Person of Interest Review: Spy Game

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For a show about a super computer that watches your every move, to the point where you can't really hide any secrets, Person of Interest is steeped in mystery and layers of hidden truth.

Make no mistake, even amongst all the questions surrounding the characters and the created technology, the drama continues to reveal more and more while tying it to the plot and people at hand, rather than simply for the sake of disclosure.

There's a real sense that even with the open and closed case of the episode, the larger stories are connected, the themes overlap and the characters build beyond their most basic instincts. It's a forever unraveling of the world created without giving everything away.

So, where Reese's vulnerable past became exposed last episode, The Machine conspiracy found its way back to the forefront in "No Good Deed." The thriller aspects associated with the dangers surrounding pertinent information were played up heavily. It was spy vs. spy vs. spy in the ultimate round robin that focused in on fists, facts and Finch.

Finch & Reese Are Curious

Clearly every one wants a piece, in some form or another, of Finch/The Machine. Sure, Reese has been ever so slowly trying to wrap his head around the numbers that pop up, NSA agent Henry Peck simply wanted the truth a la A Few Good Men (he handled the truth pretty well, considering), and the shadowy puppeteer of Washington officials are willing to kill for any association with it. Let's not forget the now broken and nervous wreck, Alicia Corwin, who seems to have taken her own downfall because of the Machine, and perhaps wants a way to get her life back.

The Machine is top prize and while its uses are for good, Finch's flashbacks indicate the possibility of it being used for bad. And like the title suggests, Nathan Ingram's "good deed" to provide a fail-safe for the computer either led to his demise and/or the negative factions of government operatives that manipulate its uses.

Talk about conspiracy.

Of course, Person of Interest isn't without its action and it ripped in some great hand to hand combat scenes, some gun play with a two and a half men joke, and exploding cars. Did that bad guy not look like a version of Chuck Norris? The frenetic fight sequences are so entertaining that sometimes its easy to forget that this is a TV show.

But apart from the winding threads of the Machine and its abilities, was the eye opening and heartbreaking discovery that Finch had a fiance. Yes, the man who has trouble with "human interaction" had a four-year loving relationship that he was forced to give up to avoid putting her in danger.

I wasn't expecting that reveal and it was just another example of how the show finds ways to humanize and draw out emotion for its outwardly closed off characters. It's never too much to make you want to roll your eyes while at the same time it establishes the perfect peek inwards before shutting it and returning back to the larger focus on hand.

Because there is truly so much going on that even with one episode left, the possibilities of where the show can go are endless. And that's not to say that the variety of plot directions are left flapping in the breeze and forgotten. With a list that includes Elias, the computer hacker "Root," the corrupt police force "HR," the FBI/CIA war, and the Washington officials, there's so many battles Reese and Finch might have to face. That doesn't even include the wary connection of Carter and Fusco, or the haunted pasts of the main characters in their struggle to do the right thing.

And I love that there are so many outlets to take and that even with its fast paced combination of action and drama, it hasn't rushed its overall story. I'm all for the continuing exploration of the characters and their world if the show keeps up these solidly top notch episodes.

Person of Interest is the show that keeps on giving.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Totally disagree with the comment that P.O.I. is not as good as some of the listed "Pay TV" shows mentioned. Let me tell you, The Sopranos was the best Drama on TV anywhere any era. He forgot to mention Six Feet Under. And Yes Dexter is wonderful. But bottom line, had this series "Shown Up On Pay TV" it would be even spoken about on a higher lever-If That were possible...


Great review that I totally agree with, and I have to say that the actors are amazing and the plots never predictable on Person of Interest. This isn't my normal type of show, really, but the acting and writing are just so superb I can't pass it up...every week it has me on the edge of my seat!
And Finch, dear, dear Finch...the actor who plays him is masterful. His every facial expression and movement are telling of his character. He's not even remotely good looking, but he's such a fascinating human being, I find myself falling in love with him, and not being at all surprised that he had a fiance who is adorable and kind. The reverse is true for Reese...the more I know about his past, the creepier and less attractive he gets. Loved the fight scenes, though. This show is really setting the standard for network TV drama.

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Certainly not in the class with the best pay cable Drama shows like Game of Thrones, The Borgias, Boss, Boardwalk, Damages, Dexter.... As good as the best dramas on basic cable like Suits and Justified.... But it certainly blows every drama on the network channels away !!!!! Never a bad episode ....yet. !


It is so interesting...gets my attention every week...was blown away, when the woman came out of the closet and shot the two guys without any pre-talk...I didnt think my girl friend would like the show, but she said it has heart and is exciting...she looks forward every week to the show


I have no idea where this finale could the reviewer pointed out it can go virtually anywhere. I loved the episode


Why the hell POI can't put a foot wrong? I am tired of liking it so much. Now I can't wait for the finale. Life would be so much simpler if it sucked.


This is a great review about an even greater TV series. I sort of watch in awe of Michael Emerson, as he flips back and forth as Finch between years ago in the story, when he was normal and fit, and present day, where he is stilted and often in pain. The man is just that great of an actor: he's consistent all the way through. The developing Carter/Fusco story is fun to watch, and now we have the Alicia Corwin thread now making its debut. I'm still curious about Carl Elias, and where he's gone and what part he has to play in all of this (or any of it). It's all just so very very good. What an amazing show.


Totally, totally, totally thrilling!! I love this show and the quick turns it takes, like peeling back an onion....Finch's fiance was so humanizing, John's discovery so shocking, Peck's acceptance that he latched on to something (will he play another part next season in wanting to know more and selling it to the highest bidder?), the nervous-paranoid ex-NSI agent who IS "creepy" and bad news, Carter suspecting Fusco (but is wondering if he is good/bad or just dirty), the secretative (and corrupt) Washington team (with their thugs), not to mention Elias will no doubt get involved in wanting the Machine, too! Wow! How would you like to be in on those writers creative sessions?? Great reviewa.

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Mike was watching Carrie each other from afar; what a nice couple. I'm going to expect Benjamin Linus guest starring on True Blood soon.


Sorry wrong button. The woman was creepy. Ok I'm done. Thanks Sean!

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Person of Interest Season 1 Episode 22 Quotes

It's time I know how the machine communicates with you.


Finch: Are you following this?
Reese: Financial analyst. Riveting.