“A ghost, from the past.”
I want to slap John Reese.
How many times have we been here, Reese? How many times? Answer: many times. We’ve done this many times. You think you have to be alone to be strong, to be safe, to be the man you have to be, to fill the role the world needs you to, then someone (usually Carter or Finch) reminds you and your gorgeous, dumb head that loving people isn’t a weakness, that being connected to the world is a positive thing. And now, you’ve done it again. You idiot.
Okay, now that that’s off my chest, let’s talk about the entire episode and not the part that had me pulling my hair out. I wasn’t sure there’d be time for any poi of the week episodes this season, what with the truncated season and all. I like that they returned to the format, even if it’s just for one or two episodes. It feels like we’re coming full circle, somehow.
The number this week is one Alex Duncan, a guy looking for answers as to who killed his brother. The answer, coincidentally enough, is Reese. Yeah so maybe this is one of Person of Interest’s famous coincidences or maybe what with all the Machine drama last week, the Machine sent Reese this number on purpose. Maybe it knew the connection. In either case, I’m willing to overlook the contrived nature Reese and Alex were brought into each other’s lives, because the episode was so good otherwise.
At first I was really iffy on the flashbacks. Introducing a new character this late in the game felt like a retcon, and it still does, a bit. But it was Keith David, so again, I make allowances . Furthermore, I wasn’t sure at all that the flashback was relevant to the case or explored Reese’s character in any more depth than we’ve already seen, which really put me off caring about what was going on. I actually figured out the case from the flashbacks was connected to current events only a minute before the show revealed it. I love it when a show keeps me on my toes.
And then there was the poignant ending that Reese lied to Alex so he could think of his brother as a hero, when, really, he was a traitor. A lot of times I feel like cases of the week on this show end too sweetly with too many happily ever afters. This week was interesting because it was almost a subversion of that trope. Alex thinks his brother’s a hero, so he’s happy, but the actual truth of the matter was much uglier.
Although, speaking of too easy endings, the threat that was Beale turned out to be pretty toothless, yes? I mean, it's not like they have the time to set up a big ‘oops the CIA knows Reese is alive and are after him’ story. Still, they probably shouldn’t have hinted that Beale seeing Reese was disastrous only to write it off twenty minutes later.
Root and Finch's adventure this week had them taking a few (but not many) steps towards defeating Samaritan. It was cute, it was nice, it was ultimately inconsequential, but there was something about this episode that just felt…comfortable, like an old college sweatshirt.
Bits and Pieces
The new saga sell combines MPOV and SPOV.
The blue flashbacks were back, possibly because the Machine is back online.
I could probably listen to Keith David talk forever.
Why did Amy Acker look so cute in that baseball cap?
Root: “Sadly, all my identities can’t be bears or brides.”
three and a half out of four baseball caps for pure nostalgia
sunbunny, person of interest and Bear the Dog fangirl
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