Borrowing a bit from its past, Person of Interest shows us what happens when Reese meets a fan of The Man in the Suit.
This episode could’ve been great. Instead it was only middling, at least from my perspective. On rewatch, I decided that it was a problem of pacing. The first quarter of the episode was painfully dry without even the relief of some Finch/Bear cuteness. It was just a lot of exposition and a lot of explanation of things that could’ve been shown instead of stated. The episode did pick up when Walter and John met, but by the time it did, I was already bored.
Walter and his fedora-ed alter ego were a hoot. The way he fanboyed over Reese “How do you do that with your voice?!” was adorable. And I loved him fulfilling his superhero fantasy and taking a bullet for The Man in the Suit. He was really a highlight in an otherwise daze-inducing episode. The way he threw away his fake badge and finally approached his crush put a nice finishing touch on his character. It wasn’t a super sweet, look he got everything he wanted ending; it was a believable conclusion to his adventure with Reese and we leave him knowing that, at the very least, his life is the better for his involvement with Team Machine. It’s a tone I wish the show would strike more often. It was happy but it still felt earned.
As much as I’d love to see Walter again, that scene really did have a final sort of feel. And, unlike past persons of interest turned allies he doesn’t have a particular useful skill that could come in handy to help the team out. Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe they’ll need a guy who can blend in for surveillance or something in the future. I’d love to see him meet Finch.
Speaking of, Finch’s adventures were another part of the episode that really didn’t work for me. Finch and Beth’s hyper intelligent meet cute was not as cute as I think was intended. Maybe the character would have clicked more for me if she had been talking about something I had the slightest understanding of. And if Person of Interest thought they were being sneaky by having that interaction be a setup masterminded by Finch, they weren’t. Harold Finch is not a man who easily converses with random people. He avoids strangers as much as possible, almost to a worrying point. He has good reason to as merely knowing of his existence puts people in danger. Which is why his actually seeking out interaction with Beth seemed so bizarre.
So we’ve done the good and the bad, now onto the part I really can’t make up my mind about: Elias and Dominic. Dominic, it turns out, was behind the shipment of guns that cost Abel Mindler and Banks Van Hess their lives. Of course he was. There are only about five major criminals in the entire PoI-verse. Everything is connected to one or more of them. As a plot “twist,” it is seriously tired.
The scene seems to set up Elias to be a major part of the season which should be a good thing, but if this turns into a season long power struggle between Elias and Dominic I can see myself getting bored. Or maybe Person of Interest will manage to pull it off. In any case, the juxtaposition of Elias as the old school mobster who puts the organized in organized crime and Dominic as the gun happy gang leader has some troubling racial implications.
Bits and Pieces
The title referred to Walter, who was pretending to be Jack Forge, and the Armorer, who was pretending to be in charge of the gun smuggling operation. Using an alternate definition of pretender, it could be seen as referring to Dominic, a supposed pretender to Elias’s supposed crown.
Did Detective Jack Forge remind anyone else of Burt Macklin, FBI?
Elias claims to have given the shipment of guns over to Reese for destruction, but kept the prototype. Does Reese know he still has it? Did he let him keep it in exchange for helping him out with the Armorer?
Shaw: “That sound is my soul dying, Harold.”
Finch: “Walter Dang appreciates your metaphysical sacrifice.”
Shaw: “Oh, but some guy named, uh, Banks Van Hess did text Abel a lot.”
Reese: “About what a stupid name Banks is?”
Fusco: “This super gun is super heavy.”
Elias: “Chicago’s a mess, John. It’s like a damn Tarantino movie out there.”
Walter: “Am I going to die?”
Fusco: “You got shot in the arm, not the head.”
two out of four super heavy super guns
sunbunny, who thinks there should have been more Bear
- Next episode
- Person of Interest season 4
- Person of Interest home
- Watch this episode or the entire season now