And here we are- with “Liberty,” Person of Interest brings us into a brand new season! Set sail for adventure, because it’s all hands on deck (sorry, that was painful) for the first number of the season, a Navy guy who reminds Reese of his own beginnings. Also, corrupt Devil Dogs in a smuggling deal. True, this isn’t exactly the white-knuckler premiere of last season (a newly introduced villain kidnapping Harold), but season 2’s finale didn’t really leave us with a cliffhanger- just a significant change of status quo. So while the number of the week was solid, it really was seeing the first few consequences of last season’s ending.
First off, Detective Carter is no more. Now she’s lower on the totem pole and donning a police officer’s uniform, and Fusco has had to get a new (apparently incapable) partner. Sort of odd when you remember originally Fusco had to get a promotion to keep an eye on then-antagonist Detective Carter. Of course, this is all because of of the fake officer-involved shooting that HR framed her for. Not only that, but Carter’s now gunning for HR with a vengeance, and has a freed Elias hidden away from everyone (including her partners) to boot.
Shaw (Sarah Shahi) is now part of the team, for better or worse. This episode she definitely showed potential as her own dark good-guy character. It’s fun to see her cold approach conflicting with everyone else on the team, while still having funny moments. The second new regular, Root (Amy Acker) is now fully bat psycho, and wonderfully creepy. Her scenes with her therapist stood out as the more memorable moments, and what is The Machine wanting to do with her?
Points of Interest:
1. Fusco should wear that beard every episode.
2. Bear’s back too! (And that’s good, otherwise the new rating system would be odd)
3. Main villains this season? Obviously Root will continue to mutate, Elias will attempt to regain a criminal foothold (slowly), and don’t forget the mystery woman in Control. Suspense!
4. What is the freed Machine up to? Obviously Root is somewhere in its plans. Could it be turning more sinister?
5. All in all, this felt more like buildup for an amazing season, rather than being an amazing opener. But hey, nothing really negative to say- it just couldn’t compare to either the pilot or the season 2 premiere.
(Also, sorry for the late post, this should be an isolated incident)
Bear’s Final Score: