Summary: The next POI is a man named Ian and the group learns that he is a stalker that dates many women and likely kills them. Carter is sent in on a date with him and they eventually realize that he is being targeted by a man named Wellington. Ian married Wellington's daughter and got her pregnant and Wellington wasn't pleased so he sent Ian away. After his daughter died, Wellington wants to kill Ian. Reese figures out that Ian has a kid and tells him. Ian makes contact and Reese's group provide him with proof of paternity. Meanwhile, Hersh locates Root and goes to kill her. Root is prepared though and shoots him but doesn't kill him. Root escapes the hospital.
The Good: I can see the purpose of these slower early episodes. Shaw is new to the crew so we need to see her go on a few missions with the main cast to build up a new group dynamic and to help us get more attached to her. It has worked so far and I'm buying into her as a useful asset to the group. This episode sees her introduced to Carter and Zoe which is important to touch on.
Root continues to be my favourite part of these opening episodes. It's entertaining seeing her explain her plan to a normal guy in Carmichael. The scenes don't necessarily offer too much of emotional substance, but they are carried by Amy Acker's fantastic acting and natural charisma. It's fun watching her express her excitement for the ensuing chaos to Carmichael, and the actual action sequence when Hersh comes after her is pretty great. The Machine assists Root to defeat Hersh in an entertaining way, but more intriguingly the Machine allows Hersh to live (see: The Unknown).
The main story has some fine moments. There is some emotion, which shows the episode has its heart in the right place.
The Bad: Unfortunately, the POI story is completely average and provides nothing of particular substance. Carter's attachment to Ian is pretty meaningless and leads nowhere. It's a far cry from prior episodes where Finch and Reese grow attached to a POI. Furthermore, the villain is completely underwhelming. Wellington is hardly even a character and he provides absolutely no drama or tension to the episode. The set-up early on doesn't do much to make me interested in Ian's story, and the actor doesn't do a particularly good job either.
The biggest problem with the main story is the lack of resolution. We get no closure for Ian and we don't know if he actually gets his son back or not. Furthermore, the Wellington conflict is never actually solved and that makes the end of this story feel like a total disappointment.
The Unknown: Why does the Machine want Hersh to live? Does Hersh have a role to play still?
Best Moment: Root revealing what is going to happen to Carmichael was ominous and creepy.
Character of the Episode: Root.
Conclusion: Without the Root story, this is a dud of an episode. Season 3 is off to a rocky start so far.
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