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Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season(TV) (2012-2013)
An ex-CIA hitman and a scientist team up to prevent crimes before they happen.
For more about Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season and the Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray release, see Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on September 10, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman (I), Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Shahi, Robert John Burke
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Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review
"Can you hear me?" Absolutely.
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, September 10, 2013
Mild spoiler alert: The following overview of the second season assumes that the reader is familiar with the first season of Person of Interest. If you have yet to finish the series' previous season, proceed at your own risk. A review of The Complete First Season can be found here.
Person of Interest slipped out of the shadows in 2012 with a killer cast, a deadly premise, and the long, cold stare of a series willing to take out any target in its path. Its first season was agile, addicting and surprisingly effective, despite some growing pains and missteps. And its second season is just as satisfying, if not more so. Rather than dishing out the same repurposed plot week in and week out, Jonathan Nolan's well-received crime thriller upped the ante episode by episode, sometimes scene by scene, orchestrating a slowburn sci-fi bait-n-switch that not only changes the rules of the game by season's end, but jailbreaks the series from its own established formula, and without undermining it either. Yes, the 22-episode result is more of a peril-fraught bridge leading from Season One to... wherever Season Three leads fans when the show returns to CBS on September 24th. And yes, Person of Interest still isn't in the same league as Breaking Bad and other cable greats. But I don't care in the least. I can't get enough. Between unlikely duo Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson, whip-smart femme fatales Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker, several truly menacing baddies, and an assassin's payload of increasingly jarring yet ever-organic twists and turns, the second season is a blast. Not to mention one that culminates in an intriguing, game-changer of an endgame. Where it goes next is anyone's guess. I just know I'll be waiting with baited breath, a bag of popcorn and a sliver of faith in network TV.
The series follows former CIA agent John Reese (Caviezel) as he teams up with a mysterious billionaire named Harold Finch (Emerson) to prevent violent crimes before they happen. Reese's special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program, aka "The Machine", that can identify people soon to be involved in violent crimes. Tapping into ubiquitous surveillance feeds throughout the city, the two work outside of the law, combining Reese's black ops skills with Finch's technological prowess and unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest, and stop the crime before it happens. Also working with Reese and Finch are detectives Carter and Fusco (Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman). With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.
Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season features 22 episodes. These include:
Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray, Video Quality
Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season takes aim and plants two shots center mass with a precise and proficient 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation almost, almost as stunning as its predecessor. Colors are subdued on the whole, but primaries aren't exactly muted, dealing welcome damage whenever called upon. Skintones are chilly but natural, saturation is dead on, black levels range from intentionally smoky to pitch dark, and contrast is consistent and nicely balanced. Detail is terrific as well, with razor-wire edges, exceedingly minimal ringing, crisply resolved fine textures, and discerning delineation. Best of all, there isn't much to complain about, even with twenty-two episodes spread tightly across four BD-50 discs. Compared to its Complete First Season counterpart, I did take note of somewhat more uneven noise from episode to episode, some (thankfully brief) artifacting late in the season, and the usual instances of crush inherent to a sometimes starkly lit and shadowed crime series. But none of it derails the second season proceedings in the slightest. The word "perfect" may be off the table, but that's not exactly a knock against Warner's otherwise outstanding video presentation.
Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray, Audio Quality
The Complete Second Season goes toe to toe with The Complete First Season in the audio department, though, thanks to a first class DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Gunshots, explosions, fist fights, foot chases, hot pursuits, fleeing cars and all the intrigue the series has to offer are backed -- fully and completely -- by every channel, working in tandem to create one of the more electrifying and enveloping television soundscapes you'll come across this year. The rear speakers enrich and expand each environment, deploying directional effects and neck-snapping pans to great effect. The LFE channel is capable and confident as well, with deep, impactful low-end support that intensifies the series' suspense and lends weight and presence to its action. Not to be beaten into submission, dialogue remains clear, intelligible and expertly prioritized throughout, regardless of how stealthy or aggressive any given scene might be. I don't have a single complaint.
Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack Contents (Subject to Change): The initial combo pack release of The Complete Second Season features an outer slipcover (with the original pressing), four BD-50 discs, six standard DVDs, and an UltraViolet digital copy of the entire season (Flixster download via redemption code). Please note: the Person of Interest UltraViolet digital copy is not iTunes compatible.
Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Person of Interest still isn't the classic television thriller it's gunning for, but it's getting closer and closer, with no signs of slipping. Season Two doesn't address every Season One misstep, but it does make several bold moves that pay off more and more as the series barrels along. Fewer episodes and less filler would improve things even further I suspect, but so goes network TV. I remain firmly hooked on the show. It would take a jump-the-shark beat to end all jump-the-shark beats to lose me at this point. I'm chomping at the bit to see where Nolan and company take Reese and Finch in Season Three. And with the fall premiere arriving on September 24th, it doesn't look like I have very long to wait. Warner's Blu-ray release is a strong one too, with excellent video and top notch lossless audio... so long as you're willing to overlook a dishearteningly slim supplemental package.
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