This show has me so spoiled. Whenever it’s anything less than magnificent, I end up disappointed. This episode was very good, but it was sadly not magnificent. I’m the first to admit my grading curve for PoI isn’t fair, but it is what it is. Most of the episode (up until Snow and Reese split) was uncharacteristically dull. The final part of the episode, however, was some of the best work PoI’s done all season.
I’m not sure what was wrong with the first part of the episode. I missed seeing our team together and I missed the Reese and Finch banter. There was very little funny in the episode. The scenes between Snow, Stanton, and Reese seemed to drag on and on for me. Annie Parisse and Jim Caviezel have already proven they have good chemistry (“Prisoner’s Dilemma”), so what was off here? Was it Snow? Was it the dull dialogue? I honestly don’t know.
Snow’s last actions puzzled me. He certainly didn’t seem the type to make the self-sacrifice play. He took Stanton out at the expense of his own life. That seems more on par with Reese’s personality, and not Snow’s greedy self-interest. It was probably just vengeance, but why not get Stanton to disarm the bomb? Then they would both survive. He could’ve still killed her eventually. I hate to lose Stanton so early. I was hoping that she somehow survived the explosion, but random FBI guy did say there were two suicide bombers and identified them as Stanton and Snow. It would take an Irina Derevko-esque feat to get her out of that.
Snow has conveniently been identified as ‘The Man in the Suit,’ which ties up the FBI plot nicely. It had been getting old. As one nemesis rides off into the sunset, another enters. Who is Greer? Besides John Nolan, uncle of Christopher and Jonathan. (It’s been a very Nolan-obsessed week here at Doux Reviews.) Who does he represent? How does he know so much?
We still don’t know precisely what was on the laptop Reese and Stanton were tasked to retrieve. According to Greer, Finch was the one who sold it to the Chinese. Not buying it. Finch built the Machine for $1. Why would he then sell the Machine (if the laptop is indeed something to do with the Machine) to the Chinese? So how did Finch’s name get attached to it? Is Greer setting him up or is Finch being framed by someone? Say, Ingram? I think Ingram would have sold out his friend and his country if the price were right.
It was fun seeing Fusco and Carter work together. Since they learned that they both work with Reese and Finch, we haven’t seen them together very much. Finch tends to send them off on separate assignments. I like them together; it’s a new dynamic. Hopefully we’ll see more of the partners actually partnered up.
Carter’s exchange with Reese in the hallway, while very moving, seemed borderline romantic to me. Am I alone here? I really, really, really, really hope they don’t go the romance route for these two. I like Reese and Jessica too much. I know she’s dead and it’s irrational, but I’m quite an irrational person. I also don’t want this to turn into Castle or one of those other ship-centric shows. We have so many of those already, can’t we keep PoI as it is now?
For me, the best part of the episode was Finch and Reese on the roof. It says quite a lot about this show that I was so captivated by Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel, it didn’t once occur to me that the show wouldn’t kill their two main characters. I was extremely worried they were going to blow up. Now that’s acting, folks.
Bits and Pieces:
Still 2012. Grumble, grumble.
They did an excellent job matching the Cara and Snow flashback to the Reese and Snow flashback.
The score this week as absolutely beautiful.
Bear greeting Reese was so adorable.
“Cara. I thought you were...”
“Dead? I wasn’t very good at it. Of course, neither were you.”
“My dear, if you think I work for the government, I really must fire my tailor.”
This show has more jokes about men’s fashion than any show I’ve ever seen.
“Sorry about the noise, but I had to relocate to a place with better wifi anonymity before hacking the Department of Defense.”
I love the off-handed way Finch cops to treason.
“It’s true what they say. You can’t go home again.”
“John, you don’t have to do this.”
“You know I do, ‘cause you’d do the exact same thing.”
“The only thing I’ve been able to decompile is when it’s set to go live, a little more than five months from now.”
“What happens then?”
May Sweeps, obviously.
two out of four mysterious hard drives for most of the episode
four out of four mysterious hard drives for the last ten minutes or so