Finch and Root

Finch and Root

Person of Interest continues to up the stakes and provide non-stop action without sacrificing story or character development. After Carter’s death I felt the loss you feel when a character you love is gone and also wondered how the show was going to keep the momentum going after such an emotional storyline.

The outstanding Episode 17 puts all those questions to rest. There’s a symmetry to the events in this chapter, which brings all the characters and divergent opposing groups together to set the stage for the next big showdown. All the players are in the game on this one including Vigilance, Decima, Team Finch and Root. Of course, there’s also the omnipresent machine that now has to contend with a second omniscient artificial intelligence called Samaritan that the dark forces of Decima are working to bring online. The Terminator never had it this good.

Root takes center stage as her connection to the Machine is for the first time shaken in more ways than one. As events unfold, those big questions of free will, fate and whether the universe is random or there’s a master plan at work are all confronted. There are no answers, which is what make these universal questions timeless and this episode so riveting.

By the end of the hour Shaw has customarily inflicted pain, Fusco has proven one-liners are his greatest weapon, John has saved lives without wrinkling his suit, and Root has two-handedly gunned down about a dozen assassins and learned empathy. Finch also decides to finally “collaborate” with Root to stop two Gods from going to war and prevent the loss of many lives.

Note: Totally random but doesn’t the head of Decima remind you of the Cigarette Smoking man from The X-Files?

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