Saturday, December 24, 2011

Person Of Interest - Ten Reasons Why John Reese Is Better Than Batman

Ever since the coolest mid-season finale of 2011, I've been waiting like an obsessed maniac for 2012, not just because it's a New Year (yippee!) but because I am eagerly awaiting the next episode of Person Of Interest with twitchy fingers and bated breath.

Those of you who've seen all ten episodes of season one will undoubtedly agree that after a promising start, POI has suddenly bludgeoned its way to the top of many DVR lists. It's initial reputation as a case-of-the-week procedural has been overshadowed by multiple juicy plot lines that simply came out of nowhere! This is my personal favorite show of 2011. No surprise, since any show with J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan at the helm was bound to be TV gold.

This year has introduced us to some very interesting characters on Primetime television, but the dynamic duo of John Reese and Harold Finch is arguably one of the best. I don't have enough adjectives in my vocabulary to describe just how awesome these two characters (and actors) have made this show.
Over the course of two months, we have seen John Reese do some seriously kickass stuff. One can't help but compare his recent accomplishments to those of the original dark knight.

So is John Reese based on Batman?? Jonathan Nolan was one of the brains behind director and big bro Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and the soon to be released The Dark Knight Rises. Was his inspiration behind POI entrenched in his previous experience researching Batman? If it was, he couldn't have chosen a better template to introduce us to this truly amazing character. And although many of you might disagree, I personally believe that Nolan has created an idea (and an individual) capable of exceeding the inspiration behind it!

The title of this post obviously caught your eye, so I'm going to stop rambling and get right down to it!
I hereby present ten reasons why John Reese is better than Batman:

1. In the Pilot episode, the Rip Van Winkle version of Reese beat up a bunch of bratty gangster wannabees in a subway train, and then the new and improved version came back and shot the same dudes each in their respective thighs. Batman could probably do the same thing, but he refuses to use guns and doesn't fight during the daytime. Wuss.

2. Reese has a smooth, baritone voice. Batman (at least, the Christian Bale version), sounds like a frog in a blender.

3. Harold Finch is Reese's partner. Robin is Batman's sidekick. Benjamin Linus trumps G. Callen. Nuff said.

4. Reese has a cool motorcycle. Batman has the batmobile. Who do you think has an easier time finding a parking space??

5. Reese's police counterpart is Carter. Batman has Commissioner Gordon. Carter is way hotter than Commissioner Gordon. So is Fusco.

6. Reese makes mincemeat out of the bad guys in every episode. After over seventy years, Batman still hasn't got the Joker off his ass. Kill the guy already!

7. John Reese doesn't take credit for the things he does. Batman's kind of a media hog.

8. John Reese prevents crimes before they happen and saves lives. Batman mopes around in the bat cave until someone flashes the bat signal. Either that or he's attending parties as Bruce Wayne. Talk about being a self absorbed prick!

9. John Reese puts on a suit and swings into action. Batman has to wear his bullet-proof batsuit, put on all his gadgets, get inside the batmobile and drive all the way to Gotham City from his mansion. It's an automatic head start for the bad guys. Besides Reese doesn't even wear a vest. Now that's confidence!

10. John Reese has an arsenal of sub-machine guns, assault rifles and grenade launchers. Batman has a few batarangs, the bathook, a grapple gun, and if memory serves me right, a bat-taser. Tee hee! Cute.

Stop shaking your fist at the monitor!
I'm bored. There was nothing to watch tonight. Gimme a break.