Jonah Nolan: Person of Interest and Westworld
Person of Interest came up in the mailbag section of the WW109 podcast and my TV lovin' heart did a little pitter-pat. I've been listening to the podcasts for a long time now, for a lot of excellent shows that I enjoy greatly (BrBa, GoT, TWD, MM, BCS....and even FTWD -never watched it, just listened to the podcasts-). Still, I've only ever been hardcore fannish about one show in this golden age: a underrated little procedural on CBS.
Not to spoil anything (POI seasons 1-5 -complete- are streaming on Netflix US if you're interested), but over the course of three seasons, POI shed it's layers from a "number of the week" crime procedural, to reveal itself as a mind-blowing sci-fi masterpiece about AI, ethics, free will, love, and more.
The story was doled out in the tiniest of bits and it took about three years for the BIG picture to come into focus. (The last two seasons are focused on resolving the big picture that is revealed at the end of the S3 finale). POI aired its series this summer and since then, I've had a giant Person of Interest shaped hole in my heart.
Westworld fills that space quite nicely. POI trained me on how to watch a Jonah Nolan show and it was thrilling to see how much more realized some of his themes became in WW.
POI also had a storyline of AI achieving consciousness, and one version of what that might mean for mankind.
WW revisits a mythology of two creator figures that ultimately come to odds with each other over the ethics of what they've created.
Both shows share a through line of machines finally meeting their makers.
Heady stuff for TV, let alone CBS, and all told through impeccable acting (much more often than not), intricate storytelling, gorgeous cinematography, and a mesmerizing Ramin Djawadi soundtrack.
Anyway, if you dig Westworld, you might enjoy Person of Interest as well over the hiatus -and if you've already watched POI, I'd love to hear what you think of Westworld!