Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

24 12 2016

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Five years ago, you could have never told me a Disney standalone Star Wars spinoff movie would be a good thing. That sentence alone would have conjured up images of the wonderfully nightmarish Star Wars Holiday Special. Plot twist: Rogue One delivers a story worthy of the Star Wars universe, and one that can stand right up there with the original trilogy (I’m giving a stink eye to you, prequels). By the way, if you’re new here- the chances of spoilers ahead are high, very high.

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The Rebels standing in a base, probably built on hope.

While some of the official posters for this movie look like a Celebrate Rebel Diversity Day promo flyer, each one ended up helping make Rogue One memorable (except maybe Forest Whitaker- didn’t really get his character). Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso fantastically anchored the movie with the right amount of grit and heart, and it’s difficult to imagine any other actress filling her role. However, the highlight for me was the darkly sarcastic K-2SO, due to Alan Tudyk’s  timed delivery. Donnie Yen was essentially a blind samurai, which yes, we’ve all seen before, but hey we haven’t seen it in Star Wars! His bro time with Wen Jiang‘s Baze Malbus was great to watch (even their bro deaths), which brings me to the biggest downer. Rogue One‘s all like, “Here’s your new favorite characters! Now they’re all dead. Haha!” This wasn’t really a plot twist (otherwise where were these people later?), but at the same time I’m surprised nobody at all made it out to, I dunno, some far planet to help the Rebellion from there. In the end, it was the right decision.

It was great to get back into the world of the original trilogy- the Rebellion vs. the Empire. We got Mon Motha and Bail Organa, Admiral Ackbar’s extended family, classic Rebel ships, X and Y-Wings, and plenty of screaming Rebel deaths, just like old times. In the absence of any Jedi, the Empire is indeed more formidable, and it was fun to see the plucky Rebels ever-so-barely come out with a (costly) victory. Also, the Death Star eclipsing a sun and nuking a city was terrifyingly epic.

 

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Pew-Pew-Pew-Yaaaay!

 

Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic was memorable, but his character seemed to consistently fail throughout the movie, and didn’t seem that menacing anymore by the end. He didn’t spot Galen’s treachery, he lost the plans, lost the base, even lost the reward for his part in the Death Star creation, and got fried by the Death Star (should this movie just be called “Krennic’s Really Bad Day“?). He also had the cards stacked against him whenever he appeared in scenes next to more iconic Imperial villains such as Vader and Tarkin.

Speaking of Tarkin (how about that segue?), his CGI resurrection has brought mixed feelings among  fans. I for one had no idea he would appear (since Peter Cushing has passed on), so his reveal in the movie was initially a shock, but a happy shock. Grand Moff Tarkin is a notorious villain and is inherently tied to everyone’s memory of the first Death Star. But it was also wildly distracting for me, as the CGI technology (although impressive) took all my focus. Is it, as some people state, disrespectful to bring back an actor from the grave? It wasn’t a perfect replica, but it was far, far better than other posthumous creations I’ve seen, and seemed to be in line with Cushing’s original portrayal. A hologram might have done just as much justice (and in a meta sense felt like a ghost), or they could have gone full prosthetic on a similar actor, but would that have been any more respectful by giving his role to someone else, or would the recast even have been less distracting? I’m not sure.  That said, by all accounts Peter Cushing would have loved to have been in more Star Wars movies (ironically unlike Sir Alec Guiness), so all things considered, we didn’t really answer this question at all.

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My favorite character, and the main character.

 

Now let’s talk some Darth Vader!  Basically, he was fantastic, and brutal. As in, “I probably shouldn’t be cheering for Vader as he murders the faces off all these heroes, but isn’t this awesome?!” With just two appearances in the movie, they redefined Vader. His massacre moment aside, this is someone who gets cut up and burned on a volcano planet and years later builds a freakin’ castle on it, because he can. Joking aside, I liked the trip back to Mustafar because it gave a glimpse into Vader’s psyche. He either views Mustafar as his true birth place, or he prefers to feed off the anger and emotions it gives him, or both. His character has always kicked butt, but this movie provided a wonderful reminder why he’s the most feared in the galaxy. Gone are our memories of Anakin not liking sand, because “it’s coarse and rough, and gets everywhere.” That said, Vader DIDN’T get out and fight on the Scariff beaches…

My list of drawbacks for the film is quite short. Some of the easter eggs were a little too on the nose, mainly the Ugly Face Duo from the Tatooine cantina, who just happened to be on a different planet across the galaxy at the right time. Also, to put on my nerd glasses, but Darth Vader originally mentions plans being beamed onto Leia’s ship, vs. handed over in the world’s scariest relay game of Pass The Plans Along Before Vader Chokes You To Death (still working on that name). Oh, and CGI Leia was FAR worse-looking than CGI Tarkin. Besides those few things, there were a few cringe-worthy lines that were in the trailer (Jyn’s “I rebel” line) but were removed from the movie, so kudos to you, Disney.

 

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When you barge into the boss’s sauna.

In the end, Rogue One does a better job at setting up the original trilogy than Revenge of the Sith did, and I immediately felt a strong urge to watch A New Hope (I still haven’t, but it was a nice feeling). Disney/Lucasfilm effectively kept this separate from the numbered episodes (no opening crawl, no John Williams, texts over locations), and it paid off by feeling fresh. The creators of this film did a great job of using familiar toys in the Star Wars playground in new ways, giving us a slightly darker, more unique take on their universe- one filled with hope, sorrow, and star dust.





Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- Review

27 11 2016

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Fantastic Spinoffs and How To Cash Them is J.K. Rowling’s latest addition to her magical world. It’s also Part 1 of a new movie series, the first Harry Potter-less work, AND her first screenplay, so you could say there’s a lot riding on this. Spoiler alert: it’s doing fine financially, and delivers an enjoyable ride, but neither categories quite rise to the original series’ heights.

Granted, I’m one of those people who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, so you can say “bah!” to this review if you’re a young whippersnapper. It is fun to see the wizarding world outside the point of view of a student and his friends, and Newt and company are an interesting team, but time (and future installments) will have to show if Rowling has the same level of character arcs and story building that the original saga is known for.

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Ron and Hermione, wondering how Harry let himself go.

First the good- I liked all the new characters, particularly Jacob, the no-maj (muggle, he’s a muggle, darn it!). While not normally the biggest fan of Eddie Redmayne, he brought the right mix of awkwardness and likability to Newt, although he could maybe consider buying a better suitcase. Tina and Queenie completed the cast out well enough, but I would have liked a bit more of Tina’s backstory, and a reason why someone like Queenie is so automatically smitten with someone like Jacob. Is it because he’s a muggle, or clueless, or has really sweet thoughts?

The creatures themselves were mostly fantastic, but some were a little too cartoonish for me. Granted, some of the earlier Harry Potter films probably haven’t aged well with their CGI characters/effects. The platypus-like Niffler is unsurprisingly my favorite creature. He may have ruined countless lives during the movie by stealing valuable and savings, but gosh if he isn’t a cute lil’ bugger! There were plenty of creatures, and I can’t wait to buy the bread versions of them sometime in Harry Potter World.

I’m not sure very many people were particularly surprised by the villain “twist” “reveal.” I mean, when you start the film with a long shot of the back of the villain’s head, and then a main character shows up with the exact same distinct haircut style (but a different color), he probably isn’t the hero. Also, Grindelwald may be the future big bad of this new series, but it’s going to be difficult to separate him from the heavily recognizable actor who plays him.

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Colin Farrell is magically confused and definitely not bad.

My only other criticism of the film was that the ending fell a little flat, thanks to some convenient plot devices. Everyone just saw half the city destroyed, but luckily we just realized that one thing (that we didn’t know the use of earlier) only works with this specific magical beast for exactly this type of situation. And all these buildings fell over, but luckily they can be quickly fixed with easy-looking spells (why are there even construction workers in this world?). And…I guess nobody died during all the flying cars and collapsing walls? Sure. Hopefully these forgetful spells work better than Jacob’s, is all I’m saying. Also, when did we have to stop yelling out spells to cast them?

At the bottom of all this, I think I just missed the old characters we knew, and Hogwarts with its colorful professors. Of course, it’s only been one movie so far, and the greatness of some characters only comes to light after several installments (looking at you, Snape), but rumor is this series of tales will jump ahead quite a bit chronologically, and Newt may not even be the main character  throughout. Instead of a focused story about a group of specific characters, we might get more of a scattered (but entertaining) history lesson about the world of magic, leading up to the time of Harry Potter. Time will tell if that’s enough for lightning to strike twice.

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Look, the Plot Device Beast!





Doctor Strange- Review

27 11 2016

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Put on your 3D glasses and prepare for wand-less magic, ’cause it’s time for Doctor Strange! Roughly the 200th entry in the Marvel franchise, this time it’s British Cumberbatch starring as that superhero you never heard about. Surprisingly (and unfortunately), Benedict as Dr. Strange puts on a sometimes-strained American accent, vs. his beloved British one. Even more surprising (for me) is that Doctor Strange is a solidly entertaining movie that makes some bold creative moves- moves that pay off.

To get the obvious point out of the way, yes, hopefully the creators sent a nice thank-you note to Inception. If bending buildings and multiple realities didn’t trigger any memories, you probably never saw that Nolan film. However, Strange rides the crazy train a few more stops with the visual insanity. Taking a queue from Ant Man‘s other dimension, Stephen Strange teleports and travels through multiple universes filled with randomness and tripiness. The hands. Oh, the hands! Sparking portals, dark dimensions, and weapons pulled out of thin air made this my favorite 3-D movie to come out in a long time.

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Besides Benedict, the highlight for me was Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One (which by the way, should not be a name you give to a woman). She brought a character who was unassuming but confident, and serious with an ever-present under layer of humor. It’s a nuanced performance that stands out in a movie of big, big villains and forgettable girlfriends. Speaking of villains, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), though played by a fine villain actor, is here simply an average bad guy, which makes him one of the top 3 villains in the Marvel movie universe. If we had maybe a few more minutes of screentime with him, and maybe a bit more clarification on his motives, this could have gone from a good movie to a great one.

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Like most of you, I had little to no previous knowledge about the comic series of Doctor Strange, but this thankfully was not a stumbling block. I felt like I was keeping up, and even when things got really weird, I could just watch the pretty things fly by in 3D. It also played out like a normal superhero origins movie at its core (complete with training montage), but was mixed with enough acting and writing talent to keep me entertained.

Altogether, for me Doctor Strange was one of the stronger standalone Marvel movies. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, it didn’t bend over backwards to advertise every other Marvel film, and it bucked a bit of their normal story formula, focusing instead on being its own movie. Heck, they even rebuild the city in the climactic fight instead of tearing it down. However, it maintains the humor, action, and world-building prowess of the Marvel film universe, and proves that there’s still magic up their sleeve (har! har!).





“Return 0”- Person of Interest Review (Season 5, Episode 13)

23 06 2016

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What made Person of Interest great? Was it the initial victim-or-perpetrator hook, or the conspiracy theory plot lines centered around surveillance? Or maybe the increasingly sci-fi nature of the artificial intelligence war, handled in a way that was both clever and easy to understand? All of these pieces fit together to create a thoroughly enjoyable show, but they were all built on a foundation of characters. Deep, evolving characters who we got to know more over the series, characters who we ended up caring about, and in some cases, mourn.

Luckily, the POI writers understood this when they crafted the series finale. Yes, we get one last battle between Samaritan and our (Root) Machine. There’s action and twists and one last cheesy pun from Reese (“Midas Touch”), but the parts that tore our heartstrings and will stand out in our memory were the final moments between the heroes, and watching the culmination of years of building relationships.

So, let’s address the elephant in the room. Jim Caviezel‘s John Reese took the bullet (several in fact, plus one missile) to save Finch (Michael Emerson) and save the world from a psychotic AI. It was tragic. It was a beautiful sacrifice, complete with a tear-inducing last conversation with Finch, thanking him for giving him purpose and saving him from his own despair. And all of this after Finch tells Reese that he always knew he’d make a good employee, but was astonished at how great a friend he had become. Sorry, my feels just got kicked in again.

Was this a cheap way to heighten the drama? No. This was the path Reese has always been on, and we had been continually warned about. He was a soldier, charging into the gates of hell like his father, finding ultimate redemption for past sins. Reese would have never been able to live a normal life, and had Finch been the one to die, he would have wrecked even harder than he did after Carter’s murder.

The “now” part of the show (with Finch and the Machine/Root’s last conversation) that we kept flashing back to was another highlight, and bringing back Root to visually illustrate The Machine was brilliant. Both Emerson and Amy Acker shone during the scene, showing the Machine finally fleshed out as an almost-human character, learning about death and what makes life worth living. Seeing Amy playing The Machine playing Root was one last unexpected treat.

Fusco finally got into the main action, and can I say how happy I am he didn’t succumb to his stab wounds? That would have been an awful and pointless end to his story. The ex-dirty cop found redemption over the series, and in a way came to represent the every-man, we the audience. His future is unclear (goodbye pension fund), but he didn’t seem too worried at the end, so we can make up our own reason for his happiness.

I’ll be honest, Shaw was probably my least favorite member of Team Machine (ducks garbage being thrown). By definition her character couldn’t feel like others can, and while she could kick butt, she never got as deep as the others. However, she became much more empathetic for me this last season, seeing her react to simulations and reunion and grief. She’s still BA, killing that jerk Jeff Blackwell, but at the end with Bear and the phone, everything felt right for her.

About the ending- I dare say everyone had the best possible realistic ending. Fusco survives to eat another cheeseburger. He and Shaw get to continue working together. Shaw continues her mission, got Bear, and gets to talk to sort-of Root all day. Reese and Root died, but both on their own terms protecting Harold (and the world). Root would be thrilled to know what The Machine did with her voice, if it didn’t already tell her that as she passed away. Reese may have looked the happiest he’s ever looked in the series as he watched Finch walk away to a new life- a normal life, with the love of his life Grace.

Everything about this finale was bittersweet. It was heavy and emotional, but it gave closure for the characters and story, and left with more than enough hope to make us feel somewhat happy. I hate to see this show go, but at least it got to go out on (mostly) its own terms. This may have been one of the last great dramas on network television, and that’s a shame. Thank goodness for reruns on Netflix, and thanks for the wild ride, Person of Interest.

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Straight to the gut.

Points of Interest:

  • One of the few funny moments in this heavy finale? Reese’s stunned face while Finch goes dark and threatening to the security guard. Priceless.
  • Reese: “Try not to die.” Fusco: “Yeah, love you too.”
  • Root/Machine: “I know we made some mistakes. Many mistakes. But we helped some people, didn’t we?” Finch: “Yes. Yes, we did.” Sorry, let me soak up these tears with a few towels.
  • Despite everything I said about Reese’s tragically epic end, I would have loved a cliche escape at the end, just so I wouldn’t be so depressed.
  • Kudos to the writers for punking us again and again with Root’s intro this season, that turned into the Machine talking, that turned into the dying Machine’s recording for the newly created Machine copy. (Mind explodes)
  • It’s been great writing these blog reviews since season 1. I’ve loved this show and it’s kept me going here. Thanks, writers and actors, for such a great show.

Final Score:

POI five bear





“.exe”- Person of Interest Review (Season 5, Episode 12)

15 06 2016

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Leave it to Person of Interest to pull a “what-if” alternate universe” glimpse on its second to last episode, as if killing off the series’ top bad guy and shutting down the entire Internet wasn’t enough already. No, this show is going out big, and next week’s final chapter is quite possibly going to blow our minds.

But not to get ahead- RIP Greer, you incorrigible antagonist. Excellently portrayed by John Nolan until the very end, he went out like I thought he might, killed by his own Samaritan, although I never guessed it would be this way, trying to destroy the only two people who could take out the super AI’s- Finch and himself. Unlike Elias and Root, he never redeemed himself in the slightest, and thus earned a cheer instead of a tear (granted, after we knew Finch was safe).

The whole story with infiltrating the NSA building played out well and really helped set the high stakes with both Finch and Reese/Shaw’s journeys. Darker Finch continues to deliver gut punches since we’re seeing him give up his own set of moral codes, yet he’s still clearly the same character we’ve known. Remember how Finch was never the guy out in the field in Season 1? Look at him now, breaking into NSA and unleashing world-changing mega viruses. However, the whole time he’s conflicted, asking The Machine Root about other options, and what could have been.

That brings me to my personal highlight of “.exe”- the alternate universe of a world without The Machine. There was so much more they could have done with this idea, it could have been an entire hour of story. Unfortunately,  part of me suspects the original idea was to go that route (in the style of “If-Then-Else,”) before the dark forces at CBS cut POI’s season short.

That said, we still got a great glimpse of where each character would have probably been, but unlike “It’s A Wonderful Life,” not everyone is worse off. Nathan is alive (!) and working with Finch still, on less important projects. However, Shaw is still a cold-blooded government assassin, killing a previous number (what!), and unknowingly working for Samaritan. Root, knowingly working for Samaritan, is basically Greer’s alternate Martine from last season. I liked that she was still using her “bad code” line from Season 2. Fusco as a washed-up ex-cop, hating Lt. Joss Carter was sad, but far worse was Reese’s suicide after saving Jessica, but still losing her. Great stuff, and I wish we had more time to explore this darker timeline.

Reese and Shaw working together again kicked butt. I may be in the minority here, but I always enjoyed seeing those two work together more then Root and Shaw, mostly because they’re like two peas in a pod. No stopping to flirt and talk, just two ex-government hitmen decimating the competition with fighting skills and tactic. They’re also dryly/darkly funny together, since Shaw’s the only sociopath between them.

Did Fusco become an executioner? This was the most interesting part of his story, which seemed isolated from the rest of the action, although it was cool to see his board coming back into play with the tunnel full of bodies. Get rid of that stuff, Fusco! Remember your dirty cop cover up tactics!

The show runners have one more hour to wrap everything up, and it’s hard to tell what’s in store. Greer’s deceased, and Finch supposedly has begun the destruction of both Samaritan and The Root Machine, so what’s left? Remnants of Samaritan goons gunning for our heroes? Will we lose more favorites? Will anyone make it out alive? I’m almost afraid to find out, but here’s hoping POI sticks the landing to an incredible run.

 

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Farewell, you charming villain, you.

Points of Interest:

  • I got my hopes up that we would actually see Carter in person in the alternate reality, but alas she’s still being naughty on Empire. It was still very cool to see her trophy picture of all of the old HR villains from seasons 1-3. This show is awesome.
  • With all this Grace name-dropping this final season, we better get our happy ending with her and Finch. SOMEBODY deserves to find love in this depressing show, right? Maybe throw in Reese and Iris? Fusco and Zoe?

Final Score:

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“Synecdoche” – Person of Interest Review (Season 5, Episode 11)

8 06 2016

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I’ve said it before, but one thing that makes Person of Interest stand out for me is how connected the series feels, thanks to the writers. Take tonight’s episode “Synecdoche” for example, with three former POI’s- Harper Rose, Joey Durban, and Logan Pierce- returning out of nowhere, in a way that makes sense with their backstory, and advances the fight with Samaritan. Harper of course appeared throughout season 4, Logan made a memorable number I believe in season 3, and Joey was the show’s third number, way back in episode 3. And now, they’re apparently their own Team Machine- a billionaire CEO, con artist, and muscle. That’s an insane amount of drawing loose stories together, and kudos to the show runners for helping make even standalone stories feel important.

Their purpose in the episode- to plan out Reese, Fusco, and Shaw’s escape route- was definitely needed, since I and probably everyone else was wondering how they should shoot at the President in DC and get away by themselves. It took The Machine coordinating everything, or this would officially have become The Harold Finch Show. The stakes were high with the President being the number, even if we never met him (thank goodness he didn’t resemble our current candidates).

So, this might not have felt very connected to the fight against Samaritan, but it was a super important job, and we still learned several things. There are other groups who are fighting (using questionable methods) against Samaritan, or at least surveillance. Samaritan no longer considers anyone to be “relevant,” since it didn’t alert anyone about the assassination attempt.

Meanwhile, we caught up with a rogue Harold, and though we got a little more Scary Harold (how about him threatening that guy with a donor?), he was mostly more low-key then I expected after the boiling over moment last episode. Mostly, the destruction caused by The Machine was off camera, and we focused more on Finch’s exchanges with Root-Machine, and the hour was better for that. It’s haunting to hear Root’s voice and mannerisms again, knowing she’s dead, and never coming back. It’s sort of like hearing a ghost in The Machine, except it’s not pretending to be her, just using her voice out of respect.

It was sad to see everyone’s reactions to Root’s demise. Turns out, Fusco respected her. Finch deeply misses “hearing her voice.” The Machine loved her as much as it could. Shaw has emotional vacancy, but that’s why we lover her. The worst part though had to be seeing her unmarked grave, with only Fusco and Reese there to mourn. Dang, POI.

Meanwhile, we have only two episodes left, so expect them to be one big last push to take out Samaritan. It’s fair to say that whether they win or lose, there will be tears shed, because the numbers are ending.

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The whole time in DC, and nobody thinks to call Jack Bauer.

Points of Interest:

  • Or WILL the numbers keep coming? I’ve watched enough television to know a possible spin-off when I see one. Unless CBS buys “New Team Machine POI” or Netflix picks it up, it seems like an empty promise. Either way, the fact that the show would continue with new characters doesn’t look good for our regular squad. Be gentle with our feelings, writers.
  • Would I watch a spinoff with those three characters? I’d give it a shot, but how do you follow the talent of this series? Harper and Logan are charismatic, but they’re a long ways from Finch, Reese, and the others.
  • Where’s Bear? I miss Bear. Maybe he’ll be the one to pull the giant Samaritan plug.

Final Score:

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“The Day the World Went Away”- Person of Interest Review (100th Episode)

1 06 2016

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Dang. This is how you make a perfect episode, writers. A crazy, terrifying chase that tore away any false security we had for our characters. Not one, but two, main characters took the bullet for Finch in Person of Interest’s 100th episode. The Machine becomes a person, or does a person become The Machine? Finch gives a speech that made me want to curl into a ball and rethink my life. Did I mention two awesome, staple characters got taken out?!

Elias went out like a champ- on his own turf (coincidentally, on the same place he was introduced), and “on the mat,” defending his friend, even as his empire finally crumbled apart. I loved the references to his story, as even Finch brought up his “Charlie” persona from Season 1. Ultimately, Elias chose to help because he’s always been a man of action and loyalty to those he cares about. I’m really going to miss Enrico Colantoni‘s performances.

Root- ah, the feels. I was afraid for her as soon as started talking about death, and when she got so much screen time with Finch and Shaw. I would have liked her to have some final words with Reese, to highlight how differently she views him now- no longer as Finch’s “helper monkey.” When she finally was shot by that dang Jeffery Blackwell, I thought we were being faked out. We’ve already had one huge death, surely she would linger in the hospital and appear later. But no, we’re suddenly and cruelly shown her corpse with Fusco looking helplessly on. Shaw couldn’t even show remorse, although we now know how she must be feeling inside. Root was always one of the more fun, dynamic characters throughout POI, and it’s hard to see her cheerful psychotic self no longer around. Hopefully we can still get some great Amy Acker moments through her new role as The Machine’s voice.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that both of these characters started out as the main villains, villains who we would have cheered their demise in the first couple of seasons. But both Root and Elias followed a story arc that slowly, believably brought them (as Root said) “into the light.” The fact that they both died saving Finch (and hopefully the world) was the final movement towards their redemption. These were brutal, unexpected deaths- Elias shot in the head, Root dying OFFSCREEN OH WHY. But, Elias died avenging his two childhood friends and saving his closest remaining friend. Root went from kidnapping Finch to sacrificing herself for him, and ended up “living on” as the first voice of The Machine, an honor she would have loved. If they had to go out, I can’t imagine a more fitting or better way to go for their characters.

And then Michael Emerson stole the hour with a perfectly delivered emotional, heart-breaking, chilling speech to what seemed to be the interrogator, but turned out to be a direct threat against Samaritan. About how he thought a higher code of rules would win in the end. How he couldn’t save everyone by being better than his adversaries. And now, he was going to press the nuke button, to decimate Samaritan. It was a fantastic moment for Finch, one that was earned and developed from five seasons of this crazy show. Although, you could argue that every bit of this 100th episode was earned, a harsh but delicious payoff for Finch, Elias and Root’s characters. They’ll be missed, just like this freakin’ show. And now we have an unleashed Machine and Finch to look forward to.

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The feels are strong with this one.

Points of Interest:

  • How crazy is it that this whole thing happened from Samaritan searching through Finch’s past with Grace, and watching for him at a sentimental cafe? One little misstep, and we end up with a bucket full of tears.
  • “Veni, vidi, vici” – yes you did, Elias.
  • Root’s name has been predicting this twist for years. Mind blown.
  • Writers, please be gentle with our remaining team, please?
  • Tight pace, high stakes, brutal resolution.

Final Score:

POI five bear