Person of Interest refuses to get off the crazy train! “Aletheia” kicks off the second half of this season with a fast-paced explosive episode that stands out for a couple reasons. First, basically every dangerous faction that’s still around (minus Elias, but who knows what he’s up to) makes an appearance. Vigilance and Control’s forces clash at what appears to be a bank robbery, but what they really want is “Samaritan,” which was made and hidden by Finch’s old friend Arthur (Saul Rubinek). It was cool seeing the Vigilance leader Collier (Leslie Odom, Jr.) and Hersh (Boris McGiver) do some trash-talking over the phone and then have a short gunfight (although only the redshirts were taken out). It was one of the few times the show has really showed villainous groups fighting each other instead of just making trouble for Finch and Reese, and it makes sense considering how at odds each faction’s cause is by nature (control vs. privacy). And then, at the last minute, we get Decima Technologies not only showing up for the first time in months, but they also manage to get the copy of Samaritan. Good thing they won’t misuse that power or anything.
Secondly, did anyone else notice this was the first episode that there has been no number of the week? Sure, sometimes the writers have cheated a little and had the number be Reese or some main villain just so they could focus on the action. Even the story arcs have had a new POI each part. But this time, there was no POI at all, unless you count Arthur again, but I’m pretty sure everyone was in danger at some point. This absence, as well as Reese and Fusco being out of the picture definitely made this hour feel different from the usual formula, but I like how it promises much more story developments to come. Speaking of developments, it’d be wrong to forget about Root (Amy Acker) and her side plot. Gotta admit, felt bad for her during the torture scene, but once she got back with The Machine she snapped right back into terrifyingly creepy mode. It looks like she’s nobody’s prisoner now, so expect some more clashes/team-ups (who knows with her?) before this season gets too much farther.
Points of Interest:
1. I wish shows and movies would stop having the main bad guy kill off a super capable henchman just to tie up loose ends. Especially when they always first ask, “Have you told anyone about X?” If you’re a henchman, that’s your hint to shoot first.
2. “If you were Reese, what would you be doing, Ms. Shaw?” “Besides brooding?” Ouch, Shaw.
3. However, I am about ready for Reese to snap out of his funk. Fusco can only give so many inspirational speeches.
4. Nathan got mentioned a few times, but will we get to see him in any more flashbacks? Or dare I even ask for a Carter flashback?
5. If Root had brought Bear with her, she never would have gotten captured.