“SNAFU”- Person of Interest Review (Season 5, Episode 2)

11 05 2016

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Two episodes in two days puts a strain on blogging- I’m writing as a fan, but I’m also not getting paid for this. Anyway, “Truth Be Told”s review will be up tomorrow, but I’d be remiss if we skipped over the gem of “SNAFU.”

This was unquestionably one of the funniest episodes to date, which is saying a lot with Person of Interest. The intro with all the character roles switched was fantastic. Jim Caviezel playing Fusco and Root playing everyone were great, and demand a rewatch later. So many other bits were scattered through the hour. Rooming with Root. Reese and Finch’s fist bump right before they perform a heist. Reese telling a kid to go to school, then to his room. The picnic at the end with Girl Scout Root and Bowler Reese? Perfect. Hopefully we’ll be getting a nice bowling scene with Reese and the Fusconator later.

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It doesn’t really get better than this.

However, “SNAFU” also contained some introspective moments for the series. Are our “heroes” really the good guys? Obviously they are now, but The Machine’s montage highlighted the darkness behind them, and how rules have been bent. It reinforced the show’s theme of redemption- Root, Reese, Fusco, and even Elias (however little) have all gone through transformations into better people.

I love how Finch used the numbers as an reference point for The Machine (I guess this AI didn’t come with a clock app?). POI started as a case-of-the-week type show, and slowly became more serialized, but the writers have made sure that the numbers matter- whether they become recurring characters (Zoey, that Pi guy), or moments like this. It’s satisfying storytelling.

If memory serves, POI enjoys putting us in our happy place, lulling us before pulling the rug out from underneath with some shocking development or twist. Enjoy this past episode, because we might be falling back into the sorrow pit in a couple weeks.

Points of Interest:

  • Will Finch ever reunite with Grace? The increased focus on her is nice, but it’d be tragic if they never end up together- it’s been one of my favorite ongoing story lines.
  • Maybe we should tell Fusco what’s going on, before he kills himself.
  • “I taught The Machine what it meant to be good, by being good.” (puts on ski mask)
  • Guys what are we gonna do when this show is over and there’s no new episodes?

Final Score:

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