Archive material-On first watching: Person of Interest-Sky 1/ Sky 1 Hd Channel 121 on Virgin TV

written in 2012.

On first watching:

Person Of Interest

Created by Jonathan Nolan.

OK I am watching Person of Interest and it is extremely weird.However I really like it so far!

There is a real touch of the 70’s about  it, which is rather endearing.

It has a guy in it, the hero, who is living rough. Well he looks like he is but he has a motel room or maybe he gets that later?

The man looks all beardy and raggedy in the beginning but his eyes are clear burning blue.  he is obviously super fit in his officially dirty homeless gear and requisite raggedy long coat.

As soon as you see him half asleep on the tube/metro and then approached by a gang of teenagers you know he is gonna kick ass.  Which he duly does.

Then, after a very brief stay in a Police Station where he is interrrogated in a good Cop bad Cop style by just one black shirt wearing beautiful accented Police woman: a mysterious and obviously expensive Lawyer turns up and gets our hero released.

Did I mention that the Cops in the Police Station look up the hero’s record after getting his prints off his cup provided by the lady Cop.  In her nice role. He has crimes all over town.  Can’t remember the specifics.  The Police are suitably shocked and suspicious and are half-way to treating him as public enemy number 1 when hot shot Lawyer turns up.

Our hero stumble out of the Police station to see a mysterious bespectacled guy with a phalanx of dark suited men around him.

Its all very windswept and desolate in town all of a sudden and the ground swirls around filmically.  To show its an important moment i guess.

To cut a long and complicated story short the gist of it is bespectacled man who is clearly meant to be really brainy and or have Aspergers traits since its the latest stereotype for geeks.  A stereotype upon a stereotype.

Well something about bespectacled man creating a randomly generating programme that picked out the probability of risk happening to one person on the basis of their social security number.

Bespectacled man designed this for the government then the usual dark forces became involved and took his programme away for nefarious purposes.

Bespectacled man however has protected himself by leaving and taking his code, a copy of it, with him.  Something like that.  He tells our hero he has been watching him and knows that he used to be a mercenary.  Before he ended up sleeping rough and drinking himself to sleep every night.
As such heroes do.

“You need a purpose, not an asylum for your mental health problems”
 bespectacled man tells him.

Hero used to be a deep undercover (National Security Agency) NSA  agent or similar acronym.  Even before all that.  But he has been cut loose by the government and had his name black listed.  Something like that.

Bespectacled man proposes that they work together to save people whose number comes up in his programme and are henceforth at risk.

He mildly threatens the hero if he doesn’t (agree).  Can’t remember the fine details.  It was all a bit daft.  Bespectacled man watches these Persons of Interest and has all the low-down on our hero’s crimes i guess.

He must be a super duper surveillance man.  Anyway, hero agrees and mayhem ensues as he performs mad cap Stephen Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme type escapades whilst skulking around town with a truly giant gun.

So far Person of Interest is great fun.  Hero doesn’t have a car but this doesn’t stop him, as he is adept at deep undercover techniques of smashing into and starting parked cars in the blink of an eye.

I liked that in this episode the woman marked out as a Person of Interest that hero was silently stalking surveilling and protecting turned out not to be a victim but an evil, kingpin underworld boss whilst being a Person Of interest.  Cool.

It is very rare that women are ever the evil crime boss.  Very refreshing and always surprising when they are.

Along the way our hero, who we know had supermodel looks all along, checks into a motel and shaves and now looks like some quiet Scandinavian Olympian about a mile high.  He also has a great coat.  New this time.

Since bespectacled man is paying him as he promised, if hero stays to fight the fight and carry out the Quests.
As you do.

It could all be really rather good.  Certainly bespectacled man is very good and impressive in his part. His character suffers the slight similarity to me of an actor I have seen who played a murderer with Aspergers.  It may even be the same actor.

However it is all fairly unusual and fresh, if a little laden with cliche’ from circa 1970’s right through to 1990’s.  It may become a stock superficial action series.  Or it could grow and grow like roses and maintain its first show of interesting excellence.

Plus our hero’s eyes are the palest sea blue, he barely speaks which is a nice change and so far I like his style and his lovely long coat.  I always enjoy seeing drama with just men as it is quite rare.

Archive material-On first watching: Person of Interest-Sky 1/ Sky 1 Hd Channel 121 on Virgin TV

written in 2012.

On first watching:

Person Of Interest

Created by Jonathan Nolan.

OK I am watching Person of Interest and it is extremely weird.However I really like it so far!

There is a real touch of the 70’s about  it, which is rather endearing.

It has a guy in it, the hero, who is living rough. Well he looks like he is but he has a motel room or maybe he gets that later?

The man looks all beardy and raggedy in the beginning but his eyes are clear burning blue.  he is obviously super fit in his officially dirty homeless gear and requisite raggedy long coat.

As soon as you see him half asleep on the tube/metro and then approached by a gang of teenagers you know he is gonna kick ass.  Which he duly does.

Then, after a very brief stay in a Police Station where he is interrrogated in a good Cop bad Cop style by just one black shirt wearing beautiful accented Police woman: a mysterious and obviously expensive Lawyer turns up and gets our hero released.

Did I mention that the Cops in the Police Station look up the hero’s record after getting his prints off his cup provided by the lady Cop.  In her nice role. He has crimes all over town.  Can’t remember the specifics.  The Police are suitably shocked and suspicious and are half-way to treating him as public enemy number 1 when hot shot Lawyer turns up.

Our hero stumble out of the Police station to see a mysterious bespectacled guy with a phalanx of dark suited men around him.

Its all very windswept and desolate in town all of a sudden and the ground swirls around filmically.  To show its an important moment i guess.

To cut a long and complicated story short the gist of it is bespectacled man who is clearly meant to be really brainy and or have Aspergers traits since its the latest stereotype for geeks.  A stereotype upon a stereotype.

Well something about bespectacled man creating a randomly generating programme that picked out the probability of risk happening to one person on the basis of their social security number.

Bespectacled man designed this for the government then the usual dark forces became involved and took his programme away for nefarious purposes.

Bespectacled man however has protected himself by leaving and taking his code, a copy of it, with him.  Something like that.  He tells our hero he has been watching him and knows that he used to be a mercenary.  Before he ended up sleeping rough and drinking himself to sleep every night.
As such heroes do.

“You need a purpose, not an asylum for your mental health problems”
 bespectacled man tells him.

Hero used to be a deep undercover (National Security Agency) NSA  agent or similar acronym.  Even before all that.  But he has been cut loose by the government and had his name black listed.  Something like that.

Bespectacled man proposes that they work together to save people whose number comes up in his programme and are henceforth at risk.

He mildly threatens the hero if he doesn’t (agree).  Can’t remember the fine details.  It was all a bit daft.  Bespectacled man watches these Persons of Interest and has all the low-down on our hero’s crimes i guess.

He must be a super duper surveillance man.  Anyway, hero agrees and mayhem ensues as he performs mad cap Stephen Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme type escapades whilst skulking around town with a truly giant gun.

So far Person of Interest is great fun.  Hero doesn’t have a car but this doesn’t stop him, as he is adept at deep undercover techniques of smashing into and starting parked cars in the blink of an eye.

I liked that in this episode the woman marked out as a Person of Interest that hero was silently stalking surveilling and protecting turned out not to be a victim but an evil, kingpin underworld boss whilst being a Person Of interest.  Cool.

It is very rare that women are ever the evil crime boss.  Very refreshing and always surprising when they are.

Along the way our hero, who we know had supermodel looks all along, checks into a motel and shaves and now looks like some quiet Scandinavian Olympian about a mile high.  He also has a great coat.  New this time.

Since bespectacled man is paying him as he promised, if hero stays to fight the fight and carry out the Quests.
As you do.

It could all be really rather good.  Certainly bespectacled man is very good and impressive in his part. His character suffers the slight similarity to me of an actor I have seen who played a murderer with Aspergers.  It may even be the same actor.

However it is all fairly unusual and fresh, if a little laden with cliche’ from circa 1970’s right through to 1990’s.  It may become a stock superficial action series.  Or it could grow and grow like roses and maintain its first show of interesting excellence.

Plus our hero’s eyes are the palest sea blue, he barely speaks which is a nice change and so far I like his style and his lovely long coat.  I always enjoy seeing drama with just men as it is quite rare.

Some Archive material from 2012: Donal McIntyre-Most Dangerous Towns and a special mention to the more recent 2013-2014 Series of Ross Kemp-Extreme Worlds-Sky 1 Channel

Written in 2012.

Donald MacIntyre and The Toughest towns

Perhaps it was dwelling on a movie earlier I would normally reserve for man film in my mind. However it was called Outlaw and had Sean Bean in it.  Acting his smouldering Sharpe socks off.

Plus Lenny James.  Before he lost his hair and went all skinny like in the ridiculous Line Of duty BBC2 series.

It was but a hop skip and a bored jump from there to the land of Sky 1/ Sky 1 Hd which i never knew i had.
Chris Ryan looked appealing for a while, jumping out of planes with his camouflage on.  It looks fun. I feel like I am exploring my masculine side.  Or warrior, which sounds more esoteric or exotic but a little pretentious.

Anyway, deciding to dwell in the land of the man channel for a while for  fun I came upon Donal McIntyre.  Now there is a man who gets himself into some near scrapes.  Or so he would have you believe.

However it all seems very believable as Donal trundles around a certain Eastern European city searching for variously: the Mafia, the sex traffickers and the gangs.  I have left out identifying group names.

I dunno, I am not normally so paranoid, but as MacIntyre said, these were some pretty heavy guys.

As I said, Donal MacIntyre loudly talks to camera relating his mission to meet all or some of the most dangerous men in town.

When Donal goes around the red light district with presumably his camera men in tow he seems surprised that eventually some fuzzed out burly men come out to remonstrate with him.

Donal MacIntyre declares this as very sinister and proof of evil underworld backing to the district.  He is right.

I did wonder whether it would have been easier for Donal to have had one of those hidden cameras but maybe his crew are his safeguard.  As is the filming.

McIntyre goes to meet some jolly shaved head gang who jovially explained how much it was to buy a girl and that there was a discount for 10.

This was in response to McIntyre’s direct enquiries as to this possibility and how much.  Presumably the gang believed him to be a journalist as it seemed an unlikely request from fresh faced and smiling Donal, resplendent in days old stubble and a healing cut on his nose.

We are left to wonder just how Donal McIntyre received this cut and was it from the classic camera dropping altercation from before?

Not knowing is unimportant since along with his fetching black leather jacket this cut only adds to McIntyre’s slightly roguish and minorly battered aiming for War correspondent air.

You see I mainly watched this programme because Michael McIntyre is hot, yes, seriously hot.

Plus I wanted to learn more about sex trafficking.  Which is truly terrible. Modern day slavery, as McIntyre explained.

Donal went to see one major figure in the underworld who very frighteningly, did not care whether he was fully shown.  Him and his young henchman son.

The man described the gradation of his punishments to a trafficked girl if she didn’t obey.  Like it was the most natural thing in the world.:
“First, I slap her, then I punch her in the face, then, shoot in the arm or the leg”.

“Yes, as McIntyre sadly said,:
“the girls are worth more to them alive not dead”.

Donal McIntyre travelled everywhere with an English speaking cab driver who explained how he saw everything and it was bad but he said nothing.

“Murder, threats and death?” asked McIntyre
“See no evil hear no evil speak no evil?”
Donal seemed to be speaking backwards to the guy.  Like Pigeon English-oops.

“Yes, like that’s what this town needs, more sex and more money”! the cab driver was saying sarcastically.

Then the cab driver told Donal McIntyre how he carried a gun for his safety and produced the cutest little toy gun looking thing you ever did see.  I don’t like guns but i thought it was cute, it nearly lay in a palm.  A bit of an oversized weapon for an Action Man doll perhaps.  In a nifty little pouch.

But it was real.  You could see Donal almost inwardly gulp thinking shit-he’s got a gun!  We British do not like guns.

Then the mental calculation weighing up the danger all around.

Well around or more like in the repeated meetings McIntyre kept setting up with a small conglomeration of the men running the criminal underworld of the city.

I thought it was surprising that the men were prepared to meet Donal and talk to him at all.  Particularly for Donal to record them.

Fuzzy face or not.

McIntyre had the habit of coming  out from one of those:
“very dangerous clandestine meetings” and walking several yards over to his camera crew in their parked car.

Then whispering sotto voice to camera just how dangerous it all was.

Yes, probably, and if that guy was as evil as all that he appeared to be, his reach would probably have extended to where they had parked the car.

Donal McIntyre and the inveterate cab driver who was filmed fully along with the (less than disguised with sunglasses wearing) ex-trafficked girl who had escaped:  all made it home safe.  Unlike the girls left trafficked, behind.

***

footnotes

This was written in 2012. A more recent update on this subject can be found presented by Ross Kemp in his excellent series from 2013 and 2014: Ross Kemp-Extreme Worlds (various subjects and countries)  In his episode:
 Ross Kemp on Trafficking.


Correction: the episode is called Ross Kemp-Extreme Worlds-UK.

In which Ross Kemp, possibly one of the best Documentary presenters I have seen, being admirably: objective, non-patronising or judgemental and having the very rare quality of mostly staying silent in order to actually listen to his interviewees, nearly cries.

Some Archive material from 2012: Donal McIntyre-Most Dangerous Towns and a special mention to the more recent 2013-2014 Series of Ross Kemp-Extreme Worlds-Sky 1 Channel

Written in 2012.

Donald MacIntyre and The Toughest towns

Perhaps it was dwelling on a movie earlier I would normally reserve for man film in my mind. However it was called Outlaw and had Sean Bean in it.  Acting his smouldering Sharpe socks off.

Plus Lenny James.  Before he lost his hair and went all skinny like in the ridiculous Line Of duty BBC2 series.

It was but a hop skip and a bored jump from there to the land of Sky 1/ Sky 1 Hd which i never knew i had.
Chris Ryan looked appealing for a while, jumping out of planes with his camouflage on.  It looks fun. I feel like I am exploring my masculine side.  Or warrior, which sounds more esoteric or exotic but a little pretentious.

Anyway, deciding to dwell in the land of the man channel for a while for  fun I came upon Donal McIntyre.  Now there is a man who gets himself into some near scrapes.  Or so he would have you believe.

However it all seems very believable as Donal trundles around a certain Eastern European city searching for variously: the Mafia, the sex traffickers and the gangs.  I have left out identifying group names.

I dunno, I am not normally so paranoid, but as MacIntyre said, these were some pretty heavy guys.

As I said, Donal MacIntyre loudly talks to camera relating his mission to meet all or some of the most dangerous men in town.

When Donal goes around the red light district with presumably his camera men in tow he seems surprised that eventually some fuzzed out burly men come out to remonstrate with him.

Donal MacIntyre declares this as very sinister and proof of evil underworld backing to the district.  He is right.

I did wonder whether it would have been easier for Donal to have had one of those hidden cameras but maybe his crew are his safeguard.  As is the filming.

McIntyre goes to meet some jolly shaved head gang who jovially explained how much it was to buy a girl and that there was a discount for 10.

This was in response to McIntyre’s direct enquiries as to this possibility and how much.  Presumably the gang believed him to be a journalist as it seemed an unlikely request from fresh faced and smiling Donal, resplendent in days old stubble and a healing cut on his nose.

We are left to wonder just how Donal McIntyre received this cut and was it from the classic camera dropping altercation from before?

Not knowing is unimportant since along with his fetching black leather jacket this cut only adds to McIntyre’s slightly roguish and minorly battered aiming for War correspondent air.

You see I mainly watched this programme because Michael McIntyre is hot, yes, seriously hot.

Plus I wanted to learn more about sex trafficking.  Which is truly terrible. Modern day slavery, as McIntyre explained.

Donal went to see one major figure in the underworld who very frighteningly, did not care whether he was fully shown.  Him and his young henchman son.

The man described the gradation of his punishments to a trafficked girl if she didn’t obey.  Like it was the most natural thing in the world.:
“First, I slap her, then I punch her in the face, then, shoot in the arm or the leg”.

“Yes, as McIntyre sadly said,:
“the girls are worth more to them alive not dead”.

Donal McIntyre travelled everywhere with an English speaking cab driver who explained how he saw everything and it was bad but he said nothing.

“Murder, threats and death?” asked McIntyre
“See no evil hear no evil speak no evil?”
Donal seemed to be speaking backwards to the guy.  Like Pigeon English-oops.

“Yes, like that’s what this town needs, more sex and more money”! the cab driver was saying sarcastically.

Then the cab driver told Donal McIntyre how he carried a gun for his safety and produced the cutest little toy gun looking thing you ever did see.  I don’t like guns but i thought it was cute, it nearly lay in a palm.  A bit of an oversized weapon for an Action Man doll perhaps.  In a nifty little pouch.

But it was real.  You could see Donal almost inwardly gulp thinking shit-he’s got a gun!  We British do not like guns.

Then the mental calculation weighing up the danger all around.

Well around or more like in the repeated meetings McIntyre kept setting up with a small conglomeration of the men running the criminal underworld of the city.

I thought it was surprising that the men were prepared to meet Donal and talk to him at all.  Particularly for Donal to record them.

Fuzzy face or not.

McIntyre had the habit of coming  out from one of those:
“very dangerous clandestine meetings” and walking several yards over to his camera crew in their parked car.

Then whispering sotto voice to camera just how dangerous it all was.

Yes, probably, and if that guy was as evil as all that he appeared to be, his reach would probably have extended to where they had parked the car.

Donal McIntyre and the inveterate cab driver who was filmed fully along with the (less than disguised with sunglasses wearing) ex-trafficked girl who had escaped:  all made it home safe.  Unlike the girls left trafficked, behind.

***

footnotes

This was written in 2012. A more recent update on this subject can be found presented by Ross Kemp in his excellent series from 2013 and 2014: Ross Kemp-Extreme Worlds (various subjects and countries)  In his episode:
 Ross Kemp on Trafficking.

Correction: the episode is called Ross Kemp-Extreme Worlds-UK.

In which Ross Kemp, possibly one of the best Documentary presenters I have seen, being admirably: objective, non-patronising or judgemental and having the very rare quality of mostly staying silent in order to actually listen to his interviewees, nearly cries.