Person of Interest has been renewed for season four, and viewers of the show are left wondering just what the show will look like after its near apocalyptic season three finale. None of the protagonists died, but the show’s original format now appears to completely wiped from existence. Remember when this show was about helping people, by preventing murders predicted by a machine? That premise is long gone. Now it’s a show about dueling machines, with the main characters perpetually on the run. They serve no purpose beyond trying to prolong their own survival, and for some reason, the machine talks directly to one of the characters – in fact, that part seems to be the “Root” of the problem.
Series creator Jonathan Nolan tried to turn Person of Interest into something more cinematic in its third season, killing off popular main character Joss Carter and bringing in new protagonists as the show shifted toward its new premise of machine vs machine. Some fans revolted, not only due to the death of Carter, but also due to dislike of the new characters. Shaw is little more than a female clone of Reese, and has served no purpose other than to reduce Reese’s screen time and relevance. Root might be the most annoying character ever created for television – and that was before she became the de facto voice for the machine.
Even as some viewers continue to bide their time waiting for Root to be killed off, her character has instead become more integral to Person of Interest as the season has gone on. Her extended closing voiceover in the season three finale seemed to position her as the central figure in the series, with original characters like Finch and Reese relegated to mere pawn status. And that’s before getting to the controversy over the fact that Jonathan Nolan has cast his own uncle, actor John Nolan, as the new primary villain in a megalomaniacal role whose value to the show has yet to be established.
Heading into season four, is Person of Interest better or worse now than it was back when its original premise and characters were still intact? That’s for individual fans to decide. But it’s safe to say that the current show has little if any connection to what it once was, and there’s every reason to believe that it’ll become even more unrecognizable in its fourth season.