For years, Person of Interest has been right on the cutting edge between commenting on current events and speculating about the future. With its final season, the show is depicting a futuristic nightmare—and yet, it’s also more topical than ever before. We talked to producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman, and they told us the real villain of Person of Interest is Facebook.
First off, I’ve seen the season premiere of Person of Interest, which airs next Tuesday, May 3. True to form, it’s a brilliant hour of television that will keep you throwing things at your TV screen as the Machine Gang struggles to come back from their devastating loss at the end of season four. The super-intelligent Machine, which was built to predict terrorist threats but wound up trying to save ordinary people from smaller crimes, has been destroyed, and the race to reconstruct it from some memory chips is as intense as any thriller I’ve seen in ages.
I honestly don’t know what I can say about Person of Interest that we haven’t said a dozen times before—this is one of the best science fiction shows of the past decade. It’s a brilliant exploration of artificial intelligence and the surveillance state, with some of the most memorable characters on television. And the first four seasons are on Netflix now! You have a whole weekend to get caught up before the show returns on Tuesday. (Here’s our guide to which episodes from season one are must-watch.)