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Person of Interest continues to evoke similarities to show creator Jonathan Nolan's other little piece of work, some movie known as The Dark Knight.

So often can I picture Reese wearing a Batman costume while punching, kicking, speaking in husky tones and being his own detective. It's even enjoyable when he swoops in from out of nowhere to save the day.

And it's easy to see that vigilante justice against corrupt business, government, police and criminals of all walks of life is something to root for when the good people are stuck behind miles of rules and red tape.

Carter and Reese

What gives Reese and Finch the right to take matters into their own hands? Well, you could certainly argue they shouldn't be able to ignore the law etc., but their relatively noble and selfless actions for the greater good don't seem like a bad thing, either, do they?

And I like that while Detective Carter has become clued into the future-predicting situation and has grown into somewhat of a new team member, it's not as if everyone meets up at the bat cave for drinks and laughs after their victory. Reese made it plain and clear that she and Fusco are simply assets.

Now, whether it's a good idea to keep Fusco and Carter in the dark about each other as well seems to mean that sooner or latter the lid will pop off. Finch seems wary of both the idea and of crossing the emotional line of being "just an asset."

Which brings up the fantastic notion that as much as Reese, Finch, Carter, and Fusco all play for pretty much the same side, there isn't a huge amount of trust between them. Fusco, although partially reformed, was a dirty cop. Carter betrayed Reese and got him shot, so what's to stop her from capturing him still? Finch refuses to tell anyone about his personal life and keeps everything with Reese strictly business. And Reese can't help but want to know more about his partner and what makes them follow a Machine's sorted information.

There's potential conflict between the good guys and it separates them from cliched heroes. All of them have flaws and something to lose, but all of them have something to gain in fighting against corruption and evil.

Bringing in Nathan Ingram's son, Will, was a fascinating idea to progress the story about the Machine and Finch. While he isn't Finch's blood, there seemed to be an emotional bond between the two that could either bring out a vulnerabilty to Finch or make Finch do something from which he can't come back. It makes me curious about Finch's future actions, knowing that Will plans to dig deeper into his father's past and the Machine.

Which, at the same time, is on Reese's to do list. He certainly doesn't like being kept out of the loop and I think that this new character of Will intrigues him as well. And now that Fusco has been assigned to trail Finch? There's going to be some cat and mouse play that should prove to be fun if it's not forced or rushed over the next few episodes. Just when everyone thought the team was finally in place too...

As for the case of the week, it involved another form of corruption and gave Reese plenty of time to be super cool and just beat up bad guys. He really is good at that isn't he?

I even appreciated that the accomplice in the child care scheme happened to be a character that seemed perfectly normal and first appeared for only a few minutes. I'm so used to the "bad guy" being someone the main character's have already heavily seen or spoken with that it made for a good surprise. I even completely forgot about him and didn't recognize him when he was revealed.

But why has Reese become so bold in showing his face more often? Wouldn't it be easy just to call everyone all the time? I'm surprised he met up with Carter and even stuck around when she arrested the true criminal. Reese is always so elusive that I hope the fact that he wins so much simply hasn't gone to his head.

"Legacy" proved to be another entertaining episode that effectively weaved in some personal larger story issues and potential plot lines while linking it to the case of the week. Sure, it didn't have the most exciting bad guy, but it did give all the characters something to do while continuing to push the idea of the "good" Machine and sprinkling in some future conflict between our favorite crime saving heroes.

What did you think of the episode? What is Finch hiding? Should Reese be spying on him? Can the two remain on the same team?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (163 Votes)

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

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    Fortyseven

    I agree with the review. Fusco being suspicious of Carter was funny. Reese using a criminal law book to knock out the bad guy was funny too.

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    What is Finch up to? What will Reese find out? What will happen? Good grief, this series keeps getting better and better. Good fight scenes with Reese. Good chemistry between Caviezel and Emerson. Carter coming on. Fusco
    funny. Great review, as always.

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    I'm am completely 'smitten' with POI. Casting Jim Caviezel & Michael Emerson as the leads was truly inspired. They 'compliment' each other. Their acting styles are different but the writers have found the actors' strengths and write TO them not FOR them. The stories are varied enough to keep you interested, twisty enough to make sure you don't blink or talk between commercials..but it's the characters of Reese, Finch, Carter & Fusco that keep you coming back. I think the "SPOOK" that is still in Reese is what's driving him to find out more about Finch & his secrets. His 'spidey sense' has got to be tingling big time. But I also think Reese's 'protective nature,' which Finch mentioned in the pilot, also comes into play about find out about Finch's secrets. There are things that Reese feels he needs to protect Finch from. Reese knows what he owes Finch & I think he will go above and beyond to protect him. PS Who knew Jim Caviezel could be funny? Or Michael Emerson?

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    Love this show. the best of the new shows this season. As the season progresses the stories get better. Next season should be even better. keep up the good story lines.

    Blu

    I love the distrust aamongst them all but I love how they all are working together reluctantly.It was so awesome having Carter in the know and working with the boys. She's better used that way. im quite fond of the dynamic between her and reese. She's more trusting of him then I thought she would be and he seems to have an inexplicable reverence of her. I would love to see how their unsual relationship progresses. Spot on review!

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    Yes, we need more selfless heroes. Reese and Finch are a "Batman and Robin" or "Green Hornet and Kato" type duo, glad to see Finch getting into the action. Let Reese do his job, the physical part, and Finch do surveillance, a little B and E and the computer. The two cops are great at helping out. Of course there isn't much trust, their situation and the blasted machine would make anyone in their right mind paranoid!

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    GG...Finch isn't Robin. He's Alfred! Carter is Reese's Robin. @wolfshades - I thought Finch was aware of Fusco's tail, too.

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    Nice job Sean. Totally interesting episode. I did realize, 'bout 1 sec B4 the reveal that it had to be the little whimp the atty took lunch to... 'course that may be just because it was seared into my eardrums. My husband & I have to watch POI on the highest volume setting to insure we can hear the hero, which is probably damaging our hearing since everyone else is speaking normally. Love the fact that none of the "players" really trust each other... it adds an unseen element to the show, we're just never sure what they'll do to each other. One of our favorite things is the humor, esp between our "batman/robin" duo. I just love the deadpan delivery they use, makes their lines even funnier to me. Which is a nice mix, the humor while they tackle truely horrible crimes/issues. Can't wait to see more on the Will angle either. Now, just wonder if Will's number will ever come up???

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    I like how the story came together in this episode. I too was truly surprised when the bad guy behind it all was revealed. Just when I thought Finch and Reese had reached an understanding, they seem to be at odds with each other - not sure I like how all the suspicions may affect their relationship. The fact that Fusco and Carter are both in the same office working for Batman and Robin is another sticky situation. Love this show and I hope we see a Season 2 - Great commentary and insight Sean!!!!

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    It is the only good show on Thursday nights