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Person of Interest Review: Against HR

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Person of Interest has always found a way to be intricate without being too complex, slowly building upon its main characters, introducing a variety of villains, expanding the mythos and providing a show that can ultimately just be an entertaining hour of action, humor and drama.

And, sure, you could tune in every now and again to watch the standard case of the week, but the series is clearly ambitious in its endeavors to go beyond that. It wants there to be payoff, to be surprises and to create a world that’s not always so single-episode minded.

So if the ending to Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 9 truly sticks, it will be one of the series’ boldest and most dramatic turns yet.

Reese's Number

For three seasons, HR has remained a pesky thorn in the side of Reese, Finch and company. Even when they’ve seemed down, they managed to rise back from the ashes and continue the dirty cop antics.

And in a lot of ways, I’ve enjoyed how the series doesn’t just kill off its villains. It’s nice to know that they can return at anytime.

But this episode was the finite conclusion - well at least 98 percent - of one of the first antagonistic organizations the series introduced.

In fact, there was a lot of callback to Person of Interest Season 1 Episode 1, providing of some full circle closure in a course of events that sparked from Reese fighting on a subway, Carter pursuing him and eventually joining him and even Fusco flipping from reluctant HR member.

It was great to see just how far the drama and the characters have come, while giving an intense way to shift things a new direction - and also closing another chapter.

Honestly, I was worried that Fusco’s deep ties to HR would end up getting him killed. Watching his torture scenes were nerve wracking, but I was glad he was able to stand up even in the most dire of situations.

And I was prepared for him to be murdered after Shaw saved his son and apologized for not being able to save Fusco. But when it came time for Fusco to meet his end, the bad guy talking to much made me think he wasn’t going to get it. Thankfully, he lived and managed to take out a dirty cop in the progress.

Really, it was great to see Fusco involved in more than one scene; he was integral to the plot. I’ve missed the guy and was worried it was his time to go.

On the other hand, Reese and Carter having their “final moment” before facing off against HR made me think perhaps she might be killed instead. Although, I’m still a bit surprised the show decided to have the two kiss, I understand where each was coming from in their sentiment.

There was some great bonding between the two characters that started out against each other but wound up saving the day together.

And that was the beauty of the episode: it kept me guessing, it kept me intrigued, and, while some things seemed obvious, it never bored me or had me rolling my eyes.

Would Finch give in and use Root to his advantage? Would HR win? Would there be collateral damage?

So, while I was pleased that HR was finally defeated, and solidly so, especially after the long fight against them, I was a bit disappointed in how it all seemed to wrap up so nicely like so many of these shows do. Happy ending with a bow.

But even now, I’m stunned by how the episode really ended: That haunting phone ring that played over Simmons’ return (don’t the bad guys love to do that?), the shooting of Reese and the killing of Carter. I mean, wow, killing a major character.

Like I said about Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 8, the show has done a fantastic job of turning her into a character, giving her motivations and goals, including her determinedly successful task of taking down HR. She became a character to care about and not someone who when faced with a similar situation I might have shrugged my shoulders in indifference.

Carter proved herself a true hero to the cause and a character that will be definitely and noticeably missed. It makes me really wonder the direction the show will take after such a jaw-dropping turn of events.

“The Crossing” was definitely one of the most shocking episodes, but also full of major payoffs, action, humor, character, story, and Person of Interest goodness. This will be an hour to remember. What a show.

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

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Can't believe Carter is dead, just don't think the show will be worth watching after this..

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WOW this is very brave of POI to do this 1 because tv show these day are so scare too change 2 POI was being taken over by shipper who wanted to see her and Finch hook up and now it wont happen so they save their show and ended the shipper before they ruled a other show

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Can someone answer the damn phone?

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@ Galwin Fabian

Indeed. It was driving me nuts.

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@ Sue Ann

Why bother, they already know what they were being warned about, andit was too late.

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@ dexx

I hate telephones. I hate ringing telephones. I don't like the sound. It was driving me nuts. What anybody knew was not my point -- I hate the sound.

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@ dexx

if only the machine could've called their cell phones!

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I will missing the chemistry between John and Carter. I will watch to see John take down Simmons, but the jury for me is still out on whether I will continue to watch.

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I don't post on here ever. But, I think it is absolutely RIDICULOUS that people are complaining because they killed off a main character who is black... Are you freaking kidding me?!

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@ Matt

I completely agree with you !

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She died???? She died?????
As one of the few people who roots for Black actors and actresses, my interest in the show stops here. Those two men are robots, emotionless..... That was sad.

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@ carol

That's super racist that your rooting for "Black actors and actresses," you should stop.

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I hate the fact that they killed Carter. They intentionally put out info that Fusco was going to die and then they killed Carter. After next week when John gets even i may not watch it ever again.

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If Carter really is dead, I will not watch the show anymore. I watched the show because of Reese and Carter's friendship. The characters had great chemistry. I am very disappointed. I really don't like Shaw. I cannot see myself watching anymore. Other than the ending, the eppi was great.

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I love the show but after tonight I will no longer watch. Carter deserved better than to die. Her role was awesome. I loved the chemistry between her and John. I was so good to see a tough professional black women in a lead role. The show will not be the same.

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@ carol fulton

the fact that you are only watching because there is a "black women in a lead role," is super racist, you should rethink your life.

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@ N

You should rethink your life. That comment didn't say that the only reason they watched was because she's black. I think you're being racist when you get an attitude over someone liking a character played by a black woman and they mention it. Obviously it's the character that's worth watching because skin color does nothing on its own. That's why some people won't be coming back, and I think I'm one of them. And since you did mention race, why is the black lady being killed off as soon as they add 2 white women to the show? Is that racist because I don't hear you saying anything about that?

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WOW, can't believe they killed off Carter....So Sad....not to many black actresses on major tv shows and they kill of a major character...disappointed...the writers could have gone in a different direction and injure her seriously, in a coma....something like that...

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@ missing Carter

You should rethink your life. That comment didn't say that the only reason they watched was because she's black. I think you're being racist when you get an attitude over someone liking a character played by a black woman and they mention it. Obviously it's the character that's worth watching because skin color does nothing on its own. That's why some people won't be coming back, and I think I'm one of them. And since you did mention race, why is the black lady being killed off as soon as they add 2 white women to the show? Is that racist because I don't hear you saying anything about that?

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@ missing Carter

Her role ran out. Her story arc was complete. Also mentioning the color of her skin is super racist. Don't be like that.

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@ N

You should rethink your life. That comment didn't say that the only reason they watched was because she's black. I think you're being racist when you get an attitude over someone liking a character played by a black woman and they mention it. Obviously it's the character that's worth watching because skin color does nothing on its own. That's why some people won't be coming back, and I think I'm one of them. And since you did mention race, why is the black lady being killed off as soon as they add 2 white women to the show? Is that racist because I don't hear you saying anything about that?

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