Person of Interest Review: The Return of Kara

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This felt like an odd Person of Interest episode, and not because there wasn't even a person of interest... unless I guess, maybe you count Kara? I'm assuming that's what Finch was showing viewers at the start of the hour?

Rather, the installment was major storyline heavy, which normally has me excited to further delve into the mysteries behind the characters and even the Machine. You'd think finally bringing Kara into the light to face off with Reese would be intriguing.

But while "Dead Reckoning" served to answer the question of Kara's motives, it really seemed to leave me scratching my head with more questions.

Finch Works Against the Clock

Don't get me wrong, I'm not ever assuming everything will be answered. That would be a boring show. Except Kara came in, ultimately as a pawn in a more powerful non-government cyber focused group, and acted like an unnecessary narrator to Reese and Agent Snow's every move.

Most of her comments came across like she was reading "bad guy" dialogue, almost giving that villainous monologue in a way with her sneers and grins, always telling that she'll kill Reese, but never doing it.

But why go after Reese? What made him so integral to getting the hard drive into the D.O.D secret computers that Agent Snow couldn't do it by himself?

Heck, half the time, Kara was the one doing it anyway and easily gliding in to each location.

I know she was hell bent on figuring out who sold the computer that got them all into their potential deaths in "Matsya Nyaya," and, to her, the only way to get that revenge was to follow the commands of someone more powerful than her.

This new (can we call him a bad guy even?) clever dude in a nice suit giving Kara the direction happened to be played by one of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan's uncles, John Nolan. You may have recognized him from the Batman movies as a Wayne Enterprises board member, but here he got to chew up more scenery and with wonderful affect.

Even if I'm not sure about whatever new organization Reese and Finch have to fight, I enjoyed John Nolan's performance and think he's a worthy adversary that doesn't come across as pure camp.

Which is unfortunately what I felt happened to Kara. Why did she not just shoot Reese and Agent Snow and be done with them for good?

And while her guidance of Reese and Agent Snow felt very much a like a linear video game (go here, complete this, do this), I'm a little disappointed she's dead. She is dead, right? That's what the final camera shot indicated?

I was definitely shocked when Agent Snow appeared in her car and while I thought it was cool that she got her comeuppance, at the same time it felt like a neat and tidy way to wrap up her whole segment of the storyline to get to the next one.

So, was anyone even surprised that the name listed on the burning paper in the final shot was Harold? It just felt obvious. Maybe I'm more curious as to how Finch might be connected to this new group.

Clearly, they've been able to initiate some massive super virus plan, but what will happen in five months? Will this be like a firesale like in the Live Free or Die Hard movie, rendering everything connected to technology useless?

I did like that Finch was willing to sacrifice himself to save his friend, as much as Reese was willing to sacrifice his own. Not that I ever suspected Finch would fail, I mean, c'mon, it's the middle of Person of Interest Season 2. There's no way Reese would die. That's like taking out James Bond or Jason Bourne for good. Just not gonna happen.

The whole cyber-war itself is interesting, but it makes me wonder in what direction the show might take it. It has been awhile since we've gotten a more in-depth Finch flashback involving the Machine.

There were some entertaining parts for sure (I can never get enough of Reese kicking ass, or Bear being Bear), but overall the episode left me disappointed, especially when Person of Interest normally spits out solid and engrossing episodes.

What did you think? Did you love Kara's return? Wished something else happened? And what's with this new cyber focused group?


Editor Rating: 3.2 / 5.0
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Disappointing use of Kara. After all that build up?! And I agree, why did she even need John and Snow - from what we saw she could easily have gone into every situation and gotten what she wanted without any problems... Loved the rooftop scene - and Karas face when she hears Snow in the back seat (although anyone want to tell me why cell phones need to charge up before they make bombs explode?)


EXCITING episode directed by John Dahl.


Did nobody pick up on the fact Kara said hello lover to John? Was that why she wanted to keep him around?
I don't think she's dead.
Interesting previous comment that Nathan might have been the "package " in the bathtub in an earlier episode!


what the fuck man..!!! only 3 stars. this reviewer is fucking idiot!!
i thonk this episode one of the best!!
u shouldnt be a reviewer at all.


Also, is it confirmed in the episode that the man knows about the machine or is it assumption?


The fact that Finch chose Reese could be not just random if he was feeling guilty over the computer and was trying to right his wrong. That is, if it was indeed Finch that sold the computer.

Sarah silva

I know I did ask that question and that is one theory that the shady guy was trying to set Harold up. I want him to be the good guy! However as other shows on tv over the years have shown, there could be some crazy twists that come to light eventually.


3 things: Reese and Finch are not their real names. Reese got his name from Kara and many have mentioned the many names "Finch" has had. The Chinese man also said that they could find nothing associated to the name. The episode was really good in my opinion. Gripping and etc. I couldn't believe it only got 3 stars! I had already seen the stars before watching it and I still enjoyed it so I have a very high opinion of it. Someone was right to say Kara could be alive. I rewatched the ending and the time on the video jumps from 11:25 to 11:32 and then to 12:03. Nice catch BTW, didn't notice it myself.


I was unable to watch POI on Thursday so I DVR'd and watched it last night. I loved it, as usual. I'm pretty surprised at the less than stellar (3 stars, really?) review by TV Fanatic. Once again, I thought it was fabulous - held my interest the entire hour and I didn't drift off to sleep even once.

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Person of Interest Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

Kara: You're going to steal their car.
Reese: I'm pretty sure they'll object to that.

Kara: Something funny, Mark?
Mark: You're both damaged goods.