The writers pretty much dumped every plot thread and recurring baddy they had into this episode. The result was a massive knot, nearly impossible to untie. It remained only marginally engaging and I’m not going to deny I spent a good portion of the episode incredibly confused. And yes, I watched it twice.
For the first time ever, I think the writers tried to cram too much into one episode. It left them little time to establish what needed establishing. A lot of the exposition was delivered via clunky dialogue uncharacteristic of the show. Establishing shots were nanoseconds long. I had to rewind three times to catch the name on Finch’s Rylatech ID (it was Harold Starling). Person of Interest is a show that prides itself on treating its viewers like adults. This episode treated us like Mensa members.
Let’s begin with the portion of the episode that did not make me want to rip my hair out in frustration. The weekly person of interest story was well done, but I couldn’t escape the feeling we’ve been here before. The story seemed like a combination of “Risk” and “The Fix.” I was excited to see Traci Thoms (Cold Case, Rent), but that excitement was considerably dampened when the episode did not coalesce into a chorus of “Take Me or Leave Me” or “Tango: Maureen.”
This episode wanted to provide an ‘everything comes together’ moment, but instead it just felt jumbled. Elias, Quinn, Greer, and Shaw all made appearances this week. Elias and Quinn remain on opposite sides of the field: Elias’s operation and HR are still at odds, as was made obvious by Elias selling out HR to Beecher. Greer is working for/with something called Decima Technologies, which is targeting the Machine and also spying on US interests via Rylatech. Shaw has tentatively signed up with our dynamic duo. She’s curious to know what’s going on and Root seems to be her first point of inquiry. That means we’re getting more Amy Acker before season’s end, right? Please say yes.
The whole thing with Shaw just confused the heck out of me. Reese was stalking her late partner’s family in hopes he would find her. And then she shows up at the library with Cole’s obituary. I think the gist was that Finch had planted the obit to make Cole’s parents feel better and give them a sense of closure. I really wish they’d spent more time on this and made it clearer.
I’m also confused on the Greer/China connection. It’s clear Greer is giving some information to the Chinese, but Finch indicated he was keeping the lion’s share for himself. This has something to do with Reese and Stanton’s mission to China last season, right? The one that was supposed to kill them?
I was also hoping the Szymanski plot would finally resolve itself and it did, to a point. We now have proof positive that Beecher was just a patsy being manipulated by Quinn. Of course, that proof is Beecher’s corpse, which isn’t great. I was going to say I couldn’t believe Quinn would sentence his own godson to death, but then I thought about it for half a second. Of course he would. That man is full-on evil. Beecher had grown on me, but the show hadn’t invested quite enough time in him to make his death really hurt. I felt for poor Carter, though. And the score when she discovers his body was really beautiful; it gave me goosebumps.
Bits and Pieces:
Between Elias’s last appearance on PoI and this one, I watched Veronica Mars. Needless to say, I find Elias less threatening than ever. Apologies to Mr. Colantoni.
They’ve used that location under the bridge before in “Foe,” season 1.
I was extremely relieved when a computer under Finch’s jurisdiction caught fire. I had a laptop catch fire on me once. I’m not even kidding.
My viewing experience of this episode was interrupted as a large spider was crawling towards me across my bed. It was...unpleasant.
Monica leaves with an interview at IFT Technologies, Finch and Ingram’s company. When’s the last time he didn’t hire the weekly person of interest? Get your life put at risk, get a job. In this economy, not a bad deal.
“Identify any potential threats?
“So far, just overwork and the consumption of raw seafood.”
Apparently Finch does not like sushi. Neither do I.
“Martin, I’ve worked for you for ten years.”
“Then you can afford a good lawyer.”
“See, I think you know something you don’t even know you know, which means you’re playing a chess game of your own, detective. You just don’t realize it yet.”
“Who are you?”
“Right now, an easy target.”
“You think I should have a hobby. Now what would that be? Hanging around a derelict library with you, your poorly socialized guard dog, and Bear here?”
“Is this your hobby? Running a halfway house for retired assassins?”
Finch to Bear after he failed to attack Shaw. Love it.
“Wait, so you’re not an IT guy?”
“Not in any traditional sense.”
You know, that’s exactly what Finch is.
“I shall do everything in my power to determine his identity and render him irrelevant.”
Interesting word choice. Coincidence or does Greer know about the irrelevant list?
I have to go with two out of four unresolved plotlines for this one; hopefully they’re just setting up for a kickass end of season
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