Jim Caviezel: "Are we that naïve to say that Big Brother isn't really here?"
[Warning! This article contains spoilers for those who haven't seen the mid-season finale]
Person of Interest returns tonight from a mid-season break over the holidays that left fans scrambling for more. Why? Audiences were left crushed at the end of November when Carter died in Reese's arms. And while HR may have been taken out, there are still greater threats to the machine... and the world at large.
Is that Greek to you? Now's the perfect time to jump in and start watching. Here's your P.O.I. primer:
Former CIA officer and green beret John Reese works with software genius Harold Finch to prevent crimes in New York City with the help of "The Machine," a surveillance system that can predict when and where crimes will take place. Think Minority Report, but for today's world, and without the floating pre-cogs.
We caught up with some of the talent behind Person of Interest earlier this year to chat about the show and technology in our everyday lives.
"It's always good to gauge how well a show is doing by the fans," Taraji P. Henson (Joss Carter) says of the social media interactions she's had concerning the show. "You kind of know what the numbers are going to be, because you see the floodgate of love we get on social media."
After the death of her character on the show, Henson revealed that she always knew there would be an end to Carter's story, but kept things under wraps when we spoke with her this summer. "It just excites me me because I already know what's going on," she says. "I'm always a few episodes ahead, of course, of what you guys are seeing, so it just tickles me what they're saying. It's just great to see how involved they are with the characters on the show. It's amazing."
Several times, fans have been left wondering if it was Detective Fusco's time to go, but he's back, along with the show tonight.
"People -- specifically with Fusco -- are like, 'I can't believe Fusco's still alive,'" says Kevin Chapman (Lionel Fusco). "It would've been so obvious to kill that character off, but that's what makes Person of Interest so beautiful."
One of the biggest appeals of Person of Interest is the show's dedication to its complex characters. Following Carter's death, the show's creators strove to develop roles that audiences could find and identify with in their own reality.
"I think the whole thing with Fusco is that you see the redeemable qualities in him," Chapman explains. "Flawed individual? Absolutely. We're all able to redeem ourselves. And that's what I think the message is with this character. He has redeemable qualities. Does he get the level of respect he probably would like? No, he doesn't. They say he's like a little brother that nobody wanted. We see the good in him, but we know he's a knucklehead."
Jim Caviezel (John Reese) explains that the depth of character development went far beyond the writers' room, explaining the amount of time that goes into shooting each season of the show.
"We're nine months, day in and day out, shooting," Caviezel says. "A slow day for the first two years was 15 hours. And then we did 'Fraturdays,' so you'd go 19-20 hours into 6 a.m. and go to bed, wake up at 2, 'Here's a new script.' So with that schedule, being able to pull this off was real important. The lack of time being able to train your body as an athlete, which is what Reese does, was very limited. It's very easy to get your rib cracked -- which I did -- and take a shot from one of those stuntmen. It just happens."
Caviezel also revealed his background in martial arts and basketball have paid off since the actors on set sometimes have as little as 10 minutes to learn fight scenes before shooting.