“Reese on a Plane” and “One More Blanket, Please” would sum up most of tonight’s episode, where we have a very John-centric story as he makes his last attempt to quit his job. I guess since Fusco found him in Colorado, he thought something more international would work. Of course The Machine has other ideas and manipulates him into a Relevant List assignment (which means instead of one life in danger, there’s hundreds). So is it food poisoning from the mystery meats being served on flight? Snakes released into the aisles? Assassins trying to take out a darknet drug dealer by crashing the whole plane if necessary? Yeah, that last one.
Person of Interest seems to effortlessly switch gears through the season. It’s a procedural, yes- but I would say the last few episodes prove it can handle serialized storytelling better than most serials out there. This hour was a return to the procedural roots with a few tie-ins to past events. More noticeably however, it was a return to the humor in the show and was definitely meant to be taken as a more “fun” episode. The only hang-ups this brought me were all the coincidences or handy items that the characters happened to have- the largest one being why in the world did Finch have airplane pilot controls in his closet? Couldn’t they at least address that (“I really enjoy flight simulators, Mr. Reese”)? How did Shaw find her old handler so easily (who she’d never meant). What was that miracle drug she gave Hersh that made him docile, amnesic and unable to lie (answer: plot device). Usually weak plot points are rare in POI’s writing, so that may have been why they stuck out so much this time. I dunno, I guess this episode was best when you just turned your brain on autopilot and enjoyed the ride (zing!). Sadly, it appears we do not have a new episode next week. Without searching on Google, I would guess it’s because of The State of The Union Address (thanks Obama!).
Points of Interest:
1. I have a theory that maybe ol’ Hersh (Boris McGiver) may actually help Finch’s team before the end, judging from his curiosity on how well they were treating Shaw. It wouldn’t be the first main villain to become a sort of frenemy (see Elias, Root).
2. Speaking of which, wonder what Root was up to this episode? Maybe getting a cochlear transplant?
3. The best development this hour was Finch and Reese’s talk, which led to the end of Brooding Reese. Now let’s go shoot some grenade launchers!
4. Shaw reminds me of Jack Bauer when she makes some of her torture threats. And that’s not a bad thing.
5. I totally called the blond stewardess being bad through the whole show, right until the end when she actually wasn’t. Well played, writers.