Person of Interest (2011–2016)
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Deus Ex Machina 

The team takes desperate action in its race to prevent Samaritan from coming online and making them its first targets. Meanwhile, the months-long battle with the anti-surveillance terrorist group Vigilance comes to a shocking conclusion.


Chris Fisher


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Greg Plageman | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Amy Acker ... Root
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Peter Collier
John Doman ... Senator Ross Garrison
John Nolan ... John Greer
Julian Ovenden ... Jeremy Lambert
Boris McGiver ... George Hersh
Peter Scanavino ... Adams
Joseph Melendez ... Manuel Rivera
Camryn Manheim ... Control
Diane Davis ... Madison
Joel Perez ... Mask


Having taken over the power system causing a blackout, Collier and Vigilance have managed to capture all the people they feel need to be brought to justice for creating and/or operating the ever knowing surveillance system, the only one of which he knows by name being the government's Northern Lights project. Among those they have captured and have placed on trial, with a live video feed going out to the entire world, are Finch, Control, Senator Garrison and Greer. Those on trial seem to be standing in solidarity against Collier's judgment even before the facts come to light. However, that solidarity may break down based on insider information one of the accused has. Meanwhile, Reese has an unlikely ally in the form of Hersh, both of who are looking for the secret location of the trial to free their respective bosses. And Shaw is assisting Root in trying to locate and shut down Samaritan, needing to pose as Decima to do so. But Shaw only has a small part of the picture as Root does ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

13 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Control cites the 6th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to move the "trial" along. The sixth amendment sets out the rights of the accused in a criminal trial. They include the right to be informed of the charges against them as well as the right to a speedy trial, the right to an impartial jury of one's peers, the right to counsel, and the right to confront one's accuser. See more »


Officially, the government gave Nathan Ingram the credit for building the machine. At least two people Vigilance had on trial should have known this (Finch and Greer) and either one of them could have offered up Nathan's name as the machine's creator in an effort to dissuade Collier from killing them. See more »


Peter Collier: Welcome to your trial, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the trial of the United States government. Court is now in session.
Sameen Shaw: [Watching video] Anyone else want to shoot this guy?
George Hersh: Little bit.
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References The Prisoner (1967) See more »


Exit Music (For a Film)
By Radiohead
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Well done
14 May 2014 | by zhengweimaSee all my reviews

I respectfully have to disagree with the first person's post on POI. The thing about POI is that from the beginning, the show had to involve. Much like the nuclear arms race, once one person or entity builds something so powerful, people are going to try and copy it. That being said, Finch and Reese were always bound to meet new people as they confront more and more complex issues. And you're right, the people do change. Finch always wanted to be distanced from his machine, as he mentions time and again. Reese obviously follows Finch, and it makes sense that he starts fading into the shadows as well. All of this just reflects the true nature of who they are.

With respect to the evil argument, I believe that this is EXACTLY the way it should be. In real life people rarely always win. And sure, you might argue that this is a TV show, but when Snowden came out and busted the lines to pretty much exactly prove what this show said from the beginning, you better believe that this show is going to get real.

With respect to your final concern, the fact that this show is going off the tracks, it's bound to happen. The writers of this show have to cater to millions of viewers, they can not simply please all of us at once. They, in the words of Finch, "do the best that they can do". I for one am extremely excited to see where this show is going to go, because you can bet it'll be one hell of a ride.

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