SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you’re not caught up on season three

Person of Interest Photo By: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Person of Interest Photo By: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

When Person of Interest premiered back in 2011, the stylish procedural hybrid about an all knowing machine that spits out the social security numbers of potential crime victims hooked me and viewers with its timely storyline, intriguing characters and cinematic tone. My only concern at the time was whether the show’s ‘number’ of the week convention would grow tiresome as the series progressed.

Now in season 3, it’s clear that fear was unfounded except for a random lackluster episode here or there. With each season, Person of Interest has grown more riveting, its characters continue to develop and reveal layers, and the backstory has unspooled at a steady and absorbing pace.

One of the show’s unexpected and greatest strengths has been the introduction of strong and compelling female characters. Taraji P. Henson as the dogged, no nonsense Detective Carter is an original cast member and since then she’s been joined by Amy Acker as tech genius, machine whisperer Root, Sarah Shahi as borderline sociopath, ex-government assassin Sameen Shaw and Paige Turco as recurring character Zoe Morgan, a fixer with connections in high places and smoking hot chemistry with John.

You won’t see any of these ladies in the kitchen or wondering is he going to call and that’s what’s great about these characters. These women aren’t cowering in a corner waiting to be saved. They know how to handle themselves and a gun. They are smart, sexy and can more than hold their own with the trio of boys, Reese, Finch and Fusco. And, yes Root and Shaw have, shall we say, “social” issues but this has never been a show about the well adjusted. On Person of Interest, the women are allowed to be as complicated and in charge as the men without any apologies.

This season has seen the wrap up of the HR storyline in an outstanding three episode arc that should but probably won’t earn the show an Emmy nomination because it’s not on a cable or pay network like the once promising now ridiculously preposterous Homeland. While the conclusion of that story meant the end for Carter, the remaining ladies have things firmly in hand for the moment. This is after all a post 9/11, digital age thriller that, if you’ve been paying attention to the news, has shown that those paranoid, conspiracy theorists may not be far off the mark.

If you’re not watching Person of Interest, you are missing out on not only one of the best-written and smartly plotted shows on television but on some of the most bad ass female characters on the screen, big or small.

 

 

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