As 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 I’m fascinated by.”
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.