Here we go. While this episode didn’t reach the heights of “Relevance,” it was definitely more than your standard episode of Person of Interest.
Collier’s back far sooner than I expected. I’m excited, especially because his group got a name: Vigilance. We learned more of their core principles and that they have an obsession with the American Revolution. So far, they seem like a super evil combination of the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and Anonymous. That’s definitely a weird mix.
I seriously doubt it’s a coincidence that Team Machine was brought so close to the same organization twice in a month. Now that the Machine is self-aware, is it beginning to target certain criminal organizations? If it would pay similar attention to HR, we could get that mess wrapped up quickly and move on to bigger and better things, but I digress.
The way the writers combined the weekly poi story with the larger arc was very elegantly done, much better than last week’s awkward ‘Oh, HR is behind this. Huh.’ The Machine saw a problem and attacked it from two sides. Sloan’s story would’ve been intriguing enough this week even if it hadn’t instigated significant mythology development. Plus, the majority of the episode was dark enough to earn the almost too sweet ending, which is one of Person of Interest’s recurring issues.
I like Root better and better each week. When she was first introduced, her scenes seemed to drag on, but the writers have certainly been having more fun with her character this season. I’m hoping the trend continues. If this week’s installment is any indicator about the trajectory of the rest of the season, I’m expecting amazing things.
Root talked to Shaw about the Machine putting her in a third category. What category is that? She later said Jason was “necessary.” That smacks of Machine speak. “Relevant,” “irrelevant,” and now “necessary.” What is the Machine planning? Root firmly believes that Finch imprisoning her is a mistake and that it goes against the Machine’s wishes. Finch points out that maybe this was the Machine’s plan for Root all along. If the Machine is infallible (as Root believes it to be), what are the odds something happens to its “analog interface” it doesn’t want?
I’m trying to examine my feelings about the Machine. I realize I trust it implicitly and I’m not entirely sure why or whether or not I should. The Machine is never wrong about its numbers. The Machine was forward thinking enough to extricate itself from the watchful eye of the government. But does this mean that it is 100% infallible? It would certainly make the PoI mythology simpler, but Person of Interest rarely goes the simple route. What do you guys think?
Carter and Laskey is going in an interesting direction too. After last week, I HATED him with a vile, burning passion. This week, I genuinely felt sorry for him. I would really love to get a flashback episode centered on him. We now know he’s Russian (presumably with the Russian mob, although that was never explicitly stated) and part of an HR plot to unite the Russians and the corrupt sector of the NYPD in unholy matrimony.
While I’m still iffy on how threatening a villain HR is, I did like the definitively unsubtle reminder of its brutality. Did forcing Laskey to bury his friend make the organization scarier? Maybe not, but it certainly made them more hatable.
From last week’s preview, I thought Fusco was going to be back, but we just saw him for about a minute. C’mon PoI PTBs, just because we have Shaw and Root now doesn’t mean we still don’t have time for Fusco. You’d think he’d be playing a bigger part in the season, especially with Laskey and the increased focus on the HR subplot.
Bits and Pieces:
Apparently, the title of the episode is Latin for premature death. I’m not sure how that fits, except that Jason’s death was reported prematurely.
Am I totally insane or were the scenes between Root and Shaw weirdly, non-platonically charged?
Shaw has two tattoos: a rather faded US Marines tattoo on her forearm and one on her hand I couldn’t make out.
So, tasers leave confetti after being fired? Really? UPDATE: Tasers leave confetti after being fired. Rachel Maddow told me so.
I wondered why Bear was sitting outside the storage container. It seemed an illogical choice. When the gas started raining down, it became obvious. I’m 100% certain Standards and Practices would have an issue with an animal being soaked in (yes, even fake) gasoline.
Jason mentioned that he was disillusioned with Vigilance after they killed a data broker. That happened earlier this season in “Nothing to Hide.”
Interesting difference between Reese and Collier. Reese’s signature move is shooting a baddy in the knee. Maximum pain, minimal chance of death. Collier shot Sloan in the leg, but went for the femoral artery, which would’ve lead to certain death without immediate medical attention.
My favorite moment of the entire episode was Root smugly greeting Shaw, her rescuer, only to get punched in the face.
So now poor Root is imprisoned in a beautiful old library with a dog in a city where you can get practically any kind of food delivered. I can think of worse punishments.
Finch: “His bite is far worse, trust me.”
Reese: “Gotta save somebody.”
Shaw: “Know the feeling.”
Jason: “Hey, I saw somebody up there. Tim Sloan. Do you know why he’s here? Is he okay?”
Root: “Did you see a man heading his way? Tall, nice suit?”
Root: “He’ll be fine.”
Collier: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
Okay, so, as usual, I’m probably over-analyzing, but the title of the season premiere was “Liberty,” which I took as a reference to the Machine’s newfound freedom. Could the emergence of Vigilance somehow have been caused by the Machine’s great escape?
Finch: “Your choice of pronoun [is] illuminating.”
Can we explore this, please? Why does Root think the Machine is a woman? Does the Machine think of itself as a woman?
four out of four batches of taser confetti
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