The complete fifth and final season of Person of Interest arrived on DVD and Blu-ray earlier this week. The three-disc set contains all 13 episodes of Season 5 and three special features.
Person of Interest was one of those shows that I admit I did not always watch religiously, but I always enjoyed it whenever I saw it. There were some fantastic performances from all of the series regulars and the filming locations and advanced graphics gave the show a very unique feel. In some ways, it was almost like having a Batman show without Batman, in that John Reese really was a bit of a vigilante in the show’s earlier days, which I guess would make Harold Finch “Oracle.”
Unfortunately, the fifth season was held until summer on CBS this year, and in some weeks, they even would run two episodes in the same week. Season 5, while still the same high quality show it was in the early years, felt like an afterthought to CBS, who also recently ditched personal favorites Supergirl and Limitless.
With that said, the producers have long said they had a plan for POI, and an ending, and it certainly got one of those — a satisfying finale that, while having some finality, still kept the world of the Machine open for our imaginations. And, in doing so, it gave us one of the better TV series finales we’ve had in recent years.
Finch, Reese, Fusco, Shaw, and Root became beloved by fans, and it felt like the producers were reverent to the audience, as seen in the DVD extras.
And, about those extras: There are two features where the producers and Michael Emerson are interviewed by IGN’s Eric Goldman. I’d been on some press trips with Eric and he’s one of those people where his genuine and authentic love for the material shines through when he talked to people. Additionally, Executive Producers Jonathan Nolan, Greg Plageman, and Denise The have a humility combined with a really smart approach to doing a series like this. Under lesser talents, this show would not be as good as it turned out to be.
The 2015 Person of Interest Comic-Con panel is also represented on the set.
The set provided to KSiteTV was the DVD rather than Blu-ray. I’m sure the Blu-ray had a better picture, but it was still quite good on DVD, and the menus/box art/interior booklet all look nice. Most of all, it’s just nice to have 13 episodes of good TV all in one package. Fans of the show will love the extras; fans of good TV will love the episodes. Everybody wins.