"Person of Interest"
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It is based on a screenplay developed by J. J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, which is inspired by movies like Enemy of the State, The Bourne Identity, and particularly Minority Report. The idea for the show came about long before Edward Snowden and Prism story came out. The show also contains the usual "cop tv drama" elements.

In an episode of the second season, Carter asks Reese to tell her more about what they do and how they get their numbers. Reese replied that everyone who knows the secret has lost everything in their life and as Carter has a son, it's best for her not to know. Carter never asked him again.

Fusco was forced into tracking down numbers with Reese via blackmail when it was discovered he was a dirty cop. As such, he knows not to ask many questions & do as he's told.

As of season three, Sarah Shahi is part of the main cast.

It was revealed at the end of season two that Finch was injured in the ferry explosion that killed his friend Nathan Ingram. He has been seen in flashbacks to have spent time using a wheelchair for sometime afterwards, in 2010. It wasn't just his leg that was injured, his cervical vertebrae was affected and he has pins in his neck from spinal fusion surgery, as shown in an early season one episode. Finch limps and has trouble turning his neck.

The Machine applies differently colored boxes in order to categorize the people it observes. Boxes can change as the Machine re-evaluates its assessment of the individuals it monitors.

White box: Individuals the Machine is currently monitoring, but who do not pose an immediate threat.

White box with red corners and crosshairs: Indicates imminent/ongoing violence by the indicated individual.

Red box: Relevant threats and individuals who pose a threat to the Machine or one of its administrators.

Yellow box: Individuals who know about the Machine.

Black box with yellow corners and crosshairs: Individuals who know about the Machine and communicate with it. The Machine designates these individuals as an "analog interface". Root is the only known analog interface now.

Blue box: Members of government teams; the scope of this box is unclear, but includes agents acting on "relevant" numbers.

Wheeled vehicles (such as cars, trucks and buses) are coded based on status of individual passengers within.

Starting in Season 3, the boxes are slightly modified to have solid vertical lines rather than dashed ones, along with a central target identifying the vehicle being monitored.

The Machine also categorizes and marks watercraft and aircraft.

Boats, ships and ferries are assigned a white diamond. (Seasons 1 and 2) In Season 3, this was modified to have solid lines instead of dashed ones from the left and right corners to the crosshairs above and below them, with a central target similar to that of the vehicle box. It is not known if the colour changes based on the occupants.

Airplanes and helicopters under normal operation receive a green triangle along with flight number and airport codes.

Aircraft under imminent threat or transporting software considered a threat to the Machine are assigned a red triangle instead of green. (Person of Interest: 4C (#3.13), Person of Interest: RAM (#3.16)).

The Machine can also recognize celestial objects such as Mars,(Person of Interest: God Mode (#2.22)). and can access satellite imagery to track air traffic or individual planes.

The Machine monitors areas around potential terrorist targets, such as sky lanes, shipping lanes, and major railroads,(Person of Interest: Dead Reckoning (#2.13)). Exclusion zones are coded in white or red, which may represent a threat appraisal, or the value of the target.

To evaluate strategies, the Machine simulates some of the possible future scenarios. During these simulations the boxes appear in a usual way, but it can simplify parts of these simulations in order to save time. In these cases the boxes appear with a simplified style.



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