Summary: The next POI is a boy named Darren whose brother was murdered by thugs. Darren is seeking revenge and Reese befriends him in an attempt to help him and keep him safe. Reese helps get the thugs arrested and gains Darren's respect. Finch continues to meet with Will who gets closer to uncovering the truth about the Machine. Will meets with one of Ingram's partners Alicia who lies about the nature of the Machine. Finch monitors this conversation. Fusco continues to report to Reese. The Machine determines that Reese is a threat.
The Good: I thought Reese was really enjoyable as a character in this episode. Jim Caviezel has been very limited in his acting thus far and that took away from Reese's character in the early episodes. But now the writing seems to have found a way to work around Reese's dry lines and have finally given him an appropriately fun and charming personality which contrasts with Jim Caviezel's performance nicely. Instead of Reese being a boring badass with a Batman voice, he has become a cool and funny guy that carries a certain light-hearted way about him as he does his job. This new Reese is much more exciting to follow than what we had gotten before.
I liked Finch's scenes in this episode. I liked that Finch was forced to make a new system as it helps put over how threatening Root was in the last episode. The exploration of Finch's paranoia was very good and I liked how he started following Will to ensure that he doesn't uncover anything. The scene with Alicia raises some interesting questions and I'm excited to see if we get more answers by the season's conclusion (see: The Unknown).
The final moments with the Machine declaring Reese as a threat were terrific. I have so many questions about this and I'm really intrigued to see how things play out.
The Bad: The POI story was weak. Darren wasn't an interesting character, and without any involvement with Elias, Root or Snow who we are invested in, the story was impossible to care about. I tried to get into it but there just wasn't enough presented to make me care about what happens to Darren.
This storyline feels like it belongs in the first 5 episodes of the show. This episode did more to make me like and understand Reese than any other episode. It feels like something we should have seen much earlier than we did.
There were a few moments that annoyed me a lot. First was the way that Carter arrested Brick. The scene felt sloppy and I was confused to see that Reese and Carter communicated as friends in front of Brick. What if Brick mentioned this to the police? They are already suspicious of Carter. Furthermore, why wouldn't Brick call for a lawyer immediately if he has already been apprehended? He has been through this before apparently, so surely he should know to get a lawyer immediately. Also, it's hard to imagine Carter being allowed to arrest somebody with such a small amount of evidence.
This show loves the cliché of having the POI run away because they don't trust Reese. It's especially sloppy here because Darren has no reason not to trust Reese at this point. He just runs away because the story demands it.
The Unknown: Who is Alicia? How does she know Finch? She appeared to be unsettled by the idea that Finch was around somewhere. Why? Is she afraid of him? Is there a side to Finch that we haven't seen yet?
What does the Machine mean when it is monitoring Reese? Is it stating that Reese is a threat to the Machine itself, or could it possibly mean he is a threat to Finch? Does Finch have access to this information? Ingram was named as a threat in an earlier episode. I thought it meant Nathan, but it seems more likely that it was his son Will. And Finch immediately sought him out after this, so could he have been aware of that? Does this mean that Finch will view Reese as a threat after this? That could be really interesting.
Best Moment: The scene with Will and Alicia was the best moment. The dialogue was really well written and I was worried for a second that Will may actually uncover something big.
Character of the Episode: Reese.
Conclusion: This episode was a bit of a mixed bag. The POI story was a failure, but the continuation of the overall plot in the background of this episode was strong.
Summary: Rick continues getting phone calls and eventually discovers that they are a hallucination. Glenn and Maggie go out on a supply run. Andrea starts a romantic relationship with the Governor. Merle goes hunting with a group of men to find Michonne. The other men die and Merle determines Michonne is as good as dead. Merle runs into Glenn and Maggie and captures them. He reports to the Governor and tells him Michonne is dead. Daryl finds Carol alive.
The Good: The phone call storyline was excellent. I am extremely pleased that the show is portraying Rick's grief in such detail, giving him two entire episodes to mourn the death of his wife. Andrew Lincoln was phenomenal in this episode and did well to show Rick's declined mental state after he has lost his purpose. The hopelessness that hits him is sad to watch but it's very impactful. Seeing Rick grieving the fact that he couldn't put the group back together is heartbreaking and furthers his story arc as group leader in a new way.
There were a few strong character scenes throughout the episode to compliment the Rick scenes as well. Rick and Hershel had a lovely scene as Hershel gets to thank Rick for saving his life. I also like that Hershel clearly notices that Rick is losing it, but has the patience to let Rick grieve and rediscover himself instead of just calling him crazy. Daryl and Carl had a good scene. I liked Daryl's monologue about losing his mother and Carl's emotionless reaction to it was pretty sad. Carl has lost himself after Lori's death, but in a totally different way than Rick. Merle had some nice moments in this episode to let us know that he is still a crazy, murderous bastard despite the Governor helping him find his place in the community.
Merle's hunt for Michonne was pretty good aside from one odd moment (see: The Bad). I especially liked the confrontation between Merle and Glenn/Maggie. There was a lot of tension because it was impossible to know what Merle was planning to do with Glenn and Maggie. It was possible that he would simply go with them to see Daryl, but he also could have easily attempted to capture or kill them. Add in Michonne hiding behind the car, and the scene was wildly unpredictable with tons of tension. I thought the pay-off was good too as I could easily buy into Merle outclassing Glenn and Maggie the way he did.
The Bad: The discovery of Carol wasn't satisfying at all. The story of her disappearance was pointless in the end and it accomplished nothing. I was annoyed that the writers only allowed Daryl to show some emotion over losing Carol mere moments before he found her.
Gargulio's character was highly implausible. The idea that this frightened guy would become a hardened and excited killer was simply ridiculous. The whole transformation was rushed and unconvincing.
The Unknown: What is the Governor going to do with Glenn and Maggie? Does he plan to learn where their group is?
It's interesting that the Governor wanted Michonne's head and sword to be returned. Was the head for his head collection? It seems that he has more of an attachment to these heads than he lets on. Why is that?
How did Michonne find the prison? What does she plan to do when Rick lets her in? Does she want to help Andrea? Glenn and Maggie? Or is she just hoping for a community that is better than Woodbury?
Best Moment: Rick's realization that he was hallucinating was sad. His teary admission that he failed to fix the group and keep them together was sad and extremely well performed.
Character of the Episode: Rick.
Conclusion: This was a good episode that I enjoyed. While there wasn't anything that made this great, it was a solid hour of television.
Summary: Finch notifies Reese that the next POI is an ordinary plan named Powell. They suspect that he is planning to kill a congressman but eventually realize he was set up by a professional hacker. They try to hack the hacker to get more information but the hacker is better than they expect and their system is compromised. Powell is arrested and Reese has to get to him to make sure he isn't killed. Finch brings Zoe in and together they figure out that a congressman named Matheson is working with the hacker. They arrange for him to be framed. The hacker cuts ties with Matheson and arranges for him to be killed. Powell is proven innocent. Finch is contacted by the hacker who relishes in a formidable opponent. She identifies herself as Root and reveals to know Finch's identity.
The Good: The opening scene was pretty fun. I liked Finch calling Reese in the middle of a fight and it allowed for some rather funny moments of interaction. Pleasingly, this continued throughout the episode and it led to a few more fun moments between the characters. I especially enjoyed Reese lecturing Finch about stakeouts. Reese brought out some good dry humour which helps with the big issue of his character being boring.
The hacking details of this story were well done. The story was easy to follow and never veered into being too complicated which is impressive. Dumbing down hacking to make it understandable for the general population is pretty tough to do and I've seen many TV shows and movies unsuccessfully attempt it. More impressively, the hacker, Root, was able to come out of the episode looking extremely intelligent and threatening despite the simplicity of the hacking. The ending cliff-hanger was really strong and I'm excited by the possibility of a character being out there who is aware of who Finch is and could possibly even be aware of the Machine (see: The Unknown).
Powell's story was fine in this episode. I like that his character was allowed to have some common ground with Reese which was nicely explored in the subway scene. The drama in the episode was very strong as expected. The action scenes in particular stood out as all three fist fights were well choreographed. The bathroom brawl was particularly good as it used the environment nicely to add to the struggle.
It was nice to see Zoe again even though she didn't do a whole lot. I'm more pleased at this development because it confirms the possibility of POI characters potentially returning if needed.
The Bad: The show really likes to cut to commercials with Reese/Finch making some important discovery about the person they are investigating. I've been noticing this pattern in every episode and it's starting to stand out to me.
I thought that Finch and Zoe's conversation was a contrived method for them to suspect Matheson. The entire basis of their discovery was based on speculation which is a very unsatisfying way for the plot to develop.
They got a little too cute at the end with Reese magically vanishing.
The Unknown: Who is Root? How does she know who Finch is? Is she aware about he Machine? How about Reese? It's so interesting to have a character with this much mystique surrounding her.
Best Moment: I'll go with the ending. Finch's identity has been so secret that nobody has ever figured out who he is. Yet somehow this hacker managed to derive his identity through his computer. It's a huge moment that feels even bigger because of how frequently Finch's secretive nature has been played up this season.
Character of the Episode: Reese.
Conclusion: This was a solid episode that introduced another big villain in entertaining fashion. There wasn't anything particularly special here, but it was pretty good.
Summary: Reese meets with Carter and enlists her help in the next POI case but he doesn't tell Fusco. The POI, Andrea is a lawyer whose life is in danger and Reese looks into it. Reese grows suspicious when Finch goes to meetings he doesn't tell Reese about. Reese uses Fusco to follow Finch and learns that Finch is communicating with Will, Ingram's son. Reese also learns that Ingram passed away. Andrea is attacked by a friend, Chris who is the villain. Reese and Carter work together to take him out.
The Good: I liked the opening scene a lot. The Reese/Carter interactions were really strong and I really liked Carter's continual curiosity about how Finch is able to get all of the information. I thought Reese handled Carter's questions nicely and he was able to recruit her effectively to help them out. Their double-team throughout the episode was good and nicely finished the story arc of Carter discovering Finch and Reese's operation and joining in.
Finch's storyline was really strong in this episode and it raises a lot of questions (see: The Unknown). The idea of some distrust between Reese and Finch makes sense considering how closed in both characters are. While they have worked together and formed a bond, they really don't know much about each other and it makes sense for Reese to finally decide to figure out exactly who Finch is and what he's up to. The addition of Will is a good follow-up from the intriguing flashbacks in the last episode and I'm really excited to see where this story goes.
I liked that the show continued to show Reese struggling to fight due to his gunshot wound. Wounds like that don't heal quickly, so I'm glad that the show isn't pretending that it magically healed overnight.
The Bad: The POI story was very simple in this episode, and it felt like the usual boring and predictable plot. It's hard to have 25 original stories every season and some episodes have suffered because of this. This episode lacked originality. The plot twist at the end was very predictable and mirrored the Rick twist from the previous episode, but it wasn't anywhere near as enjoyable since we literally just saw this story happen. I didn't like that the show attempted to make us sympathize with Terrence by showing that he has kids. It's a lazy way to try to induce our sympathy for a character we have no reason to care about.
I had some nitpicks on this episode. It's pretty hard to believe that the CIA are consistently letting Carter escape their tails. They should be much more suspicious by now if she escapes from them over and over again. Are we supposed to believe that Fusco can successfully tail Finch? This is the same overly cautious Finch who knew when Reese was following him in the first episode and told him that they would meet on his terms. It's tough to believe that he wouldn't notice somebody tailing him. Especially Fusco of all people. Let's not forget that Fusco failed to keep his eye on a POI he was tasked to follow just two episodes ago.
Reese's reasoning for Carter and Fusco not knowing that the other is also a part of the operation is really stupid. Heck, Reese doesn't even provide a real reason and he simply dodges the question when Finch asks it. This is a clear example of a character doing something because the plot demands it.
The Unknown: Is Carter a full member now? Or is she still skeptical of joining Reese?
Why is Finch in contact with Will? What happened to Ingram? How did he die? Was Finch responsible somehow? Does it have something to do with Ingram being a threat? Why doesn't Finch tell Reese about this? What else will Reese uncover? Will it create a hole in their bond?
Best Moment: The opening scene was the best part about this episode. The interactions between Reese and Carter were really good. Thankfully both characters have grown on me and Jim Caviezel gives a better performance in better scenes like these.
Character of the Episode: Finch.
Conclusion: This was a decent episode, but it's the most flawed the show has been in a while. While I like where the plot is heading, this episode wasn't the best.
Summary: Flashbacks show Finch trying to offer the Machine to the government with the help of his friend Ingram. The next POI is a super named Trask. Finch and an injured Reese become tenants in the same building where Trask works. They figure out he is stalking a girl in the building named Lily who has a boyfriend and that he plans to kill the boyfriend. Carter dodges Snow's tails and tries to contact Finch. Finch allows her to and shows her what they do through example. Reese discovers that Trask intends to kill that night and stops him. However, he realizes that Trask is actually helping Lily as Rick isn't her boyfriend but her stalker. Reese, Finch and Trask all team up to kill Rick and save Lily.
The Good: This was another good episode where the show added further proof that it has found its footing.
I thought that the idea of Finch and Reese switching roles in this episode due to Reese's injury was really clever and was a good way to keep the show fresh. I enjoyed seeing Finch struggle to do Reese's job as it put over how difficult Reese's job is while also showing us a new side to Finch as he is forced to get his hands dirty consistently throughout the episode. I also got some laughs out of Reese trying to tell Finch what to do.
I liked that this episode focused more on the characters trying to get to a solution instead of them simply obtaining the solution easily. The focus on these details made the episode much more satisfying overall. I liked Finch finding a specific doctor to heal Reese who he knows won't ever speak anything about it. I liked Reese preventing Trask from killing Rick by thinking on his feet and turning on the fire alarm. I also liked the explanation as to why the CIA won't find Reese being that Finch has tasked Fusco with providing them with false leads. All of these little details were very good and helped with my engagement with the story. With the characters needing to work hard to prevent everything from spiralling out of control, the story has a sense of danger which is essential for tension-based action shows like this.
Carter's story was also strong in this episode for the same reasons. I was pleased that the showed spent an entire scene showing how Carter threw the CIA tail. It shows how intelligent she is while also giving attention to the fact that the CIA would obviously be following Carter after the events of last episode. I was really happy to see her continue to investigate Finch, and their interactions in this episode were terrific (see: Best Moment).
I really liked the scene where Trask chased Finch, thinking he had found the thief. The whole scene was brilliant drama and was genuinely tense. The way that Reese got Finch out of the predicament was organic and worked really well too. I was pleased by it. I also like that Reese found a solution for Finch in case this happened again, even if it was a bit too convenient (see: The Bad).
The flashbacks were really good. It brought more insight on the Machine and has made me a lot more interested in finding out how exactly the system works. I wasn't expecting this to be addressed, but I am glad that we are seemingly getting an answer on this.
The Bad: I was annoyed by one specific line of dialogue. Reese apparently didn't have an open mind regarding Trask's role as either a victim or a perpetrator. Surely after this much time working with Finch he would know better.
How did Reese just happen to access a master key for the building? It was too convenient.
The climax of the episode didn't deliver. The fight started well, but then it went into ridiculous territory quickly. Reese didn't even appear to be injured during the fight and he even started walking and fighting like it was nothing which confused me. Then, Rick died a laughable death that was over-dramatic to the point that it made me laugh from the sheer ridiculousness of it all.
The Unknown: Does Finch plan to recruit Carter to his cause? Is that why he showed her what they do?
Who is Ingram? Where is he now? I noticed at the end that the Machine picked up a threat from Ingram. Is that from the present or the past? What is Ingram planning?
Does Reese's theory that the Machine in actually Finch have nay merit to it? Is the Machine somehow built into Finch or something along those lines?
Best Moment: Finch and Carter's conversation was terrific. I really liked Finch's metaphoric story about him being thrown in the deep end to figure out how to swim. Michael Emerson is such a good actor.
Character of the Episode: Finch.
Conclusion: "Person of Interest" has become consistently fun. It was a rough road to get here, but now the show is delivering.
Summary: The machine gives 4 POIs at once. Reese looks into them and finds one already dead. Reese follows Wendy, Finch follows Matt and Fusco follows Paula. Paula and Wendy escape. Matt is killed by a bomb while Finch was watching. Finch discovers that the four found money on a guy who died in a car crash and that's why they are being hunted. Carter is contacted by Snow, a man who knew Reese in his prior life and wants him dead. The girls gather at their house and Reese contacts them and saves them from death. The girls go to a hospital to visit their mom where they have stashed the money. Reese contacts them but Paula has been captured and Wendy is expected to bring the money to her at a parking garage. Reese tells Carter to meet at this garage but Carter tells Snow. Finch overhears this. Reese saves the girls but Snow and Carter arrive. Reese is shot and Finch hurries to extract him. Carter gets to them but lets them go.
The Good: This was a very strong episode that proves to me that "Person of Interest" has finally hit its stride. This episode crammed a lot into 45 minutes and was very enjoyable for almost the entire time.
I thought the build up to the POI story was pretty good. It was an intriguing mystery and I was never able to figure out very much of it until the characters made the discoveries themselves. The story was also made better by including a few really good moments, mostly from Finch. I really liked Finch being unnerved by watching another innocent die without being able to do anything to stop it. It made him feel more human and Michael Emerson played it very well. I also liked the way that Finch set up the congressman. It's so much more satisfying to see characters set up and execute plots to get what they want instead of just getting what they want without doing much work at all.
The best part of the episode was the introduction of Snow as another major player. Before his arrival, Carter's story seemed to be a solid follow-up to last week's episodes. I was actually pretty surprised to see the show immediately capitalize on the momentum it gained after the way it messed up the continuation of the Elias story. I am very pleased though as Carter's encounter has led to an increase in urgency for the Reese investigation. We got some very interesting backstory on Reese (see: The Unknown), and now there is a new big threat to Reese, and this threat actually feels pretty legitimate unlike the one-off villains in prior episodes.
The storylines all intersected in a terrific climax. Reese leading Wendy to make the switch became really tense because I had no clue when Carter, Finch and Snow would appear. The swap ended up being tenser than it should have been. But the swap was only the beginning of what was the show's best climactic act so far. Snow arrives and Reese actually gets shot. This genuinely surprised me because it's so rare for Reese to feel mortal. He frequently comes off as an untouchable badass that is never in danger, and to see him struggling to live was refreshing in a way. Furthermore, I thought that the Reese/Finch relationship build-up paid off big time here. After seeing them work together for the past 9 episodes, I bought into Finch's desperation to save him and I understood their friendship towards each other. I thought Carter choosing to let Reese live was a fantastic moment too. It teaches us so much about her by seeing her make a tough decision. In the end, she remains consistent to her righteous side that we learned all about in the last episode, choosing to let Reese and Finch live regardless of the consequences she may be forced to face.
The Bad: Does Reese have some camouflage ability that I don't know about? Fusco follows his POI the same way Reese would, yet he is immediately noticed. How has this never happened to Reese?
Why did the bad guys kill Matt suddenly? Didn't they need to get his money? Why didn't they do the same with Wendy and Paula? Odd.
The Unknown: This special case of four POIs does beg the question of why the machine doesn't do this every time. Why doesn't the machine just give the names of both the perpetrator and the victim?
Who is Snow exactly? What was his relationship with Reese? Were they on good terms? Why does he want to kill Reese? Did Reese actually kill Stanton? Was it something else? How did she die? How did Reese fake his death?
Will Carter be forced to face consequences for allowing Reese to survive?
Best Moment: The final three minutes were stellar. The standout moment in all of it was Carter allowing Reese and Finch to go.
Character of the Episode: Carter.
Conclusion: This was very good. This had some of the best drama of all of the episodes thus far and the ending of the episode was both powerful and memorable. The show has picked up in a big way.
Summary: Flashbacks show Carter's history in the army. In the present, the next POI is Carter. Reese investigates her with Fusco's help and they discover tons of people who may want her dead including Elias and a thug named Hector. Reese helps Carter survive many of these threats and makes contact with her telling her to be careful. However, Carter is betrayed and shot by a friend, BC, who Reese kills. Carter survives the attempt on her life by wearing a bulletproof vest.
The Good: This was the strongest episode so far. The focus on carter was very welcome and helped transform her from a side character to somebody I am invested in. I didn't care very much about what she was doing in prior episodes because I never felt like I knew very much about her. This episode rectified that by giving me a good understanding of her principles, values, backstory, goals, and character. It was a very strong exploration of her character that sets her up nicely as a protagonist in her own right despite the fact that she is against Reese and Finch.
The flashbacks finally delivered something more than just intrigue which i really liked. These flashbacks properly provided insight on Carter's character and had a purpose. In just a few scenes, I was able to understand everything that Carter was about and I shared in her despair when she realizes that the soldiers let Yusuf die. The backstory did a lot of work in making me understand why Carter is going around trying to save everyone instead of simply focusing on her specific job. But more importantly, it made me appreciate the character of Carter and now I am emotionally invested in what she does in the show.
This episode built up its story extremely well, barring one scene (see: The Bad). The danger surrounding Carter is amplified by a lot because of the sheer number of people who are out to kill her. There is Hector, there is Elias and there are the dirty cops and you have no idea which ones will pose the largest danger for Carter. Furthermore, there is also the danger of Reese potentially letting himself be discovered while trying to save Carter. All of these factors help make this episode more engaging than all previous episodes and it felt like an episode where something big could actually happen.
While I did end up predicting BC turning on Carter about a minute before it happened, I still thought it was an effective twist. With all of these threats around Carter, the actual danger came from the place you would least expect it, which is solid storytelling. It was also an effective way to get Reese and Carter to have a conversation without Carter being able to arrest him. I'm curious to see how their relationship furthers from this experience.
I thought Reese had his best scene in this episode. That came when he viciously threatened Captain Lynch. I was impressed by this because it was the culmination of an actual character story that Reese went through in this episode. By following Carter throughout the episode, Reese gains respect for her and eventually ends up supporting her cause. His dedication to her reaches its climax when he threatens Captain Lynch. For once, Jim Caviezel actually puts some emotion into his acting and I feel like Reese is a little more than cool batman in this scene.
The Bad: This episode had done well to avoid "Person of Interest"'s long-winded exposition scenes. But then we get one scene with Fusco and Captain Lynch which gave us so much information with nothing being done to earn this information. It stands out even more than usual because of how much better the rest of this episode was by comparison.
So Elias is the one who shot Carter. How do they know this? Surely the blood test would track some teacher called Charlie Burton, not Elias himself. Why didn't they just go arrest him then? Where is Elias now anyways? Did he quit his job as a teacher to commit more to being a criminal? Does he have actual protection now? None of these questions are answered, and that's pretty annoying because we now have no idea how much of a threat Elias is.
The Unknown: Will Carter be attacked again in the future? It's been established that she has a lot of enemies.
Can Carter possibly have an alliance with Reese?
So what is Elias up to? Where did he go? What is he doing?
Best Moment: Reese threatening Lynch was pretty great.
Character of the Episode: Carter.
Conclusion: I'm noticing a trend in this series. Whenever the show builds foundation for the future, I enjoy it so much more than the one-off episodes which don't deliver much in the long-term. This was the strongest episode of the series thus far and it gives me hope that I'll like where this show is heading even if there are some bumps on the way there.
Summary: The new POI is Ulrich Kohl who is a former spy hunting down his former comrades. Finch and Reese investigate and discover he is getting revenge since his former team were responsible for his wife, Anja's death. However he learns that Anja is still alive and scared of him. Reese fears Kohl will kill her and gets her to a safe location and confronts him. Kohl turns the tables on Reese and escapes. Kohl visits his daughter so he can go speak with Anja. He confesses that Anja was right to fear him and Reese kills him.
The Good: Alan Dale as Kohl was pretty fun. I like the addition of another "Lost" character, plus Alan Dale is very good. I thought that Kohl's story was pretty good and served as a good way to make Finch and Reese reflect on their lives at the end of the episode.
The Bad: Unfortunately the show has lost all of its momentum coming out of "Witness". Elias is gone and forgotten for now, so we are sadly back to person of the week episodes that are pretty much devoid of any long-running story to be engaged in. I would be fine with it if any of these episodes provided something worth watching, but unfortunately they don't.
This episode made me realize the biggest flaw about "Person of Interest". The whole thing is so predictable. This episode told a good story but completely failed to engage me because it all felt too familiar. Reese never loses or is in any real danger so I'm never invested in the action he gets himself into. The rest we are left with is mystery based around the POI. Unfortunately the show has groomed me to expect answers dished out to us in unsatisfying ways by the end of the episode. The sheer amount of expositional dialogue in all of these episodes is taxing on me and it ruins the fun of solving a mystery since the characters practically just come up with the answers with no effort whatsoever. It's not engaging television and it makes me feel like I'm wasting my time if I try to get invested. It's bad when a TV show leaves me feeling like I shouldn't bother caring about the characters since I know we will never see them again and they don't matter in the long run at all.
There were logic gaps in this episode like all of the other ones. Reese conveniently showing up like 4 seconds too late got old fast, yet they must have done it three times in this episode. I was extremely annoyed that Reese was able to talk to the German agent after shooting his car without getting apprehended or anything. Did nobody see this happen? How about the guy that was literally standing right next to the German agent? Furthermore, why would Finch be present for that scene? It seems like an unnecessary risk, especially considering how paranoid Finch is and that Finch has recently been interrogated by the cops regarding the Elias robbery. Lastly, if Kohl is such a great spy that was able to locate his former comrades, how did he not know that Anja was still alive? Also why did he wait 20 years to do this? I don't think this was ever answered, though I may have simply missed something. There's too much exposition, so it's easy to miss something when information is being dished out so much.
Did they really pass up on an opportunity to please every "Lost" fan by not having Dale and Emerson in a scene together? Come on. Also, it's not the best idea to cast an actor with a heavy New Zealand accent as a Russian spy.
The Unknown: The flashbacks were really interesting. Who was Reese working for before being taken in by Finch? Who were the organization he was associated with? Will they come into the story later? Is Reese not actually his name?
Best Moment: I really liked Reese and Finch wondering if they would be buried under different names and if anyone would care. It was a very human moment for both of them and I wish this show included more scenes like that.
Character of the Episode: Finch.
Conclusion: This episode completely failed to follow up the show's best episode appropriately. This was another dull episode that indulged the show's worst habits.
Summary: A Russian mob goes after a witness who saw the death of a man who they murdered. The cops investigate and so do Reese and Finch. The POI is the witness. The witness is a teacher named Charlie who Reese saves from the Russians. Reese gets disconnected from Finch so both of them have to work on their own. Charlie is shot and Reese has to save him, but they are trapped in a building filled with Russians. Finch looks more into the case and discovers that Elias is involved. Charlie revealed that he was told to get a message to Elias by the victim. Reese eventually escapes and captures one of the Russians, Laszlo. They take a ferry and head to meet Fusco who will safely extract them. However, Charlie reveals he is Elias and sends a message by shooting Laszlo. Elias murders Ivan, the leader of the Russians.
The Good: This was a stronger episode overall and it's probably the best episode of the show thus far.
I thought the story in this episode was much more tense and exciting than previous ones. The reason for this comes from the story. The focus surrounding this witness allows for Reese and Finch, the cops, Elias's forces and the Russians to all be gunning for the same thing which makes for an episode that feels important with a central plot point and tons of potential for excitement. I thought the scenes in the apartment complex were fairly solid drama and I liked watching it.
The best moment of the episode was easily the twist. I am pleased to say that the Elias twist caught me completely off guard and surprised me. It was a combination of the show's previously predictable nature and a plot that's busier than most "Person of Interest" episodes that prevented me from expecting this episode to do anything more than a basic happy ending for Charlie. So when the reveal started clicking in and Charlie turned on Reese, I was surprised and impressed as the show had finally pulled off something worth watching. The twist is incredibly smart in other ways too. The biggest thing it has going for it is that it allows Reese and Elias to have a more personal rivalry which makes us more invested in seeing Reese take this guy out. Had Elias just been another guy, I wouldn't have cared nearly this much about Reese foiling his plans. Furthermore, getting us to know Elias as a smart and friendly guy helps make him a more layered villain which is much more interesting than the bland and generic bad guys in previous episodes.
The Bad: This still suffered from the same flaws: Inconsistent storytelling, Reese's bland acting, weak dialogue and so many more things which need ironing out. However, I thought the flaws didn't stand out quite as much in this episode for some reason. Perhaps it was slightly more competent writing in this episode.
That's not to say there were no flaws in the story. I think I'll always have holes to poke in this story. It's highly illogical that Reese would get to Charlie before the Russians reached his apartment. The Russians were flooding into the building and Reese was across the street, so I don't see any way for him to make it inside. Furthermore, Elias seems to be a woefully unprotected man considering how powerful and important he is. What would he have done about the Russians if Reese hadn't come along?
I thought the idea of a Russian mob was stupid. Another cliché with the generic Russian bad guys.
The Unknown: What are Elias' plans exactly? How does he plan to conquer the world? Who are the five families? How are the Russians involved with this?
Best Moment: The Elias reveal was the show's best moment so far. It was genuinely surprising and gave the show a crucial plot line to build off of.
Character of the Episode: Elias.
Conclusion: This was a good episode and it's a big one for the future of the show. This episode sets up a major plot line with a ton of promise that suggests that this show may actually get a lot better. Now it's up to the rest of this season to deliver.
Summary: Phoebe is giving birth to the triplets but she decides that she wants to keep one. Monica and Chandler have issues when Rachel sets Monica up on a date. Joey finds out that he has kidney stones.
The Good: The doctor characters were really good here. The doctor obsessed with Fonzie was fantastic and ended up being much funnier than I expected. I also really liked the doctor who kept saying "kidney stones" with perfect comedic timing. This show has always been consistent when it comes to funny side characters. As for the main characters, most of them were great in this episode. Joey was very funny in his storyline and Frank Jr's enthusiasm at becoming a father was the funniest part of the entire episode. I did like Chandler and Monica's final conversation, not what built up to it.
The Bad: Some of the storylines were pretty dull which took away from this. I didn't get many laughs from Joey passing the kidney stones being compared to Phoebe giving birth. I thought that Phoebe's idea to keep one child was silly and it takes away from Phoebe's character. It may have worked better if Phoebe said this while under some kind of sedative, but not as an idea that she simply came up with. Chandler and Monica's argument felt petty and I thought that the story was too predictable with how it ended. The male nurse thing wasn't that funny either.
Best Moment: Frank Jr getting a kick out of Phoebe making the resident doctor cry was hilarious.
Character of the Episode: Frank Jr.
Conclusion: This was a fun episode and I really enjoyed it, but some flaws in how the stories were written took away from what could have been a great episode. This ended up being good but had potential to be much more.
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