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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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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (161 Votes)

Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I really liked this episode. They took a different route and it took us to a nice place that I would not mind revisiting again. I think that we may be seeing more of Logan in the future. They left the door wide open. I would not mind one bit. The episode did make Carter and Fusco more back burner, but it was okay in the long run. The episode worked on so many levels. The only thing that did not work were the flashbacks. They did not correlate the episode at hand. It did set up an interesting back story that can be developed.

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Deann u seem to be the only person who felt that way about Logan. He was likeable and overall he is a wonderful actor. He was great in Breakout Kings. Harsh much? This doesn't seem like your normal sweet self.

Soapjunk

Favorite moments will always be Reese beating up the bad guys, love that! And Pierce was a really enjoyable number, hope he comes back and shakes things up. Talking about coming back, when is Zoe making a appearance again?

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I loved this episode, I want Jimmi S. to guest star in all TV series, start with Elementary and go onto Community, he could be a long lost relative on The Middle or Modern Family. He is great and I love this actor (don't forget his guest turn on Psych as Mary). Any episode with Finch and Reese working the same case is outstanding. Love this show.

Deann

Dreamrose, you bring up an excellent question, and one that I wondered, too, after this episode. Though I wasn't too fond of it, I found that I enjoyed Reese and Finch and their interactions as usual, though I wonder if Reese really did pay 10 million for Einstein's letters from Finch's account, and then just left them at the auction? That would be grossly unfair to the people throwing the auction and to Finch, if he paid all that for the letters.
Also, I agree that Carter was kind of a jerk in this ep, too, telling Fusco she won't have his back if he has committed a crime. She has allowed Reese and Finch to commit crimes and still backed them up...what's the problem with Fusco getting her help? Bad move to abandon your partner, Carter!

Deann

I disagree with the reviewer that "the actor turned what could have been a simple arrogant douche into one with a charming charisma that made you like him" Seriously, you have to have watched a different episode than I did, because I LOATHED that actor and his character from the beginning. He was an arrogant douche and an asshat and ever other foul thing I can think of, and he wasn't even remotely likeable. NOT ONCE did I find myself rooting for him to get away from the bad guys! I wanted him dead. He had all this money and he spent all of it on stupid things and he treated everyone around him like garbage. He was a jerk to Reese and Finch, and he was not worth saving, since he seemed hell-bent on getting himself killed because he couldn't live without all his drunken parties and his "friends" who really hated him anyway, and, like viewers, wanted him dead.
The actor was colorless, physically unattractive and brought to mind the term "fleshy" when it came to his face.

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think Logan should be a regular...a cool geek to provide additional dynamic and balance between Reese and Finch. He has the time and $$$ to drop in every now and then.

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Wow....Caviezel cleans up realllly nice! Just wish he'd smile more often. Great episode, just twisted enough to set it up for something down the road.

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Mommasgirl
Yes, you missed an episode titled "Dead Reckoning" where Kara Stanton came back, killed Donnelly, took Reese hostage and made him and Agent Snow do her bidding. Great episode that will clear up a lot of confusion. It came on last week.

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I was disappointed. Last episode I saw Reese and Carter were busted by the Feds. What happened after that? Did I miss something?