PERSON OF INTEREST Series Finale Preview: The Final Fade to Black

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It’s time to say goodbye. Tonight’s PERSON OF INTEREST is the series finale.

Last week was a mishmash of flashbacks as The Machine presented scenarios to Finch of the world without his work. This played out kind of like a mind game between Finch and The Machine. But The Machine wasn’t morose or begging for its life. It was more like a chess game with The Machine setting Finch up for the final play, one in which The Machine already knew the outcome.

Well, Finch did it. The unthinkable. He uploaded a virus that could kill not only Samaritan but also The Machine.  Samaritan’s John Greer gambled that Finch wouldn’t go through with it and when it came time to voice activate the virus, Greer sequestered Finch and himself in a sound-proof room until he deduced that Finch hadn’t trusted The Machine with the password, then had the air sucked out of the room. That killed Greer, but The Machine saved Finch and ultimately sacrificed itself to save the world. When Reese and Shaw came to his aid, Finch insisted they save themselves, leaving through an escape that he and The Machine had set up. Finch then activated the virus and we saw Samaritan blink and wiggle and fade. Stay tuned to next week to see if it worked.

Detective Fusco, for his part, fended off a federal agent who turned out to also work for Samaritan and who was responsible for killing the missing persons that Fusco had been investigating and found in the abandoned tunnel. Fusco turned the tables on the agent and could have killed him, but the once tainted-detective-turned-good-guy chose the more ethical path.

And that brings us to tonight’s finale. CBS’s press release is a bit murky on details, but suffice it to say, Finch, Reese, Shaw, and Fusco will get one more “suicide mission” to do in Samaritan and save The Machine and the world. Returning to the precinct to get help finding Finch, Reese and Fusco run into a bit of resistance, as you will see in our video clip.

It’s been a wild ride and a far cry from being an unrealistic look at government surveillance and how people given power perceive their role in steering society. I wish PERSON OF INTEREST weren’t ending, but that’s out of my control. What is in my control is saying how much I enjoyed the story lines and the writing and the characters played by such fine actors. Let’s hope this final episode does the series justice before the final fade to black.

Watch a clip below and tune in to the series finale of PERSON OF INTEREST tonight (June 21) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

PERSON OF INTEREST Sneak Peek: The End Is Near

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There are only two episodes left of “the final chapter” of PERSON OF INTEREST and the story seems to be gelling toward the finale. Finch had an interesting talk with The Machine and finally set his mind on how to defeat Samaritan, then took action.

Last week, we watched as Reese and Fusco witnessed the burial of Root, her tombstone ironically reduced to a number, then met up with Shaw when the next person of interest was identified as the president of the United States. Then in Washington, D.C., the trio found themselves battling a subversive privacy advocacy group to eliminate a threat to the president’s life. But interestingly enough, former persons of interest whom Reese, Shaw, and Fusco had saved showed up with the assignment from The Machine to save Reese, Shaw, and Fusco. If this series weren’t ending after two more episodes, you might almost smell a spin off or sequel.

Meanwhile, Finch was driving long distance away from New York City on an undetermined mission. You might have thought initially that he was running away, but in his conversations with The Machine, done in the late Root’s voice, you found he had another plan in mind. The Machine asked Finch to turn her loose to defend herself against Samaritan, and Finch decided to finally do the thing he should have done all along. He set up in a major secure data center and uploaded coding, although for what wasn’t disclosed. Then The Machine set up his escape as chaos ensued.

This week on PERSON OF INTEREST, Finch enters a maximum-security government facility to proceed on his mission to end Samaritan, which is an effort that could also put The Machine and himself in danger. And Reese and Shaw find themselves on a mission to catch up with Finch before everything goes very, very badly.

See a sneak peek below and watch PERSON OF INTEREST on June 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: That’s Some Mission

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We have only three episodes left of “the final chapter” of PERSON OF INTEREST and the story couldn’t be getting more exciting or more dire. We lost two big characters last week. Who is next?

Last Monday, Shaw returned to New York City by way of the Mexico/Texas border and began killing off Samaritan agents, one by one, still unsure of what was reality and what was virtual after her mind-bending sessions with Samaritan. Root ran into her by accident while chasing Samaritan agents, and they re-established their relationship, returning Shaw to The Machine’s fold.

Reese and Fusco found themselves working together despite Fusco’s reluctance, thanks to the manipulation of a criminal mastermind from the past known as “The Voice.” He shut down the precinct to get to a thug there who had done work for him, but who had managed to identify him, holding that identity out as insurance for some future use. Reese and Fusco battled The Voice and gangs he had planted at the precinct, but in the end, The Voice killed the thug and got away. Well, The Voice didn’t get away entirely, because Finch and Elias, who had been trying to identify him on the outside, caught up with him, and Elias blew The Voice up in his car. Reese finally took Fusco aside and began filling him in on The Machine and Samaritan, giving Fusco the respect he deserved.

Last Tuesday was a bummer episode. Elias had come to see Reese and Finch as his last friends. Root was helping Shaw gain back her perspective. And then Finch made a fatal mistake that changed everyone’s lives. He absentmindedly had coffee at a shop he had forgotten was the first place he had taken his girlfriend so long ago — a place that Samaritan also associated with Finch. It became the beginning of a never-ending hunt to bring Finch in. The episode became one hit attempt after another with Reese, Fusco, Root, and Shaw all defending him. Finch went to Elias for help, and Elias mustered his considerable underworld resources, but in the end, it wasn’t enough. Samaritan killed Elias and took Finch away. Root and Shaw arrived in time to rescue Finch in another messy gun battle, Samaritan even bringing out an armored SUV with a mounted machine  gun. Root whisked Finch away while Shaw kept the SUV busy. But then the chase was on. In the getaway, Root was shot — twice. The second time was fatal. They were caught in a police barricade and Finch was taken away in custody to a federal facility.

Earlier, Finch had locked down The Machine, but at Root’s urging Finch had given The Machine the ability to pick its own identity, have its own voice. As Finch was waiting to be escorted to a holding cell in the federal facility and agents were arguing over his custody, a nearby payphone rang. Finch answered it. The Machine used Root’s voice as its identity. Finch asked The Machine to set him free, and The Machine shut down the facility, allowing him to escape.

Elias and Root are down. It still leaves us Finch, Reese, Shaw, and Fusco, like old times. But Samaritan has the upper hand. Root had added a code that would let The Machine defend itself if Finch will allow it. Where does that take us?

We have solo weekly episodes Tuesdays now as we count down to the end. Tonight, Finch looks for ways to take on Samaritan on his own as he separates himself from the team and The Machine helps him out in the voice of the Root, while Reese, Shaw, and Fusco tackle a conspiracy and the Secret Service when the President of the United States becomes the next person of interest. That’s some mission!

See a sneak peek below and watch PERSON OF INTEREST tonight (June 7) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

PERSON OF INTEREST Sneak Peek: We Begin the Final Five Episodes

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Last week we had a three-fer: three episodes of PERSON OF INTEREST. This week, we’re back to two, as CBS begins its last five episodes in the “final chapter” of this excellent series.

Monday, Samaritan continued its mental assault on Shaw, attempting to learn where Finch and his team keeps The Machine while also trying to convince her that Samaritan is really the good guy in the battle between machines. Meanwhile, Reese and Finch crashed a wedding to protect the groom. The real person of interest ended up being the wedding photographer, who had inadvertently taken photos of the billionaire father’s race horse being doped. The highlight of the event was Finch, disguised as an uncle from Ireland said to have a voice as clear as Irish spring waters, asked to sing at the reception — not so much. And Detective Fusco continued his solo search for missing persons, finding them in an abandoned tunnel that exploded around him and ending up in the hospital.

Tuesday provided two episodes.

In the first, Root appeared first as a bad-ass ballerina and then a grinning historical re-enactment butter-churner before getting an assignment to protect a conspiracy theory radio show host. He had detected a code underlying the station’s signal, which brought him to the attention of Samaritan, which was using the signal to disguise communications. And that required kick-ass backup from Reese. Fusco was finally released from the hospital, but first handed in his team phone, tired of being kept in the dark and getting no respect.

In the second, Reese was assigned a business traveler who diverted from an air flight to visit a hospital and was diagnosed with the flu. When it was discovered the injection given him was tainted with Asian flu that created a new super flu, Finch joined Reese in locking down the hospital and finding who had tainted the medicine. Meanwhile, Fusco was tracking down the driver who might have delivered the dead bodies to the tunnel he’d found, tracing him to the hospital. Turned out the driver was working for Samaritan and was supposed to infect the two doctors on duty, and in trying to stop him, Fusco got infected. Root came to the rescue, finding a local medical supply house with an antidote. At the same time, Shaw was resisting one more attempt by Samaritan to convince her to join up with them, eventually trying to confuse her between reality and her virtual-reality experiences. In the end, Shaw was no easy victim and she shot the Samaritan agent and escaped. The big reveal here was that all this time, Shaw had been held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

So where does that lead us to this week?

On Monday (May 30), looks like Reese and Fusco will have to work together again, despite Fusco requesting a new partner last week. Seems the mysterious criminal mastermind “The Voice” will make a return appearance, trapping the two in their own precinct with a bevy of armed gang members and a new person of interest. Oh, bother! Root will have a shocking discovery to deal with. I’m sure somewhere in here, Shaw will turn up.

Finch becomes the person of interest on Tuesday (May 31) when his cover is blown through a fatal error, setting off a number of increasingly dangerous encounters with Samaritan agents. Cue the chase scenes? This will be PERSON OF INTEREST’s 100th episode, making it prime for syndication — congratulations POI!

From here on out we settle into a regular weekly schedule, with only one episode a week. Enjoy them while they last.

See our video clip below and watch PERSON OF INTEREST at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Tuesday’s Episode

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...]