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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Unforgettable and Person of Interest Pilots

Unforgettable was mildly entertaining, but nothing special. It’s another cop procedural where one of the detectives, Carrie, has a cool talent. Granted, Carrie isn’t back on the force yet, but she’s going to be working on cases with her ex-boyfriend, or there would be no show. You might stick around to see if she gets back together with him or to see if she finds out who killed her sister, Rachel. Carrie’s gift (curse?) is the ability to remember everything she encounters perfectly for further analyzing at a later date. This gift would come in handy with school.

Anyway, Carrie is the coolest thing about this show. With her interesting accent, red hair, sweet-yet-spunky personality, and street smarts, Poppy Montgomery’s Carrie charmed us. Unfortunately for this show, it’s not unique enough to grab us. We will stick with Blue Bloods and Southland when it comes to our cop procedural needs.

Person of Interest had Jesus and Ben Linus teaming up to save innocent lives. We’re not yet sold on Jim Caveziel, and not because we bear a grudge against him for starring in Mel Gibson’s controversial project (it was a risk, but we respect that he took it before he knew Mel would go crazy). We don’t like him because his voice always makes him sound like he’s depressed, whining, and a little creepy. There’s something about it that makes him sound choked-up and too serious at all times. We aren’t sure if we will be able to connect with his character enough to either feel sorry for him or think he is cool. He just sounds so pathetic.

Michael Emerson is the same old Michael Emerson that we loved and lost in LOST. Readers, you should start a drinking game with this blog where you take a shot every time we mention LOST. Still not over that show. The show is worth us watching for a couple of weeks just to listen to Michael's Ben voice, which also sounds depressed, whining, and a little creepy, but in a way that works and feels mysterious. We also like Tariji P. Henson. She seems like a cool person in real life too.

This show is also shaping up to have a procedural feel (which at least one of us almost never likes), but the talent involved makes us want to stay tuned. Unforgettable has a character we like, but Person of Interest has a premise we like. We were more entertained by the case-of-the-week in Person of Interest than we were in the Unforgettable case. Stopping crimes before they happen is also more interesting, as is not knowing who the victim and who the perpetrator are going to be, just who is going to be involved. It might not last long on our list, but Person of Interest earned a pass this week. Let us know if Unforgettable gets good enough for us to tune in next season.

Unforgettable Grade: C
Person of Interest Grade: B-


  1. Person of Interest has almost no allure for me (I HAVE seen Minority Report, after all), but there's Ben. I mean, I had hardcore lust for that crazy little man in LOST. There was something about his sociopathic, ruthless deeds that warmed my heart. Until they started making him slightly pathetic in the last two seasons. He was awesome and no amount of John Locke/Smoke Monster will convince me otherwise.

  2. You know, it didn't feel like Minority Report. And the concept is a little different, bc you don't know who the murderer is.

    But you're right. Ben is the main lure.