From the promos, I was expecting a rip-roaring good time. (Apparently I’m in the mood for old timey slang. And parentheses. You are warned.) What we got was fun, but not the episode I was expecting.
Let’s skip over the darker implications of two men dressing up three attractive women in super sexy clothing and serving them up on a plate for a possible serial killer, shall we? I don’t think anyone will like heading down that particular rabbithole. Instead, let’s talk about the adorableness of three of our leading ladies all dolled up with a killer to catch. Both Zoe and Carter brought their A game, whereas Shaw looked uncomfortable (but hot). All totally in character. I had been expecting more girls night out hijinks. There was a decided lack of hijinks. And why in holy hell were we deprived of seeing Zoe and Carter try to de-angerize Shaw on the car ride over?
The weekly person of interest story was (yet again) sadly lame. I was excited when we were on the hunt for a serial killer, but when he turned out to be a mild mannered guy with computer research skills and commitment issues, I got bored. His justification of stalking as research was weak. ‘Women really like it when I know their credit ratings?’ What? And our team just accepts this? Plus, I’m sorry, but you cannot be that well organized without being a serial killer. It’s impossible.
This episode was just...uneven. Parts of it (our ladies at the club, Root’s escape) put a big smile on my face, but most of the episode left me unenthused. This show really needs to start at least attempting to fix their person of interest stories. A few have been good (the rapist and his mysterious end from season one come to mind) but most are predictable and bland. I’ve never really had a huge problem with this because everything else about the show is so amazing. But season three seems to be relying on these stories more without putting any extra effort into them. Person of Interest, you’re better than this and you know it.
Pennsylvania Two’s henchman Hersh attempted to kill Root (foolish henchman). She spares his life just like Reese did in “Booked Solid”. He was on the phone with a woman, possibly the same “ma’am” mentioned in “God Mode.” Hersh was on a quest to find Northern Lights (the government’s name for the Machine). I guess they haven’t picked up on the self-aware, completely at liberty thing yet. By the way, if you don’t know where something is and you want to find it, it’s probably a bad idea to shoot at the only person you think knows where it is.
Root made her escape with remarkably little carnage. The Machine seems to have a policy against unnecessary killing (inherited from its creator, perhaps?). I’ve been thinking of the Root/Machine alliance as a bad thing, but couldn’t it also be good? The Machine has helped Root calm down (or maybe that’s the Thorazine) and it kept her from killing both her doctor and Hersh. I had hopes that the pervy Dr. Carmichael might’ve been injured in Root’s flight, but he survived. I wonder if he’ll be back.
Reese and Carter: it is a Thing. I have given much thought to the Thing. Last season, I flipped out at the suggestion of a relationship between the two. Now I’m realizing my problem with it is less than Reese and Carter being together and more with a change in tone for the show. If a Ross and Rachel, Sam and Diane thing had started last season, it would’ve taken over control of the show. But now that we have more of an ensemble cast, I think there’s less danger of that. So, basically, the PoI writers have my blessing to do what they will with these two (I know it’s what they’ve been waiting for). Just please, don’t let this show turn into Castle or Bones.
I loved the scene where our lovely ladies compared weaponry. It was funny, yes, but I think this was done to communicate something about Carter. She’s sort of halfway between Zoe and Shaw. Like Shaw, she’s tough as nails and perfectly able to take care of herself (Shaw and Carter had guns, whereas Zoe only had a taser, given to her by Reese). Like Zoe, she’s charming and comfortable in evening wear. Is Carter the perfect woman for Reese? Was this somehow signaled by Ian going after her and bypassing Zoe and Shaw?
The conversation between Shaw and Reese about her sex life was random, awkward, and a little pointless. What are they doing with Shaw? This episode made a point of her increasingly close relationship to Bear. I understand why she would love Bear (who wouldn’t?) but why make it such a large part of the episode?
Bits and Pieces:
Shaw did not eat this week, sadly. She did down a shot of vodka.
Ian had a flier for a missing woman in his apartment. This was never explained.
Why did Finch put Carter’s real name and profession on her fake dating profile? She’s a cop; wouldn’t that be a turn off for a potential serial killer?
Synchronized knee cap shooting...new olympic sport?
I loved Reese waiting for Zoe outside the bar like a faithful dog, while the literal dog was in the bar with Shaw.
I loved the Root shootout. That backwards shot reminds me of River in Serenity. Actually, now that I think about it, Root and River have a lot in common.
Shaw: “Our guy just went from blue blood to hipster faster than you can say ironic facial hair.”
Finch: “I don’t understand anything you just said.”
Shaw: “Guy’s a chameleon. Organized, efficient, sociopathic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that...”
Root: “God doesn’t need AT&T.”
If God had a cell phone, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have AT&T.
Dr. Carmichael: “You know, Robin, we’re all fallible.”
Root: “Oh, not all of us.”
Does anyone else keep waiting for them to play with the fact that Root thinks the Machine is God and Jim Caviezel played Jesus?
Shaw: “Really? A yoga instructor?”
Reese: “You’d prefer trained killer?”
Reese: “You look fine Shaw. You just look...angry...all the time.”
Fusco: “You know this place is a rip off. Club soda cost me five dollars. Nice view, though.”
Shaw: “What’s he doing? Should I shoot him?”
Carter: “Not yet.”
Love the nonchalance.
two and a half out of four stolen prescriptions
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