Okay, get ready for a long one:
Here’s are my observations about current viewers - after reading and lurking on a few fan forums and some conversations I’ve had with other POI fans. In no particular order and without analyzing (much):
1-We have new viewers who will find the current stronger sci-fi element of the show intriguing and a change from the usual network offerings. First impressions are everything. They don’t have the previous seasons as their first impression and therefore, won’t miss it initially (maybe reviewing previous episodes changes that to some degree??). Will they stay or will they go in season 4?
2-Viewers who are just going with the flow - characters die all the time. They aren’t involved in FANDOM or the politics of black characters or female characters. It’s just entertainment, an escape for them. They don’t get what all the fuss is about. Will they stay or will they go in season 4?
I left the fandom when it became all about shipping. I don’t ship anyone because I’m not interested in a romance TV show.
At the end of this season I will quit watching POI because I have no interest in either the machine or Root. I’m not impressed with a machine that can be nullified by pulling the power source and I just do not get Root and her “I just want to set it free” mentality.
I’ve found the writing to be sloppy, boring and predictable since midway thru S2. I kept hoping that it would improve, but it just got worse. I thought that since I was a fan of Jim Caviezel, I could just coast thru every episode, but that is not true.
It seems that the mid-season finale and season ending finale’s will also be “Oh no, Reese & Finch are in BIG trouble! Everybody is out to get them. Or maybe it is Shaws turn to be in jeopardy? Who will survive?” This is the writer’s version of crying wolf.
I remain a fan of Jim Caviezel and will watch his movies, but I’m done with POI after this season.
Lenora, I remember you being one of the biggest supporters of the petition to Kill Carter during early Season 1 http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/kill-off-detective-car-cbs-person-of-interest-show/signatures.html and still hating her in Season 2 enough to post this comment:
so I really expected you to be very happy with “Person of Interest” since she actually *was* killed!
Funny how things worked out…