..... :D
  4. jlb

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    Now, let's all start wishing fo a very quick Person of Interest crossover with H50 and Alcatraz so Locke and Hurley can be back with Ben. I mean, Manhattan is an Island.........
  5. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table


    I've read good reviews. I recorded it, looking forward to watching it over the weekend.
  6. Fool Me Twice

    Fool Me Twice >>>>>>

    Jul 6, 2004
    It felt like the pilot had been cut down from two hours. I'm guessing the two hour version was just way too slow moving and dull. The one hour version was simply dull.

    It wasn't half as clever as I'd hoped when I saw the first promo way back when. Nor half as exciting.
  7. Azlen

    Azlen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    I liked it. Fits into the CBS model as being a bit of a procedural but with a Minority Report flavor to it.
  8. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I can suspend my disbelief enough to imagine that there's such a machine which is evaluating threats---I can even imagine that it might have a list of threats which it dismissing at not affecting national security.

    What I can't buy though, is the idea that the machine is able to identify someone as being involved in a small emergency without being able to tell (or being programmed to tell) whether the "person of interest" is the villain or victim.
  9. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    I found it interesting, but it didn't blow me away. Perhaps I expected too much of Abrams and Nolan!

    Still, it's good enough to keep me watching for a while.

    There's a lot of backstory to be revealed, like what actually happened to Reese and why does Finch limp? For the latter, I'm going to predict that he "died" in the terrorist attacks on 9/11 but was injured and survived.
  10. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003
    I think it can. I don't think Finch has access to that data though. He said his backdoor only allows him access to the SSNs, that way no one will notice he is looking.
  11. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Don't get me started on the whole SSN thing. Does that mean that the machine will ignore any crime against (or by) a foreigner?
  12. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    It's either too weird or not weird enough. They need to go one way or the other...and the ship has sailed on dialing down the weird (because let's face it, the machine and its limitations are pretty damn weird).
  13. BeanMeScot

    BeanMeScot Sci-Fi Junkie

    Apr 17, 2002
    Atlanta, GA
    A good show doesn't even finish without a thread! ;)

    There actually is something like this although not as sophisticated as this premise. The WebBot project prediected in June of 2001 that a world changing event would happen in the next few month.
  14. speedcouch

    speedcouch Geekneck

    Oct 23, 2003
    North Carolina
    I agree. This was really the only new show I was looking forward to and was quite disappointed by it.

  15. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    I found it disappointing as well. I really liked the tone and the brutality/violence of the main character, and the actors in general. That gives me hope that perhaps things can get "fixed" in future episodes. The overall plot was full of holes and the character actions stretched believability way too far for me. I enjoyed some of the action scenes in the moment, but in retrospect they kind of sucked and were idiotic. Given that this is the pilot, I hope that the budget doesn't decline rapidly in future episodes, thus making the action scenes even worse.

    Things that made no sense:

    He shot everyone in the knee; they all had guns, didn't they? Then he stood around and no one took a shot at him.

    Caviezel's character suddenly going whole hog into the whole thing based on a flimsy explanation that made no sense.

    Of all the things the machine could output, SSN would be the least benign, even though he made it sound like it would be the most benign thing to steal.

    The entire plot this episode involving Natalie Zea.
  16. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    This is one of the most ridiculously absurd tv shows I've ever watched. It makes Nikita seem realistic. I'll give it another try since the tivo's not full but I'm not expecting much improvement.
  17. bryhamm

    bryhamm randomize

    Jun 30, 2004
    St Louis area
    Decent enough that I'll give it a few more eps.
  18. latrobe7

    latrobe7 Fine for real TCF Club

    May 1, 2005
    I liked it. I'm not expecting too much realism from a JJ Abrams show on network TV. I wasn't bothered by the machines capabilities any more than I am by the stuff Walter Bishop comes up with on Fringe.

    Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel are good actors and one thing I do expect from a JJ Abrams show, is a compelling long-term story-arc; so I will definitely wait for that to develop before I pass judgement.

    And speaking of Fringe; I remember hating the pilot and being bored for the first few episodes, I only watched because my girlfriend liked it. Now it's one of my favorite shows. Just something to think about for people who didn't like the pilot.
  19. retrodog

    retrodog King Button Pusher

    Feb 7, 2002
    At the gun...
    A bit of Minority Report??? They freakin copied it scene for scene. And then they even used one of the killers from the movie.

    Well it looks like him anyway :D

  20. bleen

    bleen Protein from the Sea

    Aug 9, 2008
    Caldwell, NJ
    I liked it and I'm normally one to point out plot absurdities (for instance, how they possibly could have gotten the taped message into the courtroom), but this was so over the top I had no choice but to just go along with it all and enjoy with popcorn :D

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