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Person of Interest Review: The Social Network

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After the serious larger story of "Dead Reckoning," Person of Interest went back to its formula for a fast-paced and fun episode, taking its cues from social networking competition.

While Mark Zuckerberg wasn't under Reese and Finch's watchful eye, "One Percent" did include a genius billionaire who created Facebook FriendCzar, which apparently has almost a billion users. TV Fanatic has to get on that thing!

Reese's Challenge

The website name doesn't exactly roll of the tongue, but its profits were enough to give one of its creators, Logan Pierce, the chance to gallivant around the city making out with married women, driving fast sports cars and doing pretty much whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.

Even with all of the so-called politics of crushing smaller sites vying for new direction, the bottom line was that Logan wanted to evolve, to grow. He was simply a curious and passionate guy with unlimited resources and knack for getting into trouble.

Which made him all the more difficult to protect.

Played wonderfully by Jimmi Simpson, who has done stints on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Breakout Kings, the actor turned what could have been a simple arrogant douche into one with a charming charisma that made you like him even amidst all the things he did.

And rather than just be a tech nerd whimpering in the corner afraid for his life, Logan was intrigued by the whole situation, as well as by Reese and Finch.

Realistically, Logan had learned who was out to get him, but he simply wanted to see how Reese and Finch operated. Sure, he may have lost his friend in the process, but clearly even that didn't bother him.

On top of that, his present that was really a GPS tracker was a nice twist that gave the supposed good guy a dangerous spin. What would happen if he discovered where Finch's lair was located? Can we assume that Logan's curiosity will drive him to keep on trying to figure out Finch and Reese?

It's certainly an interesting notion that I hope returns, especially because Logan is such a wild and unpredictable character.

The flashbacks themselves really didn't tell us too much more about the Machine, but watching Finch learn about the 9/11 attacks was major. After all, the whole focus of the show itself is illustrating technology, danger, and living in that post 9/11 world.

Similarly, it's interesting to see that Finch, who has become dedicated to saving lives, didn't quite seem as adamant about doing it when Nathan was alive.

Watching Nathan try and take charge to save people makes him more than just the money for the project, but I've got a feeling that his attempt at vigilantism might have been his downfall. Perhaps it's what eventually inspired Finch to really do more?

I'm kind of glad we took a break from the bigger issues at hand (although Logan might become a bigger issue in the future) to get back to doing their usual job. And while Fusco and Carter had very small screen time, their talk of cover ups and past issues looked like it might be setting up for something down the line.

Overall, seeing Reese in action (and actually looking like he can play some basketball), with Finch up to his wonderful tech tricks and Bear finally getting a play date, made this an enjoyable hour. I wouldn't be surprised if Logan himself would have clicked a definite "Like."

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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    Please stop with the not needed extra people. Stop with the flash backs. These 2 can make a great show on their own with the person to save per week. We do not want to loose this one.

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    It was Pierce's partner that was taking out the competition.....buying out & submarining any competitor. Remember the meeting where he 'woke up' and pulled the rug out from under his partner by admitted they had done something wrong & would repay all money lost.
    Pierce WAS the good guy & but just didn't care to be bothered with the day to day business of running the comany.

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    Pretty good episode. Definitely better than C.O.D and Critical. I liked that they took it out of the US.

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    @Eriend - I think maybe I wanted FriendCzar to have 3 billion, but thanks for catching that. @Dreamrose - I like what you're thinking. I wonder if we will discover all that by the end of this season too.

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    Guest 10 - you are right that John killed both cops. The first group of dirty cops in the Pilot was not HR. That's the group that Fusco was in when he was told to get rid of Reese by taking him to Oyster Bay. Instead Reese escaped, killed Officer Stills and brought Fusco into the fold. In a later episode last season, Reese saved Fusco from being executed in the woods by an HR cop. That's the ep where Fusco destroyed the undercover cop's file before HR could figure out who the undercover cop was. That's also when Reese forced Fusco to become a member of HR by calling Officer Simmons for help with disposing the body. I also remember the Captain mentioning that the first group of dirty cops that Fusco belonged to were not related to HR and were in involved in more petty things --- essentially HR's scraps. But you are right .. a call from Reese to Carter would clear things up.

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    Awesome question Dreamrose, Here's a good question: what if Finch's number came up? And it was that threat that resulted in his traumatic injury and Nathan's death?
    & another Awesome Episode, I really enjoyed it.

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    - "...FriendCzar, which apparently has over three billion users." Not quite. According to the webpage on Finch's monitor, it has 973,422,068 users. Or, as Finch phrases it, "just shy of a billion".

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    Why is Fusco so worried about telling Carter about John killing both those cops? Fusco didn't kill either of them - John did. And the 2nd cop was only after Fusco because Fusco was stealing records for John and Finch. Carter knows about John - I don't get what the big deal is. John would confirm it and it wouldn't be an issue. And why hasn't Fusco told John that Carter was looking into it so John could tell Carter to drop it? Fusco may have been mixed up with HR when the first killing went down, but bottom line is he didn't kill either of those cops so he's clear on both deaths.

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    Fun episode. I too predict we'll see Logan come back. I can't see a universe where a man like Logan won't try to ferret out the truth, at the very least. He now knows there's another tech genius out there who might be as good as him, and a guy with Logan's ego, brilliance, and philosophy - he'll want to know. I wonder if he thinks (or can) upgrade the Machine. And if so, is the Machine advanced enough to feel threatened? Or am I thinking of another show which used to be on Fox? ;-) I was disappointed in Carter. So she's a cop and won't help Fusco cuz then she'd have to arrest him? So, let's talk about John and Finch, Carter, and how you actively aid and protect them when you know they've broken the law.

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    I think the flashbacks were actually very important. Up until this point, it's been implied that the Machine might have eliminated Nathan Ingram since he was a potential threat. This episode, we see that the "irrelevant" numbers were initially directed to Nathan as the "Aux-Admin" - making it very probable that he got himself killed trying to help the irrelevants. Here's a good question: what if Finch's number came up? And it was that threat that resulted in his traumatic injury and Nathan's death? And, thus, ultimately precipitating Finch's decision to take on Nathan's task of protecting irrelevants and finding someone properly equipped to do the legwork?