History YMMV / PersonOfInterest

7th May '16 9:14:31 AM Bezy
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** The death of Carter. Seemingly the lurkers support everyone who has a strong opinion about this and the new direction the show took afterwards, and the conversation can be very heated.

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** The death of Carter.[[spoiler:Carter]]. Seemingly the lurkers support everyone who has a strong opinion about this and the new direction the show took afterwards, and the conversation can be very heated.



** Fans have also voiced similar complaints about Carter joining Team Machine, Shaw being added to the main cast, Carter being killed off, Shaw (apparently) being killed off, Root joining Team Machine, and so forth. Note that all of those are female characters.

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** Fans have also voiced similar complaints about Carter joining Team Machine, Shaw being added to the main cast, Carter [[spoiler:Carter]] being killed off, Shaw (apparently) being killed off, Root joining Team Machine, and so forth. Note that all of those are female characters.
15th Apr '16 11:57:36 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* FixerSue: Root, though generally with more emphasis on the "Fixer". In addition to CreatorsPet tendencies and seemingly being able to do anything, once she was on the side of the good guys her role seems to largely be to show up at the last second or with some convoluted plan and solve everything whenever the rest of Team Machine has been backed into a corner and/or the POI is otherwise royally screwed. Interestingly [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as since The Machine cares so much about its assets, what reason other than Root herself being preoccupied would it have to ''not'' put those InvincibleHero skills to lifesaving use when Team Machine needed it?






** In "Mors Praematura," Reese says to [[spoiler:Peter Collier]], "You guys got a thing for the American Revolution, don't you?" Two years later, [[spoiler:Leslie Odom Jr.]] is now playing [[spoiler:Aaron Burr]] in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' on Broadway.




























* VillainSue: Samaritan and its followers could be easily accused of this. While Team Machine has remained ([[WhamEpisode mostly]]) unharmed by the group (and many of the battles against Samaritan {{mook}}s have ended on a CurbStompBattle on Team Machine's favor), the Team has unfortunately been unable to make much (if any) headway in taking the war to Samaritan, the writers were forced to give Samaritan an IdiotBall (through an InUniverse hack by Team Machine) to prevent Samaritan from killing them all within minutes from being assigned to search for them, and almost none of the [=POIs=] targeted by Samaritan have finished the episode alive (the couple of times that they ''had'', it's because someone at Team Machine had to discredit them so badly (so Samaritan backs off) that they have been effectively sentenced to a FateWorseThanDeath... or [[EvilAllAlong they were working for Samaritan all along (or will be soon)]]). This is ignoring the fact that, as Control said in "YHWH", [[AchillesHeel pulling the NSA feeds]] is all it would take to render Samaritan blind and powerless, which would almost certainly be done immediately if Team Machine or anyone else could expose its non-US government operations. Sadly, [[spoiler:as Control saw firsthand]], Samaritan is also very good at spotting those that might be keen to make that sort of move on it.
** And now the season has ended... and unless the show runners want to end their run with a ''Show/BlakesSeven''-style guns-blazing LastStand situation, Team Machine has ''a hell'' of a hill to climb if they are to win... [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow and it sure is hard to guess how they are going to even]] ''[[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow start]]''.
12th Apr '16 2:16:18 PM lizevans
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** Root can be easily considered this before she joins Team Machine. She is somehow constantly one step ahead of Team Machine and has skills implausible for a person with no formal training, even before the Machine gave her omniscience. We still have no idea how she realized The Machine existed in the first place, or that someone was doing the job that Team Machine was.
* VocalMinority: The show's Facebook page used to have a large number of posts with a negative opinion of Shaw and Root, although by Season 4, a higher percentage of posts there have spoken in favor of the two characters. This is, however, not always the case in less heavily moderated venues.

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** Root can be easily considered this before she joins Team Machine. She is somehow constantly one step ahead of Team Machine and has skills implausible for a person with no formal training, even before the Machine gave her omniscience. We still have no idea how she realized The Machine existed in the first place, or that someone was doing the job that Team Machine was.
* VocalMinority: The show's Facebook page used to have a large number of posts with a negative opinion of Shaw and Root, although by Season 4, a higher percentage of posts there have spoken in favor of the two characters. This is, however, not always the case in less heavily moderated venues.
12th Apr '16 2:09:40 PM lizevans
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** Root and Shaw, the averted torture scene in "Relevance" was full of it. And in "The Devil's Share", when Root combines GunsAkimbo with ImprobableAimingSkills to dish out kneecaps, what's Shaw's reaction? "That was kinda hot.". In the second half of season 3, Root is basically openly flirting with her in most of their scenes together.
--->'''Shaw:''' ''(after examining the bandages on Root's ear)'' Keep 'em dry. Change the dressing every 72 hours.

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** Carter and Shaw, at times. Shaw's perpetual look of fangirlish adoration every time Carter does something {{Badass}} may have something to do with it.
** Shaw and a Person of Interest, Kelli.
** Root and Shaw, the averted torture scene in "Relevance" was full of it. And in It was also when the writers realised the amazing chemistry happening between Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi.
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"The Devil's Share", when Root combines GunsAkimbo with ImprobableAimingSkills (thanks to God Mode) to dish out kneecaps, what's Shaw's reaction? "That was kinda hot.".
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In the second half of season 3, Root is basically openly flirting with her in most of their scenes together.
--->'''Shaw:''' ''(after examining the bandages on Root's ear)'' ear and chest)'' Keep 'em dry. Change the dressing every 72 hours.



*** In "Honor Among Thieves," Root implied that it's been canon since "Mors Praematura." Apparently they had ten hours to kill in the CIA safehouse.
*** And undeniably official as of "If-Then-Else," which has Root outright comment on how great the two are together and question the possibility of them becoming a couple, and then has Shaw kiss Root before sacrificing herself to save everybody.
** Carter and Shaw, at times. Shaw's perpetual look of fangirlish adoration every time Carter does something {{Badass}} may have something to do with it.
** Shaw and a Person of Interest, Kelli, are verging on canon due to their serious amounts of lesbian-ness.

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*** In "Honor Among Thieves," Root implied that it's been canon since "Mors Praematura." Apparently they had ten hours to kill (and hoods and zip ties) in the CIA safehouse.
*** And undeniably official as of "If-Then-Else," which has Root outright comment on how great the two are together and question the possibility of them becoming a couple, and then has Shaw kiss Root before sacrificing herself to save everybody.
** Carter and Shaw, at times. Shaw's perpetual look of fangirlish adoration every time Carter does
everybody. Also, earlier on the episode, Shaw tells the suicidal man in the subway that ""If you wanna die, okay. But die for something {{Badass}} may have something to do with it.
** Shaw and a Person of Interest, Kelli, are verging on canon due to their serious amounts of lesbian-ness.
that you love".
12th Apr '16 2:00:45 PM lizevans
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* SingleIssueWonk: After the death of [[spoiler:Carter]], roughly forty percent of the fan base ceased watching the show. That could be seen as an example of this, if you assume that the drastic retooling of the show to a different format after her death had no effect on the audience.
* SeasonalRot: The later half of season 4, especially after the search for Shaw due to the amount of {{Filler}}, the show reverting back to the less arc-based format and the unbelievable romance between Iris and John. This can be explained by [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Sarah Shahi's sudden pregnancy]] forcing the writers to speed up the storyline in the first half and leaving them with nothing to do in the second. However, the episode "Guilty" (despite being a pure procedural episode and not involving [[BreakoutCharacter Root]]) and the two final episodes of the season ("Asylum" and "YHWH") were very well-received by the fandom.
12th Apr '16 1:56:34 PM lizevans
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: [[HopeSpot The fandom rejoiced at the news that CBS renewed ''Person of Interest'' for a fifth season after a cancellation scare. Showrunners Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman even said in an interview that Season 5 would not be the last and that they have a lot more story to tell.]] Mere ''hours'' later, ''Deadline'' reported that the new season would be truncated to 13 episodes and the fans immediately caught on to the fact that it might be the very last season.
** The major fan reaction to this has been that 13 episodes is simply not enough to wrap up the show's ongoing storylines (especially before [[spoiler:Creator/SarahShahi's]] return was confirmed) and allow the characters to be fully fleshed out.
** To add salt to the wound, it wasn't on CBS's fall schedule, then it wasn't on the midseason schedule (which announced premieres through May). At this point, a summer premiere, after a hiatus of over a year, seems like the only hope of the show ever airing on CBS again.

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: [[HopeSpot The fandom rejoiced at the news that CBS renewed ''Person of Interest'' for a fifth season after a cancellation scare. Showrunners Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman even said in an interview that Season 5 would not be the last and that they have a lot more story to tell.]] Mere ''hours'' later, ''Deadline'' reported that the new season would be truncated to 13 episodes and the fans immediately caught on to the fact that it might be the very last season.
** The major fan reaction to this has been that 13 episodes is simply not enough to wrap up the show's ongoing complex storylines (especially before [[spoiler:Creator/SarahShahi's]] return was confirmed) and allow the characters to be fully fleshed out.
** To add salt to the wound, it wasn't on CBS's fall schedule, then it wasn't on took a very long time to have a premiere date, may 3rd (the fans nicknamed the midseason schedule (which announced premieres through May). At this point, a summer premiere, after a hiatus of over a year, seems like the only hope of date "MAYbe 3rd" (in reference to Shaw's quote "Maybe Someday"). But soon after, they confirmed that the show ever airing on CBS again.was cancelled and season 5 would indeed be the last one.


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12th Apr '16 1:39:54 PM lizevans
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* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: when the camera focuses on Root's earpiece in "Aletheia", you can hear high-pitched beeping that sounds like Morse code. If you're under 40, that is. Guess how the Machine contacts Root without Control noticing.

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* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: when the camera focuses on the phone Control brought to Root's earpiece torture cage in "Aletheia", you can hear high-pitched beeping that sounds like Morse code. If you're under 40, that is. Guess how the Machine contacts Root without Control noticing.


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12th Apr '16 1:32:30 PM lizevans
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** The show does not hold the federal government's institutions like the FBI and CIA in high regard. To be fair, this is par for the course in any crime/espionage drama, and both organizations do/did have some good people in there (such as Agent Donnelly, Detective Carter and John Reese). It's just that the show is a fan of showing how many corrupt people are in law enforcement agencies in general.
** Banks in this show are almost always shown foreclosing someone's home, involved in illegal activity (willingly or otherwise) or shown to be incompetent. "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS01E03 Mission Creep]]" even features a {{Narm}}-filled confrontation in which a pair of bankers harass Reese and an ex-soldier in a bar -- as if there are roving gangs of bankers lurking around every corner, spoiling for a fight.

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** The show does not hold the federal government's institutions like the FBI and CIA in high regard. To be fair, this is par for the course in any crime/espionage drama, and both organizations do/did have some good people in there (such as Agent Donnelly, Detective Carter and John Reese). It's just Reese) and it's clear that the show is a fan of showing how many corrupt people are in law enforcement agencies in general.
** Banks in this show are almost always shown foreclosing someone's home, involved in illegal activity (willingly or otherwise) or shown to be incompetent. "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS01E03 Mission Creep]]" even features a {{Narm}}-filled confrontation in which a pair of bankers harass Reese and an ex-soldier in a bar -- as if there are roving gangs of bankers lurking around every corner, spoiling for a fight.bar.
12th Apr '16 1:27:07 PM lizevans
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* BaseBreaker: Many as of Season 4:
** Just going by the forums at [[http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3205428&st=1590 Television Without Pity]] Detective Carter or her actress, Taraji P. Henson, were this in the first season. Inverted as of the Season 3 "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS03E08 Endgame]]" [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS03E09 three]]-[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS03E10 parter]], with Carter now being considered one of the most popular characters and [[spoiler: her death leading to a violent on-line backlash and much tenstion between those that despised the move to kill her off and those that accept the decision.]]
** Sameen Shaw. In early Season 3, many fans were complaining that the series was becoming "The Shaw Show" and Reese and Carter were being given short shrift.
** Iris Campbell and her [[spoiler:relationship with Reese.]] Aside from the obvious DieForOurShip that came into play, many people found the ethics of the situation highly questionable (as Iris did in-universe) and didn't like the overtly romantic subplot. The Reese-Finch shippers are particularly hostile.

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* BaseBreaker: Many as of Season 4:
** Just going by the forums at [[http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3205428&st=1590 Television Without Pity]] Detective Carter or her actress, Taraji P. Henson, were this in the first season. Inverted as of the Season 3 "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS03E08 Endgame]]" [[Recap/PersonOfInterestS03E09 three]]-[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS03E10 parter]], with Carter now being considered one of the most popular and beloved characters and [[spoiler: her death leading to a violent on-line backlash and much tenstion tension between those that despised the move to kill her off and those that accept accepted the decision.decision or the way that her death played out as she successfully rended the big bad HR useless and after what she did, even if they tried to rebuild, they could never be as strong as they were and have as much influence as they had.]]
** Sameen Shaw. In early Season 3, many fans were complaining that the series was becoming "The Shaw Show" and Reese and Carter were being given short shrift.
** Iris Campbell and her [[spoiler:relationship with Reese.]] Aside from the obvious DieForOurShip that came into play, many Many people found the ethics of the situation highly questionable (as Iris did in-universe) and didn't like the overtly romantic subplot. The Reese-Finch shippers are particularly hostile.
subplot or how quick it developed.
12th Apr '16 1:18:34 PM lizevans
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** Multiple fans of the show were up in arms over the final moments of "The Crossing".

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** Multiple fans of the show were up in arms over the The final moments of "The Crossing".Crossing" divided the fanbase.


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