Person of Interest Review: Spy Kid

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Person of Interest Season 3 has featured a decent batch of episodes so far.

Plus, the new chapter involving the freed Machine, Root on the loose and Shaw as a new member of the team has been a good slow buildup without rushing into anything and wasting the storylines that have been opened, in addition to dealing with the past ones resurfacing.

With "Razgovor," I was a bit skeptical that a majority of the focus would on Shaw, especially because there's a possibility she could get overused, leaving the original crew too much in the background. Except the episode was a knockout punch that was able to converge the characters and give them all something to do, at the same time pulling in each respective story together, and then delivering a final shocking kicker moment at the very last second.

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I'm glad Shaw has found her way onto the team, albeit she's getting paid for her work. And we get it, she seems pissed off all the time, likes to follow her own rules and would rather shoot first and ask questions later. It works for her character, which made this episode the opportune time to expose a different side to her, one that has a little care and compassion.

Sure, she likes Bear (who doesn't?), but it was nice to see Shaw rise above Finch's concerns in respect to watching the little girl spy-in-training. She does have a heart, even if it's not so openly emotional. There was a determination for a character and a willingness to stick her neck out despite the fact she was hurt and needed to go to a doctor.

The flashback of her younger self also revealed that she wasn't once a happy go lucky kid who became hardened. She was equally as emotionless as a child faced with the death of her father, a tragic moment. It wasn't that she didn't necessarily feel anything for the incident, it just wasn't the outpouring of tears. Yes, the rescue crew noticed something wrong (and maybe that will be further explored), but over the course of the episode we saw exactly the real concern that Shaw felt.

I liked that in focusing on Shaw's character, there wasn't a dramatic change or campy transformation. It remained true to who she is from her shootout with the bad guys, taking down some more with the needles and stealing a little blood from the Russians.

Plus, there was a nice bonding period between the little girl who went all super spy and the actual female spy. It was funny that Shaw was flustered with the girl's questions and Reese laughing at the fact that Shaw got made by a 10-year-old.

Interestingly enough, the girl as the person of interest seemed innocent enough, but her recorded tapes of the big wigs HR and the Russians (Finch listening to the tape tape marked "Gross! was hilarious) connected to Carter's solo investigation.

It was great that Carter wanted to do her own snooping and I enjoyed seeing her get to grow on her own and not just as a sidekick. Which made it much more exciting of a twist when her new partner tried to have a sit-down with her and she flipped the table on everything. She knew right away when he partnered up that he was working for HR.

But I was shocked when she shot and killed the other cop/bartender with her partner's gun (I knew that would come back at some point.) On top of that, rather than kill her partner, she's blackmailing him into working for her? Whoa, things are getting crazy. I just hope it doesn't backfire on her when she gets in too deep. At least she's got a pretty sweet jacket to add to that badass attitude she displayed throughout the episode.

The same could be said for Reese and Finch, even if they played more of a supporting role for the hour.

Finch got to do all his techno stuff and it was enjoyable to see him smile about his chemistry knowledge right before the building exploded.

Reese, who exudes that calm and collected cool just by sipping a beer or walking the dog, got to have his own great moments, too, from smiling before punching the guy with tremors to faking him out with the corn syrup. But it was that awesome fight between Reese and Simmons that was the standout for his character. He shot him in the kneecap, sure. But it was way more fun watching those two battle it out with fists flying. And then pulling the vanishing act at the very end? What a fun scene to watch.

There was so much going on from the plots to the characters - to the action, the drama  and the touches of humor - that after the dust settled from the dealings of HR, the Russians and the person of interest saving (ward of the reclusive billionaire? So in a few years, she'll join the team, right?), I was prepared for a simple conversation with the regrouped team talking about getting ready for next time.

Instead, viewers were treated to that last surprise moment of Root showing up and using a Taser on Shaw. Wow. Did not see that coming. What a way to end things and leave us wanting more.

This was an entertaining and engrossing episode of Person of Interest right up the conclusion and a great hour that kicked things into high gear. This show has clearly still got it and I'm looking forward to seeing where the rest of the season is headed.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Parallel story lines that cross reoccurring themes/scenes this ep shows POI at its best! Notice how some fans negative reactions to the inclusion of Shahi/Saw mirrors to Henson/Carter being on the show season 1. Bath Salts who said HR story line was stale!


great episode … as usual gotta love shaw … she is in it "for the dog" … no feelings except for bear … and now gen … but she was also loyal to her former partner (in "relevance") and his family … like gen said : it is there but toned down "finch, how much do you know about chemistry ? enough" ROFL :D :D :D carter goes from concerned about "corn syrup" to total bad ass !! carter and finch, who usually try to keep john and shaw under control, have both gone for a walk on the wild side this week … i knew we would see root since amy acker was in the opening credits but i never expected the "shaw tasing" though !


I was wondering when Root was going to show up again and the fact that the one upped Shaw? I think that she's done that before. Shaw's got to be angry with that.


Story line: A+
Character Development: A+
Excitement Factor: A+
Suspense: A+
Surprises: A+
Intrigue: A+
Production: A+
Direction: A+
Talent Performance: A+


Not bad episode, but why Carter not ask for help Fusco. I also hope something good story to Fusco. Again there wasn't Fusco.


This show just rocks. I always wind up smiling from ear to ear after watching an episode, and this one was especially uplifting. I was SO happy to see Carter turn the tables on her dirty partner, you go girl! And, that fight between John and Simmons was great. I cannot wait to see what Root has in store for Shaw next week. This truly is one of the very best shows on TV!


Great eppy, from Shaw and the kid to Reese and Carter, great, just great.


That was the best part Carter has ever been given on POI and yes, she did pull a Reese/Fusco. She knew what her partner was up to all along.
The ten year old was unbelievable. She thinks she wants to be a spy, she may reconsider and become a psychologist - she pegged Shaw - hilarious.
Excellent, Excellent episode. And then Root showed and tasered Shaw. No telling what plans she has for her.


"On top of that, rather than kill her partner, she's blackmailing him into working for her?" She was just channeling Reese from Season 1 when he did the same with Fasco. Remember that he started out as a dirty cop who only flipped to the good side over time and originally was working for Reese due to being blackmailed.


"(ward of the reclusive billionaire? So in a few years, she'll join the team, right?" ---I was thinking the same thing. At the very least, there should be some issue at her new boarding school where she has to call in the team.

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Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

You're not gonna believe this, Finch. Shaw just got made by a ten-year-old.


What, Finch, you think I didn't bug your office?