Person of Interest - Season 2 Episode 16

I am a big fan of the series, Person of Interest. There is much to celebrate, among which is the wonderful portrayal of the brilliant creator of the machine that (illegally) looks for patterns in society so as to predict, with high certainty, the people will be involved in violent crimes, either as victims or perpetrators.

The series' normal formula is that our heroic, bespectacled hero would mention the details of the new person, and his very capable sidekick, a former assassin, would go follow this person, to try avert the impending crime. In the 16th episode of the 2nd season, however, this formula isn't followed (by the camera). Instead we follow the person who would be victim, and our heroes only appear midway through, like they were secondary characters. It's beautiful.

I love it when such breaks from normal routine occur, especially when they are as well-made. Not to say this is the best episode of this series so far (I can think of a few which were superior), nor was this the first time such a break from normal routine occur (there were some in the earlier episodes of the season), but it felt fresh enough to be worth a mention in this blog of mine. What added to the excitement is that it was the first time in the series that a so-called Relevant[#] crime prevention was showed.

[1]This means relevant to (U.S.) national security. This is as opposed to the sort solved by our heroes, which only involve civil cases.