Person of Interest

Season 2 Episode 12

Prisoner's Dilemma

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 10, 2013 on CBS
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  • Episode Summary

    While Carter tries to maintain her cover as an FBI temporary agent while helping Reese, Fusco has to protect a new Number on his own while Reese ducks some old enemies from the past.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Jim Caviezel back as the Prisoner

      8.0
      The title of Prisoner's Dilemma had the prisoner is in refererence to Jim Caviezel as lead character John Reese.

      The title of this episode and who it was alluding to is quite curious since Caviezel had played The Prisoner in the remake mini-series.

      So in a way Caviezel had returned as The Prisoner, albeit a different one, in the Person of Interest episode.

    • Second Best POI Episode Thus Far

      9.5
      Okay, this was a brilliant episode all around... The writing, the acting, the directing, the producing... Everything. *SPOILERS*



      The flashbacks seemed to focus on the idea of choice. They showed Reese and Kara working together in Paris and Prague and some choices Reese has had to make. They reveal no grand revelation, but aid in Reese's character development substantially. The replaying of the Ordos flashbacks (Matsya Nyaya) was a bit tedious for us die-hard POI-ers, but I didn't mind.



      The episode itself was brilliant. Reese told us so much in what he told Detective Carter, and the story arc was excellent. And as per usual, it was brilliantly acted all across. Lots of twists and turns, great music, and the Fusco side-storyline, which served as the much needed comic relief was hilarious. Overall, excellent episode and runnerup to only Many Happy Returns... 9.5/10.moreless
    • Kudos for the small details

      10
      Amazing episode, simply thrilling!

      Have to say I really appreciate the funny bits in what is otherwise a very serious episode, though the funniest part for me was definitely Finch gearing up to break into a prison :)

      Very few shows can pull off multiple continuing story threads, weave them together and still have a thoroughly coherent narrative. This episode has definitely succeeded there - Elias, FBI, rogue CIA, the shadowy government group, even that idiot that was Bear's previous owner, all combined together and necessary for the development of the episode and the continuing of all the stories.

      One more thing I wanted to say is that I also very much appreciate the effort they put into making the Bosnia storyline as believable as possible. Most TV shows choose one of us small countries from across the Atlantic, stick in a few names that sound vaguely from that region, and then mess every other little detail up. I hate that, simply hate it. So, naturally, when I saw the article in Serbian, I paused to read through it, and it's definitely written by someone who knows the language well, with no grammatical mistakes. As a Serbian speaker myself, it's beyond frustrating to find these little tidbits, pause the episode to inspect it, only to discover everything written in Russian, which, while also a Slavic language, has very little in common with Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian trio. So, kudos to the makers for that.moreless
    • Irrelevant

      9.5
      Special agent Donnelly already knows what "the man in the suit" looks like. He saw him in episode 23 of last season. So why does he need Carter to interrogate the 4 suspects?
    • A Hint of ....

      10
      I love this show. It makes Thursdays worth waiting for.



      I would love to see a romance begin between Carter and Reese. I saw a hint of that during the interrogation scenes and they way Carter defended Reese to Donnelly.



      It would be a nice addition to the story lines. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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