Saturday, March 10, 2012
A BETTER TRADE THAN WHATEVER DAN SNYDER HAS ORCHESTRATED: I haven't watched Person of Interest with any regularity, largely due to a murderous timeslot, but they hyped this week's episode so much and the commercials suggested the show finally found the sense of humor that has helped other CBS procedurals break out, and with ABC in rerun mode, I decided to DVR it, and while I still admire the show's clever transitions and visual style, I still find it fundamentally broken. The problem isn't in the concept or the writing, but in the lead casting--Jim Caviezel (who I've liked in some things, most notably Frequency) is so wooden and bland as the action hero that it stops the show dead (Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson, on the other hand, are perfectly fine). Imagine the show just slightly tweaked, with someone with a little more edge playing Reese or an equivalent role--say, a Josh Holloway, or, if they really wanted a "movie star," Christian Slater--and I think you'd have a show that'd be much better than the one we've got.
Posted by Matt at 12:02 PM