Person of Interest 1.05 'Judgment' Review

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On paper, the idea of a machine spitting out data to begin each week’s new Person of Interest could have turned out to be a somewhat limited premise. So far, the show has done a fine job of trying to mix it up story-wise with what each new number from the machine leads Reese and Finch toward doing. In the latest episode, the machine puts the pair onto a judge named Samuel Gates when his social security number is pulled.

What sets this episode apart from previous efforts would be that all of the elements of the show so far: Detective Carter’s hunt for the man in the suit, Reese and Finch’s growing partnership, and the POI of the week were all given enough time to not take away from the overall effect of any other given piece of the Person of Interest puzzle. Speaking of puzzle, one thing that I was glad we didn’t get--at least for this episode--would be the flashback sequences that have popped up a few times so far in this first season. While they’re certainly an intriguing extra feature of the series, when you have a strong story and compelling POI, having an extra bit of plot baggage would have detracted from all of that. This week we were given enough exposition and time with the character that it was easier to form the necessary connection to care about Reese and Finch being able to succeed. Read More...


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