History YMMV / PersonOfInterest

11th Aug '17 6:25:02 PM Pren
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* SpiritualSuccessor: John Rogers himself describes the show as the serious younger brother of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', and was quite impressed at how the central premise neatly sidesteps what was always the biggest issue on that show of how the team finds their clients.
13th Jul '17 1:54:56 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Greer. He's either a MagnificentBastard or a Villain Sue.



** The GenreShift from a PostCyberpunk science fiction procedural to a PostCyberpunk science fiction caper show with SpyDrama elements. Some fans love POI for evolving. Some would have preferred to keep the human-scale stories of the original premise.
** 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.



* KarmaHoudini: Root may or may not count, depending on whether you consider her joining Team Machine as penance for her former misdeeds or fulfillment of her greatest wish. The series implies the former, as she's said she is willing (and expects) to die for the machine's cause to make up for the bad she did. [[spoiler: And in "The Day The World Went Away", she does.]]



* LoveItOrHateIt: The fan-base is divided on many parts of the show:
** The GenreShift from a PostCyberpunk science fiction procedural to a PostCyberpunk science fiction caper show with SpyDrama elements. Some fans love POI for evolving. Some would have preferred to keep the human-scale stories of the original premise.
** 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.
** The death of [[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.
** Greer. He's either a MagnificentBastard or a Villain Sue.
** A major problem is that all of the above occurred at roughly the same time. So it was easy to see how any of those could cause problems among the community.



* TheUntwist: [[spoiler:Carter's new partner Laskey does turn out to be a member of HR. It was so obvious that [[GenreSavvy Carter herself picked up on it the minute she met him and used this against him]].]]

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* TheUntwist: [[spoiler:Carter's new partner Laskey does turn out to be a member of HR. It was so obvious that [[GenreSavvy Carter herself picked up on it the minute she met him and used this against him]].him.]]
3rd Jul '17 10:07:59 PM GlassCatOwl
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** Reese's soft, calm voice works well when he's threatening a crook, but when he's on a date or flipping burgers at a suburban barbecue it comes off as this.
4th Jun '17 1:36:55 PM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[FourEyesZeroSoul Alex Declan]], from season 2's "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS02E17 Proteus]]", is a SerialKiller who kills his victims and [[IHaveManyNames steals their identities]]. After recently murdering Special Agent Alan Fahey, his eighth victim, he steals his identity as well and later assists Finch and Reese [[BitchInSheepsClothing in trying to uncover the killer]] on Owen Island to divert any suspicion from himself. During the investigation, Declan [[CopKiller murders the island's deputy]], [[FrameUp framing a Marine]] in the process and endangering several civilians. When Finch discovers that Declan is the imposter, Declan takes Finch hostage and attempts to murder him so he can steal his identity like he did his other victims. Although Declan believes the identities he stole were being "wasted" and that he "[[TheSociopath did them justice]]", Finch ultimately deduces that he kills people [[ForTheEvulz because he enjoys it]].
29th May '17 6:39:00 AM JackG
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** The male portrayal of Samaritan (aggressive, arrogant, male avatar) versus the [[WomanAreWiser female portrayal]] of the Machine (protective, nurturing, female avatar) appeared to be leading to a resolution in which the Machine, knowing from its simulations that it couldn't win by force, [[TakeAThirdOption negotiates a compromise]] in which the two ASI's merge into a single 'child' ASI, hopefully with the best aspects of both. Whether this was averted because the series was CutShort, or whether the producers were always going to have a [[BigBadassBattleSequence climatic showdown between the two ASI's]] for RuleOfDrama, is unknown.

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** The male portrayal of Samaritan (aggressive, arrogant, male avatar) versus the [[WomanAreWiser female portrayal]] portrayal of the Machine (protective, nurturing, female avatar) appeared to be leading to a resolution in which the Machine, [[WomenAreWiser Machine]], knowing from its simulations that it couldn't win by force, [[TakeAThirdOption negotiates a compromise]] in which the two ASI's merge their programs into a single 'child' ASI, hopefully with the best aspects of both. Whether this was averted because the series was CutShort, or whether the producers were always going to have a [[BigBadassBattleSequence climatic showdown between the two ASI's]] for RuleOfDrama, is unknown.
29th May '17 6:37:11 AM JackG
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** The male portrayal of Samaritan (aggressive, arrogant, male avatar) versus the [[WomanAreWiser female portrayal]] of the Machine (protective, nurturing, female avatar) appeared to be leading to a resolution in which the Machine, knowing from its simulations that it couldn't win by force, [[TakeAThirdOption negotiates a compromise]] in which the two ASI's merge

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** The male portrayal of Samaritan (aggressive, arrogant, male avatar) versus the [[WomanAreWiser female portrayal]] of the Machine (protective, nurturing, female avatar) appeared to be leading to a resolution in which the Machine, knowing from its simulations that it couldn't win by force, [[TakeAThirdOption negotiates a compromise]] in which the two ASI's merge into a single 'child' ASI, hopefully with the best aspects of both. Whether this was averted because the series was CutShort, or whether the producers were always going to have a [[BigBadassBattleSequence climatic showdown between the two ASI's]] for RuleOfDrama, is unknown.
29th May '17 6:33:55 AM JackG
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** The male portrayal of Samaritan (aggressive, arrogant, male avatar) versus the [[WomanAreWiser female portrayal]] of the Machine (protective, nurturing, female avatar) appeared to be leading to a resolution in which the Machine, knowing from its simulations that it couldn't win by force, [[TakeAThirdOption negotiates a compromise]] in which the two ASI's merge
12th Apr '17 9:00:33 PM GhostLad
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** [[spoiler Quinn takes a flying leap off it by assenting to the murder of his own godson.]]

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** [[spoiler Quinn [[spoiler:Quinn takes a flying leap off it by assenting to the murder of his own godson.]]
22nd Mar '17 10:14:56 AM Gaon
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* CreatorsPet:
** 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]].
** There were similar complaints about Sameen Shaw in Season 3.
2nd Mar '17 10:30:33 AM mlsmithca
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* SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome: A lot of what Team Machine pulls off on an episode by episode basis falls into this category.
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