I’ve been saying from season 1 that Person of Interest is just Angel with fewer vampires. Thank you, season 3 premiere, for proving my point.
Contains some very general Alias and Angel spoilers.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to add new characters to an established show.
The Wrong Way ex. Alias. Some of our main characters are leaving and our star is pregnant and won’t be able to do the crazy stunts we require of her for much longer. Let’s dump in several new characters. We’ll explain them later. It’ll be fine.
The Right Way ex. Angel. You know, I’m not sure that our main three characters interacting is enough to really carry this show. You know that recurring character from last season? The one everyone liked? Yeah, him with the backstory and full characterization? Let’s bring him back. I think we need more, though. Let’s introduce another fully realized character throughout the season and give him an excellent reason to leave where he is now and join our main characters next year.
Let’s all be glad Person of Interest went the Angel route. For now, at least, Root is not a member of the group. She’s off in a mental institution, saddled with an apparently unintelligent doctor who fantasizes about having sex with his patients. Lovely. She and the Machine are arguing about whether or not she should kill him. I don’t know guys, I know Root respects the Machine, but I’m thinking pervy doctor isn’t long for this world. The Machine seems to have had a calming influence on Root. Root was much quieter and less manic in this episode, which actually made her scarier.
I really liked how Shaw wasn’t a femme fatale type. Sure, she pulled off that LBD like nobody’s business, but she also ate her steak in a way that would make Fred Flintstone proud. They didn’t do very much with her this week, she was mostly just around for sarcasm. Still, there is clearly a conflict between her, Reese, and Finch on the level of violence appropriate for a job. I’m guessing this will become a bigger issue later in the season. Even before he met Finch, Reese was on the maim-not-kill team.
There seemed to be a lot of focus on cell phones this week. Shaw refuses to carry one when not on a job, while Root is desperate for one so she can continue to communicate with the Machine. This definitely means something, but what? Shaw is reticent to join Team Machine, while Root wants in? That doesn’t seem right. We also got two visuals of cell phones being stepped on, once by Shaw and once by this week’s person of interest, Jack Salazar.
The weekly person of interest case was much more involved than usual. There were more twists and fewer clichés than usual. Still, as always, it was of less concern to me than progress in the show’s mythology and the interactions between the characters I love. I have to ask, though, is it a coincidence that in an episode so focused on our team, the week’s person of interest got in trouble for backing up his friend? What are we saying here? Will one (or more) of Team Machine suffer for their allegiance and trust in their comrades? Carter already has.
Carter is back in uniform after last season’s shooting and determined to find her boyfriend’s murderers. She is also responsible for letting Elias go. Wait, what now? Can we get some clarity on the Carter/Elias situation? She didn’t send him back to prison because he’d be killed there? Why does she care? She’s clearly using him as a source, but is that reason enough to let a murderer go free? And is he free? Is he a prisoner in that basement place or free to roam around the city as long as he keeps a low profile?
While I am very excited on how the season appears to be shaping up, I was a little disappointed in the episode itself. Last season’s opener was amazing, while this came across as a rather standard episode. Perhaps that’s for the best. Maybe the audience needs an episode or so to get acclimated to the updated format and new faces.
Bits and Pieces:
Fusco with the Amish beard. I laughed out loud.
New opening credits, which is appropriate giving the change in the Machine’s status.
Where was Bear? Sad face.
The Machine is giving the cops numbers? Through whom? Did I miss something?
Root is going by the name “Robin.” We learned last season her real name is Sam Groves. Is this a reference to Finch’s many bird aliases?
Root might not get a cell phone in her mental institute, but it’s nice they’re letting her maintain her manicure. Seriously, her nails were perfect.
Root refers to the Machine as “she.”
Root’s doctor referenced news reports on PRISM. I remember thinking when that news broke that the PoI writers must be wildly happy.
Great use of the song “Feeling Good.”
Reese joined the military because he got in trouble with the law and was given a choice: military or jail. Anyone absolutely shocked? No? I thought not.
Reese: “Two for one boilermakers in Hell’s Kitchen.”
Finch: “That sounds horrible.”
Reese: “That’s six bars down, Finch.”
Finch: “Excellent. Only 1,274 to go.”
Shaw: “I’ve been shot. A lot.”
Shaw: “Aw, but it’s a shame to waste a rifle like this on kneecaps.”
Shaw: “Finch gets annoyed when I kill people.”
Shaw: “In the arm through a brick wall in the dark. You’re welcome.”
Guy falls out of window.
Root: “Truth is a vast thing.”
Root: “The truth is God is eleven years old. She was born on New Year’s Day, 2002 in Manhattan.”
three out of four raw diamonds
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