Person of Interest Review: The Return of A Former Foe

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I'd been wondering when Person of Interest was going to bring back criminal mob boss, Elias.

It's exciting because it reignites the possibility of Reese and Finch's larger enemy. The seeds have certainly been planted for a variety of bad guys - from the elusive Root to Reese's CIA hunters - but Elias set the stage for the bigger recurring problem. Does that mean that the show will delve deeper into Elias' character and his own story arc or will we not get to see him for another few episodes?

As is the case most weeks, the endings have really given that kick that adds to the show's excitement, and seeing Elias with a perfect grin on his face was a fantastic way to conclude the hour. Sure, I wish there was more for him to have actually done in regard to the overall story, but the reunited possibility of seeing him more often seems fun and entertaining enough.

At Risk

In fact, the big bad guy of the show raises the show's stakes higher, but in the end, "Risk" was pretty basic for a Person of Interest episode.

With a young Wall Street up and comer tangled in a web of lies and money, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to kill him or at least come up with a slick and elaborate plot to take him out.

Of course, Reese played babysitter/guardian angel for Adam Saunders in a much closer capacity than normal. He really didn't let him far out of his reach and even managed to throw his typical punches without straying too far. Reese got to be Reese, whether it was knocking guys around or using his quick thinking to avoid potential death.

Overall, the episode didn't strike any real new ground and didn't provide as compelling a character as we've seen in the secondary before. Sure, Adam was a good guy caught up in a bad mess, but he felt like he'd only be around for the one episode. There was less of a connection to Reese than others like Zoe or even his mini protege from "Wolf and Cub."

Even the twists and turns felt relatively standard for the show in a way that was good, but something that we've already had time and time again.

I did like seeing John Scurti of Rescue Me fame and even expected his character to become a bad guy. Although a food vendor doesn't suit him nearly as well as a firefighter did, his character was more a part of the formulaic process than anything else. I wish he had a meatier role than the one he had been given.

And that's what this episode truly felt like, a typical episode of Person of Interest that wasn't bad by any means, but wasn't impressive as a whole. Yes, the final reveal was fun and pushed the show back in that particular larger themed direction, but the process in getting there wasn't as fresh as we've seen done before.

I'm really looking forward to seeing where the Elias plot goes or, even more so, the repercussions of Detective Fusco digging himself deeper into the corruption hole. The possibilities for where the season can take us still seem endless and I'm intrigued as to what direction it's headed.

I guess, if anything, viewers got another chance to see just another day in the life of the well tailored heroes of New York City, Reese and Finch. And on some level, isn't that why we really tune in? Sometimes kicking ass and taking names is just plain fun.


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


Great show! I agree that this was an episode that we saw a little more of Reese's character. I like the different venues that Reese and Finch expierence. It makes the storyline more authentic. Remember the "machine" is picking so it may take them anywhere. Loved to see Reese in a suit fitted for him with a tie! Looked really sharp! I love this show!


I agree with Carol, in that I think it is a bit early to say what is "standard fare" for this excellent show. Though I am about as far away from Wall Street as you can get, and I don't know diddly about the stock market, this episode was by turns gripping and fascinating and tender, especially when Reese thanked his "guardian angels" both past and present.
I sort of figured we'd see Elias pulling the strings at the end, it is inevitable that at some point, he and Reese and Finch are going to be on opposite sides of a situation, and that is going to get messy when it happens. Still, the powers that be keep saying this show is in danger of being cancelled, which really upsets me because it is so well produced and acted.


We finally got a weak episode of a show and even at it's weakest it's still better than most shows. I agree with the review. for the most part it was a rather lackluster episode, in fact I fell asleep and had to re-watch it later on. I did love the sincerity and sweetness of Reese with the homeless woman...and I just loved that they referenced back to where Reese was..sometimes it's easy to forget about how he was a bum on the streets for a bit...the pilot wasn't that long ago.


I'm also loving these shows like this good wife and blue bloods because it really gives you an inside look at the way some thing really are going on behind the scenes.


I love this show and sometimes its nice when they show little bit more of the characters. Keeps things ingesting and fresh don't give them a bad review or else the execs will cancel the show just like the defenders one of the best shows they had on.


Love this show!


The POI case was different this time around, and we didn't get to see Fusco. The show, however, continues to deliver little nuggets about Reese. We saw that he lived in a homeless camp and was shown the ropes by a homeless woman. We also got to see the return of Elias. As I watched the hour, I knew someone big was pulling the strings. When it appear that the SEC guy was the leader, I did not believe it. He wouldn't have the resources to steal city maintenance trucks nor order higher killers. Then we get to see Carter do her own investigating, and she uncovers that our man Elias was behind the scam. Awesome show.


Loved it...


In contrast to the writer here, I thought once again
it was a great episode. Yes the scene of Reese thanking
her for looking after him almost made me shed a tear.
A side of Reese we never see. But her asking him who is
looking out for him now and his reply, "someone else"
and the cut to Finch bobbing his head back in hearing this
really just shows the affection that continually grows between the two.


Was it just me or did Reese actually look worried when Adam was recklessly driving through the city? This episode was interesting because it took Reese into the world of high finance and corporate politics that i'm sure Finch was much more familiar with. I liked the reference back to the drug company case that Reese worked on previously with Zoe. It seems to me that while just about all these episodes can stand by themselves somehow they are all related too. Makes me wonder if "Root" is working for Elias????

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