Person of Interest does this sort of thing well. Granted, they do most everything well, but I digress.
I love the episodes where a part of Team Machine is cut off from their typical resources and forced to fend for themselves as the enemy closes in. “Shadow Box” and “The Crossing” come to mind. Of course, both those times it was Reese against enemy forces, not Finch. I love Finch in the field. Season 1 Finch would’ve been rather completely helpless in this situation. Not so with current Finch. Yes, he still relies on backup (aka Shaw and Root) for the heavy violence, but Finch stays free from panic while taking care of his sick friend and defending them both from two, count ‘em two, enemy forces.
I could’ve done without the heartbreaking flashbacks to Finch’s father, but it does explain more about a character whose past has been a big question mark for three seasons. We didn’t get any more information; we knew that Finch was in trouble with the law before MIT (he was already using the alias of Harold Wren back then). Still, seeing his relationship with his father, a man he couldn’t save despite his efforts, does bring his character into sharper relief.
We spent the episode with our heroes sandwiched between the government and Vigilance. Now enter a new (old) baddy: Greer is back. Is it me, or does this feel like an end of season addition? Everything feels like it’s being ramped up despite the fact we just came off of a big arc and we have months to go before May sweeps (is February sweeps even a thing anymore?). I’m honestly hoping one or more of these groups backs off relatively soon. I could use a few light-hearted standalones. I am interested to learn more about Greer. We know what Control wants (the Machine back under her direction). We know Vigilance’s driving worldview (government surveillance = bad). We know next to nothing about Greer. Quick refresher: he works for/with Decima Technologies, a group based in China that tried to use Finch’s fake virus to gain access to the Machine. That’s pretty much all we know about him. I wouldn’t mind learning more about his motivations or his endgame.
I cheered when Reese and Fusco showed up to save the day, but that was immediately dampened by Reese declaring that he was done and taking off (AGAIN). Can we wrap this up now, please? I am officially tired of Reese’s woe is me shtick. He lost someone, true, but he is rather conveniently forgetting the rest of the team lost Carter as well. He was inarguably closer to Carter than Shaw or Finch, but Fusco? They were partners for over a year. That means something. Plus, the way he talked to Fusco made me so angry I almost threw something at my TV. John Reese, you are a grown man and there is a better way to deal with pain than pointlessly lashing out at those close to you.
As promised, I’ve reexamined my feelings about Root. Sorry, guys, I still love her. It’s probably just her badass female-ness combined with her Amy Acker-ittude, but it’s still love. Apologies to those who don’t like her, I know there’s a fair few of you. Feel free to hate on her in the comments. Doesn’t bother me (as long as you’re respectful, of course).
Bits and Pieces
It was fun having an old college friend of Finch’s around. Apparently, he got into plenty of trouble even before Reese came along. The challenge to create a fake identity complex enough to get a bank account is one thing. Stealing a car is quite another.
Apparently Ingram, Finch, and Claypool were best friends in college. Why did Claypool go his separate way?
How precious was Control offering Root help? Root does not need your help, silly woman.
Did you hear the Morse code? It was actually part of the broadcast. I missed it the first time around, but after the second time I can confirm: there is definitely high pitched beeping going on. Catch the transcript here. (Thanks to Mark for the link).
Claypool: “Harold doesn’t need to chase. He’s got a certain gravitational pull with the female population.”
Sorry, is he talking about the same Harold?
Reese: “That was very stupid of you, Lionel. You should know better than to hit me. You’re lucky to be alive.”
Root: “You think you’re in charge. And it’s adorable just how wrong you are.”
Fusco: “No one ever said we were gonna win, but it doesn’t mean you stop fighting.”
Finch: “I urge you to consider what Mr. Reese would do.”
Shaw: “I got finesse coming out of my ass, Harold.”
There’s no way this wasn’t a Buffy reference. Right? Right?
three and a half out of four bratty Mr. Reeses
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