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.
Just a university student who loves to watch TV. And criticize it like hell.