Is it really happening? A dream collaboration might be under the anvil as you read this article. Person of Interest and Westworld may come back as one. Let’s find out
Jonathan Nolan is the undisputed king of science fiction works and gave us one of the best shows ever made for American television—CBS’ 2011 crime drama, Person of Interest, and HBO’s 2016 Western dystopia Westworld. A crossover between the two would be every fan’s dream.
- Person of Interest: When CBS entered the sci-fi domain with a bang
- Westworld – Wild wild west with a twist of sci-fi
- A crossover between the two shows in the works?
When CBS entered the sci-fi domain with a bang
One of the most successful science fictions shows ever made was Jonathan Nolan’s Person of Interest that premiered on CBS in 2011. With sci-fi veteran JJ Abrams as an executive producer on the series, Person of Interest was a stellar blend of science and crime with a dash of drama. The series opened to universal acclaim from critics and viewers alike. Raking enormous reviews, the show became one of the most successful ones on its network during its 5-year-long run.
The series circled around a software called ‘The Machine’ developed by a tech wiz Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) that can use databases to give out information on crime as well as the parties involved in it. To put the machine to good use, Finch recruits ex-CIA personnel John Reese (Jim Caviezel) to investigate the information and later grows his team.
Its take on the pros and cons of artificial intelligence, the extent of human control over super-intelligent devices as well as the active debate on ethics won the show rave reviews and accolades. However, it came to an unexpected halt when CBS prematurely cancelled it. Since the show was owned by Warner Brothers, it was not making CBS any profits.
The wild wild west with a twist of sci-fi
One of HBO’s most adventurous projects is the 2016 Western and dystopian series Westworld, helmed by none other than Jonathan Nolan. It is based on a 1973 movie of the same name. The show made headlines for its ensemble cast, elaborate visuals, a smart plot, and theme music. The series that also has J.J. Abrams on board, has mostly seen favourable reviews and won multiple Primetime Emmy Awards. Westworld revolves around guests and hosts; the guests are human beings and the hosts are androids designed to fulfill the guests’ desires without being able to harm them.
The unexampled storyline has found fans all around the world who have been intrigued by the uniqueness and complexities of the show since it was the first telecast. The series has become one of the most downloaded contents on torrent. It was renewed for a season 4 in April 2020, taking into account its stable ratings and vast popularity.
A crossover between the two shows in the works?
During the third season of Westworld, fans started noticing stark similarities with Person of Interest. Both the series focus on the power of artificial intelligence and give viewers a perspective from the side of the machines. The theory that a lot of fans have formed now is that Person of Interest is a sort of prequel to Westworld. The technology on the 2011 CBS series was restricted to New York, while Westworld has taken the liberty to show the existence of super-intelligence worldwide.
A lot of viewers have compared Person of Interest’s ‘The Machine’ to Westworld’s Rehoboam. Nolan in an interview explained the most important distinction between the two shows, “In [PoI], the AI is not really anthropomorphized at all, but in Westworld, you’ll be dealing with an embodied AI, whose consciousness is tied to its physical form to a much greater degree.”
That being said, these similarities have excited the fans who believe that a crossover between the two shows would be a great idea. Either by using the idea of travelling between dimensions or time travel, Nolan can show the characters of the two shows coming face to face. Wouldn’t that make excellent television material? If fans continue to hanker, producers at HBO might just hear their prayers and give them the crossover of the decade.
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