Person of Interest has done the kid thing before a few times with mixed results. How did they fare this time?
Malcolm really worked for me as a character. I think it was important that they let him make mistakes but remain sympathetic. He made some truly bad decisions (owning an illegal gun, stealing the money, volunteering to work for the Brotherhood) but for the right reasons. His motivations felt very real. He didn't want money or power. He wanted his mom and his little sister to be safe and happy. I don't doubt that that desire is going to lead him to eventually working for Dominic and the Brotherhood.
The episode came with a trademark super sweet ending: Malcolm and Tracy were relocated into a foster home where they could be together, Reese got a high powered attorney to take on their mother's case, Malcolm wants to grow up to be a cop. Then came that final scene with the Brotherhood. They're going to get Malcolm's mom out of jail with the expectation that he'll feel indebted to them and eventual end up working for them. The depressing fact is that they're probably right. Have we seen the end of the super sweet with a cherry on top endings? I definitely wouldn't mind the show scaling them back.
Lennox being the Brotherhood's mole shocked me just as it was meant to. From her first line, her grumbly monotone made me her seem like the female version of Reese and earned my implicit trust. I was thinking that they might make her a recurring Team Machine ally or something. Instead, she's evil and dead. Person of Interest doesn't often truly surprise me, but this did. I audibly gasped when her phone rang.
Elias is back. A new organized crime threat gives the show the perfect opportunity to bring him back in a more meaningful way. He didn't have too much to do this week. I hope his presence here was a signal that he'll be back more frequently this season. He certainly seems very interested in the Brotherhood and their mysterious/gigantic leader.
Mini being Dominic was a foreseeable if not outright obvious twist. The mystery surrounding his identity made it obvious we'd seen him before and there was the trick with the name: doMINIc. The show did something similar when they introduced Elias way back in season 1. Like I said, foreseeable. It didn't make it a bad decision. I liked him both in his 'Mini' persona and as the crime boss. And it was certainly fun seeing him be evenly matched against itty bitty Shaw.
This was really the first episode this season that didn't deal with the Samaritan arc. The season's opener "Panopticon" gave the team a phone network to use to get around Samaritan, last week's "Wingman" gave them financial resources, and "Nautilus" was really all about Samaritan. I can't say I minded the change. Of course, there's no guarantee that the Brotherhood isn't somehow connected with Samaritan. Basically all criminal activity has that possibility now. Samaritan is such a big bad we have no way of knowing what it's doing. It could easily have set up the Brotherhood as a front for something. In any case, Samaritan's letting them operate without major intervention. Presumably Samaritan could wipe out all (or almost all) crime but that would raise more than a few eyebrows. Samaritan may have been devised for surveillance, but it's first priority is self preservation.
Bits and Pieces:
Bear ate some of Finch's students' papers. My dog may have victimized my dad in a similar fashion. Although not being a ginormous Belgian Shepherd, he was only able to destroy one. Hypothetically.
The show was very light on the funny this week. (Hence the puny Quotes section)
Malcolm: "You wanna be the man, you gotta have a plan."
Malcolm: "I was thinking of being a cop. Like you."
Reese: "Is that right?"
Malcolm: "But I'd shoot less people."
three out of four bags of crumpled newspaper
sunbunny, who is pleasantly surprised at how consistently good this season has been so far
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