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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?

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Blu

This point where they would die for each other. The rooftop scene was incredible and their silent agreement not to mention it again was awesome as was the Reese /Bear reunion. The team dynamic has never been stronger and was showcased well. I admit I didn't get why Kara needed John but she had an unusual fondness for him and may have thought she could recruit him for this new big bad. I love that there are so many big bads being juggled. She may have been eliminated but now we have a bigger mystery to solve. It wasn't as tense as the previous episode or as cohesive as far as its flow but it was still a pretty solid and enjoyable episode for me.It was pushing and setting pieces up for bigger moves.

Blu

I'm surprised at some of the reactions! But to each their own right? :) I loved this episode. I'm a sucker for character development and dynamics no matter how minute or nuanced and this gave me some great little moments. The slow building friendship between Finch and Carter. For a while he wasn't a fan, bitter from when she got John shot, but this season they've had their own little burgeoning friendship. His teasing her about her date or the concern he had as he coaxed her from her battered discombobulated state post accident.The way he enlists her help. Also Carter And Fusco. She is still reluctant at times but they always have each others backs. They're own dynamic duo. Carter and Reese continues to be intriguing. Her trying to save him. His thanks to her and Fusco. She is Reeses moral compass. The reverence and mutual respect is fascinating. Obviously Finch and Reese was fantastic to watch. Knowing they've gotten to this point

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I love this show there is always a surprise on every episode TV has got sooo boring keep it coming I am addicted oh and I love Bear he adds a loving touch to a great show!!!!!

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Finally, mister Reese is out of trouble, and next time hopefully will be a bit less of drama and sacrifice))
Great episode, ending with explosion was really good.

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I only caught PoI fever recently and hunted the internet for previous episodes. Maybe after watching so many in a row is why this one felt a little flat. Wrapping man in a suit as Snow did fit since new FBI guy said they thought Donnelly was paranoid; FBI just didn' want to pursue it. Like Carter it was a solo obsession for him. Now Carter can drop that story arc and move into the HR story as she's wooed by narc cop. Love the show and glad TVF got me started on it bu this ep was just missing something from what I now expect.

Fortyseven

This episode was abrupt and too neatly tied up but a good move for the series.

Dreamrose

@Dbrown - Regarding the question of Finch's name on the paper at the end of the episode: we're supposed to wonder if Harold sold the laptop that started Kara and John on the ill-fated trek to Ordos. This aligns with Alicia Corwin's fear of and subsequent hunt for Harold *Finch* (terminating with her murder at the hands of Root). This, despite the fact that during the years he worked on the Machine with Nathan, he was known as Harold *Wren*. However, I have to ask just how reliable this Kara's source of information is. It's entirely possible he was lying in order to get her to hunt down and eliminate our favorite well-dressed hacker.

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There was a number - you see Finch with 3 books at the start of the episode (different book from Donnelly). We don't see the number but he does put numbers into his computer - he also has another computer that already has Karas picture on it. I think the number was for Reece but it is not shown.

Soapjunk

This is the start for a EPIC Season final

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I loved this episode! Yes, it ended neatly, but the turns the plot took throughout the show were epic. Why didn't Kara kill Snow and John from the start? Because she enjoyed having them both "at her disposable." She clearly had issues- although John never did anything to harm her, so the fact that she was maniacal toward him is a plot matter that should have been cleared. Love that Bear! But, why use Finch's name at the end on the paper?

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.