The plot has often had more holes than a truckload of polo mints, and more cliched than a panel of X-Factor judges but you know what? I love this show.
The show taps into the huge growth of powers available to government in monitoring its citizen post 9/11, but against this back drop it throws up an old school action hero.
It introduces the mysterious Mr Finch who has a access to a system which processes vast amounts of data, phone calls, emails, cctv footage etc and predicts when serious crimes are about to occur and feeds these to the US government but it also predicts crimes that may not affect national security – so called “irrelevant” crimes.
Enter John Reese, an ex-CIA special operations agent recruited by Mr Finch to prevent the occurrence of irrelevant crimes predicted by the computer.
Each episode he follows up on an irrelevant crime passed to him by Mr Finch and in the process blasts his way through an assortment of Russian Mafiosi, ruthless security guards employed by dodgy pharmaceutical firms, Iraqi war veterans turned bank robbers and more.
John Reese is stern, generally humourless, troubled but most importantly a seemingly invincible all action hero. Whether its a gang of Brooklyn arms dealers or dreaded terrorists from eastern Europe, it takes more than being simply outnumbered to get one over John Reese.
It is good fun but was getting a tad repetitive till this weeks episode. With strong undertones of the film the Usual Suspect, John Reese ends up rescuing a victim who it turns out is less victim, more maniacal homicidal gang kingpin. Fortunately even though he has John Reese at his mercy in the final scene like many of us he has enjoyed his all action no nonsense persona and respectfully allows him to live.
Good news for the rest of us as well, cos it means John is back on our screens Tuesday next week (Channel 5 9pm)