A billionaire software-genius named Harold Finch creates a Machine for the government that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen, by monitoring the entire world through every cell-phone, email and surveillance camera. Finch discovered that the machine sees everything, potential terrorist acts and violent crimes that involve ordinary people. When the government considered violent crimes between normal people "irrelevant", Finch built a back door into the system that gives him the social security number of a person involved in a future violent crime so he could act. Partnered with John Reese, an ex-CIA agent, the two work in secret to prevent violent crimes before they can happen. Eventually their activities lead to being hunted by the New York Police Department, CIA Agents in pursuit of Reese who was listed as dead, a computer hacker named Root who wants access to the Machine, and government officials who want to keep all knowledge of the Machine a complete secret.
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Did You Know?
Showrunner Jonathan Nolan
stated that he knew Ramin Djawadi
, the composer of the show, ever since he worked with him on his brother, Christopher Nolan
's Batman Begins
(2005), where Ramin did additional music for Hans Zimmer
. Nolan described Ramin as "unbelievably talented", and he said that sometimes when they decided to use a song in the show, Ramin would come with an original piece he composed and Jonah had to say "Sorry, Ramin's s**t wins again!". Later Jonathan chose Djawadi as the composer of his HBO project, Westworld
(2016). See more
Many times throughout the series, Whilst John is under fire and is low or out of ammunition, after subduing an antagonist, he never takes his weapon or checks to see if he has any appropriate ammo. See more
[Opening narration, Season 4
We are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I designed the machine to detect acts of terror but it sees everything. Violent crimes involving ordinary people. The Government considers these people "irrelevant". We don't. Hunted by the authorities, we work in secret. You'll never find us, but victim or perpetrator, if your number's up... we'll find *you*.
Referenced in Twisted: Poison of Interest