“Pretenders” – Person of Interest Review (Season 4, Episode 6)

29 10 2014

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Tonight’s Person of Interest featured Gordon and Batman…sort of. There have been multiple comparisons before between Batman and Reese,  and this episode’s POI would have loved to be Commissioner Gordon. His glasses, mustache, hair and trench coat were much too close to be coincidental (not to mention the whole “You guys are like superheroes!” line). However, the comparisons may stop there because this guy was only pretending to be a detective, had no combat skills, and actually deduced the real identity of The Man in the Suit (sorry, Gordon, but how could you not guess Bruce Wayne?). He is on a hunt for the killer of a co-worker’s brother, which leads him into hot water with an increasing number of bad people who end up being tied to The Brotherhood- and Elias.

Yep, Elias wants everyone to know he’s back, and he finally meets Dominic to let him know how things work in his New York City. Dominic, who apparently hasn’t watched Season 1, replied with his own threats, and it doesn’t take a Machine to figure out the mess this is going to create. I really like how the writers are setting up a large-scale gang war between Elias and The Brotherhood. A huge part of the earlier POI seasons was the threat of the criminal underworld in the city, but that’s been overshadowed by the whole AI battle lately. Of course I’ve enjoyed the whole Samaritan and Control story arc, but you’ve got to love the complicated character of Elias. He’s undeniably the best villain in Person of Interest‘s rogues gallery (back in Season 2 you could argue Root, but that’s out the window now). Is he still a threat? Yes, I believe tonight proved that he still could be, and he loves his snipers. Here’s hoping he’ll be around for a while longer though, since Enrico Colantoni is always a treat to watch. This episode showed how the show can balance both worlds and their conflicts without skipping a beat.

Finally, we had Finch go to Hong Kong for a business trip for his cover job. Besides adding some dialogue about ethics and AI’s, until the last few minutes this seemed like a completely random event to show, and the seemingly random scientist who argued with Finch didn’t help either. What really threw me off was how flirty he seemed at first- what would Grace say?! However, once the twist was revealed that Finch actually paid the man who stole her laptop and bag it all made sense. I definitely thought she was bad with all the screen time they gave her, but I didn’t expect Finch to already be two steps ahead. Did he finally talk to The Machine after last week’s ending? It could explain how he knew about Samaritan’s attempts to spread worldwide. Either way, between Grace and his moments with the Samaritan woman this week and Root last week, Finch has become a player, huh?

 

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It’s about to get like Chicago…

 

Points of Interest:

1. No sign of Root tonight, but after her huge role last week she deserved a break.

2. How butt-kickin’ awesome was it to have Scarface fight alongside Reese and Fusco?!

3.  So many twists in the last few minutes, it’s highly possible I forgot to mention one. But that’s what I love about this show- just when you think the episode’s over, ALL the plot twists!

4. Lots of humor this week, from Shaw calling Reese a baby to the fake detective’s ridiculous fanboy dialogue. “How do you do that with your voice?”

5. The OK first half of the hour is the only reason this one’s getting four Bears and not five. Even if he did eat his breakfast.

 

Final Score:

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