Person of Interest

Season 2 Episode 16

Relevance

71
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 21, 2013 on CBS
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    Person of Interest "Relevance" Review: Lady Killer

    Sarah Shahi killing dudes in badass ways. What more could you want from this excellent episode?

  • Episode Summary

    Reese and Finch must help their new Number, a counter-terrorist operative who is on the run from her own people.

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    • Brilliant!!

      9.5
      This episode contains very little of Reese, Fitch, Carter or Fusco, which is odd for a POI episode, however when they appear they are absolutely hilarious and it took me 20 minutes into the episode to realize 'oh there not here'. This episode was different, but fast-paced and interesting and even though we got only minimal time with some of the characters, each and everyone popped out of the screen and made you love or hate them. I love that this episode showed how the machine works from the other side and dove deeper into the people who are controlling the machine. Furthermore we got to see both Root and Leon again.



      The change in pace was enjoyable and I have to say that this was one of my favourite if not my favourite episode of POI so far.moreless
    • Viva, change.

      9.0
      "Relevance" was a hated episode for many Person of Interest viewers, because it was a departure from the status quo. The complete change was one of the things that made me like this episode. I enjoyed being able to see the Machine as we've never seen it before (doing the anti-terror surveillance for which it was designed) and got a new, interesting character (we should anticipate a Shaw story arc) to boot. I didn't mind the tiny doses of Finch-Reese and Carter-Fusco we got in this ep, as each of their appearances was strong (and even funny -- Carter and Fusco around the stretcher and Finch and Reese in the cemetery).moreless
    • Just freaking awesome!

      10
      The most daring episode of any tv format ever, i loved every second of it.

      We don't see much of Reese BUT when he shows up (and vanishes) again, that also gives us a sense of how great he is at staying of the radar and undetected and this is only possible because this show dared to switch it's POV. So you can't say Reese didn't star in this episode, he totally, awesomely did, BECAUSE of his (POV again!) seeming absence, it tells us just how good exactly he is - something you can convey in a "normal" episode, but certainly not experience. Simply put: Awesome storytelling.



      Also, isn't it weird that the female agents number popped up and not any other? Certainly there were other folks in danger at the same time, but the Machine chooses to spill out this one. Ulterior motive i would say, the Machine as a will of it's own.



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    • Best episode of the season

      9.5
      This episode was great.
    • Great episode of TV, average episode of POI.

      7.0
      As a single episode of television, this was pretty kick-ass. Complex, action-packed, plenty of twists and multiple parties all converging, guns blazing, including a spectrum of our favourite recurring characters from Root to Leon to Carter and the ubiquitous Fusco.



      As an episode of POI, it was a little disappointing. One of the things I like about POI is that is has a great balance of male and female characters, and not in traditional roles. Plenty of the damsels in distress are not actually damsels, and some of the most powerful characters are women; not least Root, the arch-nemesis, and Carter, who can hold her own in a corrupt, male-dominated department without the blink of an eye.



      This ep was a blatant attempt to introduce a younger female character - with kick-ass skills - in the style of Sydney Bristow, but less interesting because she's a self-confessed sociopath, incapable of empathy. She's a one-dimensional, hard-drinking, fast-shooting character with bland Hollywood good looks (I feel like I've seen her in stuff before, but I don't know what) and an interest in sadomasochism, as comfortable in stilettos as she is in boots and a leather jacket. It's a weary trope, and one designed to appeal to teenage fanboys, not thinking men and female fans. While I was thrilled about the introduction of the "relevant" list plot, this show really didn't need a Sam. It already has a Carter, a character with an appropriate balance of warmth and zest, power and vulnerability, and Zoe, who knows her place as a recurring character. I was pleased when Kara was erased for similar reasons - she was bland and b*tchy and sexy; a stereotype.



      As others have said, Reese knocks out dozens of trained assassins every week, and nobody complains: nobody complains because Reese is vulnerable and interesting. We know he's morally good, we know he's human, we know he's recovering from heartbreak and we know he has a longing for stability and redemption. Nobody complains because Reese is an exceptional character - there's supposed to be no one else like him (except maybe Zoe, who, again, knows her place as a background character and occasional colleague).



      We don't need a female Reese. Reese and Finch are both emotionally textured characters, and their brotherly attachment is central to the work they both do. I'm not thrilled about that complex relationship being sidelined in this episode in favour of an expressionless, unsympathetic stereotype, and I sincerely hope in the future that Sam is only a recurring character and not another member of the team. I only just got used to Bear.moreless
    Paul Sparks

    Paul Sparks

    Wilson

    Guest Star

    Ebon Moss-Bachrach

    Ebon Moss-Bachrach

    Michael Cole

    Guest Star

    Sarah Shahi

    Sarah Shahi

    Samantha Shaw

    Guest Star

    Amy Acker

    Amy Acker

    Root

    Recurring Role

    Jay O. Sanders

    Jay O. Sanders

    Special Counsel

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    Boris McGiver

    Boris McGiver

    Hersh

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