The "Person of Interest" Season 3 premiere episode, "Liberty," was heavy on the action and brimming with morally questionable moments, laughs, and a good dose of creepiness.
Fans took to Twitter to let the world know how much they had missed their long-awaited show and exactly why they were looking forward to it. Not everyone, however, is happy with the two new female characters.
Only John gets to act and talk tough on #personofinterest. Root go back to where you came from. You are messing up my show.— Verna (@dandelion61) September 25, 2013
@PersonInterest disgusted at addition of Shaw as regular; character & acting is ridiculously overdone/borderline camp. Don't ruin this show— J1000 (@J1000Media) September 25, 2013
The episode kicked off with a couple of action-packed and humorous sequences that introduced the new function of the characters. Most fans loved the jokes packed into these scenes, although some were disappointed to see that Carter had been demoted, and many loved Fusco's new look (as Shaw's carriage driver).
The Machine sends Finch and Reese the Social Security number of a Navy "squid" who is trying to turn his life around. Unfortunately, a friend gets him caught up in the middle of a diamond smuggling ring involving Force Recon Marines. One fan seemed offended:
The Marines trap Reese in a room with the squid's friend and a bomb, using a videophone to keep tabs on Reese to ensure he doesn't escape. Of course, Finch hacks the phone and sends Fusco in to do the dirty work. Poor Fusco!
The deal between the Marines and Russians goes south, with the squid, unfortunately, caught in the middle. Reese walks right into the room and delivers another hilarious one-liner to break up the tension.
As Reese takes out a few bad guys while protecting his squid, Shaw takes out many more from the roof, using a new sniper toy she stole from the Marines.
"Who the H are you?" "Tonight?? Hostage negotiator!" Yeeeeessssssss! I freaking love #PersonOfInterest— charissa kennedy (@charissakennedy) September 25, 2013
#PersonOfInterest they never say thank you :( haha this premiere is awesome so far Fusco looks like a leprechaun driving that carriage XD— Miriam Morek (@miriam_morek) September 25, 2013
Note to the writers of Person of Interest: Force Recon Marines have better things to do than smuggle diamonds... @USMC— Tim Morris (@TimMorrisUSA) September 25, 2013
LOL at Mr. Reese. "I'm sorry, are you closed?" #PersonofInterest— Version Forty (@VersionForty) September 25, 2013
Just walked in to a Russian American Mexican standoff #Personofinterest— Jeff M. (@unluckynumber11) September 25, 2013
Meanwhile, Carter was helping out the team by speaking with Elias. Carter is not at all thrilled about her new deal with Elias, but it will come in handy when she needs information that she can no longer get as a beat cop. Elias always wants something in return, however. This time, he sends in one of his men to retrieve the diamonds left after the standoff between the Russians and Marines.
I'm glad Elias is still around. He's a fun bad guy. #PersonofInterest— Mary (@monkeyonthelam) September 25, 2013
While the team works on helping an innocent person, Root is busy arguing with the Machine. Her psychiatrist confines her in a room without technology for a few days after he realizes that she stole his phone, and she worries about her sanity.
When he sits down to speak with her again at the end of the episode, she begins listing all of his secrets, then explains how she has been arguing with an 11-year-old girl — who happens to be God, by the way — about whether she should kill him or not. Most fans were creeped out (in a good way!).
Root just gave me the all over body goosebumps! Well done season premier #PersonOfInterest!— Jennifer Weiner (@jenlweiner) September 25, 2013
Uh, so, cutting Root off from technology is gonna work about as well as that whole metal-free jail cell thing for Magneto. #personofinterest— Rose (@lapetitesinge) September 25, 2013
Something tells me Root is going to put an iron in that shrinks face first chance she gets #PersonOfInterest— Nathan T. Hayes (@renderfish) September 25, 2013
The reactions to the episode as a whole were mostly positive. In fact, it looks as though "POI" made some new fans on Tuesday night! What did you think of the premiere? Sound off in the comments below!
Glad #PersonOfInterest is back. One of the few shows that can balance the funny quips and sarcasm vs. the heavier, darker storylines.— Whip-smart Banky (@WhipSmartBanky) September 25, 2013
@ADWuensch now I understand why you like person of interest. Great show. First time— smokeyzupan (@smokeyzupan) September 25, 2013
Watch a clip from "Liberty" now:
"Person of Interest" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.