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Person of Interest Review: The Social Network

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After the serious larger story of "Dead Reckoning," Person of Interest went back to its formula for a fast-paced and fun episode, taking its cues from social networking competition.

While Mark Zuckerberg wasn't under Reese and Finch's watchful eye, "One Percent" did include a genius billionaire who created Facebook FriendCzar, which apparently has almost a billion users. TV Fanatic has to get on that thing!

Reese's Challenge

The website name doesn't exactly roll of the tongue, but its profits were enough to give one of its creators, Logan Pierce, the chance to gallivant around the city making out with married women, driving fast sports cars and doing pretty much whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.

Even with all of the so-called politics of crushing smaller sites vying for new direction, the bottom line was that Logan wanted to evolve, to grow. He was simply a curious and passionate guy with unlimited resources and knack for getting into trouble.

Which made him all the more difficult to protect.

Played wonderfully by Jimmi Simpson, who has done stints on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Breakout Kings, the actor turned what could have been a simple arrogant douche into one with a charming charisma that made you like him even amidst all the things he did.

And rather than just be a tech nerd whimpering in the corner afraid for his life, Logan was intrigued by the whole situation, as well as by Reese and Finch.

Realistically, Logan had learned who was out to get him, but he simply wanted to see how Reese and Finch operated. Sure, he may have lost his friend in the process, but clearly even that didn't bother him.

On top of that, his present that was really a GPS tracker was a nice twist that gave the supposed good guy a dangerous spin. What would happen if he discovered where Finch's lair was located? Can we assume that Logan's curiosity will drive him to keep on trying to figure out Finch and Reese?

It's certainly an interesting notion that I hope returns, especially because Logan is such a wild and unpredictable character.

The flashbacks themselves really didn't tell us too much more about the Machine, but watching Finch learn about the 9/11 attacks was major. After all, the whole focus of the show itself is illustrating technology, danger, and living in that post 9/11 world.

Similarly, it's interesting to see that Finch, who has become dedicated to saving lives, didn't quite seem as adamant about doing it when Nathan was alive.

Watching Nathan try and take charge to save people makes him more than just the money for the project, but I've got a feeling that his attempt at vigilantism might have been his downfall. Perhaps it's what eventually inspired Finch to really do more?

I'm kind of glad we took a break from the bigger issues at hand (although Logan might become a bigger issue in the future) to get back to doing their usual job. And while Fusco and Carter had very small screen time, their talk of cover ups and past issues looked like it might be setting up for something down the line.

Overall, seeing Reese in action (and actually looking like he can play some basketball), with Finch up to his wonderful tech tricks and Bear finally getting a play date, made this an enjoyable hour. I wouldn't be surprised if Logan himself would have clicked a definite "Like."

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I would like to see some romance take place in John Reese's life.
I also would like Finch to relate to a woman so that there would be complications that they would have to face to carry on their work inspite of the involvements.

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While not the best episode of either season, episode is still 99% better than anything on TV. Talk about Reese and Finch not only getting the bad guys, but also putting an arrogant spoiled rich boy in his place. Keep them coming. They still never disappoint.

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@SoapJunk - Zoe Morgan is on tonight's episode, "Booked Solid."
Great Valentines present for all of us!

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After the high stakes run of episodes on Reese's capture the show really needed a more light-hearted ep. Then in the midst of all that silliness we see poor Nathan trying to play vigilante (was a man every more unprepared and ill-suited to do something). But every time I think I know how Nathan died the show changes things up. Did the caretakers of the machine kill him? Or did he die trying to help the irrelevants? And how does this tie into Finch, the laptop and China and Finch's accident? The pieces are being placed for a blow-out of a finale. Dearly wish there was a decent podcast about this show.

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JAB, that is definitely a possibility. Root and Logan would be an interesting mashup, and a dangerous threat to Finch and Reese! Dreamrose, I think you're onto something too about the recent flashbacks. We still don't know how Finch found out about the back-door, and it definitely looks like Nathan might have gotten in trouble, and perhaps gotten killed trying to intervene in a "number." Interesting idea that it could have been the situation that resulted in Finch's accident. I found this an interesting and provocative episode, and while I didn't hate the billionaire, I wasn't terribly fond of him. I found him shallow and reckless and pretty calculating, using putting himself deliberately into jeopardy to try to discover Finch and Reese's methodology. Loved the "date" for Bear!

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Fun fun FUN!!!

Sarah-silva

Another enjoyable episode.
I really like Jimmi Simpson! He was great in Breakout Kings. I laughed when Logan put his arm around John and then John removed Logan's arm from his shoulders right away was funny. He is not a touchy feely guy and I am sure it made him super uncomfortable.

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The way Carter was brow beating Fusco in the "box" u would've thought this scene was from an episode in the 1st half of season 1! It was like they had no history. Fusco has covered 4 her at least twice so far this season and he didn't confront her on it. Her business card on the guy Snow killed(Fusco gave it to her b4 the cops found it) & her earring at Donnelly's accident/murder site(Fusco found it b4 the FBI). And after all the mind games Snow played on Carter, she felt sorry 4 him when he had the bomb vest on and offered to help!! But in the defense of Carter, these missing cops r a serious situation especially the 2nd cop because he was killed after Carter joined the team.; Reese would inform Carter when he knew about a body. Plus the 2nd cop was Internal Affairs investigator his missing poster is plastered all around the police station.

Fortyseven

The main story was cliched though.

Fortyseven

Logan was great. He'd better be back. Carter's new arc is bordering on contrived but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.