Person of Interest isn’t just a procedural.
It’s a procedural that focuses heavily on technology, machines and artificial intelligence.
Nevertheless, this CBS drama often stands out for including human emotion as part of its more procedural-type elements – and Person of Interest Season 4 Episode 2 was a perfect illustration of this impressive balancing act.
The hour introduced viewers to a computer genius named Claire Mahoney, a college sophomore who is searching for meaning in life, a mission that gave her focus… even if it was a big dangerous and misguided. But it also served to push Finch back into action.
He was hesitant at first, for reasons long-time viewers understand well, but Reese helped his partner get back out there. He invited Finch to a diner, only to stand him up and then give him the Machine’s latest number, the one that belongs to Claire.
And, hey, look at that: she’s seated at the very same diner!
Finch isn’t happy, but he’s clearly intrigued by a chess prodigy who has turned to a life of crime.
He followed her and learned more about her and then seemed like a run of the mill case… until about halfway through. At that point, we discovered that Samaritan itself was behind the super-genius city-wide scavenger hunt that in which Claire was participating.
Pretty cool mythology twist, no?
In the end, Claire rejected Finch’s offer to turn to the good side and ended up finishing the game – but Finch finished off his own journey of self-discovery in the process.
He ended the hour by showing Reese and Shaw their new (old) subterranean train station hero base. Welcome bat, Person of Interest Bat Cave!
Once Finch realized how Samaritan was actively recruiting lost souls – lost BRILLIANT souls, that is – he took extreme exception. Now, he does have a side to pick, aware that Samaritan could easily seduce most people out there seeking for a higher purpose.
Overall, this installment delivered on many fronts. There were puzzles… mercenaries… invisible snipers… Shaw torturing a barista… Fusco solving a major number problem.
We were missing Root a bit, but she’s busy at the moment. She’s in behind-the-scenes mode, following a number of missions from The Machine and assuming a myriad of identities. We’ll get her back in the action soon.
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