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: Reese becomes a driver for the next POI, Zoe Morgan. Reese and Finch realize she is a fixer and track her involvement to a company called Vitalen, as she has a recording which incriminates them. The company tries to cut ties with her by killing her but Reese saves her. Together, the three of them discover that Vitalen intends to sell a drug with a 3% mortality rate. Zoe and Reese are captured but Zoe talks her way out. Reese gets out as well and is able to get the recording evidence out to Finch. Carter investigates a murder which she connects to the Elias evidence box. She contacts a former detective, Sully, but he turns up dead. Carter collects a blood sample of the person who killed him.
The Good: I enjoyed this episode. While there weren't any particularly great moments or emotion to this, it was a relatively fun drama episode with an engaging plot line. The initial investigation on Zoe was pretty fun and I was engaged by the mystery of what she was doing. That's the one thing that made this episode stand out: the mystery. There were tons of questions being raised throughout which gelled together at the end making this episode a complete mystery, which I found to be fun. However, I've always been a sucker for mysteries, so I may have enjoyed this more than the average viewer.
Carter's story was really good here because it promised some big things to come with all of this set-up for Elias. The mystery in this storyline, just like the main storyline, was compelling and it interested me immediately. I especially liked the tense final moments which engaged me a lot due to how unpredictable this Elias story currently is (see: Best Moment).
I liked Finch's scene where he got to talk about all of the people he could have saved but was unable to. It was a good showcase for Michael Emerson in a show that hasn't used him properly.
I like the addition of Zoe as a new character. I hope to see her more as Paige Turco is pretty good and is a welcome change of pace from Reese's Batman voice solving every problem.
The Bad: The beginning of the episode did disappoint me. It was a prime example of a TV show telling us and not showing us. Reese has become Zoe's driver, yet we have no idea how he got to this position or what Finch had to do to set this up. It's a shame because it could have been exceptionally fun to see this get set up.
The same flaws stick once more for this episode. While I like Zoe's character, the examination of her as a POI wasn't particularly interesting and her conflict with the villains was bland. Hell, the villains in general were bland too. I wish this show could have some long-running arcs so that the villains could improve. And of course, it wouldn't be a "Person of Interest" episode without at least one illogical scene. The stand-out in this episode for me was the villains taking Zoe on her word that she sent an e-mail instead of simply checking her phone. What makes this worse is that they check her phone later, showing that they had the ability to do this the whole time.
The biggest issue with this story is the lack of character moments outside of Finch's brief speech. An episode like this would have been so much better with a proper character arc or emotional conflict that gets explored throughout its run. We don't get anything like that in this episode which prevents it from being good television. This flaw has hurt "Person of Interest" in its entire run so far, and I think it's the main reason this show hasn't connected with me very well.
The Unknown: So who was it that killed the suspect and Sully? Was that actually Elias? I feel like it wouldn't be as I imagine that Elias has some other connections.
Will we see Zoe again? The show sets it up so we can expect a return later, perhaps as a recurring character.
Best Moment: Carter finds Sully dead and gets into a direct confrontation with his murderer. After Carter shoots the unknown person and goes after them, the scene picked up with a great amount of tension. Due to the unpredictability of the Elias storyline, for a moment I had no clue what would happen and actually felt that Carter may be kidnapped, or shot, or something else. It's a great sign when a story has that moment of unpredictability where you have genuinely no clue what to expect.
Character of the Episode: Finch. This is getting pretty repetitive now, isn't it? Hopefully the show realizes how much of an asset they have with this character.
Conclusion: This was a fairly enjoyable episode of "Person of Interest" thought that's not a particularly high standard. While I liked the episode, it never threatened to fix the problems that I've had with the show so far and suffered from a lot of those problems.
Summary: The next POI is a judge, Samuel Gates. Reese follows him but soon after, his son is kidnapped. Reese investigates and is able to link the kidnapping to a case that Gates is overseeing. The kidnappers request that Gates throws the case. The guilty party, a woman named Angela, is in cohorts with the kidnappers. She is declared innocent, but Reese captures the kidnappers and sets them up for the cops. Gates' son is returned to him.
The Good: I continue to enjoy Reese and Finch's interactions. The best parts of this episode happened at the beginning and the end with the conversations between Reese and Finch.
The Bad: This wasn't good. This was like a mash-up of everything I disliked about this show and it was disappointing. Reese was uncharismatic, the POI was boring and uninteresting, the action was hard to care about, and the story was filled with inconsistencies. The whole episode was so generic and unimportant that it feels like a filler episode due to the fact that it doesn't even play a role in the overarching storyline.
The villains of this episode were pretty poor. They were cliché and forgettable, making them a complete waste of my time. Furthermore, they were all idiots. They look really dumb for letting Reese sabotage all of their plans. Furthermore, they don't keep watch on Gates which is incredibly dumb for a kidnapping story. How did they plan to ensure that Gates didn't go to the cops? It also looks stupid that they allow him to work with Reese.
The climax of the episode was poor. The episode did nothing to make me even a little bit invested in this story, so I was bored throughout the climax. The action was very poor too since it's hard to believe that none of the guys would have shot Reese, Gates or his son when they were directly in the open.
I was sad to see David Constabile roped into this mess of an episode. His talents were wasted and he really should have been placed in a bigger role.
Reese hearing the phone ring and immediately assuming "that's them" in reference to the kidnappers is a perfect example of why this show is failing. First of all, the dialogue adds nothing and is dulled down by Jim Caviezel. Next, how does Reese know it's not just a telemarketer? It's a stupid assumption that would make him look like a fool if somebody else called instead. Third, the line is only in there to make Reese look "cool". If the writers cared even half as much about telling a story instead of making Reese look cool, maybe this show wouldn't be as poor as it is.
Fusco really needs to learn when to have his criminal conversations. He steps two feet away from Carter for the phone call, and he follows up by having a conversation about criminal activity with Reese in public, right next to people. Unbelievable.
The Unknown: How long will Fusco last before Carter discovers him? He is pretty bad at his job. It's a wonder that Reese hasn't replaced him yet.
Best Moment: Finch proving to be overly paranoid in the opening scene.
Character of the Episode: Finch.
Conclusion: This was a bland, uninspired nothing of an episode that failed to make me care. It was moderately entertaining I guess, but other than that, it was a boring mess.
Summary: The next POI is a hard-working doctor, Megan who Reese discovers is plotting to murder a man, Andrew, who raped her sister and caused her to commit suicide. Carter investigates more on Reese and goes to talk with Finch. Fusco gets involved with drug dealers and needs Reese's help to kill them. Reese doesn't kill them and Fusco betrays him. Reese tries to prevent Megan from executing her plan but he is captured by the drug dealers. Reese breaks out and gets to Megan in time and convinces her not to kill Andrew. Reese debates whether or not to kill Andrew. Fusco is assigned to work under Carter so Reese can keep an eye on the investigation on him.
The Good: This was a stronger episode with better drama. I thought that Reese's investigational skills came off better here and I liked the way he identified who Andrew was, though I would have liked to see how he returned his ID. Furthermore, the complexity of the plot made this episode less predictable and I was delightfully surprised at a few points in the episode.
Megan is definitely the most fascinating POI so far and her story held my interest better than any previous episode. I thought the character conflict of a doctor having to make the tough decision of taking a life was pretty compelling and added a layer to this episode that the previous episodes were missing.
The climax of the episode was handled very well. I really like that all of the storylines (Carter's investigation, Fusco and the drug dealers, the POI) came together for a suspenseful and exciting final act of the story. It was very fun throughout with a few really good scenes. The highlights were Finch lying through his death like Ben Linus to Carter to save his skin, and Reese debating on what he should do with Andrew at the end of the episode. I approve of the decision to end the episode without giving us an answer for what Reese did, allowing us to try to figure out what Reese would have done, giving us that extra amount of engagement with the story.
The Bad: The episode was still badly flawed and far from perfect.
Reese remains a very poor aspect of the show. This episode gave more focus to Finch which really highlighted the vast difference in the quality of performance between Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel. Emerson is terrific and adds value to every line that his character says, whereas Caviezel is devoid of any charisma and drags all of his scenes down with his dry and boring line delivery. It's one of the main reasons that Reese is so boring to me, along with the lack of development the character has had. I'm confident that the only reason I like his character when he talks with Finch is simply because Emerson's performance brings the best out of those around him as well.
The drug dealer plot is pretty poorly thought out. I have no clue why Reese doesn't just kill them since it would be convenient for him in every way. It helps Fusco stay in line with Reese helping him out and it also prevents any loose ends for Carter to find while she investigates him. With Reese being so sloppy when dealing with them, it makes him look like a total idiot for getting caught while following Megan. Also, how did the drug dealers find him anyways? I don't recall Reese revealing his identity to Fusco in previous episode.
If Meg's plan is so well thought out, why didn't she fill up gas beforehand? I feel like stopping at a gas station with a man in your trunk will cause ridiculous amounts of anxiety. Furthermore, the idea that Megan's excuse to leave work is "I'm taking a nap, don't disturb me", is incredibly dumb. What do the hospital people do when they realize she is gone? A one-way trip from New York to Montauk is four hours long after all, and I don't think anyone naps for that long.
The mafia drug dealers were laughably cliché. I was wondering how long it would take for this show to indulge in the cliché mafia characters, but I certainly didn't expect them this quickly.
So the reason Finch was forced into the crime scene last episode was so this scene could be possible. While I like the development, surely there are better ways to get from point A to point B.
The Unknown: How was Finch injured? What was the surgery for? Is it the reason for his limp? I'm very interested in his past.
Best Moment: Finch and Carter's conversation was tense and Michael Emerson shined once more.
Character of the Episode: Finch.
Conclusion: This was a better episode that improved on little things and moved the plot forward in enjoyable ways. However, the show's flaws still prevent it from finding its footing and being something really great. The potential is there, it's just a matter of the people behind the scenes being capable enough of taking advantage of it.
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