Television|’Person of Interest,’ Its Computers and Crime, Returns

By MIKE HALE May 2, 2016 “Person of Interest” has no superheroes, no zombies, no ninjas, no direwolves. But as much as any show on television, it makes the high-low connection that’s at the heart of genre and comic-book storytelling. The obvious appeal of this CBS series, which returns for an abbreviated fifth and final season on Tuesday, is pulpy and visceral. Its central cast includes three wisecracking assassins with good looks and hearts of gold, and the spiraling, frantic story lines allow them and their adversaries to run up prodigious body counts. (Secondary characters on “Person of Interest” almost always come with expiration dates.) But the show’s premise, combining fear of sentient computers with fear of unfettered post-9/11 government surveillance, has been sufficiently sturdy and coherent to provide ballast for the…


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