Person of Interest "Trojan Horse" Review: Going Viral

Person of Interest S02E19: "Trojan Horse"

I'm not afraid to admit that sometimes I have no idea what's happening on Person of Interest. The rewind button is definitely my friend while watching The Adventures of Finch and the Leg Shooter, and I found myself backing things up quite often during last night's "Trojan Horse." I can only blame so much of my disorientation on feeling out of the loop because of the show's extended break and a few life epiphanies achieved during my recent vacation (turns out your core values can experience quite a jolt when you meet a man who's happy as can be selling noodles for a buck on a dirt road; meanwhile, I stress out over making fun of Revolution). The fact of the matter is, Person of Interest is a deeply complex series that never stops expanding, and just when you think you've caught up, the show is already speeding around the block again.

"Trojan Horse" was the type of POI episode that's very emblematic of the show's constant movement. Things started vanilla before exponentially branching out by the end, like Russian nesting dolls finishing with the old can 'o nuts spring-loaded snakes gag. And if you really want to push it, you could say that the way things unfolded was a perfect metaphor for the events of the episode and the idea of a Trojan Horse. 

This week, Reese and Finch investigated the number of Monica Jacobs, a senior vice president of strategy at a networking company called Rylatech, and right away we knew the geek speak would flow like a horde of computer nerds leaving a LAN party. Finch quickly infiltrated Rylatech by getting hired as an IT guy (I like to think that he's also responsible for getting someone fired in order to open up a spot for himself), and instantly it was "self-upgrading firmware" this, and "applets and root kits" that. Person of Interest relishes in speaking over our heads when it comes to techno-babble, and I had to hire Best Buy's Geek Squad to come over just to translate for me.

But what Person of Interest does well is make sure that this computer talk isn't that important (and it wouldn't surprise me if someone with a pocket protector somewhere was pretty upset over inconsistencies with the jargon). The real root of the story was the ever-exciting (sarcasm meter at a 7) field of corporate espionage, and we were led to believe that Monica was being targeted by rival companies looking to gain advantages through planted spies. In fact, one Rylatech employee recently died under mysterious circumstances. Was he a spy? Was he a victim? Who did he really work for? And was this episode going to get any more exciting? 

YES! By the end, Rylatech became the epicenter of national security leakage and a sieve for government secrets making their way to China. Well, that escalated quickly! But that wasn't all. The Chinese spy circuit was just a fraction of the real problem: Our old British friend Greer (he's the one who sat with Kara Stanton in the hospital bed in "Dead Reckoning") was using Rylatech and one of its clients—oh just THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE!!!—as an entry point to spread more of his malware for his eeeevil plan to infect The Machine. What a jerk. 

"Trojan Horse" was another example of Person of Interest playing the slow game effectively, and subverting expectations by remaining unpredictable. And the unpredictability can't exist without Person of Interest being occasionally entirely predictable, as "Proteus" was. It all becomes set up for twists like the Rylatech president being the actual man behind the spy games and a dick like Head of Product Development Ross (set up early in the episode as Monica's nemesis) being one of the "good" guys. I didn't see that twist coming, and it was really appreciated. I swear, this show is just playing games with us. And I don't mind.

But "Trojan Horse" had way more to do than just deal with international espionage and the destruction of domestic computer networks (like that would be enough for Person of Interest). Badass Samantha Shaw (Sarah Shahi) returned for the evening for the first time since her debut in the excellent "Relevance," and though her action was much more toned-down this time around, she ended up grabbing some intel on Root and running off after her, giving fanfic writers plenty of ammo to fuel their sapphic fantasies. The particularly interesting detail was Finch offering her a spot in his gang; she refused again, but what if she'd said yes? Do we want her to be part of Finch and Reese's operation? I gotta say no. Keep Shaw as an independent contractor and let her pop in and out from time to time to help.

The real big development of the episode came with our homie Cal Beecher, whose role in HR had been murky. But we finally learned the truth: He was mostly innocent all along, being played by HR to dirty Szymanski. And once Quinn learned that Cal had been poking around to discover exactly who was behind what, it was curtains for him as Quinn staged a hit. It was a legitimately sad moment, a tragic end for a character who didn't deserve to be caught up in this mess. Well I hope you feel bad now, Carter, because I sure feel like a jerk. 

"Trojan Horse" was a solid episode of Person of Interest that unfolded slowly over the hour before going totally bonkers in the last 10 minutes. Things are coming into focus as we head into the final three-episode stretch, but there's still a lot of work to do with Control, Root, and Quinn still running around. Will all three find bullets in their legs by the finale, or will one or two escape to Season 3?   


NOTES OF INTEREST

– The line of the night goes to Shaw, who totally burned Reese when she told Finch: "You think I should have a hobby. Now what would that be? Hanging around your derelict library with you, your poorly socialized guard dog... and Bear here?" Ouch! I dare you to say that to Reese's face, Shaw!

– Finch to Bear: "Traitor!" Gotta agree with Finch, Bear didn't even bark when Shaw broke in.

– Monica's squirrely assistant Jerome goes down as one of the worst characters this show has ever given us. I was very happy when he died. 

– I like how on his first day of work, Finch walked into the office talking loudly to himself (actually to Reese). His coworkers must have thought, "Oh boy, another weirdo IT guy with imaginary friends."

– I went halfway across the globe for two weeks, came back, and didn't miss a single episode of Person of Interest. And it turns out I can do it all again and still not miss another episode of Person of Interest. CBS's scheduling has been (March) MADNESS, and after waiting three weeks for last night's new episode of POI, we'll have to wait three more for the next installment. This is just how television scheduling is, guys. Try not to get too upset about it. 



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Finch calling Bear a "traitor" (Bear's whining in return) made me giggle:) I rewinded it a couple of times.. oh and the look on his face when Shaw entered the room.. oh my, he was shocked! and "poorly socialized guard dog" for Reese? Ouch, man.. the guy saved her ass like several times, she should at least show some basic decency about that.. yet, I loved, I LOVED the idea that now Shaw is on the hunt for Root.. I am so hoping that she will kill her by the end of the season; as of all the villains in the show, Root is annoying to an extraordinary extent.. I dont think the HR issue will be resolved this season but maybe one of the top guys would end up dead.. speaking of death, I felt sorry that Cal got killed but that was kinda inevitable.. now Carter is much more infuriated and will be much of a badass as she lost two people she cared about.. and no one mentioned but I liked the way Fusco was acting kinda brotherly to help and protect Carter, he seems to be really appreciating her..
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I doubt that the last three episodes will resolve much but I do hope they take care of Root once and for all. She annoys me and I'm so tired of having to think about her.

I love POI. The show is great!! I love the action and complex storylines. I know they are going to torture us so good and leave us wanting more (and we'll be forced to wait until September).
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Top 5 show, same category as BB or SOA, or?????
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The best scifi action show on tv
Andd I agree about Shaw been an independent contractor that can pop in and out to help out just like Zoey.......
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OK - first thing, LAY OFF BEAR!!! Here's what I know .... if I'm a dog, and Sarah Shahi comes by, wanting me to look the other way, or whatever - I'M GOING TO DO IT! Why? Because it's SARAH SHAHI! Have you SEEN this woman?!?! And, why wouldn't you want HER to go after Root, while our other heroes, oh, I don't know, keep Elias in check, ride herd on HR, and keep Carter from going nuts with her pretty tragic dating life!

I mean, COME ON, PEOPLE!

Sarah is NAILING this role; if you saw her in her previous series, "Faily Legal," and "Life," you saw an actor of towering talent who was in shows that were just too small for her. Now, though, I think our Ms. Shaw has arrived in the BIG LEAGUES! The Bear knows what the Bear knows, people - follow the Bear!

What an INCREDIBLE episode! These are, IMHO, the best writers on TV - period, paired up with the perfect mix of actors; both main, and character. The only other program I've ever seen that even comes close is a series that used to be on AMC called "Rubicon" - one of the BEST TV programs I've ever seen, until the channel decided that they felt too bad not being smart enough to follow the threads and writing of THAT show! Hopefully, that won't happen with "POI."

I love the idea of there being an entity or group of persons that knows about, and wants to destroy, the Machine. To what purpose? And what will that mean for Root, Shaw, Finch, Reece, and our lovable NYPD cops?
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I have to agree with you on Sarah Shahi.

She was great in "Life". To bad that show was cancelled. "Fairly Legal" wasn't really my thing.

I hope she stays on as a recurring guest for a long time. She is just awsome as Shaw. Who would have thought - cast a Cheerleader to play an assasin - and it works perfectly. LOVE IT :D
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I loved this episode, it had the classic POI balance of plot, humour and action. I must confess Finch is my favourite character and he was really on form in this episode. I do like Shaw but why bring in a new (I assume) regular character when they are already under utilising Carter, not to mention Fusco? To be honest as long as the concentrate the bulk of future episodes on Finch, Reese and Bear, I will be more than happy.
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Why doesn't POI show full eps on their website?The other CBS shows do.
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I have the same question, Onenote. Maybe Tim can help us here. I am guessing that CBS has leased the rights to I believe, HULU, and a large number of their top shows as the industry moves towards online programming and away from cable. I believe Netflix leads the way overall. In doing so, you no longer can get full episodes online for free as now they are being sold via subscription or individual episodes as you find on Amazon. I am surprised we can still get NCIS for free online! I occasionally can find Person of Interest full episodes still online for free on European sites. (They end in .eu). Check it out, they are still out there! Good luck!
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The WB owns POI not CBS. They are the ones preventing POI from being shown on the cbs.com & hulu & other sites. WB still lives in the past & thinks everybody only watches tv at the time required by the networks. Personally I think it boils down to a p*ssing contest between CBS & WB, What I don't understand, if this show is doing THIS good without online viewing and itunes, hulu etc...........imagine what it would do the access WAS available?
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It's interesting because they've sold the rights to air and stream past episodes to networks in other countries. It's only viewers in the US who aren't able to catch up on episodes without Usenet or torrenting.
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Excellent question, SavhCaro! It would probably blow right by #1 NCIS.
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I reserve the right to be pissed about the scheduling. It isn't just with this show or CBS shows, but damn near all of them. I know that they have to stretch things out and make accommodations for sports and awards shows, and repeats or whatever. I fully understand that, but I've noticed that this year, it's been somehow worse than ever, with how they've scheduled things. It used to be you'd have two or three episodes and then a three week break, and you just sucked it up and dealt with it, but I'm noticing more sporadic patterns, like a brand new episode, a three week break, a brand new episode and then a two week break right after that, and that's just insanity. It's difficult to keep up with story lines, especially shows that pride themselves in having convoluted ones, and I know it has to affect viewership and ratings. I thank God my DVR does most of the heavy work because half the time I don't even know if new episodes are coming on or not and I could totally miss it like some of my friends. So, yes, I reserve the right to be annoyed with the scheduling.
- I liked this episode. There was nothing more adorable than watching Finch and the poi have their version of techno-geek speak flirting and foreplay. So freaking cute. I was totally with Reese on that one. Do ya'll need a room? Maybe you two need a room. In fact, I found her to be rather pleasant. She didn't stand out too much, but the cutesiness with her and Finch is enough for me to think I wouldn't hate it if she made an appearance in the future as another asset. I love how they have managed to have a collection of assets with various skill sets as a result of their helping so many people. It's cute.
-I like Shaw. I do. But I was hesitant about her appearing in the episode because I didn't want her to sort of take over. I think that's my biggest thing. I love Shaw, but she's such an interesting character that if she were to work with them regularly it would feel like she would detract too much from the other characters. I don't want to see that and I love her, but just in small enough doses. I like the idea of her being an independent contractor and her appearing much like Zoe, or Leon. I like the core 4 as is, so they don't need the addition. Well, excluding Bear.
-Speaking of, Bear is always and forever the most awesome dog on TV right now and I love him so much. He was a total traitor not really batting an eye at Shaw, but he made up for it with that wearing the id tag and scaring off security. Heart Bear.
-I found the stuff with Carter, Fusco, and Beecher interesting. It was good to know that Beecher wasn't a snake, and sad that it was too little too late. I know that Carter probably feels guilty, but I sense that our dynamic duo probably feels a bit worse. I mean it's kinda messed up that other than short and brief work related calls Carter and Fusco have been sort of apart from Finch and Reese for a bit. You could tell Reese and Finch felt really bad and perhaps a bit guilty when they found out Cal was dead, because so much has been going on over there at the precinct that they haven't been privy to or taking the time to pay attention to because they are understandably busy with so much other stuff. It's been feeling like Carter and Fusco have been having their own side show. Fusco really gets the worst of it, as I'm still waiting for him to get a bigger story line going for him. I do love that he forever and always has Carter's back no matter what, and I hope she remembers that when his associations with HR etc come up down the road as I suspect they will.
-I love seeing Elias. Elias is just a really cool character. He has a pragmatic approach to crime that you can't fault him for. Like he knows things and has all these connections and there was this smugness that he had, because he knows with him in prison, things are really falling apart. I love that he at least tries to bring the "organized" back in Organized Crime. You don't condone or like what he does, but you kind of respect him anyway.
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Overall, I like Shaw, but in this episode she didn't shine. She was menacing and nasty with Finch and John, when in "Relevance" she just wore a cold, professional mask. Her behavior in both episodes is understandable given what she knows and doesn't know and her experiences, but as there wasn't anything admirable about her in this ep, I could have done without her presence.
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Same break is going on with Arrow over on the CW--Arrow of course also being owned by WB, along with the other DC Universe properties (heck, Reese is Batman, as we know--the man in the (non-bat)suit).

Now if only the writers of Arrow would take lessons (and not just alluded content) from the Nolans... :)
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I know!!!
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See, it used to be that the networks would complement their rivals' breaks with new programming and the viewers would benefit. Now there are just gaping holes filled with award shows no one cares about and the ratings tell the story.

As for Shaw, does no one else remember her labeling herself as a sociopath? Sure, she's task-oriented, but that's why she's perfect as a contract agent.
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RIGHT?! There isn't even the options for the midseason show that they try out among all of the breaks to make up for the lack of new episodes of shows that we adore. There is nothing. As you said, just gaping holes where scheduled shows used to be.

Oh I don't forget that at all. When she brought up the DSM IV that was easily one of my favorite lines of that episode. Her being sociopathic, or rather having sociopathic tendencies since I wouldn't jump on board with her being diagnosed as a full blown sociopath just yet, that is one of the reasons why she's so interesting as a character. So much so that if we see her too much it'd sort of take away from the other characters, so yes, that's exactly why I'd prefer her as the independent contractor.
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I blame Lost for skippy episodes. Not sure why Lost wasn't able to come up with stories in time, or their actors were out of control, but once the other shows saw viewers stuck around with sporadic schedules, all went to heck in a handbasket with the other shows that have a following.
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I loved the episode. Although there was a little less humor, it was compensated by the events. Not only was the main story intriguing enough, alle the side stories were perfect to get me on the tip of my chair for the next episodes (and probably next season). The way they set up a believable storyline for Shaw in only two short shots was great. Love her.

I also learned new Dutch word (in directing bear) and that is special as I'm Dutch.
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Were you distracted by the macaroni vendor? About the only thing less predictable than the head of the company being the bad guy was Cal being dead by the end of the episode after Carter decided he wasn't a dirty cop (like a Cartwright asking a woman to marry him). It was the same situation as "The Fix." And for a minute, I was afraid John from Another World was going to paraphrase the bum's speech from the climax of They Live. Greer calling the boss up from nowhere and his committing suicide more than made up for the obviousness of that "twist" (Deus ex machina in a positive light for once), but really, that's the part that blindsided you? "Trojan Horse" was definitely worth the three-week wait though.

I wonder if Erik Mountain and Sean Hennan have a friendly rivalry going, because the whole episode almost played like "Risk 2.0." However, in contrast to one of Hennan's season 1 episodes, as jam-packed as the episode was, the pacing didn't seem to suffer at all.

Could you elaborate some on how you felt the head of the other division was a dick and in what way Monica's assistant was the worst POI character ever?
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Thought the Cal storyline was well executed in this ep because it wasn't straightforward. The emphasis for me is really on how things unfolded and less on the predictable outcome.

Even though, you knew that Cal was doomed, little seeds of hope were planted all along the way.

First there was Quinn's hesitation in getting rid of him, his minions questioning of his order the second time the subject came up, Cal realizing that he was being set up and drawing his weapon, Carter's knowledge of his location and her racing to him.

Even the scene where his death is revealed is drawn out. The viewer knows from the other detective's face when he sees Carter and because of Fusco's uneasiness at the crime scene, that Cal must be dead but Carter doesn't register his death until she sees his body (in a cut to a pretty grim shot).

This last sequence only took a few seconds, but for me it seemed longer and brought out lots of different thoughts.

So, the Cal storyline had a simple outcome (Cal dead) but we get there in a complex and interesting way.
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I agree with your assessment that they dragged out Cal's death well where the audience might have hope that he survived the ambush. For me, the sign of hope was the body we saw before getting to Cal, showing he didn't go down without a fight.
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Awesome episode. With the exception of the 4 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 4 overarching storylines were exciting as well. Nice way to keep the HR storyline going and reintroducing Shaw, Greer, and Elias to the audience. It’s going to be an exciting countdown to the season finale starting in 3 weeks.
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I don't see Monica coming back in any capacity but I think we can be sure she was picked up by a company owned by Finch.
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I love POI and I loved the episode...the only gripe I had with it was the over used scenario where the antagonist has the protagonist dead to rights and decides that (despite the major threat) it's the perfect time to drag out a conversation.

Most times these same villains have no issues ruthlessly taking out other folks (minor threats) that stand in their way but o no...not the protagonist of the movie/show. Despite knowing that they're about to kill them so it doesn't matter what madness they say they'd rather drag out the killing of MAJOR threats.

I'll still be loving my POI though and looking forward to what they have coming given all these different paths the writers have to choose from!
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"Do we want her to be part of Finch and Reese's operation? I gotta say no."

And I agree.
Also, I think Shaw is formidable and a great character, but someone needs to knock her off the pedestal she put herself on. I like tough recurring characters but I like Reese and Finch more, and I don't like them being treated like that. And I hope the writers have a good reason to expose The Library like that,because in my eyes the location is now irreparably compromised. And I hope this "good" reason won't be Shaw becoming part of the team, because it just doesn't sound right. She could even join forces with Root, for all we know, so why should John and Harold trust her?
And Bear, this time you haven't been a good dog, you can't just let someone in like that.

Anyway, I love the show and I can't judge this little details yet, I just hope the writers aren't being sloppy and I really look forward to this end of season.
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I agree as well. I like Shaw and everything, but I don't want her having that kind of overwhelming presence on them all the time.
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Re Bear -- well, the last time we saw him with Shaw he was licking her face to wake her up, so it's unlikely that he'd go all Kudjo on her the next time he sees her.

I'd like to see Shaw as a sometimes team member, like Zoe or Leon.

Harold doesn't trust her. It's why he doesn't explain anything to her when she shows up at the library. He was in a difficult situation, really, because he'd have had to have explained about the Machine and the work they do in telling all about Root, but keeping silent also had a price, in that a person who can expose him (Shaw) will go after Root completely unprepared.

He was probably trying to see what Shaw had pieced together about the numbers she received when she was working for the government. As it turned out she doesn't seem to have guessed anything about the Machine.

The whole Shaw-Root impending collision makes me very nervous as I don't think that Shaw even gets that Root is an evil genius; just that's she's a nasty piece of work who tried to torture her on maybe the worst day of her life or that Root is on a larger quest.
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I know Bear has been really friendly with her and I wasn't expecting him going at her throat or something like that, I just think a little warning would have been nice. Shaw is very, very unpredictable and they should never underestimated her, in my humble opionion.

I like to see her as a recurring character as well, don't get me wrong, I just think she shouldn't be permanent part of the team.

And Finch may not trust her fully, but he has been awfully friendly and not very cautious. I like to think it's because he has Reese now, who has proven to be more than capable when it comes to protect and rescue him. But still, I can't really forget how different he was with John, in the beginning. I guess he has changed a bit, since then.
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Shaw isn't really trustworthy at this point. It's not clear that if Reese hadn't intercepted her at her deceased partner's house that she wouldn't have told them everything, putting their lives in danger.

She's very angry and kind of rudderless at this point. Totally understandable given everything that's happened to her, but not great ingredients for an ally.

I hope the writers will do something more interesting and less predictable than having her turn on Finch and Reese or having her turn on them and then in her dying moments redeem herself.

Guess we'll have to see.
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Great episode once again.

However I think Tim's choice of line of the show was the worse line and piece of dialogue I have seen in POI recently. It seemed like forced humor to me, and nothing we have seen about Shaw or who she should be suggested she would see Reese in that way. If anything, it would be the complete opposite. She must respect Reese as much as he respects her for the life they now leaf (both walking away from their 'kill without asking' jobs), they are the same after all..
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You're right. The line didn't really fit. Unless it was there to show us that Shaw is so far gone into a death spiral that she isn't able to see Reese's attempts to help and befriend her as anything but aggressive. Shaw's kind of just out there flailing around - going whichever way her emotions take her.

She took John showing up at her "stakeout" of her partner's parents' house as an intrusion and so she intruded on Harold.

There's also the idea that Reese has been painted as a straight-shooter -- not someone who would take Harold's supposedly hacking of the CIA's computers lightly. Plus, even if she doesn't know what's going on, she knows that Finch and John know more about things that concern her than they are telling.
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I had a really big feeling of uneasiness and a sense of vulnerability during the whole episode. My heart was shaking the whole time (might have been the glass of whisky after a bowl of ice cream).
I just felt like everything was unsafe and unsure and the gang was vulnerable. Suddenly Shaw knows where the F&R lair is, she went after Root, Bear didn't try guarding Finch, Elias is planing something (he always does though), Beecher's situation was worsening by the minute, the whole secret organisation who infected the machine is looking insanely strong and there's the Pensylvania Two who are still out there.
Fusco killing the cop might come to light soon. The Machine is infected. The organisation is after Harold... Our team dealt with major threats before but it feels like so many things are out of their hands now. Also, even though stuff happened in this episode and there even was a minor death in it, I feel like this was just the calm before the storm. I feel like things are going to get really really bad soon.
That's some good TV.
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Well, I'd been feeling pretty good until I read this. My only gripe was that Reese wasn't throwing as many bad guys through windows and saving enough damsels in distress these days. Even wondered if Caviezel had an injury that they were shooting around, or if he's busy filming a movie or hot yoga video.
Then I read your gloom and doom comment. (Thanks a lot!) Now I'll be all anxious and worried for the next three weeks. But maybe Shaw will find Root and use the twist ties to hold her until Reese shows up. He'll keep Shaw from killing her (Reese doesn't enjoy killing women, even when they shoot him) so he'll take Root to a Mexican jail for psychopathic female serial killers. Plus, I think Carter needs to hear Reese tell her she's not alone again. (Guess I'm stuck in the more predictable POI format.)
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Glad I could provide some paranoia. My pleasure :)
It is really chaotic out there in the POI world, I'm afraid, anxious and excited all at once to see the final episodes.
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I'm very excited as I wait (and wait and wait) for the next new episode, but I'm becoming anxious about the summer. Is there a cure for POI withdrawals? How will I endure the tedium of TV without the thrill of Caviezel's cheekbones? And when will Season 2 be out on DVD?
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I really liked this episode, as is the case with most POI episodes. Was Ross' murder not premedidated that the mashine didn't pick up on it or was it just another sign that increasing unstability of the mashine? I like Shaw and that finally someone is putting the screws to Root is nice as well. She deserves to be chased and for a while.
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It was a last minute decision. Also maybe it was made without the machine seeing it. The Machine isn't God after all, it doesn't see everything. You could easily plan a murder for months just by using simple mail, pen, paper and rooms without cameras without The Machine finding out :D
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This whole schedule is driving me mad, they make it very hard to keep up with the story.On the episode, it was good and it moved the story forward which is always appreciated.I also liked the return of Show even if it was less eventful than the last one.
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POI does indeed have quite an interesting and complex storyline, but after watching two seasons and one episode of Game of Thrones, trying to sort and remember all the different characters and storylines, any other show is just a piece of cake, really... :)
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That's the way it is when networks have to cram 23 to 25 episodes into the 38 weeks that comprise a season. That was 19 and there are probably 5 or so left this season.
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Noooo! I was so sad when they killed off Beecher. But then I thought, how believable is it that he would have survived? But dammit, couldn't the machine have given Finch and Co. his number a WEE bit earlier? Sniff.

This Big British Baddie reminds me... we haven't seen a peep out of that Julian Sands villain from the forgettable episode about a heart surgeon. Unless they're going to bust out a surprise connection at the last minute here, it seems like he's been kind of wasted.

Elias: So awesome to see him gradually being let back in. Once more, he seems to be semi-helping the good team. Right now, he doesn't have much to gain from being hostile to them. He's biding his time. I can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve.

Favorite line: When Finch tells Reese that Ross has the memory stick and they'll need to strategize about breaking into his office to steal it.... then Reese just walks right past the guy with an ever-so-polite, "'Scuse me!" Finch: "It's good to have you back." ;)
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I love how Finch always lets people know that he's keeping tabs on their business/can put the dots together really quickly a la Finch and Elias' chess game when Elias had only to make a certain play to initiate the conversation about HR.

Beecher had to go for so many reasons. Not least of all that they had to remind/convince us that Quinn is a super-baddie. But I get how you were sad. Beecher and Carter, classic doomed romance.
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Now I have a totally crazy suspicion... that Fusco has a crush on Carter!

Is it possible that they could ever be an item? Or am I just fantasizing?
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Indeed there have been better episodes in the past, but it was still a good one. And that doesn´t change the fact that Person of Interest is still a brilliant show, which outshines ALL other shows in the procedural category!
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I agree completely.
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Person of Interest is the best show on cbs next to ncis. I have no problem keeping up or understanding what's going on with the story. Just keeps getting better with each new week.
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You had that almost right. Person of Interest is the best show on television.
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I couldn’t have said it better my self! POI is by far the best show on television these days :-)
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Lovely. Just lovely.
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SHAW! :) all i gotta say!
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Great episode. First, Elias. He's trying to figure out who head of HR is but I had hoped Elias was actually trying to expand his mafia enterprise to something more interesting like I don't know, spy-mafia organization or something. Oh well, he's at least interesting.

– Finch to Bear: "Traitor!" Gotta agree with Finch, Bear didn't even bark when Shaw broke in.

Definitely but I think there's a reason they made it look like that: Bear sensed Shaw wasn't an enemy, perhaps socipathic ex-spy but still, not an enemy. Man, I can't wait for a bitch fight between her and Root but I hope neither die.

And Greer showed up! He's an excellent character for this show. The more covert people the better, less action & simple villains the better. I hope his organization is as impressive as the machine is but I wonder if his virus will really destroy the machine, perhaps mainly cripple it which mean that maybe more terrorist attacks will show up in season 3 and Finch and Reese will have to start help spy agencies instead of random person in New York. TBH, I'm looking forward to a progress like that as long as they keep it interesting with new characters and plots, they really need new and more support characters.
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I'd like to see the Julian Sands operative come back.
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I'm sorry, this is an excellent comment and I accidentally hit "flag." Can't seem to undo the mistake. Sorry about that! I liked it to try to make up for my error.
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No problem. :)
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Wonderful episode. Elias, Shaw, another appearance by Greer; man there were some major players to keep an eye on in this one. I love it!! Definitely pay attention to Elias for two simple reasons:
1. The chess game. He was absolutely right with everything he was saying, including making sure you know who you're enemies are. I still think he's an evil genius, so don't sleep on him

2. Elias is kind of sitting on easy street right now, simply biding his time while everybody else outside of prison beats up on each other. I'm definitely thinking when he gets out of prison (and you KNOW he will at some point) that he's gonna make EVERYONE pay somehow.

I like Shaw a lot, but as a recurring character, not a main. She's way too much of a lone wolf to be teamed with Finch and Reese on a regular basis. Besides, Shaw vs Root?!! Imagine the possibilities!

I'm also loving hating Greer. The man just used Rylatech and the DOD for his own and somebody else's means!!! Incredible!! Loved Finch calling Bear a traitor too lol, and seeing Bear scare those security guards off?!! Priceless!!

Sucks this show is gonna have another three-week layoff, but I love it waaaay to much to forget anything I saw last night. Man, I love this show!!
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Bear against the security guards scared me. I mean, there's no way that Finch and Reese could have known that the guards wouldn't have shot or maimed him or that they'd be able to get him back. It was a big risk to take with a dog they're now both attached to.
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POI is so great I would wait two months for an episode and not be bothered in the slightest (except in the "I want to watch POI!" way)--if a show is legitimately quality, it's worth the wait.
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Great episode, but how do tv networks expect shows to succeed when you skip willy-nilly all over the place? The occasional one week break is acceptable here and there, but these multi-week, randomly placed episodes do no good to attract new viewers. If the spring gives you that much trouble trying to stretch from January/February to May then start in March and give it as straight run as possible with no singles staggered by weeks on either side. I swear the breaks for this show are ridiculous.
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This episode was great. Totally makes up for the wait for me. LOVED Finch's traitor line delivery to Bear. Really that whole scene between Shaw and Finch, actually. It's a great way to get Root back into the game and keep us wondering if Shaw's going to partner with her or destroy her, because I could see it going either way.
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AWESOME as aways! I hate waiting for the next episode. Great review here and on Hannibal (Justified should of been more glowing; GOT was fine--a bit fan-boy but I totally get it)--obviously it's all subjective....

POI is a top ten show for me and I liked Shaw coming back (she startled me by showing up so unexpectedly at Harold's place--I think he almost crapped himself--I would of...lol). I hope she comes back intermittently and I hope she takes down Root~~kills her...not F/F sex stuff:-) Well she can do that if she wants but Root needs to be either arrested or killed (she's a killer sociopath)
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If Shaw doesn't take out Root, I hope Bear does.
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I really hate when they make us wait 3 weeks to watch POI and then they make us wait anoter 3 weeks again. That's how they lose the audience.......eventually. Nice to see Shaw again, I knew she was coming back. Hope to see her more often till she becomes part of the cast permanently.
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ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME. Another 3 weeks break? SERIOUSLY? Sure, I won't stop watching the show because I love it so much, but how do they think they can keep the numbers on the public audience going. The messy scheduling probably confuses the general audience more than the deep plots of the show, and of the entire series of LOST. Just wait, they'll be loosing viewers faster than they can say Chambalajilah.
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Yes, lol.I don't understand this. I live in Spain so please someone kindly clarify this to me? How does this corporate thinking work? Person of interest is arguably -and except NCISs and similar procedurals with similar titles that confuse me- the drama with the widest audience on broadcast tv. Aren't they afraid of jeopardizing this position with these utterly idiotic hiatuses? How many millions of viewers tune in by chance and keep on watching when they see the familiar faces in this show? I know PoI is not the only one to suffer from this weird schedulings, but seriously?? one episode lost in an ocean of empty weeks, it's just ridiculous. I would have had a heart attack if they stopped in the middle of the season to come back four months later, like in the Grimm-Revolution experiment, but indeed it makes more sense if you think of it.
Ok. rants apart -my apologies :) - , I truly enjoyed the review except for the little detail -important to me- that there was no Elias. And I just loved the way how the writers made him crucial for the developing of the plot. I fervorously -is that a word?- hope he makes it to season 3! And not as a major bad, but as this magnificent frenemy. Hopefully he and Morgan Spector the Russian mafia boss -love him too- can face each other again when they come out of prison (apparently they are not locked up together, what a pity).
I loved the episode. I was truly sorry for Beecher and Carter, but this twist definitely helps in the creation of Quinn as a really brutal, ruthless character, killing his own godson!? Loved the little but really precious Fusco fixing. I just love him more and more! Loved how Reese was having fun with the Monica/Finch crush. That was sweet.
I wish I could go round the world these next three weeks like TIm did. Surely the wait would be lighter! (sighs and sobs)
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I forgot to say: please, let me punch Shaw in the face for what she said about John. How dare she. Stupid lonely cow!
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I agree with everything you just said. Also, I kind of like Shaw, but I like Root more than her. I kind of liked Stanton so I don't want Root to die aswell. Hopefully Root kills Shaw. *Roots for root* Heh. A thing I love about this show is how all of the "heros" and "villains" could be a character from the Batman trilogy, without the obvious disguises. You can see how much Jonathan Nolan has influenced the show, especially with Elias and Root. John reminds me a lot of Batman too, just listen to his voice, its very obvious. :D

I look forward to the last part of the season, hopefully without any more breaks. Root/Elias/John/Finch will all be involved in the finale, trust me on this. :)
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Mmhh...... I don't know if Shaw the character has been created to be killed so fast. But I definitely don't want root to die! No way! --You're right about the "batmanesque" elements ;) No, I can rather imagine Root being captured and put in a padded Room, just as Elias was sent to prison. So, the threat would be frozen, for the moment. I am afraid right now, I like Root more than I like Shaw, perhaps because she's such a versatile character. But perhaps just because she knows the real value of our team machine!
I think this finale will be too exciting for fans with a heart condition. Besides the elements you mentioned, Pennsylvania 2, HR and Greer+ the virus in the machine will also have a part. And don't forget the Fusco affair, starting next episode! I swear, if something happens to Fusco, I'm going to have a problem with this show!!
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any idea why cbs is doing this? makes no sense to me....
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Awesome and great review. Just a observation I miss Elias in this review because like he say to Finch "I have a few moves left" and I hope they show him more on season 3.

Trojan Horse is definitely one of my favorite of this outstanting season and for me is one of the episode with more consistenty script I ever see in my years watching tv shows (and man I watch a lot of good shows: Lost, BSG, Rome and others).

Plus: I love Shaw, her scenes with Reese and Finch are great.
Plus 2: Another great moment is the all sequence with Carter and Fusco finding Carl Beecher dead, very sad scene.
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POI has some of greatness of Lost in its complex overarching sagas where never know what lies around the corner or (a)isle. Love that JJ brought in Ken Leung as Leon in a new incarnation to kind of connect the two shows.


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Plot thickens....uuu:D...I love Person of Interest.No surprise here,that this was another awsome episode....and time is running out on that clock:D...uuu...
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Don't get me wrong, I love Shaw. She makes an excellent addition to a truly fabulous returning cast. It just seems to me that they're testing her out for a potentially larger part on the show. I was just kinda hoping that we'd see a larger role for Zoe instead.
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Finch to Bear: "Traitor!" Was hilarious. I agree I really do not want her joining their team. I like the idea of her finding info on root though, it being a separate story line. Also I think Fusco needs to tell Carter soon about his involvement with HR before she discovers it on her own.

Another great part of the episode was Elias and the chess games. I miss him him, and hope he makes more appearances.
Also does anyone know with the timer we saw on Greer cellphone at he end lines up with the finale date?
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I think Carter knows about Fusco's HR involvement or about his dirtiness which is why she asked him for info on Beecher. She'd be dumb not to know (witness Beecher's exchange with him about what people at Fusco's old precinct have to say about him) just doesn't know the extent of it. She told him as much when he tried to tell her last time about having to kill that dirty IA cop.

I don't think her reaction will be different either way. She'll want to slap the cuffs on Fusco (strange because she cuts John and Harold a lot of slack).
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You know what... I'm just happy CBS didn't decide to pull an NBC and cancel it... Besides Go blue! ;) I'll enjoy my POI when I can. Especially since they tend to film outside of my street so often.
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Lucky you.
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Not really. I always see the signs of when they are scheduled to film but due to the hectic ness of my struggling artist in NY life... have only managed to catch the tail end or the filming prep. One of these days though looking forward to seeing finch, reese, carter or fusco. heck I'd love to even see bear. :) To think of a full 1st season without him. OMG imagine the baby episode with bear. awwwww that would have been cuteness overload. in this supremely actiony man centric show,
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"and after waiting three weeks for last night's new episode of POI, we'll have to wait three more for the next installment."

WHAT? =( Talk about bad news. Horrible!
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Many shows are either running repeats or hiatusing over the next few weeks. Arrow and Supernatural won't be back to new episodes until the 24th and after Tuesday we'll have to wait a couple weeks for new episodes for the NCIS shows.
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I understand that they need to work a long season into the calendar, but this sort of start-stop-start-stop thing feels like a tease, and a bad one at that.
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Completely stupid. Show runs from September/October to December (~3-4mo) then comes back for a January/February to May run (~4-5 mo) for a 22ish episode season and can't plan a decent run of episodes in a row and decides to skip about willy-nilly? If it's that bad make it a four month spread each with a decent balance. What's the excuse for the wait now anyway? March Madness is just about done.
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"Samantha Shaw (Sarah Shahi) returned for the evening for the first time since her debut in the excellent "Relevance," and ... she ended up grabbing some intel on Root and running off after her, giving fanfic writers plenty of ammo to fuel their sapphic fantasies."

I love you Tim.
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I will be placing my feeling that Shaw could be a bigger team member..remeber what John was like at first before we discovered he was funny? Just imagine if he didn't quite have that sense of humor and Finch was murdered. Heck he wasn't too fun when Finch was kidnapped and if Carter wasn't there imagine what he would have done. Honestly she hasn't experienced John like how we know him yet. I am guessing she will have some time with Zoe and Fusco and get to know him better (I think of them as John members of the team and Carter and Leo as Finch members even if Le
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Some good things in this episode for sure, but enough with the tired chess metaphors.
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CBS and most of all the other three lettered networks need to stop screwing with my shows, I wait for this awesomeness, and have to wait another 3? Really? It's like that one bugger of a network jamming award shows down our throats at least once a month effin' my Sundays up (it seems I can't watch the Mentalist without wanting to jump through the screen, grab Robin Tunney and Simon Baker and and go "Don't leave me for two more weeks, please").

That aside, I love the dynamic acting of Enrico Colantoni, from being the dependable tough love SRU boss in Flashpoint, to this sly chess playing power player/mastermind/general badass in POI who must never die, EVER! His screen times with Michael Emerson are always a delight.

And Bear, he's a four legged Reese, just need to teach him to aim for the knees, love when they bring him out to "play", writers, more psycho Bear, less moppy Bear ("traitor" Bear's forgiven for letting Shaw in without so much as a bark, he has taste).

I demand more Zoe, at least that lady can stay her tongue concerning our dynamic duo (trio now?), but I admire the figurative balls of Shaw to cut Reese down, last girl who did ended up bacon bits (on her own vocation, but still).

Way to make Carter feel like crap by killing off Beecher, be interesting how things will progress, especially if Fusco's past(?) involvement with the snake oil merchants in HR comes to light. (hopefully Fusco dodges the bullet ballet a while longer).

Great fun episode, gives us more insight into all things glitchy and rotten.

"Badass Samantha Shaw (Sarah Shahi) returned for the evening for the first time since her debut in the excellent "Relevance," and though her action was much more toned-down this time around, she ended up grabbing some intel on Root and running off after her, giving fanfic writers plenty of ammo to fuel their sapphic fantasies." If it ever EVER comes to pass.. "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!"

Uh.. anyways, THREE WEEKS?! F**k you CBS! (though you did bring back Vegas, finally...)
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Does anyone remember what was Elias's crimes?(besides killing his father's old mafia families?)..What am trying to say is, his intelligence shines, everything he does seems to be strategic..He might just team up with the POI team for mutual benefit against HR.I am having trouble remembering he is a bad guy.
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I think mainly his birth father's murder and maybe that first guy who was killed when the name Elias first came up. I don'think they could have pinned anything else on him.
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So, Cal Beecher was Quinn's godson and thats why he didnt tell Carter who his informant was..Godfather..poor guy!.We all should feel bad for never trusting him..but i DONT. Look, the guy spoke so softly, heck! sometimes it sounded too windly-soft, too innocent.Which is why (coupled with the 1st time we saw him meeting Quin) i assumed he was guilt. RIP Cal.Carter will avenge you.
Now, this show is so complex i cant keep up with who want to get at the machine for what reason!..or who might.But the complexity is so good i feel like the show never had a bad episode.
Fusco was a straight up detective last night. They say dogs have good instincts, maybe thats why Bear didnt bark when Miss Shaw (respect!) showed up at La casa POI-HQ. Great episode.
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Did I see Lester from Wire? What's real "murder police" doing in thos campy show?)
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there's a glitch (blue screen w/ numbers) or something on The Machine.
[after the scene of Reese & Shaw]

can someone post a screenshot on it..
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For the last 6 episodes these codes have appeared, and all can be decrypted to various texts of various kinds. Tried posting them all a few weeks ago, but the comment in question was deleted.
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go to the personofinterest wikia com and search for topic embedded codes - they have be decrypted and linked the passages relating to each blue screen, very interesting stuff from the PoI production team.
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It's not just one, but eight appears just in this episode. The blue screen begins to appears after Kara upload the virus.
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It has been going on for weeks now. I can't post links here. TV.com always delete my comments. Try to donwload the episode and see for yourself. It's a blue screen filled with numbers and greek letters.
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I thought this was a very good episode, and I love the set-up for the end of the season. HR vs. Elias. Shaw vs. Root. Greer's virus vs. the Machine. I can't wait to see how this turns out. But unfortunately, we will have to wait because of CBS' crazy scheduling. 3 week break, then it comes back for one episode, and another 3 week break? Seriously?
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Also, I loved seeing Bear in action! :D
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Great episode. Which could be expressed in 3 unbelievably awesome words, or well two words and an abbreviation. Shaw vs Root! Yes. Yes please. Yes please, twice.

One of the things I love about this show is the oh so subtle peeling back the layers. Other shows tend to knock you over the head with it. Some lame character will pull off his glasses, or squint into the distance or something. Greer revealed that he wasn't the head of whatever this organization is. Which is awesome. And that they still don't know who Finch is. And given their apparent resources, Finch is the man. But it also takes the focus off China, which they were kind of pointing to with Reese and Stanton's mission, and Finch's laptop that they were after and so on. So the obvious question becomes, what in the hell is going on exactly. Is this something that is trying to be higher than governments. They alluded to that previously with the story of the Titans vs the Greek gods. So is this an organization or some type of multi-conglomerate corporation. Because that is the only type of thing that would have that kind of money to have its fingers in all of these different types of pies. Either way it is exciting.

HR vs Elias. I find it hard to believe that Elias doesn't know who the head of HR is. But it is great, because it adds another layer to that side of the plot. And this is a show that can deal with this type of multi layered plots. And it does it so well.

And the greatest thing about this show. Is like last season, the show isn't going to resolve all of these threads and will likely introduce another layer or two.

Best show on tv, hands down.
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No mention of Elias and the nifty chess metaphors? This has to be one of the best roles I've ever seen of Enrico Colantoni, he is delightfully evil genius as Elias. I love that he is not irrelevant and I can totally see him joining forces with Finch to weaken HR only to turn on them when the field is clear for his to reseize power.

RIP Cal Beecher. We mistakenly all thought you were dirty. So, officially, love interests are doomed on POI. Not a complaint necessarily, but I am officially not 'shipping anymore on this show because I do not want any character I like (Zoe!) to be knocked off by some nefarious entity or another.

I've given Shaw some thought, and I have to say that woman is poorly socialized so I did not see her being a joiner. Reese at least had some connections in his life before he was betrayed by his country and employer but Shaw seemed generally antisocial with Cole being her exception. There is some symmetry to her pursuing Root, so I think the storyline could be pretty strong, but I think Shaw has a few epiphanies to be realized before she can become part of the A-Team.

I'm beginning to suspect that Greer is part of a private intelligence group that uses information to influence events in order to capitalize on the externalities (ala Rubicon/Hunted). I'm going out on a limb here but I am going to predict that Greer is going to run into Root and they are going to team up against Finch and Reese before too long.
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Great episode. So much going on. I love the fact that there isn't just one "bad guy", but multiple groups of shady characters (HR, US Government, Elias - although he is sort of an ally, Root, the British guy and whoever he is working for), who are all vying for power, in some form, and are all being thwarted by Reese, Harold and the Machine. Because of this you never know what to expect in an episode.

Overall I thought the episode was very good and is setting things in motion for the finale. I don't want Shaw's character around too much, she is too brooding. I am not saying she needs to be sunshine and roses but she's definitely better in small doses, or at least when they give her a little more depth, now she is just in revenge mode. I like her though, and I know when she sees Root again she is going to KICK HER ASS! lol. I would like for her and Reese to do a job together, it would be interesting to see how they work together.

Why no mention of Elias and the conversation between him and Finch in the beginning of the episode. I thought it was a good conversation and kind of set things in motion as to where the episode, and the rest of the season is going. I have a feeling Elias will be getting out of prison sometime soon, even for a man in prison he still pulls a lot of strings throughout the city.

It sucks that Cal had to die, although I kind of saw it coming. The head of HR, Quinn is coldblooded. Cal was his Godson and he still took him out. That one HR cop (who is always a dick to Fusco) even suggested getting Cal a promotion and moving him somewhere out of the city, and Quinn was like nope, just get rid of him. COLD. Elias did warn Cal to be careful, but at least Carter learned that he wasn't a bad guy before he was killed. It sucks that they weren't able to make up fully though. That's going to be tough for her, and since her friend Szymanski was killed because someone set him up, you know she is going to go even harder to find out who is doing this. I like that Fusco has her back and is looking out for her, she better be careful because Quinn is not playing games.

I absolutely love this show, it is one of the BEST things on television today.
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I would love to see Root get tag teamed by Sam and..... Jennifer Garner. Recall that Amy Acker was her enemy on Alias.
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I absolutely agree that Shaw should pop in now and again but not get too cozy. Root called Reese a "knuckle-dragging friend" of Finch's last season and now Shaw says he's a "poorly socialized guard dog." These women not only look like they belong in high school, they act like it. I thought it was odd that Reese prefaced his "we walk in the dark" speech by saying a friend told it to him. That "friend" was Kara Stanton. He should "play cards" more often with Zoe, the only woman alive (besides Homeless Joan) who appreciates him.
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