Tuesday, June 21, 2016

103 episodes of Person of Interest

It all started with a machine, a machine with more heart and a better soul then any human. Each week the machine would give its creator a number and victim or perpetrator the machine her creator, Harold played by Michael Emerson (Lost), the man in the suit, John Reese played by Jim Caviezel, NYPD Detectives Carter played by Taraji P Henson and Fusco played by Kevin Chapman along with Root played by Amy Acker and Shaw played by Sarah Shahi would be there to lead a helping hand.

Created by Jonathan Nolan, I started watching POI when it premiered in 2011 mainly because I became a fan of Caviezel after the film The Count of Monte Cristo and have seen every episode since.

Each week the machine, which was meant to be used as a device for the government to find terrorists before they stuck, used every piece of technology it had throughout the city to “send” Harold, who recruited Reese on a task to stop the threat. Without knowledge of the machine or even how Reese knew what was about to happen Carter soon followed by Fusco and stepped in to help. It was a surprise when Carter died (and became Cookie Lyons on Empire) but the full time addition of Root and Shaw made the series still worth watching, even if the story went from a weekly procedural to a serial in which another all ominent machine called Samaritan began fighting against and wanted to kill our good guys.

Although at times Person of Interest was an intense show to watch it also gave the viewer hope and good always triumphed over evil.

And while the actors were wonderful in each role it was The Machine itself that was the most important character in the show and on a personal note I have to say I came to care for “her” and was sad when Harold and Root lost (as if she died) “her” for a bit early in the last season.

So here’s to the cast, crew and guests stars of POI you had one heck of a good show and I will miss seeing Jim Caviezel each week but not as much a Bear the adorable and wonderful Belgian Malinois. Good luck to whatever comes next for all!



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Chamberlain not Hamilton

Happy Tony Awards Day! Or is it Hamilton Day?! Either way I have been listening to my Hamilton Musical cast recording for a few days now and was inspired to come up with my own "rap" while swimming for the 1st time this year. I thought it up quick (there is always more to add) and normally I wouldn’t post a 1st draft but it is a special day so…
When I was young I was all about Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton
Then in 8th grade I met a new man
Four Score and Seven Years later he came
Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg,
On top of Little Round Top was a group of men, shooting rebels as they ran towards them
In the middle of a new (Southern) revolution there he stands as commander of the 20th Maine men.
Ran out of ammunition when the yell came “Ready Bayonets”
What’s His name?
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain!
A professor from Bowdoin
Fighting for the Union in another rebellion
Fought for 4 years, Shot 6 times, once through his boot only slightly wounded
Returned to Maine a hero
Became a 4 term Governor of a state in a re-new nation
Unlike Hamilton
Retired and became an old man

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Mr. Selfridge:The series 2013-2016

Just watched the series finale of Mr. Selfridge and it was a good one. It was a story about an American man who brings his family to London to build a different kind of department store. With the help of wonderful employees, some loyal friends and his family Mr. Selfridge played by Jeremy Piven (who never ceases to amaze me & is an underrated actor) made all of his dreams come true. Congrats to the cast-Ron Cook as Mr. Crabb, Tom Goodman-Hill as Mr. Grove, Amy Beth Hayes as Kitty Hawkins, Trystan Gravelle as Victor Colleano, Calum Callaghan as George Towler, Katherine Kelly as Lady Mae, Greg Austin as Gordon Selfridge, Kara Tointon as Rosalie Selfridge and those I haven't mentioned! If you didn't watch the 4 seasons then you missed something fantastic, entertaining and even educational. An amazing job by all involved! You made me hope that one day I'll get the chance to visit  and walk through the doors of the real Selfridge's.