I was expecting something fast-paced and fun. We got that, to a degree. But I must admit, I found myself wishing this episode was faster-paced and funner, both of which are words for the purposes of this review.
It wasn’t bad, it was just...filler. I’m inclined to say the show needs to regain its bearings since Taraji P. Henson’s exit, but that’s not quite right. They’ve done episodes like this before. The episode did signal an end to the mopey, Carter-grieving arc. I miss her too, but it’s time for the show to move on. The last scene was a great acknowledgement of the fact. Carter will be remembered and missed but we can’t go on brooding about her every week. I know that sounds harsh, but remember: she’s fictional.
For about the millionth time, this week’s person of interest is a victim the gang originally thinks might be a perpetrator. (Attention writers: this is no longer a surprising twist. Please stop.) Kelli Lin, an Olympic gymnast turned art thief is being forced to work for a criminal syndicate out of the Czech Republic that is holding her daughter captive. Typing that sentence just now, I realize how much more fun this episode should’ve been. It had its moments of levity, but they were spaced between long stretches of nothing special.
The interactions between Kelli and Shaw were a highlight. They had great chemistry and Shaw was so obviously attracted to her. I totally expected at least a kiss to come out of it. They were all sweaty and half naked and stealing things...seriously, how did nothing happen there?
From a promo-y piece I’d read a few days ago, I was expecting the Reese masquerades and Finch’s boyfriend scenario to be an actual thing instead of one throwaway line. Granted, it was a totally unnecessary addition to the plot. Plus-one doesn’t necessarily indicate romantic attachment and it was a bit of an odd assumption to make. If the woman had seen the tie tying scene, she might’ve had something to go on. As it was, it was just two men together at a black-tie event at a museum...actually, scratch that. She may have had a point.
They really ought to have upped the Ocean’s 11 of it all. Once the heist got started, it was a decent amount of fun. I just wish we didn’t have to slog through some of the dullest exposition in the history of Person of Interest to get to it.
I would also like to give a special mention to the rather ridiculous Interpol agent who arrived straight out of Central Casting. He’s been just one step behind Kelli for years but falls for her rather simplistic ploy and ends up inadvertently aiding her in her theft? And then once he has his quarry, he’s fine with letting her go completely? I mean, really. And where’s his team? Does Interpol seriously just send out one agent to capture a legendary art thief? Like I said, rather ridiculous.
Bits and Pieces
I’ve said it before; I will say it again. This show has more jokes about men’s fashion than any other show on television.
Sarah Shahi in that dress? My jaw dropped. According to her Twitter account, she purchased the dress for Shaw herself.
“The Purloined Letter” is the name of a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
There isn’t one Gutenberg Bible, there are over 40 (only half of which are complete).
Reese’s mustache. That is all.
Kelli really, really should’ve been wearing gloves when handling the Bible. She was so sweaty and that book is over 500 years old and it was upsetting.
Don’t worry; I checked. At the end when they’re all having a drink, Fusco is drinking water.
Reese: “I see you’ve updated your arsenal, Shaw.”
Check In Lady: “Oh my, he’s gorgeous.”
Finch: (raises eyebrows suggestively)
Shaw: “I promise I won’t touch anything or bump into any of your NCCSI guys I swear.”
Shaw: “It looks...kinda like my place, actually.”
Shaw: “Fine, I’ll cut the thief loose.”
Kelli: “I already cut myself loose.”
Fusco: “I should start charging fares.”
two out of four really important cultural artifacts one should not handle without gloves
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