Watch the thrilling saga unfold as Reese and Finch struggle to save this week’s person of interest with approximately 12% of their usual intelligence thanks to a visit from the evil fairy of plot contrivance.
Seriously. What was up with the team this week? We’re usually a step ahead of them but by the time we got to the conclusion of “Karma” I felt like I was about three miles away, waving them on. C’mon boys, put it together. I know you can do this! From not picking up on Edwards being a vigilante to not understanding what was going on at the bank to the painful confusion at Edwards’ actions it was all just…annoying. You know the guy likes to revenge himself upon criminals by framing them for crimes that didn’t actually happen and you’re confused as to why he’s buying a gun under the guise of the man he thinks killed his wife? What a frustrating episode.
Person of Interest has tackled the vigilante angle before with much greater success. I’m thinking in particular of season one’s excellent “Cura Te Ipsum.” I feel like the issues there were tackled much better, primarily because Morris’ guilt was never made clear in this episode and yet Finch seemed the only one concerned by that. It was clear with all the vamping for time and extended pondering over basic plot that the episode ran short, so why not have spent some time looking at who the real killer may have been? There’s a potential murderer running around free out there, just saying. And now Edwards is supposed to move on with the knowledge that the person who killed his wife has never been found or punished? After years of obsessing over her death and the person he thought was a murderer the idea that he would let the whole thing go is a bit hard to swallow.
Instead of a new possible Shaw replacement (a trend I sincerely hope is over), we got to see more of Iris this week. I like her. I like her a lot. I hope we see much more of her, either as an ally of the team or as a romantic interest for Reese (“You look stunning by the way”).
The flashbacks were better than the main plot, but not by much. We explore Finch’s desire for retribution against those responsible for Ingram’s death which might have worked except that Alicia Corwin was alive in season one. I remember because Root killed her. With that knowledge, the threat of Finch’s revenge was almost non-existent. Not that it would have been particularly large anyway; we know Finch and I can’t see him ever murdering someone in cold blood.
Bits and Pieces
Fusco called Iris “Red” (less creative than usual, Lionel, step it up).
Michael Emerson’s cadence is so distinctive you could completely tell it was him even through the voice changer.
Finch and Reese were so dedicated in their constant descriptions of what was happening, I’m pretty sure you could’ve followed the story perfectly without even once looking at the screen.
Reese: “Edwards just planted a gun in someone’s gym locker. And now he’s leaving the gym without working out.”
I swear it seemed like he was equally scandalized by both actions.
one and a half out of four vigilantes
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