Person of Interest Season 2 Report Card: A-

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With HR rebuilding, a mysterious organization revealed, a new female super spy added to the team, and Root still trying to find the Machine, it's a wonder that Reese, Finch, Carter and Fusco find any time to kick back and relax.

And now with the Machine unleashed, it looks like their work is only just beginning.

So how did the sophomore season fare? Read on to find out what we thought of Person of Interest Season 2 in this TV Fanatic Report Card...

Overwhelmed By the Suspects

Best episode: This was hard to pick because there were so many solid episodes this season including the last two, "Zero Day" and "God Mode." Even the controversial yet unique introduction of Sam Shaw was a favorite of mine. But I'm going to pick the hotel centric "Booked Solid." Maybe I just liked seeing Zoe Morgan return, but this episode seemed to have it all including action, humor, and a little flirting between Reese and Zoe. And while the episode was pure entertaining fun, the larger story revealed a major twist: Root was infiltrating the big wigs at Washington.

Worst episode: It's unfortunate, but Kara's return felt far too quick and dropped in "Dead Reckoning." Not only did it seem pointless to have Reese and Snow do her work (she most of the time just did it all anyway), but she felt like a silly villain complete with "bad guy" dialogue. I was hoping to see more from her, especially with regards to Reese, but we never really got into her character besides the fact she was working for a new mysterious group connected to the machine. Now her actions on releasing the virus set up what was a great final outcome, but ultimately, the episode left much to be desired. RIP Kara.

Best character: In a lot of ways, Person of Interest Season 1 was heavily focused on Reese (who continues to show how much of a cool character he is), yet season 2 allowed viewers to really zero in on Finch. I'm going to give him best character because we saw so many facets from his early days of ignoring the "irrelevant numbers," his loving side with Grace, his friendship with Nathan Ingram and Reese, and his determination to do good even when the chips were down. It's great to see his character grow and there is clearly so much more to learn.

Worst character: I'm digging deep for this one because the core cast and a majority of the recurring characters are fantastic, but worst character has to be Detective Raymond Terney. He just came across as too obvious and cliche of a bad guy especially when going after Carter. He wasn't in a ton of scenes so it never felt like an overuse, but there wasn't near as much depth to his character as other ones we've gotten to see for only one episode. Good thing Carter got the best of him.

Best recurring character: While I'm on board with Sam Shaw and curious what they plan to do with her character, and Leon never fails to crack me up with his outrageous situations and humor, I've got to give it to Root. There's something about the way Amy Acker allows Root to be brilliantly genius and homicidal maniac at the same time. Add that to the fact that she finds a certain connection to Finch and a determination to the Machine, she's a compelling character to watch on screen. I wonder what her getting that last phone call on the finale means?

Hopes for Season 3: With another solid season in the books, I hope the show keeps it going and further expands on the characters and the universe this show has created. I got a sense from speaking with EPs Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman that they've got concepts mapped out for further seasons which makes it great to watch a real story unfold. I definitely want to learn some more about Reese, hopefully see Finch reunite with Grace, Bear get in some more action, and another season that combines the larger and smaller stories so succinctly that the humor, drama, and everything in between makes for a continuation of one of TV's top shows.

Overall Grade: A-

YOUR turn, Person of Interest Fanatics: Grade Season 2 now...

 

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

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    opened a bank account and turned 1 penny into just over $20 million in the space of 24 hours, obtained a credit card and cell phone, moved itself one node at a time to parts unknown by faking emails and phone calls and communicated directly with Reese and Root.
    Best Recurring Character: Leon.
    Hopes for Season 3: I hope that Nolan and Plageman continue to weave intricate stories that engage your brain and produce WTF just happened episodes like Zero Day, God Mode, Relevance that blow your mind.

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    Best Episode: God Mode. A thrilling conclusion to what has been an excellent season 2. Some unanswered questions since the Pilot were resolved – how and why Ingram died, how Finch was injured, why he faked his death, why he got involved with the irrelevant list and the origins of the Ordos laptop. At the same time, questions were raised regarding how The Machine will interact with Finch, Reese, Root and the government in season 3 now that it’s free. Finch being the one to set The Machine free at the end was a great twist. He outplayed Root, Decima and the government. Checkmate! Other favourites include – Zero Day, Prisoner’s Dilemma, Relevance, Dead Reckoning.
    Best Character: The Machine. It went into survival mode when it came under attack – it created an entity (Ernest Thornhill) and a data entry company, leased an office and hired staff to re-enter its codes in order to reinstate its identity/memories, bought pay phone companies, rented an apartment, opened a bank account and turned 1 penny into just over $20 million in the space of 24 hours, obtained a credit card and cell phone, moved itself one node at a time to parts unknown by faking emails and phone calls and communicated directly with Reese and Root.
    Best Recurring Character: This is hard as I like all the characters. I pick Leon just because he’s entertaining and funny.
    Hopes for Season 3: I hope that Nolan and Plageman continue to weave intricate stories that engage your brain and produce WTF just happened episodes like Zero Day, God Mode and Relevance that blow your mind and leave you speechless.

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    Let me preface this with I LOVE POI and watch it every week.
    That being said, a heads up to the showrunners and CBS - I am seeing way too many comments on many sites in the past 4 months or so by POI fans saying they were dropping POI. Reason:
    - they are having to "work too hard" to follow this show" due to
    - "a very choppy season"; going weeks without a new episode - repeatedly;
    - then coming back only to find too many new characters and plot changes to the point they don't know what's happening.

    I hope CBS is paying attention and will just leave POI alone - in order to repair the apparent damage done to them in season 2. Perhaps a summer of uninterrupted reruns acting as a primmer to our lost fans might help lead them back to the fold?

    Fortyseven

    Agreed on all points.

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    Best episode: It's so hard to choose! There are so many of them!! I'd like to give an honorable mention to "'Til Death", but my absolute favorite was "Prisoner's Dilemma". It was fast-paced, with a lot of action and suspense. It passed my absolute toughest quality test: I thought the episode was complete at least 10 times. They packed so much into one episode! Also, it ended with a car explosion, which is always good.

    Worst episode: Ummm…. I'll pass on this one.

    Best Character: I've always liked Finch, and like that we've gotten to see more of him. But the person who's grown the most this season is Carter. She's my favorite.

    Worst Character: Cal Beecher. Just so… ugh.

    Best Reccuring Character: Root. She's such an interesting character, with many sides to her.

    Hopes for Season 3: I'm not putting anything here, in case it comes through. Anything I can think of will not even come close to what the amazing crew of this show will pull off.

    Saad702

    Pretty much every episode this season was good. The final two episodes were extremely amazing. Could not have asked for a better finale.

    I think the episode that ended Kara's arc was a little stupid. I think the writers did not want too many villains on the show so they killed her off.

    Best character for me is Root. Her goals aren't noble in fact if what she wants to do actually happens then she could cause serious chaos but she is equal to Finch in many regards.

    Worst characters are the whole HR elias nonsense, especially that one framing Joss. Also Joss should have realized that they would come after her and not just by killing her but by doing other stuff.

    Recurring: I wish they would make Paige Turco a series regular. She's amazing.

    My hope for season 3 is more of root and Paige Turco. Sam is hot but that voice is weird. Sarah Shahi does not have that voice so I'm not sure why her voice is deeper. Also would love Grace and Finch to have more present day interaction.

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    Person of Interest is truly great TV, and while I liked "Zero Day" and "God Mode," I loved "Dead Reckoning," a heart-stopping episode. And I loved the episode with Kara also, and I though she was fabulous, as were Reese and Harold, and Carter and Fusco. A for sure. Can't wait to see what happens with The Machine free.

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    @EmptyArcade, I have to admit that I have no idea about the saying "Nikki and Paulo and Lincoln Lee"..................

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    @Marty McFly, I also like Prisoner's Dilemma very much, lots of Kara Stanton, Eminent Front and two twists, amazing, I was sweating when I finished that episode. Zero day can actually be served as Season Finale in every traditional sense, God mode certainly open a new chapter, as Nolan wished. I think it's better move. All in all, to pick a best episode of every season of POI seems impossible, just like season 1.

    Also I agree proteus is the most predictable episode, a little tedious, I will vote that
    as the worst in Season 2.

    Emptyarcade

    @finch Well, to avoid a long drawn out conversation, all I'm going to say is Nikki and Paulo and Lincoln Lee. And, this is our favorite show on TV.




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