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TV Review: PERSON OF INTEREST - Firewall 1.23 - Season Finale

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Well, that's it the best show on TV, Person of Interest has finally capped off what has been a thrill ride from start to finish. The show may have started slow, I remember saying back in the "Pilot" review that I wasn't sure that I would be watching all it all but boy am I pleased I did. "Mission Creep" arrived and from that moment on I've been hooked. Person of Interest was initially only penned for a thirteen episode order with the reveal of Mr Reese, the man in the suit to Detective Carter being the season finale, luckily for us POI became so popular for CBS they ordered further episodes for the first season and even went as far as to renew Person of Interest for a second season. Creator Jonathan Nolan has certainly found a very entertaining way to put a spin on the weekly procedural police drama with each POI seemingly connected in one way or the other, that is more recent admittedly but this finale was one not to be missed.

"Firewall" had a brilliant start and I finally figured why sometimes we have to wait a few weeks for new episodes. Person of Interest likes to keep things current, so much so that this episode was based on May 17th, the same day it aired in the US. Carter gets the call from Finch to say that's she's needed as their mutual friend is in trouble the FBI and corrupt HR have him exactly where they want him and the net is closing fast, as Carter sees his image on the screen "the machine" throws us a flashback and shows us the build up to where everything started to go wrong for Reese and Mr Finch. The latest POI Caroline Turing (Amy Acker), a pshycologist to wealthy men who on the face of it seemingly knows to much information about her clients and one of them now wants her dead.

Pretty much the whole episode was based in an apartment building with Reese in a seemingly impossible situation, that was until Finch hacked the communications network and blacked it out, that's it three done out of there. Yeah right, this is Person of Interest and you can guarantee there will be a twist up their sleeve somewhere, but I have to be honest I didn't see this twist coming. I knew at some point we were going to figure out who Root was, I just wasn't expecting it to be Caroline Turing. I thought it would be Alicia and that she would become a bigger part of the story, just then bang she's dead and Caroline jumps in to introduce herself as Root, great stuff.

It was nice to see Zoe (Paige Turco) back once again the private investigator we first met back in "The Fix" when she was a POI who Reese rescued, I think we will be seeing more of Zoe come the second season of Person of Interest. It was also good to see that Carter and Fusco finally know what each other are up to, let's face it with Finch now kidnapped (presumably) by Caroline, Reese is going to need all the help he can get in order to get him back.

I'm actually struggling to go into a lot of detail on this one, although the episode was brilliant I don't think it was the best, the twist and the ending sequence were very good and it certainly leaves you with plenty questions going into the second season. Who does Root work for? If she doesn't work for anyone, then why is she so interested in the Machine?

Do you think Finch has known all along that he would be kidnapped? And part of his reason for bringing Reese into the loop was just that? I certainly wouldn't discount it. What about the machine? Is this thing as clever as Skynet in the Terminator movies? Finch has said previously that he built the machine to be self sufficient, and we have talked in previous reviews about the fact that the machine knows when it is under threat, even at the end when Reese was talking to it, the machine recognised him as an asset, do you think it knows Finch as it's controller?

One big question we will all have going into the second season, who was on the other end of that pay phone? I have a seen a suggestion that it's Elias, we haven't seen him for a few weeks and I wouldn't put that out the realms of possibility, maybe the machine is cleaver enough to send talking text messages to pay phones who knows? One thing I do know is Person of Interest is one of the best shows on TV, I have really enjoyed this season and I can't wait for the second. What are your thoughts on Person Of Interest? Be sure to comment and let me know.
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