It’s sad when a good TV series comes to an end. Person of Interest had become one of my favorites and I was saddened to learn that it was ending, even though in retrospect it seemed obvious that the end was near. It was certainly a conceptually relevant series in the age of mass state surveillance. I’ve often thought that, to a certain extent, Person of Interest negated any need for a television series based on the game Watch Dogs.
You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror, but it sees everything: violent crimes involving ordinary people … people like you. Crimes the government considered irrelevant. They wouldn’t act so I decided I would. But, I needed a partner, someone with the skills to intervene. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You will never find us. But, victim or perpetrator, if your number’s up … we’ll find you.”Harold Finch, Person of Interest (season one)