PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Triple at Bats

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Last week’s PERSON OF INTEREST started with a stunner on Monday.

That was unexpected. We were expecting Shaw to reappear. And we were expecting her to escape from her Samaritan captors. But we weren’t expecting her to have a steamy bed scene with Root. Nor were we expecting her to shoot John Greer or John Reese or herself. And we weren’t expecting the entire episode to be a virtual reality (VR) scene played out in Shaw’s mind by John Greer to manipulate her into revealing the hideout of The Machine and its agents. What a devil Greer was, then, to tell his staff to begin VR scenario number 6,742 (as in there were 6,471 before it), putting Shaw through one more torturous, mind-frying episode in her head. “We have all the time in the world, my dear,” he said cynically.

It seemed almost like the good old days with Tuesday’s PERSON OF INTEREST as Reese took on the assignment of protecting an NYPD analyst investigating a software glitch tied into a missing person. And Fusco was being held in the dark about team activities as in the days of old, but he had finally gotten his fill of it and decided to take action on is own, looking into missing persons. And when Reese came up missing, Fusco went looking after him on his own. It turned out Reese had been nabbed by an old friend of Elias, the former amiable mob boss, who wanted to exact revenge for Elias’ murder. When the old friend wouldn’t take no for an answer, Reese took him to another safe house to see Elias, who was actually still alive and living in the shadows. Elias advised his old friend to stay in the shadows, but his friend wanted revenge against this mysterious new force that has quieted down the streets. Meanwhile, Finch had created a strategy game session between The Machine and Samaritan on two isolated computers to see what the team is up against in the real world, and after more than 10 billion scenarios, The Machine had lost every one, not a very hopeful sign.

So leading into this week, when we get three new episodes (one on Monday and two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday – someone in a hurry to get this thing over with? Not me!), Shaw is still with Samaritan, The Machine is now handing out assignments but the team is holding Fusco at arm’s length and he’s tired of it, kind of going rogue investigating missing persons in a way that’s likely to get him unwanted notice by Samaritan, The Machine doesn’t appear to be up to a match against Samaritan, and Elias’ friend is now loose to seek revenge on Samaritan, too.

This Week’s Triple Play

  • Monday at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in “A More Perfect Union,” Reese and Finch crash a wedding to protect a couple of persons of interest before they tie the knot, while Fusco continues his self-initiated investigation into a series of missing persons.
  • Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT in “QSO,” Root protects the host of a conspiracy theory radio show who has bumped into information that could get him killed, while Samaritan agents attempt to convince The Machine’s team that Samaritan’s goals are noble. Yeah, right.
  • Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in “Reassortment,” Reese and Finch find themselves trapped at ground zero for a deadly viral outbreak, while Samaritan’s newest recruit has second thoughts and Shaw continues her struggle under Samaritan’s manipulation with reality.

Sound like fun? See a preview below and tune in to PERSON OF INTEREST Monday (Mary 23) and Tuesday (May 24) on CBS.

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: The Final Chapter Continues

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Harold Finch and his team have rescued The Machine on PERSON OF INTEREST and CBS has brought us back up to speed after putting us on hold for a year. And so, what they’re calling “the final chapter” continues.

In the May 9 episode, Finch and Root were held up in their underground lair trying to resuscitate The Machine but ran into problem after problem. First they needed more processing power, which Finch and Reese solved by raiding a data storage facility. Then The Machine had an existential meltdown, unable to distinguish past from present, the result being that it equated Reese, Fusco, and Root’s past transgressions with the present. Talking with The Machine didn’t help. Meanwhile, Reese and Fusco were given 30 numbers as possible persons of interest, none of which turned out to be risks. It wasn’t until two final numbers arose that things turned serious, as Fusco was sent to save a man in trouble with the mob and Reese was confronted by an assassin sent by The Machine. To solve the problem, Finch grounded The Machine in a reality check by showing it files from the past in which the team saved lives, all which The Machine used to create a new context and eventually apologized for its bad behavior. Finally, the team emerged from underground, safe. Curiously, they don’t seem to have a problem with Samaritan recognizing them as a threat.

On the May 10 episode, The Machine finally spit out regular numbers, in twos. Root was dispatched disguised as a delivery driver and discovered a mysterious series of electronics shipments that turned out to be an attempt by Samaritan to spread malware. Root and Finch made a copy of the malware to study it and Root isolated it on a laptop and watched it replicate and morph itself, risking that it might somehow infiltrate The Machine. Reese was sent to watch over a corporate security worker whom he discovered accessing secret government files, which got him a visit by the CIA. It turned out running that operation was Beale, Reese’s former CIA boss, whom Reese was forced to counter without revealing himself. But Beale still recognized Reese and the threat existed to uncover his work for The Machine. In the end, Reese confronted Beale yet did so while gaining Beale’s continued respect and silence.

This week, on Monday night, we see the return of Shaw. Everyone on the team thought Shaw was dead, but she was under the care of Samaritan boss John Greer, who has been conditioning her for work against The Machine and its team. Shaw escapes her captors, but Finch, Root, and Reese are unsure of Shaw’s mental state when she shows signs of paranoia and begins to act reckless.

Then, on Tuesday night, Reese protects an NYPD analyst whose investigation into a software glitch has drawn the attention of Samaritan. Also, Reese and Fusco are threatened by an ally of the late Elias, who is looking for revenge for his friend’s death.

On a sad note, I have learned that this is indeed the final chapter for PERSON OF INTEREST. After this season, the series has been canceled. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Watch the clip below and tune in to an all new PERSON OF INTEREST on May 16 and Mat 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Rough Reboot

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It was a rough start to what CBS is now calling “the final chapter” of PERSON OF INTEREST last week. But how good it was to see Harold Finch, John Reese, Root, and Lionel Fusco back on our screens!

Finch and Reese struggled to slip past a dozen armed Samaritan agents to get the chips containing the remains of The Machine back to their headquarters to revive it. And Root was on her own in a similar battle against a legion of Samaritan agents, ending up calling on a Russian mafia kingpin and former client to get a new identity but then getting double crossed and nearly captured. Unable to help Finch revive The Machine, Reese went in search of Root and showed up in the nick of time to assist Root, and the two hijacked a slew of game consoles to help Finch decompress The Machine’s code after he nearly fried everything in an attempt to abort The Machine’s premature decompression on its own. Whew! Everything faded to black as The Machine came back to life, Finch, Reese, Root, and the rest of us holding our collective breath.

This week, CBS airs two episodes: one on Monday night and one on Tuesday night.

The bumpy ride continues Monday night as Finch reboots The Machine from compressed coded bits of its former self. Only, now revived a little messed up, The Machine experiences a glitch and sees Finch and Root as threats. Great — that’s all they need, with Samaritan still on their backs! This episode is titled, “Snafu.”

PERSON OF INTEREST also airs on Tuesday night, when it appears The Machine is back to issuing numbers. Its latest person of interest has ties to Reese’s old colleagues in the CIA, threatening to blow his cover in “Truth Be Told.”

Enjoy the clip below and tune in to two episodes of PERSON OF INTEREST this week: on May 9 and May 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Welcome Back!

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It’s been almost a year to the day since PERSON OF INTEREST last aired. So we can all be forgiven if we have forgotten where the show left off. Thanks for the long wait, CBS.

It was May 5, 2015, when we watched Samaritan agents racing Finch and Root to locate The Machine’s home. The Machine was wired into the city’s electric grid, dispersing its code throughout the system. And before Samaritan agents could shut them down, Finch downloaded sufficient code to rebuild the code later. They got out just in time.

This Tuesday kicks off a 13-episode new season with “B.S.O.D.” (your guess of what that means is as good as mine). In it, Finch and Reese try to rescue The Machine’s source code before it degrades beyond use, Root will be in for the fight of her life against a storm of Samaritan agents, and Detective Fusco faces hard questions about the deaths of gang leaders Dominic and Elias.

In subsequent weeks, CBS will air two episodes of PERSON OF INTEREST a week, one on Monday and one on Tuesday. Buckle up, it’s going to be a quick, bumpy ride. But a fun ride. I’ve even read that Shaw will eventually reappear. As a fan, I’m geeked and ready to get this series back in gear.

Watch the preview clip below and tune in to the season premiere of PERSON OF INTEREST on Tuesday, May 3) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

PERSON OF INTEREST Scoop: Stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman, Sarah Shahi, Amy Acker and EP Greg Plageman Previews the Battle of The Machine Vs. Samaritan in Season 4

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As fans acutely recall, in the Season 3 finale of PERSON OF INTEREST, all our heroes were scattered to the four winds after it became necessary to adopt new identities in order to evade the all knowing eye of Samaritan, whose first task was to locate each of them — presumably, so that they could each be quickly and quietly dispatched.

So during this summer’s CBS Television Critics Association summer party, in an exclusive interview, executive producer Greg Plageman provided a few hints about what Finch, Reese, Shaw, Root and Fusco will be faced with in Season 4 of PERSON OF INTEREST. [Read more...]

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Your Exclusive First Look at “Beta”

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Just how excited are we for the return of PERSON OF INTEREST? So much so that we’re thrilled to share this exclusive clip from tonight’s episode! Curiously titled “Beta,” the Tuesday April 29th instalment sees our intrepid team come to the rescue of Finch’s former fiancée (Carrie Preston) when Greer exploits Finch’s greatest weakness in an attempt to lure him out of hiding. [Read more...]

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Your Exclusive First Look at Finch’s New Job!

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Just how excited are we for the return of PERSON OF INTEREST? So much so that we’re thrilled to share this exclusive clip from next week’s episode! Ominously titled “Last Call,” the Tuesday February 25th instalment sees our intrepid team put in a perilous situation when Finch (Michael Emerson) goes undercover in an emergency call center to protect a 911 operator, that in typical POI fashion, appears to be in more trouble than it initially appears. See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more...]

PERSON OF INTEREST Previewpalooza: “Provenance” Sneak Peek!

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the Tuesday February 4th episode of PERSON OF INTEREST. Direct from CBS, “Reese rejoins Finch in New York, but when the team receives the number of a highly skilled antiquities thief, a surprising turn of events finds them planning a heist which could land them all in jail” [Read more...]

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Kevin Chapman Teases a New Chapter for Fusco

Is Detective Fusco ever going to get a break? Are his days moonlighting with “HR” over? What does his tea-life wife think about his character’s fictional love life?! Those are just a few of the many many questions actor Kevin Chapman answers with regards to this upcoming third season of PERSON OF INTEREST airing Tuesdays at 10PM on CBS (CTV in Canada). See for yourself, after the jump. [Read more...]