After watching the penultimate episode of the season, I find myself wondering if maybe the Person of Interest magic is gone for good.
It was certainly a better episode than we’ve been subjected to as of late, even with the Brotherhood/Elias storyline. Let’s begin there. Like most of you, I am sick to death of the Brotherhood. Dominic is just a slapdash rewrite of Elias, this time without the backstory. It says something that they only thing Dominic has over Elias is that I don’t associate him with the loving father of a 2000s teen drama. As threatening as the show tries to make the Brotherhood, its scariness is ultimately undermined by the simple fact that no matter what they do they seem to always be foiled by a ragtag team of misfits (and a dog). And here, Dominic, supposedly so smart and such a good criminal, falls for the most obvious set up in the history of set ups and ends up killing his best lieutenant. Really, Dominic? Really? You give criminals a bad name. At this point the best possible outcome for the massive war between Elias and Dominic that has been raging for months (mentioned maybe three times on the show) would be to have Elias take out Dominic and his lackeys and disappear. Maybe forever. I’m that annoyed with the whole thing at this point.
Harper reappeared to question Reese and Fusco which seems like an odd choice for the Brotherhood. She’s a con woman not a sociopathic interrogator. Whatever. She sort of half interrogates them and then reveals that the Machine promised her a lot of money to save their butts. The whole thing just didn’t work. I don’t hate Harper and I didn’t object to her presence per se, but something just felt off about it. Like it was too convenient. They had set up Harper working freelance for the Machine several episodes ago so I definitely can’t fault the show for not planning ahead.
All the boredom I felt during the Elias/Dominic/Reese/Fusco story I expected. I did not expect to be so disappointed in Root, Finch, and the return to the Samaritan arc. It certainly wasn’t bad television, but I’ve come to expect more from Person of Interest than what we got. My main issue was that we’ve been away from Samaritan for so long, the audience needed a reminder as to why it is so very, very evil. We did not get that, at least not to my satisfaction. The entire time Root was talking about the Machine being destroyed all I could think was “so?” Would that really change things that much at this point? I’m sure it would but it’s the show’s job to make us fear the Machine’s destruction and Samaritan being in unilateral control and, to my thinking, it did not do that.
One thing I loved unequivocally was that the Machine was willing to sacrifice its location to save the lives of its operatives. The Machine could definitely have an ace up its sleeve (I say as I think of Shaw) but regardless, it’s a move that should prove once and for all that the Machine cares. I don’t know why I should be so moved that a gigantic computer cares about five people (and a dog), but I am.
Finally, we had a series of scenes between Control and Shelly Spencer which…blah. Dramatic posturing from a character we haven’t seen in months. I didn’t really care. Even with Dominic in play, these scenes were the most boring of the episode. Lots of monologuing, minimal movement. I had to force myself to pay attention and even then I kept drifting off. Here is where they tried to throw in the ‘remember, Samaritan is super dangerous’ stuff but it was in the midst of so much boredom-inducing blather, I couldn’t really bring myself to care about the impending “correction” on May 6th or Shelly’s suggestion that, under Samaritan’s authority, the entire world will be controlled like Maple.
Bits and Pieces
Root was terrified when she realized she and Finch had walked into Samaritan’s headquarters. But, really, where did she think they’d keep Shaw?
At least Root finally got to kill Martine. The neck snap was brutal, but still somehow satisfying.
Shaw’s definitely not brainwashed. I’m 98% sure. I don’t know what her endgame is, whether she’s working at the Machine’s bequest or what, but there’s something going on there. I’m like…97% sure.
Root: “Harold taught you blackjack and chess. I wonder if he ever taught you how to play chicken.”
Doctor: “Who exactly is after you?”
Finch: “The Brotherhood, the federal government, an artificial super intelligence, obviously.”
Doctor: “What’s your name, sir?”
Finch: “I go by many names, all derived from species of birds.”
Root: “I’d mark him as a John Doe. He basically lives in the subway.”
Finch: “This might mean nothing, but they’re holding a compact Persian sociopath in room 914.”
Fusco: “You got a loofah? Maybe you can wash my back while you’re at it.”
two and a half out of four shovels the Machine is really fixated on
sunbunny, person of interest and Bear the Dog fangirl
- Next episode
- Person of Interest season 4
- Person of Interest home
- Watch this episode or the entire season now