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Person of Interest Review: Finch's Anatomy

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I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but Person of Interest just keeps on dishing out well written, directed and acted episodes.

Taking a creative spin and turning a lifesaving doctor into a potential killer, "Critical" even upped the ante by introducing another nemesis to Reese and Finch's rogues gallery, sending Carter deeper into Reese's secret world and getting Finch out of that dusty library he calls home.

It's tremendous how a show that could so easily be trapped within standard procedural parameters continues to explore outside them.

Reese Under Attack

There's always something new to discover, even when the episodes have already found a nice way to work in a story that's mixed with drama and humor, while incorporating captivating characters.

Take, for instance,  Leon, who humorously showed back up in trouble again. Except rather than leave him as a one-off joke, he provided useful expertise to the heroes. He's got that unique personality that's as smarmy as it is oddly charming, while making the possibility for his return both likely and welcome.

The same could be said for former MI-6 operative Wesley, in that he delivered another competent opponent for Reese. He had a posh demeanor covering up his ruthless and top notch tactics, and his unknown past with Reese made him more than just a bad guy for the episode.

In a way, Wesley seems a lot like what Root is for Finch. They both are fascinated by worthy opponents.

Reese never fails to disappoint in his abilities - and his guiding of Amy through the park with a phone, while similar to a scene in The Bourne Ultimatum, had positive results.

And of course we got to see Reese kick an enemy into a car windshield. Would you expect anything less?

But it was Finch back in the field that allowed for the drama in the hospital to be that much more enticing.

His character, while always great even when he's just telling Reese what's going on behind his computer, really opens up when he's out and about.

We get to see his distaste for hospitals, his concern for the person of interest and how uncomfortable he is when having to help assistant a surgery.

Finch even managed to have his own chance to spring into action when he bashed the backup doctor over the head. Although his best moment had to be staring in horror and saying, "Oh dear. Look at it. It's squishy."

Of course, it's a real treat that the episode, like its previous counterparts, goes beyond just saving the one person. Instead, while all of the doctor suspense and spy vs. spy was taking place, Carter was being pulled more into Reese's unknown world. She was on a parallel mission that had nothing to do with the hospital and business blackmail.

Turns out Snow really wanted to let Reese know that "she" is going to do something terrible.

As viewers, we know that "she" is Reese's former CIA partner, Kara. The question remains, though, is she just extracting revenge on the people who betrayed her or will she turn into her own formidable foe that Reese has to take out?

Similarly, Carter's interests in the whole situation really do bring up a dangerous notion that Reese pointed out. But, yes, we do really want to know more.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (159 Votes)

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Fortyseven

It wasn't poor but there were a couple plot holes. I'd have thought the producer/director/editor would get better at spotting them.

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Agree, there were lots of points that defy reality in this episode...but it's so much fun to watch you don't mind while it's happening. No, they never would have walked him along NYC sidewalks in the daytime wearing a hood. No, the guy wouldn't have survived the rifle shot. And so on.... BTW - it's the second series to use the trade secret that all police/miltary trained dogs don't take english commands. All are raised & trained in europe with either german or dutch commands. Criminals generally then are not able to call them off.

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The episode was great.The Snow-Lady spy thing is about to explode into something big.
The main storyline had everything going for it except the lesbian couple chemistry.Both looked uncomfortable,awkward and their interaction was completely forced.One side question:is it required that one half of lesbian couple should always have that short haired-psuedo cowboy looks?Its so cliched.
On another note, looks like Leon will come back into the show along with zoey and we will have all of them helping out reese-finch when hell breaks loose.

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Thinking a lesbian storyline is inappropriate is not "homophobia." The promotion of the homosexual agenda is tiresome. Take the show "Touch" for example...they had 2 very beautiful Asian lesbians...this somehow doesn't ring true. I've worked with several lesbains, and they are fine workers and fine people, but have rarely seen a lesbian look like these two. Anyhoo...like I said at least 50%, possibly more, of this country is not comfortable with the whole gay marriage, gay agenda thing. Another annoying point in this episode is where Reese shoots the sniper, point blank with a high powered sniper rifle...there is no body armor in the world that would stop that round at that range...the sniper would be dead with a big hole in his chest even if he was wearing steel plates.

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Reviewer, I am sure you didn't mean to say "extract" revenge, when the proper phrase is to "exact" revenge, still, I thought your review covered most of the bases, but failed to note how well the show dealt with the lesbian couple at it's center. I find the homophobic comments ridiculous, as saying that they were "Hollywood" lesbians or somehow too good looking to be gay, or that they chose women because male gays offend audiences more that females do (which is wrong, look at the show "Scandal" with Cyrus and his journalist husband who are openly gay)doesn't make sense. Gays and lesbians come in all shapes and sizes and levels of "beauty" just like everyone else. Of course a TV show is going to have better looking people than reality because it is TV...everyone is good looking, for the most part. I doubt there was any agenda beyond trying to make good drama with attractive people, like most TV shows. This was a great episode, and I enjoyed it, especially Finch and his near-faint in the OR.

Sarah silva

To clarify I am heterosexual but I have no problem with gay people.

Sarah silva

This was a great episode. It had all the elements that makes this show great. To all the people complaining about the gay storyline, it is sad that this day in age people are still so narrow minded.

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did anyone else notice that reese & finch took leon outside with the bag on his head in broad daylight? I mean the director really should have caught that

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Great episode - loved the return of Leon - funny, annoying character. I don't believe he asked did any of the money show up from "the dog" - gross! I found the main storyline enjoyable, although I don't think POI needed to add the lesbian twist. Westley is a great nemesis for Reese. Love the doggie and it is so cool when he responds to Dutch - very cool. Very interested to see where the lady is going with the man trapped to the bomb - ....

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It would be virtually impossible for every episode of every series to be a perfect 10. Though P.O.I. comes as close as it gets week after week. While not the best in the series, it's still better not at it's best to better anything else on television. And I mean anything.

Person of Interest Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

Finch: Please don't touch any of my computer equipment.
Reese: If you do, the dog will kill you.

Does it look like I play video games, Leon?

Reese