Person of Interest

Season 3 Episode 6

Mors Praematura

24
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 2013 on CBS
8.0
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While Reese and Finch deal with a new Number, Root abducts Sam to force her to help on a mission for The Machine.

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  • Great to see Root again

    8.0
    Great to see Root again, I just can't see Shaw being so helpful to her.
  • Mors Praematura

    7.0
    The Root and Shaw scenes were fun, but this was not one of the stronger episodes overall. The story felt kind of thrown together and the intertwining did not work as well as they had hoped for.



    Still, even an average episode of POI is great TV.
  • I love this show!!!!

    10
    Every week it seems that this show raises the bar beyond where I imagined it could go! I love the addition of Shaw and Root, though I would still prefer them as semi-regulars who make an occasional appearance, as is the case with Paige Turco as Zoe. Anytime Zoe makes an appearance it feels like an extra serving of dessert after a scrumptious meal.



    But, having said that, I must confess that I absolutely love seeing Root! She's a and collected badass who enriches every scene she's in.



    I'm also loving the plot with Carter and HR. (What does the "HR" stand for????). I sense a juicy season finale surrounding that story line.



    I don't see Root being locked away in a book room for any indefinite period of time. If she can escape an asylum I don't imagine she'll be hampered by Finch's personal prison for any longer than it challenges the imaginations of the writers. She'll be back soon.



    But, however it all plays out, I'll be tuning in every week with bated breath!moreless
  • The plot thickens - multiply by three

    10
    Another breathtaking episode this week - PoI is really on a roll!

    A lot of shows tend to stumble when they get too plot heavy and try to get "clever", but this episode was so smoothly woven together than I was just applauding the screen as we reached the crescendo at the end.



    Loved the way the separate plots suddenly intersected, and the look on Shaw and Reese's faces when they spotted each other at the intersection? Priceless.



    Just a few random thoughts here:

    Finch may or may not be going against the Machine's wishes, but he's also the only one who legitimately CAN. It's his teenage child, growing into itself but still not quite adult yet, and while she may yet throw a tantrum at him, there's no denying that she LOVES him and wants to protect him. The respect she/it feels for him is shown in the way that he just gets a number, and figures out the rest for himself, while Root - the "disciple" - has a tendency to go off the rails and needs (at the moment) strict guidelines and a fairly tight leash.



    If the Machine is becoming God, then Finch is the father of God, and that's both impressive and scary.



    The third category of numbers is self-preservation, and the big threat will probably be the Vigilance-group, who will no doubt to ANYTHING to destroy the Machine if they learn of its existence. They'll probably flag on all three of the lists at different times, if they continue on their path - killing individuals, check - threatening the Machine, check, and if they really start gunning for government surveillance-stuff, they'll soon hit the "relevant" numbers too.



    I'm waiting for Carter-and-Elias' plot to either get their own episode, or get involved in the main plot soon.

    It's heading for a big showdown between HR and the Russians, with Carter caught squarely in the middle - she's involved with Elias, she has a vendetta against HR, and there's no way this won't blow up in a SPECTACULAR fashion.

    Also, I really like the idea of her "turning" Laskey - perhaps it was only a single admission because she's got him by the short-and-curlies and he was so shaken - but perhaps he'll end up like a sort of Fusco a once-dirty cop trying to do better? It'd be a nice little story if he did, right?moreless
  • The Machine Takes Charge

    10
    For once, Harold's and Root's goals align. Still they take their own paths. Vigilance, a rouge government attached cabal, is revealed. Whatever the endgame of Vigilance really is The Machine will work to it's own end is clear. Yet, Vigilance survives to surface? One can't help but be intrigued.



    This was a consummate episode as it blended so many nefarious elements: HR, The Machine, Root, and a number of the week with ties to a new threat going by the name of "Vigilance". Vigilance is particularly black as being within the government's already black ops. Can the stew get any richer?



    It all comes to a mass when Harold, who now holds Root prisoner, asks her the question: "how can you be sure that you are exactly where The Machine wants you to be"? One must think that both, Harold and Root, are under The Machine's command.moreless
Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo

Timothy Sloan

Guest Star

Michael Esper

Michael Esper

Jason Greenfield

Guest Star

Brian Wiles

Brian Wiles

Mike Laskey

Guest Star

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Peter Collier

Recurring Role

Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

Simmons

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