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Why the First Two Seasons of Person of Interest are Far From Irrelevant

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Much like its characters, Person of Interest flew under the radar. I don’t care that the CBS show routinely attracted over 10 million live viewers; no one seemed to watch it.

Or maybe, perhaps in the age of prestige TV, the wrong people watched it. Most of these viewers were casual watchers who enjoyed tuning in for one episode here and there. The show began and ended with its time slot, with little discussion being furthered in the greater television community.

Which is a shame because Person of Interest (POI) demands to be talked about.

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Person of Interest/CBS                                        And watched.

It’s a layered and intelligent series with an eerie relevance to our times. I desperately wanted people to know that, so I hopped from friend to friend to that random guy at the bar, hoping to convince someone to give it a chance.

I’d explain the show as concisely as I could. “After 9/11, a billionaire genius named Finch built a supercomputer called “The Machine” to spy on everyone and predict terrorist attacks, but since it also predicts smaller “irrelevant” crimes as well, Finch hires an ex CIA operative named Reese to help him act on the crimes The Machine predicts and stops them before they happen. They save a different person each episode that the government deems irrelevant.”

“Oh,” that guy at the bar said, “It’s a…procedural.”

Yes. POI can accurately be described as a crime procedural. It can also accurately be described as one of the best science-fiction shows in recent memory, I just hadn’t gotten to that part yet.

“But then, near the end of season two, you start to learn more about The Machine, and there is this psychopath named Root who is on a mission to set The Machine free from Finch’s control. And then ANOTHER machine, Samaritan, gets made, and the two supercomputers go to war with each other.”

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Person of Interest/CBS                                        Root discharges herself from the mental hospital.

“Oh,” that guy at the bar said, “I’d watch that. Can I just skip over some of the first two seasons?”

I get it. Person of Interest consists of over 100 44-minute episodes. That is a large amount of time to dedicate to one show. Back in 2016, in an attempt to get my friends to catch up before the final season aired, I went so far as to write out a guide of which episodes were absolutely necessary to get one caught up to season five.

Catch up on the first season and second season right now!

The problem behind skipping most of the first two seasons, or the promise that “it gets really good if you just stick with it,” is the implication that the episodes dealing with cases of the week are “fillers” and therefore aren’t as important or relevant as the show’s serialized episodes.

I was guilty of this mindset myself until I watched the finale and heard the show’s final message.

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Person of Interest/CBS                                        I also had to reassess some data after the finale.

By the time the fifth and final season of POI ends, the plot has taken us through storylines exploring the worrying implications of uncontrolled artificial intelligence. Samaritan (the “bad” computer) is attempting to run the world in the way it deems right, disposing of anyone who is irrelevant to that goal, and our heroes and The Machine (the “good” computer) are trying to stop it from gaining control of humanity. Both machines have become characters in their own right, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for being so taken in by their story that they forget what the show is actually about – people.

The idea that the show is about people; about individuals with lives, dreams, and flaws, is easy to forget when we focus so closely on the serialized plot and the fate of the world.

In the pilot episode, Finch enlisted Reese’s help to save the people The Machine predicted would be in trouble. This was their purpose. As the show forged a grander path in Season 3, they obtained a grander purpose as well. This made for more compelling and thought-provoking television, and in my original viewing of the series, I was looking forward to the day that they’d leave the cases of the week behind.

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Person of Interest/CBS                              Yes, I ridiculously wanted them to forget about all these people.

They never did, and it defines the message of the show.

At the climax of the finale, Reese has an exchange with Finch where it seems as though he is speaking directly to everyone who finds the first two seasons of this show a bit of a slog to get through.

“I’ve been trying to save the world for so long, saving one life at a time seemed a bit anti-climactic. Then I realized, sometimes one life, if it’s the right life, it’s enough.”

Even while saving the world – one life matters.

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Person of Interest/CBS                                        Sometimes even two lives matter.

This is something the finale doesn’t let you forget about, as mere moments after Reese’s words, The Machine recalls a lesson it learned from a police officer who said that “Everyone dies alone, but if you mean something to someone, if you helped someone, or loved someone if even a single person remembers you, then maybe you never really die at all.”

And so, at the climax of the series, when we are so focused on whether or not Samaritan will finally be defeated, The Machine takes a lesson from one of those “irrelevant” people that were so heavily focused on in the beginning of the series. “I know I’ve made some mistakes, many mistakes,” The Machine says, “but we helped some people, didn’t we?”

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Person of Interest/CBS                                        Yes. Yes, you did.

Every single case of the week episode contributed to this moment. Those first two seasons, which included week after week after week of Reese and Finch saving random people on the streets of New York, mattered. The final lesson here, that we can continue living on through helping others, would be empty if it weren’t for all those “filler” episodes.

As I said before, I get it. It’s a lot of television to get through. Yes, you can successfully understand the plot of the show by watching the most serialized episodes, but skipping the procedural elements of the series will lessen the impact of this final lesson.

I find a certain irony that the episodes we most highly recommend are the serialized pieces that mostly sideline saving an individual. It feels like an almost Samaritan way to watch the show, where we dispose of the irrelevance to arrive at the goal more quickly. Without those first two seasons, and without those procedural episodes, POI is about the birth of artificial superintelligences and a fight for a faceless humanity, because like so many other ambitious sci-fi tales before it, the little people would have gotten left behind. 

But POI doesn’t leave them behind. It never forgets that the world is only worth fighting for because of the individual people who live in it, and that long after the battle is won, we should continue helping anyone we can.

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Person of Interest/CBS                                        You should help every single one of these people.

That message only carries the weight it does because of those first two seasons. The case of the week “filler” episodes are the backbone of the show’s final message.

I started this piece mentioning that despite 10 million viewers tuning in for the show, the “right” people didn’t watch it, and therefore the series doesn’t rank amongst the more popular peak TV titles. That statement isn’t quite fair, just as discounting the procedural elements of POI isn’t fair. 

Every person matters, and every person who watched or was touched by this show matters as well. POI will likely never achieve the recognition it deserves in our current landscape, but perhaps, just as “[one life is enough],” knowing that it touched so many people can be enough, too.

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Person of Interest/CBS                    The characters of POI, trapped behind preconceived perceptions of CBS dramas.

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The Masked Singer Theory – Who Is The Astronaut?

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The Astronaut on The Masked Singer

Astronaut goes head-to-head with Turtle on the April 8 episode of The Masked Singer.

This puts one of the two strongest male competitors in danger of elimination.

Before this comes into fruition, here’s my theory on who the Astronaut is:

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD for those who want to keep the reveal a surprise]

Astronaut has been a popular performer in the show this season, and most fans claim to know his identity based on his singing voice alone.

But that assumption alone amounts very little to convince anyone, so let’s look at the clues and the prevailing theories from the internet that support them.

I will be referencing things from the clue packages the Astronaut has had so far in the show, so here’s a link to his first one:

BREAKDOWN:

In his 1st clue package, some of the objects that stood out were:

  • Hawaiian lei
  • Skeleton foot (or a loose foot)
  • Broom, possibly made of hay
  • Tools / toolbox
  • He also says “Code Blue”

In the 2nd:

  • Constellation of Orion’s belt
  • Hologram of himself
  • He says “in the Wild”
  • French horn
  • He sings a song “from a dear friend” – Stevie Wonder

In the 3rd:

  • Coffee
  • Dice rolled to 10 (two 5’s)
  • Bridge

In the latest clue package:

  • It shows a vinyl record that breaks, which Astronaut says “means the world to me”

THEORY:

Hunter Hayes is the consensus guess over the internet on the identity of the Astronaut. (Notice how both use their right hand when they sing!)

So here’s how the clues line-up to Hayes according to fans:

  • The Hawaiian lei references his time in Hawaii where he performed, and toured on vacation.
  • The loose skeleton foot is a likely nod to his 2011 duet with Victoria Justice “Almost Paradise” which is featured on the Footlose re-make movie soundtrack.
  • The broom could either be a clever hint at Hayes’ publicly admitted crush on Harry Potter star Emma Watson, or a simple clue to his last name since the broom seems to be made of hay (Hayes).
  • Tools or toolbox could refer to his onstage performance with Charlie Worsham’s “Tools of the Trade,” or the fact he knows how to play over 30 musical instruments.
  • “Code BLUE” in the first package, and “Into the WILD” in the second might refer to his upcoming album called “Wild Blue
  • Orion, from the constellation clue, is called in Greek mythology as a “Hunter,” thus, is a clue to his name.
  • He once performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with holograms of himself
  • The French horn signifies his ability to sing in French since he was young
  • He performed with his “dear friend”, Stevie Wonder, on Dancing With The Stars
  • He is a well-documented coffee lover
  • He was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • And finally, he broke a world record for doing 10 shows in 24 hours (look at the dice clue!)

So there it is!

Hunter Hayes is most definitely the Astronaut.

There are just too many clues to ignore, but if you think otherwise then please let us know!

Who else could he be?

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The Masked Singer Theory – Who Is The Turtle?

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The Turtle in THE MASKED SINGER.

Turtle faces-off with Astronaut on the April 8 episode of The Masked Singer.

As two of the strongest male singers in the show, their showdown will surely be one to watch.

So before either could be eliminated, let’s take a guess at who’s behind their respective masks.

Here’s my theory on who The Turtle is:

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD for those who want to keep the reveal a surprise]

Turtle has been a frontrunner to last on the show with each of his performances garnering praise and having great responses from the audience.

This means it could be a while before he is unmasked, and some people, like myself, just don’t have the patience to wait.

His clue packages have been tough to crack, but his most recent “Super Clue” on episode 3 x 10 is what triggered a chain reaction that led to tracing the clues back.

Here is Turtle’s latest hints featuring his “Super Clue” at about the 0:41 second mark of the video:

BREAKDOWN:

He shows a comic book priced at $10.13  with the title “The Amazing Adventures of Shellboy,” and though the name of the comic itself is probably irrelevant, my mind immediately went to superheroes.

Turtle also said “this is not another TEENY clue,” which made me think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but that would be too easy, right?

Then it clicked in my head, he must be somehow connected to a teenage comic book character.

And the first character that popped in my head was Robin who is, of course, Batman’s sidekick.

So I went back and watched every one of his clue packages in order, and I noticed he always had superhero-themed elements:

  • In his 1st clue package, he was in a starting line and a theme similar to The Dark Knight films was playing, and a starting gun with the phrase “BANG!” was shot.

This is a possible hint toward cartoon versions of The Joker, who has shot many similar guns.

Turtle can also be seen walking like a zombie in the video, which made me think of The Walking Dead. 

And, oh yeah, the very first song he sang was “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal, which is part of the 1995 film Batman Forever’s soundtrack!

  • In the 2nd clue package, there is a soda can that reads “POP!” similar to the way the old Adam West Batman TV shows would show after the Caped Crusaders would hit someone.

Plus a huge clue where the Turtle writes the phrase “Don’t Rave Ever At My School – Turtle” on the chalkboard (more on this later).

  • In the 3rd clue package, it showed a bat encased in glass that looked very similar to the symbol of Nightwing (a grown-up version of Robin), and then Seoul, Korea was also in focus.

 

THEORY:

Turtle is Jesse McCartney, and here’s why:

  • The allusions to the superhero Robin is referencing McCartney’s voice acting on Young Justice where he played the character.
  • The price of the comic book $10.13 is his initials “J” the tenth letter in the alphabet, and of course, “M” the thirteenth.
  • He had a memorable short stint on Fear The Walking Dead, which explains his zombie walk.
  • If you take the first letters of the phrase he wrote on the chalkboard in the 2nd clue package, they spell out “DREAM ST.” (Dream Street), which was the name of McCartney’s old boy band
  • Finally, the clue highlighting Seoul, Korea is most likely a reference to his most popular song as a teen pop singer, “Beautiful Soul“.

Tell me he doesn’t sound exactly like The Turtle?

You’re welcome.

What do you think of this theory?

Am I on point or did I miss the mark completely?

Please feel free to chime in the comments section.

 

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The Masked Singer Theory – Who Is The Night Angel?

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The Night Angel on THE MASKED SINGER. / FOX. 2020 All rights reserved.

Night Angel will face-off against Kangaroo on the April 8 episode of The Masked Singer.

One of them could be eliminated and unmasked at the end of the night, so why not take a guess at who they are?

Here’s my theory on who the Night Angel is under the mask:

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD for those who want to keep the reveal a surprise]

The Night Angel has been hailed by the panelists as someone who can “win it all” this season.

Good news for her, but bad news for us who want to find out who that amazing voice belongs to.

Her clue packages have been some of the trickiest to crack this season, and I figured a lot of them could be red herrings.

That is until I went back to her first clue package, and with some help from the internet, I believe I have cracked the case.

Here it is:

BREAKDOWN

  1. The doors she opened in the video are numbered 4, 5, 6.
  2. The 1st door contained three men with duck bills on their noses.
  3. The 2nd door had “gangster grandmas” as Robin Thicke puts it.
  4. The 3rd door was a dance party where one of the men in black points at his watch.
  5. At the end of the package, she says “and a little bit sweet, just like me.”

The only overt clue that stumped me was the keys with the number 2 on it. (So feel free to enlighten me on this one)

Later clue packages would reference her being in her line of work since she was in high school, and found herself “lost” in a group and wanting more.

THEORY

The Night Angel is Kandi Burruss, and here’s why:

  1. The numbers on the doors she opened stands for the song “4, 5, 6” which she co-wrote and performed with rapper Solé
  2. The 1st door was a nod to her writing credits on the Destiny’s Child song, “Bills, Bills, Bills
  3. The 2nd door is a hint about her Atlanta based restaurant called, “Old Lady Gang
  4. As the man in black pointed out, she was “Tardy for the Party” which is another song she wrote for her co-star on The Real Housewives of AtlantaKim Zolciak
  5. “A little bit sweet” – What else is sweet? Well, CANDY (Kandi) of course!

In her youth, Burruss was also part of Xscape, a girl group during the 90s, which fits with her claim to have been in the business since a teenager.

Still not convinced? Here’s her debut single as a solo artist, “Don’t Think I’m Not.” Where the distinct vibrato in her voice is clearly showcased, and sounds exactly like the Night Angel’s.

And there it is, my theory on the Night Angel’s identity.

Did I guess correctly?

Or did I miss something, and completely went off the wrong clues?

Let me know what you think.

 

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