Person of Interest is one of the best shows on TV and it recently had one of their greatest episodes, entitled ” / “. Watch it for free in the next couple weeks before it is taken down from the official CBS website.
As Dad says, what makes Person of Interest so interesting is its “weird women,” and the star of this story is a female character like the cool, competent villain in Firefly’s “Serenity” movie. This episode is a blend of Minority Report + Signs and, I dare say, it’s as good as Dr. Who’s “Blink.”
Thematic elements that make this episode so good:
- In light of the recent revelations from the NSA, some Person of Interest story elements are “ripped from the headlines”
- Virtue Ethics vs. ‘The Ends Justify the Means’
(Quote: “How you do, matters as much as what you do.”)
- The conviction that every human person matters
(Quote: “Everyone is relevant to someone.”)
- Cold Chaos vs. Benevolent Providence
(If you want to know if events are planned or coincidence, ‘you should ask the Machine,’ or pray.)
- That love for another is shown through a willingness to self-sacrifice
Having seen it twice, here are my additional insights:
- It is fitting that the advanced computer research facility be in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. That is where HAL was created.
- The title (” / “) seems to reference the scar behind our protagonist’s ear.
- At the very end, she gives the cop new batteries because his home fire detectors are running low.