“Karma” – Person of Interest Review (Season 4, Episode 17)

11 03 2015

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A lot of people were sharing their feelings this week on Person of Interest. Between this week’s POI who was a psychologist, to Iris (Wrenn Schmidt) returning (yay!), almost every scene had a least one shrink in it. And hey, it’s actually a perpetrator this time! Oh, and also, Finch can be freakin’ scary when he gets angry (more on that later).

First of all, we got one of those nice, contained stories that help keep this show accessible for the casual or new viewer. “Karma” focused on a psychologist who helps his clients move on from violent crimes- by framing the criminals who got away for a different crime. Sure, they may not have been guilty of the new crime, but they already got away with a crime that they were guilty of. See, vigilante logic. Since Team Machine is comprised entirely of vigilantes themselves, this POI’s rationale causes a bit of a rift between them in whether to stop him from bringing backdoor justice or not to his wife’s murderer. Of course, once it’s revealed that he’s actually planning to take his life just to frame the guy, it became a bit more black and white.

Meanwhile, Reese goes through a few more therapy sessions of his own with Iris. At this point it’s obvious he’s just got a crush on her, because he’s certainly not going to spill his soul. I’m rooting for something to happen between them eventually, but not too soon. Any fan knows a relationship in the middle of the series will just end with her either being a mole or just getting killed off.

Finally we got a flashback to the days directly after Nathan Ingram’s murder. Yes, we knew Finch was broken by the incident, but we didn’t know how vengeful he initially became. He psychologically tortured and nearly killed Alicia Corwin in her own car, showing us just how dark he really went in the past. That scene with them together provided the most intense moment of this episode, and it was glorious. Geez, pissed-off Finch makes Elias look like a kitten. Person of Interest can handle the heavier themes just as easily as the humor, which is why I’m really looking forward to what’s in store leading up to the season finale.

Finch phones Alicia Corwin

Darkest timeline Finch.

Points of Interest:

1. Reese + Iris = Team Riris.

2. Finch would make a terrifying villain. He did everything except say, “Let’s play a game” to Alicia.

3. Finch also gets repulsed at the best things, like getting an illegal gun from a bathroom waste can. Never mind the murdering part.

4. Best line goes to Fusco- “Hey Glasses,  tell him about your nutball friends. Maybe he can give you guys a group therapy discount.”

5. DID HE OR DID HE NOT KILL THE WIFE?! C’mon Machine, you tease!

 

Final Score:

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