Meh. Another mostly forgettable hour of filler from Person of Interest. Oh well; not every week can be pull out the stops amazing.
Once again we get some problematic, recurring PoI tropes. The would be perpetrator who turns out to be a victim, the really helpful, nice guy turning out to be the bad guy, the super sweet ending, the wow this case in connected to the season arc who would’ve guessed. At this point, I’m convinced the Machine is targeting persons of interest related to Team Machine’s battle against Decima and Samaritan. That’s the only semi-feasible explanation for the constant coincidences. That said, it brings up an interesting issue. Is the Machine prioritizing its own survival (and, it must be argued, the survival of its assets) over the lives of others? Have innocent people died because Finch and co. were too busy working on this? If so, would it be excusable?
It really is remarkable how little I have to say about this episode. So much of it was just mind numbingly predictable. We did get a little more backstory on Shaw. Her mother was an Iranian academic who left the country after the revolution in 1979. Her parents met and had their first date in New York City. What happened to her? We know Shaw’s father died in a car accident when she was a child and that her mother was out of the picture by then. Did she die tragically young too?
Was I the only one who found the Root/Greer scene at the end super boring? Just more posturing. I wish I was sold on Greer as a villain. I don’t think we’ve spent enough time with him. He was creepy enough in his early appearances but lately he’s been relegated to looking dour in an overcoat for a few seconds at a time and it’s just not the stuff truly great villains are made of. His whole ‘information is power’ speech to Root? So bland. I did enjoy when Root mistook another man for him on her search and informed the man she had mistakenly thought he was her uncle. John Nolan, who plays Greer, is PoI EP Jonathan Nolan’s uncle.
Bits and Pieces:
Bear didn’t find the treats until now?
Shaw called Root “that cochlear cuckoo” and Reese “Captain America.”
Finch was “Mr. Kingfisher.” It’s been a while since we had a new bird alias.
How crazy was the Reese jumps through the window stunt? And his little shrug afterwards? Priceless.
Reese and Finch playing firemen was one of the cutest non-Bear moments of the show ever.
Also: Reese’s Indiana Jones moment.
Shaw: “You know, you really should get out more; learn about other cultures.”
Fusco: “What are you talking about? I just ate a falafel!”
Shaw: “Yeah and you got some on your tie.”
Maria: “Foreign Legion? Why would they want to kill me?”
Shaw: “I don’t know. I don’t speak French.”
Fusco: “I hope that guy has health insurance.”
Reese: “I have an idea, but it’s going to require a smokescreen and a big ass truck.”
Smokescreen. I just got that.
Reese: “Stop playing with the horn, Lionel.”
Maria: “I didn’t know you spoke French.”
Savan: “It’s the first thing they teach you in the Foreign Legion.”
Fusco: “Go figure. Turns out immunity doesn’t stop you from bleeding.”
two out of four glasses of champagne
sunbunny, Person of Interest and Bear the Dog fangirl
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