An article that I agree with, whole-heartedly! Read the full article in the press library; an extract is posted below.
“Person of Interest” has always been a good show, but for about three and a half seasons it’s been a great to amazing show. Part of that is the fascinating story about law, order, and technology. It would be easy for “Person of Interest” to become a knock-off “Terminator” franchise — the Machine and Samaritan bear quite a resemblance to the battle of the T-800 and the T-1000, after all — but it is wholly its own original sci-fi program.
The other part of the show’s greatness is, of course, its cast. The addition of Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker to the boys’ club of Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson has been praised for ages, but it (like the show, in general) has gone largely unnoticed by those people who hold the key to awards nominations. Now, in the fifth episode of the fourth season of this, a hit CBS television series, it’s impossible to stay quiet about one very important truth: a crime will be committed if Amy Acker is not nominated for an Emmy (or even a Golden Globe) as a result of this episode of television.
It will be a crime of poor judgment and taste, but it will still be a crime.
The underlying issue in this episode is simple enough. It shows the toll that this life — both as vigilantes and people living in a Samaritan-infested world — can take on these characters. Reese is riddled with a hero complex and a death wish, Harold has lost faith in the Machine ever really being a force of good, and Root simply has too much faith. Shaw, on the other hand, is pretty great. This is what she loves, after all. Good for her. Also, Jason Ritter’s fantastic guest spot as number/pollster Simon Lee examines how easy it is to fall into this life, and it allows for the question of whether or not it’s better to stay in the dark about all of chaos.
For our protagonists, there is no choice.
Root’s part of the story here begins with her doing what she does, changing identities literally as often as she changes clothes. One minute she’s a United Nations translator, the next she’s a journalist. It’s all what the Machine wants of her, and who is she to deny her god?