I am not a binge watcher, per say. I watched way more movies growing up and still prefer movies to television shows. The binge watching phenomenon that came with streaming services is lost on me–two episodes and then it’s a fight to stay focused. The other reason I don’t care for binge watching is that my brain has a knack for patterns* and when I start watching television shows in large chunks I start to discern the tropes and writing patterns that take me out of the story and therefore make it less enjoyable.
Recently, however, my thoughts on the matter have changed–no, shifted is a better word**. I have been on 12 weeks of maternity leave and while she is a good baby and a much better sleeper than her sister there are long lengths of time where all I have been good for is feeding and laying on the couch and letting the tv play while my brain de-mushifys. This has led to some inadvertent binge watching.
With my latest writing project being a buddy cop/detective story my tastes in television have been the same. I started with Gotham (totally separate fan girl filled blog post!) and have since moved on to Person of Interest.
Here comes the review: To put it bluntly–I really frickin’ love this show!
To detail further: Not only does this show combine many things I love– detective stories, cops, espionage, technology/hacking, it has subtley complex characters across the board and a great mix of one shot stories with great overarching plots.
Mr. Finch is quirky yet believable and is an excellent foil to John Reece’s dry ascerbic humor and more violent tendencies. Detective Joss Carter might be one of my favorite women on television ever. She is a great detective but is not solely defined by that–she is also a mother, a woman trying to get a date and a great moral compass for the show that walks a very fine legal line. Fusco, Shaw and Root get more interesting through the seasons and I appreciate that the writers hold back and let these characters develop later. So many shows seem to want to lay out their entire team in the first season and make everyone interesting immediately.
I’m almost finished with season 3 out of 5 and while several plot points are slightly predictable there have been several that took me by surprise which is refreshing. We are deep in Government Conspiracy Land but I have faith that it will be far from ordinary fare.
* Not on a genius cryptographer sort of level–more of a “hey that line of cars next to me has alternating white and black cars” and “my daughter gets extra weird one week a month around the full moon” level. Although, at one point in my life (around 7th grade) I was rather obsessed with codes and code breaking. Perhaps on Earth 2 I am a world class cryptographer! Who knows!
** I say shifted because as soon as I go back to work I will shift back to not liking nor have time to binge watch.