History YMMV / PersonOfInterest

22nd Feb '18 9:31:13 PM Pren
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* JumpingTheShark: An unfortunate case of it being caused by RealLifeWritesThePlot, as Shaw's kidnapping due to Sarah Shahi's pregnancy wrecked havoc on the writers' plans and sent the show into a tailspin that it never had the time to recover from due to the truncated fifth season.
22nd Feb '18 9:26:40 PM Pren
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** The heroes' continual surprise whenever it turns out Samaritan is behind the mission of the week. Season 4 was able to get away with decently as there really were enough cases where Samaritan wasn't involved to make it plausible, but Season 5's reduced episode count meant it had to play a big role in every single one, making it quite silly how they're still surprised to realize this every time.

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** The heroes' continual surprise whenever it turns out Samaritan is behind the mission of the week. Season 4 was able to get away with it decently as there really were enough cases where Samaritan wasn't involved to make it plausible, but Season 5's reduced episode count meant it had to play a big role in every single one, making it quite silly how they're still surprised to realize this every time.
22nd Feb '18 9:23:47 PM Pren
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** Iris Campbell and her [[spoiler:relationship with Reese]]. Many people found the ethics of the situation highly questionable (as Iris did in-universe) and didn't like the overtly romantic subplot or how quick it developed.

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** Iris Campbell and her [[spoiler:relationship with Reese]]. Many people found the ethics of the situation highly questionable (as Iris did in-universe) and didn't like the overtly romantic subplot or how quick it developed. A big part of the problem is that the whole thing was cooked up very sloppily after a bit of RealLifeWritesThePlot ended the plan to kill Reese halfway through the season and they suddenly needed to give him something to do. She's then very off-handedly PutOnABus in Season 5, making clear that no one on the crew really cared for it either.
15th Feb '18 5:43:25 PM PaulA
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* HesJustHiding: The next-episode promo after "If-Then-Else" suggested that [[spoiler:Shaw]] might still be alive, pretty much ensuring that this reaction would happen. [[spoiler:As it later turns out, Shaw ''is'' alive.]]
** [[spoiler:Some fans (especially [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Shoot]] shippers) choose to believe Root's death was faked by either Samaritan or the Machine, and that the phone call at the end of the series is from her instead of the Machine. Actresses AmyAcker and Sarah Shahi have both stated they prefer this interpretation.]]

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The next-episode promo after "If-Then-Else" suggested that [[spoiler:Shaw]] might still be alive, pretty much ensuring that this reaction would happen. [[spoiler:As it later turns out, Shaw ''is'' alive.]]
** [[spoiler:Some fans (especially [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Shoot]] shippers) choose to believe Root's death was faked by either Samaritan or the Machine, and that the phone call at the end of the series is from her instead of the Machine. Actresses AmyAcker Creator/AmyAcker and Sarah Shahi have both stated they prefer this interpretation.]]
28th Jan '18 10:15:46 AM PenBFDI
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** As of the end of season 4, there's an argument over the change of structure of the show, specifically with how POI is changing into a more "serialized" and complex format while discarding the "case of the week" episodes. Detractors believe it's making the show to hard to follow while supporters claim it makes the show a whole lot more interesting.

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** As of the end of season 4, there's an argument over the change of structure of the show, specifically with how POI is changing into a more "serialized" and complex format while discarding the "case of the week" episodes. Detractors believe it's making the show to hard to follow while supporters claim it makes the show a whole lot more interesting. A big complication is that the latter was ''always'' the kind of show Nolan and co. wanted to make, and the more episodic style was simply the only way they could get it sold to a network in the first place.



** The shift from a stand-alone episode structure to one that's gotten more serialized. Some fans either love it or have gotten accustomed to it, while some others say it has made the show impossible to follow and claim that the show has gone off plot. This issue has become hotly debated. A big complication is that the latter was ''always'' the kind of show Nolan and co. wanted to make, and the more episodic style was simply the only way they could get it sold to a network in the first place.
23rd Jan '18 5:09:20 AM Pren
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** The heroes' continual surprise whenever it turns out Samaritan is behind the mission of the week. Season 4 was able to get away with decently as there really were enough cases where Samaritan wasn't involved to make it plausible, but Season 5's reduced episode count meant it had to play a big role in every single one, making it quite silly how they're still surprised to realize this every time.
15th Jan '18 12:59:47 PM immortalfrieza
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* IdiotPlot: After taking down most of HR at the end of Season 1, Reese and Finch bizarrely seem to just plain not care at all about also taking care of Simmons, allowing him to continue being a threat to Fusco (which also means their otherwise omniscient surveillance of him inexplicably fails to capture any of the times Simmons threatens him).

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After taking down most of HR at the end of Season 1, Reese and Finch bizarrely seem to just plain not care at all about also taking care of Simmons, allowing him to continue being a threat to Fusco (which also means their otherwise omniscient surveillance of him inexplicably fails to capture any of the times Simmons threatens him).
13th Jan '18 6:55:25 PM immortalfrieza
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** Every plot after [[spoiler:The Machine is freed from the control of anyone]] quickly becomes this, as [[spoiler: The Machine]] consistently refuses to tell anyone anything besides Root or get it's hands on other assets it can use to aid Team Machine. Samaritan in particular would never have come into existence had [[spoiler: The Machine]] used even a fraction of the things it's capable of doing.
28th Dec '17 5:56:22 PM dbdude01
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*** It's worth noting that Collier's statement is based on his belief that anyone working for a data mining company or the federal government in any capacity is guilty. Many of Vigilance's victims were innocent by sane people standards.
12th Dec '17 11:39:34 AM Anddrix
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** Root has been accused of this. The writers admitted to [[CreatorsFavorite loving her]], there's the recurring complaint is that she has a [[CharacterFocus ridiculous amount of screen-time]], is [[CharacterShilling talked up]] by Team Machine and is a [[BoringInvincibleHero unbeatable]] SpotlightStealingSquad. [[LoveItOrHateIt Other portions of the fanbase dispute this]].

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** Root has been accused of this. The writers admitted to [[CreatorsFavorite loving her]], there's the recurring complaint is that she has a [[CharacterFocus ridiculous amount of screen-time]], is [[CharacterShilling talked up]] by Team Machine and is a [[BoringInvincibleHero unbeatable]] SpotlightStealingSquad. [[LoveItOrHateIt Other portions of the fanbase dispute this]].this.
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