On the POI Discussion Forum, there has been a lot of discussion about how the "Core Four" are the center of the show and how the addition of new characters could lessen the importance of the original cast members, mainly Carter and Fusco. I have always felt that the term "core four" is a fanon title, never used by the show runners. Never have all four characters appeared in a scene together or worked a case totally together except for "Til Death" this season and they weren't all in the same room at once in that one either. mamahub
posted that she feels the show really has a "core duo" in Reese and Finch and that the rest of the show revolves around them. I agreed. Several posts ensued saying that other actors could come in, play other characters and the premise of the show would survive. I felt this was a fallacious argument to try to prove there isn't a core four. Why say the two leads aren't necessary to refute that claim? Why not say, "no the other two are equally important?" Anyway, after a post or two, I was asked the following:
* What makes Reese and Finch core?
* Are they core simply because they are Reese and Finch or are they core because they occupy positions that are essential to the premise of the show according to the introduction?
* What is essential to the mission now? The person of Reese and Finch or the positions they hold?
Here's what I answerd. I thought it would make a good post about how I feel about the show and the characters. ( Read more )