Person of Interest Review: The Return of Kara

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This felt like an odd Person of Interest episode, and not because there wasn't even a person of interest... unless I guess, maybe you count Kara? I'm assuming that's what Finch was showing viewers at the start of the hour?

Rather, the installment was major storyline heavy, which normally has me excited to further delve into the mysteries behind the characters and even the Machine. You'd think finally bringing Kara into the light to face off with Reese would be intriguing.

But while "Dead Reckoning" served to answer the question of Kara's motives, it really seemed to leave me scratching my head with more questions.

Finch Works Against the Clock

Don't get me wrong, I'm not ever assuming everything will be answered. That would be a boring show. Except Kara came in, ultimately as a pawn in a more powerful non-government cyber focused group, and acted like an unnecessary narrator to Reese and Agent Snow's every move.

Most of her comments came across like she was reading "bad guy" dialogue, almost giving that villainous monologue in a way with her sneers and grins, always telling that she'll kill Reese, but never doing it.

But why go after Reese? What made him so integral to getting the hard drive into the D.O.D secret computers that Agent Snow couldn't do it by himself?

Heck, half the time, Kara was the one doing it anyway and easily gliding in to each location.

I know she was hell bent on figuring out who sold the computer that got them all into their potential deaths in "Matsya Nyaya," and, to her, the only way to get that revenge was to follow the commands of someone more powerful than her.

This new (can we call him a bad guy even?) clever dude in a nice suit giving Kara the direction happened to be played by one of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan's uncles, John Nolan. You may have recognized him from the Batman movies as a Wayne Enterprises board member, but here he got to chew up more scenery and with wonderful affect.

Even if I'm not sure about whatever new organization Reese and Finch have to fight, I enjoyed John Nolan's performance and think he's a worthy adversary that doesn't come across as pure camp.

Which is unfortunately what I felt happened to Kara. Why did she not just shoot Reese and Agent Snow and be done with them for good?

And while her guidance of Reese and Agent Snow felt very much a like a linear video game (go here, complete this, do this), I'm a little disappointed she's dead. She is dead, right? That's what the final camera shot indicated?

I was definitely shocked when Agent Snow appeared in her car and while I thought it was cool that she got her comeuppance, at the same time it felt like a neat and tidy way to wrap up her whole segment of the storyline to get to the next one.

So, was anyone even surprised that the name listed on the burning paper in the final shot was Harold? It just felt obvious. Maybe I'm more curious as to how Finch might be connected to this new group.

Clearly, they've been able to initiate some massive super virus plan, but what will happen in five months? Will this be like a firesale like in the Live Free or Die Hard movie, rendering everything connected to technology useless?

I did like that Finch was willing to sacrifice himself to save his friend, as much as Reese was willing to sacrifice his own. Not that I ever suspected Finch would fail, I mean, c'mon, it's the middle of Person of Interest Season 2. There's no way Reese would die. That's like taking out James Bond or Jason Bourne for good. Just not gonna happen.

The whole cyber-war itself is interesting, but it makes me wonder in what direction the show might take it. It has been awhile since we've gotten a more in-depth Finch flashback involving the Machine.

There were some entertaining parts for sure (I can never get enough of Reese kicking ass, or Bear being Bear), but overall the episode left me disappointed, especially when Person of Interest normally spits out solid and engrossing episodes.

What did you think? Did you love Kara's return? Wished something else happened? And what's with this new cyber focused group?


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I only got to see the last half of this episode, didnt get home from work till late. But it was excellent. To the reader who said they thought only Harold was on the paper, no it had Finch on it also. I hope to go back to watch the first half sometime today online.


Just occurred to me, there *was* a "number" in this episode; we got it in the previous episode: Nicholas Donnelly, the FBI agent. Finch received the number at the end of last epi. I really liked the fact that Fusco had recognized Carter's earring and rescued it before she even came on the scene. And I found it fascinating that Mr. formal-last-names Finch called Carter "Joss." There's some fine plotting and characterization being set up here. OK, I'll shut up now.


Kara is now a regular on "The Following" and just like the Captain Fusco shot saving Reese back in Season 1 it was time to die to go tho their new series full time. Also 5 months should drop the new virus on the Season 2 ending "To Be Continued".


Great episode this week. Kara could still be alive, at the end it show the camera view, it goes from .25 sec then distorts then jumps to .32sec and explodes.


Regarding names .. we know that John Reese is not his real name. Kara gave it to him. But Carter probably does know it because she had someone pull his military file at one point and presumably his real name is in there. She also kept the picture of John and Jessica, but shredded his file. Harold has been Wren, Finch and Crane from what I can remember. I don't think they showed the last name on the slip of paper last night, just Harold. But I dod find it interesting that if these aren't their real names, why change just the last name and not the first. And why not just use names that are very common. Seems like if Harold was John Doe, it would be less likely for someone to locate someone with a common name like Joe Doe rather than someone with a name like Harold, no?


I actually think this episode suffered by how awesome the last one was, so it was really just the last third of a movie type story. It did wrap up a little too neatly, but I think they might have figured, John's back story is actually more or less complete and why don't we wrap up all the miscellaneous Season 1 stuff about the Man in the Suit so Carter doesn't have to do that odd dance all the time. It was also kind of apparent that the name was going to be Harold, but it lead me to a random thought...that isn't our Harold's real name is it? I am pretty sure Harold is his first name but the last name, I don't know, I was only half sure Reese was actually John's real last name until last night when Snow used it in flashback.


Am I the only on who enjoyed this episode? It wasn't perfect, but it kept you wondering what was next from start to finish. They set a dark tone from the start- no joking around or playing with Bear. The Kara the writers created, to me, was as menacing as Root. Maybe more. They both kill without hesitation. I thought the ending was great and surprising when Kara found Snow in her car and they were both blown up. Justice! (Yes, Annie Parisse is now on the cast of "The Following." Will miss her). Loved Bear so joyfully welcoming Reese home in the end! Agree declaring Snow the "man in the suit" and now dead was a stretch but still creative. Excellent that they have picked cyber war for the back half of S2. With "Flame" and "Stuxnet" already out there -and worse coming- there'll be plenty of excitement for us all - on POI and in real life.


Also, how the hell did Kara manage to get an unconscious Reese onto a public bus without anybody noticing and finding it a bit suspicious?


Did the new bad guy remind anyone of Emperor Palpatine lol?


In one ep from last season, Kara, John and Mark were in a cheap motel room that turned out to be in New York --- "You're behind enemey lines". Mark comes into the room with "cheap Polish vodka". They ask about a glass and Kara goes into the bathroom to retrieve one and there is a guy in the bathtub with a hood over his head. He is their "package" who had something to do (if I remember) with selling something to China. The implication is that the package ultimately gets retired. After last night's ep, my guess is that the man in the bathtub is Nathan.

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Person of Interest Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

Kara: You're going to steal their car.
Reese: I'm pretty sure they'll object to that.

Kara: Something funny, Mark?
Mark: You're both damaged goods.