Last year, Person of Interest ended its season with a finale that explained what needed to be explained, deepened the show’s mythology, opened the door for the next season, and provided a few gasps but not the earth shattering revelations given by shows like Alias. This season finale follows that mould. The one word that best describes it: solid.
The episode really engaged with the entirety of the show’s mythology: Jessica, Ingram, Alicia Corwin, the sudden deaths of those at all involved in the Machine’s creation. Continuity is one easy way to recognize a good show. And Person of Interest is a damn good show. Now we know the origin of the mysterious Chinese laptop. It was programmed by Finch. It’s not clear how it got to the Chinese (I got the impression even Finch didn’t know), but from there it went to Stanton who took it to Decima, who attempted to use it to hijack the Machine, not knowing that the virus they thought would allow them to do this would actually prevent them from achieving their ends.
It was a master stroke by a genius. Finch has said before that he doesn’t regret creating the Machine, but he did regret handing it over to the people he gave it to. Right after the Machine had been assembled, Finch began to notice that those who worked on it or knew anything about it were being killed. Then, of course, Ingram died. That was what sent him over the edge. I’m happy but a little surprised that we learned how Ingram died (and how Finch acquired his injury). I was sure the show would tease us with that for at least another season.
Finch took the opportunity to fake his death and save Grace from the cruelty and ruthlessness of those in charge of “Northern Lights.” Watching Grace look for Finch at the hospital and find only the book he used to propose to her was painful enough without the visual of him hiding behind the divider. Heartbreaking.
Guilt has always been Finch’s main driving force. In his mind, Ingram’s death was his fault. Jessica’s death was his fault. Everyone the government killed to protect the Machine died because of him. Reese does at least let him off the hook in regards to Jessica. In that scene, Reese was the softest and kindest we’ve ever seen him. It was very touching.
Now the Machine is free. Really free. On it’s own with no one telling it what to do. No one even knows where it is. I’m really liking this turn of events. So far this season has been more sci-fi than the first and I’m hoping the pattern continues. Next season is shaping up very, very well. We have the Machine finally freed of its shackles, Root, still in the mix, and a mysterious new baddy: “Ma’am.” Who can it be? Jessica, Stanton, and Alicia are dead. Grace is all adorable and sweet. Shaw spent most of the episode helping Finch and Reese, so it’s probably not her, and Root was still in the hospital when Hersch got into the limo with “Ma’am.” We have Zoe as well, but that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Any other recurring female characters I forgot about?
Also, Elias is primed to be a major player next season. Right now he’s with Carter who intends to kill him but will definitely not kill him. Her legal transgressions on behalf of Team Machine aside, she’s not a cold blooded murderer. Besides, the show’s built up Elias too much to dispose of him that easily.
Bits and Pieces:
Whenever I can include Bear in the review’s picture, I do.
No saga sell this week.
I loved Reese holding the phone with one hand and shooting baddies nonchalantly with the other. It’s wrong I find that attractive, right?
I’m unclear on how both Reese and Root were granted admin access to the Machine. Did Finch rig it to call two phones? Why?
If the Machine is based in Washington State, why does it only give Finch and Reese the irrelevant numbers of New Yorkers? If they moved to Chicago, would it only give them Chicago numbers?
When you can’t find something, someone always says ‘It’s not like it grew legs and walked away.’ That’s pretty much what the Machine did.
Reese gives 90% of his “generous” salary away. Why am I not surprised?
“You want to clue me in to who you’re talking to, John? Our fairy godmother?”
“Frankly, I don’t like killing women.”
I know I should be glad he doesn’t want to kill Carter, but I’m actually outraged at the sexism of this.
“I didn’t think you even liked the dog.”
“Like him? He’s the only reason I’m sticking around.”
“Next time I see that woman, I’m shooting her. And not in the knee.”
No, you’ll shoot her in the arm.
“I can tell you how it began. You were approached by a woman named Alicia Corwin.”
“She was killed last year.”
“Such a tragedy.”
Oh Root, you funny murderer you.
“Oh, that sort of prisoner transfer.”
“You should’ve killed me better.”
four out of four viruses within viruses
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