Now this was a four star episode. Wow. It started off silly (arguably too silly) but evolved into a jaw dropping episode. Literally. My jaw dropped.
The stuff at the reunion was a bit of fun, the kind Person of Interest hasn’t indulged in for quite a while. It required a bit of suspension of belief, but once you got over the idea that no one would question Reese and Shaw as Frank and Betty it was quite enjoyable. It was especially fun watching Reese get slapped. It reminded me of that running joke from Pirates of the Caribbean: “I don’t think I deserved that.” Shaw’s connection with Matthew (aka Nestor Carbonell aka Guyliner from Lost) was interesting, if a bit random. People with excellent bone structure will always find things to talk about, I suppose.
Plus, after what seems like a thousand years, we finally get a perpetrator. Not just a perpetrator, but a perpetrator who at first appears to be a victim, turning PoI’s usual pattern on its head. The story of Clare, Matthew, and Doug wasn’t wildly fascinating but it was well above the norm for Person of Interest.
But onto the main event. I spent the last few minutes of the episode in a state of shock. It was obvious that Person of Interest was building up to something like this but I thought it would take them at least until the end of the season if not into the next season. There are four episodes left. What in the world is going to happen? I’m unsure and I find that sensation dramatically unsettling.
The scene between Collier and Finch was electric. I forgot to breathe for a bit. I’m not even sure what made it so amazing. Part of it, surely, was Collier’s word for word recital of the series’ saga sell. Remarkable performance by Leslie Odom, Jr. It gave me chills. Every time Finch has been in real danger, I catch myself worrying about him despite the fact I know the main character of the show won’t be dying in the middle of the season (although since Carter, I’m a little less secure in that belief). Well done, Mr. Emerson, well done.
Now the existence of the Machine is out (definitely did not see that coming). The scenes of the reporting reminded me strongly of when the news of Prism broke over the summer, particularly Senator Garrison’s less than convincing denial. I’m sure that was an intentional choice.
What did Control shredding Collier’s file mean? How long has she had it? Did she know that he was a threat earlier? If so, why didn’t she take any action? It seems like a crazy idea, but could she be working with Vigilance? Or she might’ve just majorly dropped the ball. I’m thinking of a certain memo entitled “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US.”
And how exactly did Control shut the Machine down? It moved itself, it taught itself to remember (or rather, un-taught itself to forget), shouldn’t it be able to keep itself on regardless of what the US government wants? It looks like it will remain at least partially operational; the last shots of the episode show the words “Primary Operations Compromised” before rerouting a fuckton (the technical term) of information to Root. So will she be responsible for the all the relevant numbers now? Will “Secondary Operations” (aka Finch, Reese, and Shaw) be affected?
Bits and Pieces:
The death of the episode’s first person of interest, Leona Wainwright, truly shocked me. Leona’s death marks the second time Team Machine has completely failed a number. Both times, they’ve been foiled by Vigilance.
Am I alone in finding Control not that scary?
I laughed out loud at Reese and Shaw’s identical packing techniques.
During the shoot out in the chem lab, Shaw was barefoot (presumably she kicked off her heels at some point). That’s a lot of broken glass to dance around.
Fusco: “Got the car all packed. AC/DC or Dixie Chicks?”
Finch: “I believe I’m the one being punished.”
Toke: “Matthew was her man, but Doug was her Duckie.”
Shaw: “Got the scoop on why all these women are so fond of you, Frank. You gave the brunette a promise ring, then slept with her best friend, the redhead, before having a fling with the blonde.”
Reese: “Well that’s not too bad.”
Shaw: “Whose mother you seduced.”
Matthew: “How do you handle stress?”
Shaw: “Every once in a while, I shoot someone.”
Toke: “Dudes, you’re both like scary ninjas!”
I really liked this guy.
Matthew: “I’m not a killer.”
Shaw: “Lucky for you, I am.”
Shaw: “I’ve killed lots of people but my friends keep telling me it’s wrong.”
Fusco: “That is one scary chick.”
four out of four gun filled suitcases
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