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'Person of Interest' Will Keep in the J.J. Abrams Tradition

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Aug 04, 2011 | 6:56am EDT

J.J. AbramsAs you may have heard, J.J. Abrams' new CBS series, Person of Interest, features a "presumed-dead" CIA agent hired by a New York-based billionaire to prevent serious criminal activity. Also thrown around is the little detail that the billionaire (Michael Emerson, devoted worshipper), and the agent (Jim Caviezel, devoted worshipee), use a special machine that actually predicts crimes. Now, some filmmakers might just chalk this up to a science-fiction nonsense explanation, or suspension of disbelief. But J.J. Abrams isn't a man known for simplicity.

Over the course of the series, the explanation regarding how the device actually works will slowly (seriously; like, six-years-to-explain-why-an-island-is-special slowly) be revealed. Jonathan Nolan, co-writer of the contemporary Batman series, is Abrams' co-creator on the series, told TV Line, that he is "so interested in the machine" and that he and Abrams are "pushing ahead and exploring a bit more of that. It gets to some of the questions of the show that Iā€™m fascinated by.ā€

In true Abramian form, we will likely undergo more questions than answers. But that's not a bad thing. When driven by mystery, a story cannot simply shoot out answers left and right: that's no fun. Abrams is, if nothing else, a prodigy at keeping us guessing, working to solve the puzzle, and watching to find out (or not) what the hell is going on.

Source: TVLine

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