Hosted by Doug Payton and Darrell Darnell, Person of Interest Podcast covers all of the kneecapping, artificial intelligence wrangling, and government coverups beginning with season 4. Doug and Darrell have been fans of Person of Interest since season 1 and previously did a Person of Interest podcast on the TV Talk network, but now they’re bringing their podcasting style to this in-depth format!
POI32 – S5E13 – Return a Hero
A computer program often ends with “Return 0”, meaning without an error. In this episode titled “Return 0”, while our beloved Machine may not have had such a normal exit, a number of the story threads, and certainly the series, had a satisfying ending. Not all rainbows and unicorns, certainly, but then this series has always asked the hard questions, and those questions usually have hard answers.
And while this series has been an action show surrounded by those questions (and this episode was no exception), the relationships, that have grown very organically and changed quite a bit over the years, become the focus of this finale. Both Darrell and Doug agree; this is one of the best series finales they’ve seen.
POI31 – S5E12 – It’s a Wonderful … Machine
In “.EXE”, Finch is ready to kill Samaritan, even if it means also killing his own Machine. He and Greer have it out over who’s vision of the place of AIs in this world is better, bringing up front some of the core questions that this series has asked, and whether one or the other is willing to die themselves (or kill their creation) for that vision. Something to think about.
And in between crises, Harold and the Machine consider what life would have been like for our heroes had the Machine never been built. Better? Worse? Something to think about.
POI30 – S5E11 – Team Machine: DC
In the episode “Synecdoche”, our heroes get out of their comfort zone in New York City, and are tasked with protecting the President. But, why are those who protect the irrelevant numbers assigned to one of the most relevant terrorist targets in the world? And can the Machine adequately protect the team in Washington, DC?
Shaw is still not entirely sure she’s not in a simulation still. Perhaps this might convince her that this is reality.
And what of Harold Finch? Where’s he off to, and what does his choice of bird for his alias this time perhaps say about what’s going on inside his head?
POI Amy Acker Dallas Fan Expo Panel
With only 3 episodes left and following hot on the heels of the death of Root, Amy Acker came home to Dallas to mingle with fans at Fan Expo Dallas. Amy spent much of the day signing autographs for the horde of fans waiting to get a personal moment with the actress we all love. Read More...
POI29 – S5E0910 – Eulogy for Elias, Requiem for Root
In “Sotto Voce”, a villain from season 3 returns, and fakes out Team Machine. When even Elias is concerned for your safety, it’s really time to be careful, and beware in whom you trust. And finally, Fusco gets the answers he’s been asking for (and, frankly, deserving for quite some time).
In “The Day The World Went Away”, POI’s 100th episode, Finch finds that he is the “Number of the Week”. But after being captured by Greer, and given a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card courtesy of a Root-voiced Machine, is he about to boil over? The deaths of 2 of of the people who have been working with you can do that to someone, even the (formerly) mild-mannered Harold Finch.
POI28 – S5E060708 – A More Reassorted QSO
In this 3-episode Person Of Interest extravaganza, Darrel and Doug (or Doug and Darrell) talk about all the episodes this week. On top of that, the discussion turns to free will when it comes to saving someone. How far should Team Machine go to protect the potential victims? How much should the team tell Fusco or Elias, even if it risks their lives? And how much free will should Finch give to his Artificial Super Intelligence? We’ve got different opinions among the characters.
In “A More Perfect Union”, the ever-creepy Samari-Kid tells Shaw that if they don’t let Samaritan run their lives, only death awaits. In “QSO”, we see how far the reach of Samaritan has gone. Next time you print something, be watchful. And the number of the week accepts the help of Team Machine, only to exercise his free will and try to get the word out about Samaritan, which works out about how you’d expect. And in “Reassortment”, we have the question; how much freedom and information about yourself are you prepared to give up in order to get security?
A very thought-provoking set of episodes, to say the least.