Revisiting Person of Interest

With thoughts on Westworld, Lost, and the state of the world

It’s worth noting upfront that this post is spoiler-free. I’ve had spirited debates with friends and colleagues about whether intentional spoiling should be considered verbal assault; I won’t retread those here, but suffice it to say I like to avoid spoiling things for people, intentionally or otherwise.

Recently I’ve been rewatching Person of Interest.

In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a crime/sci-fi/action procedural that aired on CBS from 2011 to 2016 about a secret government computer system that spies on citizens to predict and prevent violent crimes. When it started airing, my main activities were studying computer science and watching as many TV shows as possible—favorites from around that time included genre-neighbors like 24, Breaking Bad, Chuck, Psych, The Wire… the list goes on—so Person of Interest was right up my alley.

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