“God Mode” – Person of Interest Season Finale Review (Episode 22)

10 05 2013

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“God Mode” did such a good job of wrapping up the season’s plot line, you didn’t notice till the end what a mess it really made. John Nolan had said in a prior interview that this episode ended “part one” of Person of Interest. How dramatic a change will we be seeing? Honestly it’s hard to say, but hopefully it’ll be less dramatic than Finch and Nathan’s flashbacks this episode. Now we know how bad of a day Finch had- and how it changed him physically and morally. To me, seeing these long-unanswered questions (Finch’s limp, Nathan’s death) finally revealed was one of the highlights of this episode, if only because that’s where I felt the emotional punch in the gut.

In the present, we got a crazy conspiracy/science fiction plot that centered on Team Kick-Butt (Reese and Shaw) trying to beat Team Chess Club (Finch and Root) to the physical location of The Machine. The hackers beat them by a few minutes, which is unimpressive considering Team Kick-Butt saved not one, but two numbers along the way. After Root’s (Amy Acker) ominous “ready to meet God?” speech before opening the final door, it was almost funny to see just a guy sitting at a card table in a giant empty room. Talk about a letdown. Creepily, The Machine had moved itself to a new location through a series of manipulative communications, which is problematic since The Machine seems to like Root now (I mean, I understand why, if you have a thing for attractive, brilliant psychos).

Should Finch have let The Machine free? Should Carter have saved Elias? That’s the great thing about this show; it doesn’t answer every moral question for the viewer. Before, we had a government branch completely free of oversight and out of control, and now we have a sentient program equally free. However, just like last season’s finale, we have no idea what The Machine will do. To be honest, it’s not quite as much as a cliff-hanger as last season because I really can’t tell which plot twists are bad and which are good (though Root in control of The Machine? Yeah, that’s probably bad).

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Hacker Showdown!

Final Thoughts:

1. WHERE. WAS. FUSCO. He’s seriously been missing in action in several episodes, but why in the world did they keep him out of the finale? Basically every other major or minor character (except Zoe) made appearances (even the obscure Russian gangster),  except one of the four main characters is left out? I don’t know, that kind of rubbed me the wrong way, especially with all the development he’s gone through this season; I expected some sort of payoff…

2. Speaking of, where did Shaw go at the end? The last we see her is leaving the facility, and we find Root at the hospital, but Shaw’s not with Finch and Reese. At this point, I guess it’s safe to say she’s in the private vigilante club after that initiation. Not to mention they’re the only people not trying to knock her off.

3. Another unanswered question- what is Carter going to do with Elias? Will she take him back to prison? Let him loose again? Go on fantastic adventures on a cross-country road trip? Eh, probably one of the first two options.

4. I think that was the shortest number ever at the wedding. Talk about efficiency. What makes it more hilarious is the new couple will never have any idea what the heck happened at their wedding. “Congratulations.”

5. This is it. Welcome to the long, dry summer of no new episodes. Look out for a season 2 wrap-up review soon- I have to write about something, right?

Conclusion: 9.0/10

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8 responses

10 05 2013
cmaglaughlin

Just finished watching the season finale. It was so disappointingly terrible I’m not sure I’ll EVER watch my all-time favorite show again. The gun violence was a terrible substitute for creativity and intrigue. The plot had to have been only understood by the moron who wrote it. The tone of the new twist on Nathan and Finch’s history was so diametrically opposed to what had been presented the first two years, it was deplorable. If the show had gotten rid of all these background characters, especially Root, and stuck to what the show had excelled in that made it so popular in the first place, I wouldn’t have to be writing this personal death knell, and I’d be praising it again for being the best show on TV. Now, it’s become a cancer, and I’m seriously ready to pull the plug. Jim Caviezel can’t be pleased about the direction Nolan has taken. It was like watching the Titanic sink, only WORSE! So far, three of my favorite shows have bombed on their season finale stages…”The Mentalist,” “Castle,” and “Person of Interest.” I hope “Nashville” and “Vegas” don’t follow in their quicksand! Thanks for letting me rant. And, YES, I DO need a life!

10 05 2013
ironyisapoormaster

Let it all out…haha. No I can see some people not liking the show becoming more serialized instead of a episodic/serialized hybrid. I’m guessing it’ll calm down in the next season for a while, but honestly I would’ve liked a two hour episode to unpack plot points a bit more.

10 05 2013
SR21722

It was a great finale. Sure it could have been 2 hrs, could have had Fusco, could have fleshed out the Carter story better, but all-in-all, you couldn’t have asked for a better finale as far as the main overarching plot.

I think the show is heading towards a human vs machine ending (in the long run). Even Finch and Root were working together here, Carter blurred the lines between good and bad cop. The humans are slowly becoming one entity. And the machine, now that it is unleashed, will be able to take care of itself, defend itself and attack the humans possibly.

We’ll just have to wait for season 3.

10 05 2013
ironyisapoormaster

I definitely want to see what’s coming next season, and that’s the point of a finale ending, right? The Machine has always been a little ominous, so I could definitely see a human vs Machine arc.

17 05 2013
Randy

How long will we have to wait until we have resolution to the hanging plots – Elias, Root, access to the Machine. Don’t play games with me, CBS!

30 05 2013
iamtheinvisiblehand

That’s what I love about this show: it always keeps you guessing. For every question they manage to answer, another 5 are raised.

The finale may not have ended in the intense cliffhanger of S1, but if I’ve learned anything from the producers/writers of this show it can only mean that it will be going some place radically different from S2, seeing as this season it was mostly a procedural and gave only random facts to clarify the operation of the machine and the background of the characters.

The other thing I absolutely love about this show is how basically human all the characters are. Heck, even Carter, who started out as incorruptible cop has done some pretty shady stuff these last episodes, so we’ll have to see what happens to her. Fusco, on the other hand, was bad to the bone and has been cleaning up ever since. Therest of them, Finch, Reese (gotta love these two and their amazing chemistry), Zoe, Root and Grace are all fabulous as well.

Whatever it is, I’m definitely sticking around for S3.

31 05 2013
charles edmond

I like the basic premise of the show, not the machine infatuation of the writers and creator. I’m people oriented. Fusco is gone from the series. I just might follow.

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