Fifty minutes in, I was ready to write this one off as a total snooze. I was wrong. I think. I’m actually a little conflicted.
On the one hand, the majority of the episode was season one dull. On the other hand, the last few minutes were pleasingly shocking and set up (yet another) recurring baddy for the season. You know I’m a sucker for expanding the show’s mythology. Still, I’m beginning to worry we’ve set up too many recurring characters that haven’t recurred very much. I’m all for growing the PoI-verse, but maybe we should see some favorite characters come back before we add any more?
“Collier” (our latest addition to the ‘oh, I hope we see him again’ club) is a part of a group that targets those they feel have abused the public’s privacy through shady technological means. Mark mentioned on Twitter that he thinks the Machine is giving the group their information. I’m of the opinion that the group is independent of the Machine and will eventually find out about it and target it. What do you think?
The stuff between Carter and her rookie partner provided a refreshing break from the main story. Part of this was ruined for me by the overly sweet ending. I really hope the PoI PTBs do something more interesting with Laskey. Maybe he’s an ally of one of our villains. Maybe the Machine sent him to Carter. Maybe Root did. Maybe he’s HR. He’s entirely too earnest to not be secretly evil. Carter also finally met Alonzo Quinn, head of HR/Cal’s godfather/man who had him killed. I’m still not crazy about the HR story line. It feels too spread out and even somewhat unfocused. Maybe it’ll be better this season. Fingers crossed.
I said it last week, I’ll say it again: the way Shaw has been added in feels so natural; it’s almost like she’s been there all along. I’ll also note again that Shaw is not a high-heeled, red-lipsticked vixen with a gun. She is violent, abrasive, and thoroughly unglamorous, which I love. Having her be a glamazon does not seem right for the character. Oh, and can we please have her eating in every episode? I love watching her eat. Almost as much as I love watching Helena eat.
In any given episode of Person of Interest, the weakest point is generally the main story. Saying the show’s weekly person of interest stories are predictable is a bit of an understatement. This episode’s was one of the worst, discounting the game changing last few moments. It was so formulaic, it almost felt like a self-satire. Or perhaps I’m reading too much into things.
Is this the first time they’ve out and out failed? I know Dr. Nelson died in “In Extremis” but they did help him avenge himself upon his murderer before he died. Here, all they did for Kruger was keep him alive a few more hours. I’m actually a fan of this change. Here’s hoping that we go darker this season. I’m also hoping (however futilely) that the writers feel a bit freer to occasionally break away from their routine as in last season’s “Relevance.” Still, while most of the viewing audience would rejoice at the show taking a darker, more daring turn, it must be remembered that the show is on CBS, a network not known for risk-taking. For better or worse, once CBS finds a formula, they tend to stick with it.
Bits and Pieces:
For the second week in a row, the issue with the Machine being on the loose is not explored. Maybe next week? Pretty please?
No Root this week, but we got lots of Bear.
Alias reference: Kruger’s office was on the 47th floor.
When Shaw questioned the wisdom of saving Kruger, Finch derided her. In “’Til Death,” Finch suggested letting their persons of interest take each other out.
Apparently, cars are now hackable. Another good reason to drive a ’67 Impala.
It was ever so convenient that the bullet Reese caught a) went into his vest and b) was able to disable him just long enough for Kruger to take a bullet to the head.
From my notes: “Don’t you dare hit Finch. You deserve to die.” “Recurring baddy? Recurring baddy.”
Reese: “Want to go to a party?”
Shaw: “Only if you wear something pretty.”
Reese: “You doubt her ability to be discreet?”
Finch: “I doubt her ability to keep from shooting someone.”
Shaw: “You can’t expect me to shoot someone on an empty stomach.”
Kruger: “Anything to eat?”
Finch: “Just sencha green tea and a box of doggie treats.”
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate that Finch said ‘doggie.’
Finch: “This could be just the beginning.”
two and a half out of four doggie treats
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