Person of Interest Midseason Report Card: A

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Reese and Finch haven't stopped saving the day on Person of Interest, but how has the sophomore season fared?

Continuing in the holiday spirit of grading shows (follow the links for The Mentalist Report Card and Revolution Report Card), TV Fanatic sets its sights on this CBS Thursday night hit. Read on and then sound off with your take...

Finch & Reese Are Curious

Best Episode: "The High Road." There's a plethora of good Person of Interest Season 2 episodes to choose from, but this suburbia focused episode was the perfect mix of humor, drama, story, and character. Reese and Zoe played perfectly off each other, we glimpsed Finch's first meeting with his true love, and the twists and action made for another fresh and entertaining hour.

Worst Episode: "C.O.D." While I enjoyed the Fusco aspects of this episode, the overall outcome was lacking. The story itself wasn't as riveting as usual, leaving the Estonian bad guys and POI less than memorable. It wasn't a bad episode, it just didn't hold the same high level of excitement or emotional impact that so often accompanies the show.

Best Character: There's just something cool about the kick-ass Reese, and we've seen a far more human and loving side to Finch, but the addition of their new best friend, Bear, was fantastic. It could so easily have fallen into camp, but this loyal pup provided for great humorous scenes that give us softer sides to our heroes.

Worst Character: Is there a worst character? The main cast all has their charming and charismatic personalities, while for the most part, the POI's find a way to be more than just moving scenery. I guess I'd pick the boss of HR, but only because we haven't really had a chance to explore who he is yet.

Best Love Interest: The chemistry between Zoe and Reese is electric, Carter seems to fancy Detective Beecher, but Finch's love with Grace is both heartbreaking and emotionally real. Seeing Finch in the past showed him as more than just the tech guy, and it was obvious from his first interaction with Grace that the two seemed meant for each other. I really hope that he gets the chance to see her again. They just work so perfectly, don't they?

Hopes for 2013: The return of Root. All Reese and Finch's formidable foes keep popping up, which is fantastic, but this crazy computer chick's fascination with the Machine gets at both the heart of Finch and the mythology of the show. I'm also really excited to see how Reese manages to escape after his capture in "Shadow Box." Essentially, if the show keeps delivering solid episodes on both the character and story fronts, while providing the fun action and humor, then the second half of season two will be the continuation of a great show.

Overall Grade: A

YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: Tell us what you thought of the first half of Person of Interest season 2.

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


i still think that poi is a great show this year again, however, i hear what some people are saying about it. for me poi has gotten a little bit too complicated to follow, i still like the basis of the show, maybe some changes can be made so as that i dont feel like im chasing my tail every week. i put this show up there with ncis and would hate to see it go in a short time.i really dont want that to happen. marge


"Prisoner's Dilemma" was the best hour of TV I've ever experienced! It had action, comedy, tension, and one whopper of an ending...didn't see that one coming at all! Still deciding if it would have been better for Reese to just go back to about frying pans and fires! Would hate to see Carter toasted, but Kara is truly lethally unpredictable. My " dream show" for 2013 - lets put Kara and Root together (in opposition, of course) and watch the fur fly!


I love John. He is one serious badass. I would love to see him up against Steve McGarrett of H50. John would totally demolish that guy. This show is awesome. My favorite show on tv.


The only series I'd give an A.


I am with mariam, and the chemistry between john and Zoe is indeed ELECTRIC.
Fantastic article as usual Sean.
Happy New Year to everyone, particularly POI fans.


A well-deserved A. Yes! Person of Interest is a thing of beauty!
My wishes for 2013: an explosive (no pun intended) meeting between Kara and John. A bit more of Elias. A tad more darkness. Also, keep casting lights and shadows on Ingram's role. This show is just so rich! And, since we're at it, I'd love to see Reese in the supermarket, pushing a trolley down the aisle and buying dog food, soup cans pancake mix. I'd just love to see him behind doors, when he's cooking, ironing his white shirts or watching a match. It'd be cute.
I'd also ask for more attention from the online media.
On the negative side, my only complaint is that it's too sad to watch the end of each episode and realise that one must wait for a whole week to have another fix. Serious addiction!
Anyway, a huge thanks to Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman. Guys, you rock!!


Love this Awesome show, Definitely one of the Best show ever.
Thanks to Sean.


This web site only allows positive comments so strange they are asking for grades on shows but I love PoI and set three DVR's for the show just in case there are problems with one (or two).


Fav episode: "Till Death" because of everything @Nick1372 said and also because I loved Mark Pellegrino's performance. My hopes for 2013: finding out who won on the game of chess between Elias and Finch in "Triggerman", more Root and more flashbacks. I love POI's flashbacks, they always give us insight on the characters and what makes them who they are.


I second @cha11

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