Person of Interest Review: Pulling the Strings

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This was one of those Person of Interest episodes that was fair for most of the hour, but really became interesting towards the close.

I certainly appreciated that Finch got some time to shine and really show off his computer skills again. Seeing him take part in the so-called espionage of the work, rather than just the guiding voice on an ear piece, is always a good change up.

It made perfect sense that the tech guy was involved to investigate a high level tech executive. This is where Finch does his best work.

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And while I liked the aspect that Finch had someone to talk to about all the technical computer stuff (loved Reese asking if they wanted alone time), a lot of it felt like we were watching Finch work on a computer and spout out stuff that's a little more complex than I, or even Reese, would normally understand.

That's certainly fine because that's what his character does, but after a while, it felt a little tedious. Yet, it was finally cracking the mystery behind the tech company that perked my interests back up.

China was behind it all?!?

Even more so was the company head happened to be the real traitor by selling information to them.

But it turned out that China was more of a decoy than the real backer. That super secret and dangerous group that was working Kara Stanton happened to be involved here as well.

It was a shocking turn having the boss turn the gun on himself, but these are clearly powerful people. So powerful, in fact, that they want to infect the machine and much more.

Why? Who knows, but this form of secretive enemy is going to be very hard for Finch and Reese to beat.

On top of it all, the guy who I thought was in charge, turns out to be just another person working for someone higher on the food chain. Just what is their ultimate plan?

In a lot of ways, "Trojan Horse" was all about uncovering some secret truth and the larger players pulling the strings for all the parties involved.

Cal Beecher, who we've never really been too sure of as a good guy or bad guy, revealed his true colors of not being connected to HR. The only problem was his digging around with Elias (who I was glad to see still plays Finch in chess from time to time) forced his godfather, the head of HR, to call a hit on him.

I really wish we had some more time to get to know Cal, but he definitely went out a good guy. It was a pretty dramatic moment having Finch have the phone call, Carter learn he was in Washington Heights and Fusco reveal officer down.

Of course, the music enhanced the emotional aspect of it (something this show does very well), and now Cal Beecher is no more. Hopefully, Carter gets some revenge for him.

Similarly, I loved Sarah Shahi's return as Shaw. She wasn't really prominent to the story at hand, but she was around just enough to continue her arc as well as begin her search for Root.

It was even pretty funny that Bear didn't attack Shaw when she infiltrated Finch's base. More so, Bear continued to prove his effectiveness and just be so darn likable with each attack, bark, or settling into a comfy seat.

But I really enjoy how everything finds a way to connect itself and keep things ongoing rather than close it all up each episode. The continuing stories, whether I enjoy one more than the other (this new group is far more interesting than HR), really helps create the world of Person of Interest making it feel very open, large and all encompassing, even if it's a small amount of characters trying to save it.

I do have to admit I'm a bit disappointed that after a three week wait, we'll have to wait another three weeks for the remaining episodes of the season. Not sure why we just couldn't get the final ones in a row, but at least "Trojan Horse" seemed to be the set up for what we can expect as Person of Interest Season 2 draws to a close. I'll be excitedly waiting to see Reese, Finch, Carter, Fusco, Bear and maybe even Shaw finish it all out with a bang.


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Awesome show my favorite of all .please don't cancell any of the shows they are all good.


Great episode. Liked the parallels between Beecher Nelson and Fusco. Check out Fusco's relationships; Stiles/Fusco Simmons/Fusco Reese/Fusco he's always indebted to someone. Gotta watch-out for that slippery-slope dude! Carter came thru for Fusco(you know when she's worried about you... she calls you by your first name)with Elias doing some dealing to seal it. Or did she do it because she figured out that Reese killed Stiles and she wants to protect the team(Carter has been doing a lot of clean-up duty this season). And she used Bear. Is she keeping Bear for protection or for use as weapon in the future? Finch told Reese he needed to discuss with him Bear's disappearance. Look out HR Carter's on a war path??

William e bruce

But in the old day,when did they have their special shows? Summer, Saturday or Sunday afternoons? I remember when the shows did run all in a row, maybe a week off at Thanksgiving and Christmas. But then it could be repeated 3 times by the next season starter. In the old days Summer was for time off from tv,that gave you time to be out side. Today we have Summer Series,Rookie Blues and others. I remember when Beverly Hills 90201 had their Summer special season. It was cool,but now I'd kinda like to go back to repeats and specials in Summer and Movie of the Week.

Sarah silva

This was another fantastic episode, but now we have repeats again for awhile! I know were are nearing the end of the season but this whole no new episodes, then 1 new then repeats is a little annoying!
They are setting up for a whopper of a season ender!
I admit that I did think Cal was bad for a couple episodes but recently I knew he was not. I was sad that he was killed, but you could tell that it was going to happen.
I am looking forward to the rest of the season but not the 3 week wait.


Awesome episode. With the exception of the 3 overarching storylines, this episode felt similar to All In. I first thought Monica Jacobs was a perpetrator when she was copying files into a flashdrive. Then, as the story unfolded, obviously, she was the victim. I have a feeling she might become a recurring character for Season 3, in that she might assist Harold in fixing The Machine. Better her than Logan Pierce from One Percent, which is who I thought would help Harold before seeing Trojan Horse. The 3 overarching storylines were exciting as well. Nice way to keep the HR storyline going and reintroducing Shaw and Elias to the audience. It’s going to be an exciting countdown to the season finale starting in 3 weeks.

Beverly brooks

I was not too crazy about Cal. He was just too friendly. Not sorry to see him go. I do like Shaw and she brings a lot to the show. But these long breaks as others as stated! Wish show was on cable not network, that way maybe we could enjoy this great show more.


@ tyler
the machine sends the number at midnight when it "knows" there is clear and present danger.
the machine is not at fault if the bad guys act just before midnight (pilot) or a few minutes after midnight (beached, donnelly), not leaving enough time to our favorite team.


Seems to me that the computer would have put cal's number up far sooner..


Shaw is bad ass and I want to see more of her and Reese bring down the bad guys.


I agree with the complaints of shows having too much time inbetween new just doesn't make sense to give us one new ep of POI and then make us wait another 3 weeks for the rest of the season! Come on, Network Execs! Don't do this to viewers!
Meanwhile, I loved the way that Finch was in his element, and I really liked the scene where Shaw showed up at their lair and just waltzed over and got Root's information off the board. And then Finch says to Bear "Traitor!" LOL
I also agree with the person who said that Jim Caveziel can express more with one look than most actors can in an entire hour! He is just amazing, and I think this show has some really twisty plots and conspiracies, yet manages to be very entertaining even for those of us who aren't into computers or spies.

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