Wow. This was unquestionably the most significant episode of the entire series. (SPOILER ALERT) Carter is dead. It’s been an hour and I still can’t believe it. Despite all the theories and speculation, I still couldn’t process it. Was this good writing, or the fastest way to kill Person of Interest’s ratings?
“The Crossing” was a solid episode. Well-written, suspenseful, stressful, and placing every character in peril to keep us guessing. We picked up right after the ending of last episode (Endgame) with Reese and Carter taking HR boss Quinn to the FBI, since that’s the only place that isn’t crawling with HR. Meanwhile, Fusco gets captured by Officer Simmons and tortured until he gives up the safe box location. It looked like Fusco really was going to die several times, especially after Shaw had to choose to save his son rather than him. But then Reese dodges the last bullet, Quinn is taken into custody, HR is finished, and Carter is given detective status again. And then she’s shot by Simmons. Last five minutes of the freakin’ episode.
I can’t say I didn’t see the signs. There were so many allusions to the show’s pilot episode, where we first met Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Reese (Jim Caviezel). Reese fighting thugs in a subway. Line for line replay of their first meeting when Carter “interrogates” Reese again. The revelation that it was meeting Carter that kept Reese from shooting himself that night. And then there was the odd focus on Carter’s past last episode, and showing how her ex-husband was now able to take care of her son when needed.
What was really a kick in the gut though, was when Reese told his feelings for her, in what maybe was his most vulnerable scene ever. For some reason, when they kissed, I had this bad feeling that the writers were about to tear our heart out and throw it against the wall. Then, we had her tell Reese his weapon was in custody, and I started to panic (the dark alley behind them didn’t help either, eh?). Next thing you know, we’re watching one of the best characters on the show pass away. That’s rough. I hope it was her choice to leave and not the writers.
A lot of people are going to be upset and would rather the show end here rather than go on without such a (until now) critical and strong character. Her character evolved from a somewhat two-dimensional antagonist (leading the hunt for the Man in the Suit), to reluctant ally to an outstanding character with layers of depth and real potential. Taraji Henson really outdid herself this season, and will be missed for her enormous contribution to this show.
Points of Interest:
1. Brutal kill scene with Fusco, huh? I have a feeling that’s nothing compared to what Reese is about to unleash on those responsible. It looks like Root (Amy Acker) and Shaw (Sarah Shahi) will be out for revenge as well.
2. I loved this episode, right until the kick in the gut ending. Henson was outstanding.
3. Online search and social media stats for POI are currently exploding. I would say 75% of the posts on Twitter are pissed-off viewers. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the show’s numbers not just next episode (the winter finale), but also when the second half of this season starts back next year.
4. I’m not one of those people who likes their TV characters to die. We’ve lost one of the Original Four. That’s a lot of chemistry to replace.
5. I see this going one of two ways: either this show will be recognized for its outstanding writing and continue to evolve into something even more gripping, or this will lead to a downward spiral and upset the fan base beyond repair. For what it’s worth, this was a heck of a memorable TV experience. I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.