Person of Interest s3 ep 1

It’s been a while. Fortunately, though, for those of us who haven’t seen an episode of Person of Interest in the best part of a year, this episode doesn’t spend too much time trying to remind us of arcane points of backstory, or for that matter establishing a whole new mythology. It’s brisk and to-the-point from the first scene, which also gives us the wonderful sight of Fusco in a silly fake beard.

That, though, is just a warmup for the Number of the Week. The fleet’s in, and Finch is alerted by the Machine – still talking to everyone, it seems, not just Finch – to sailor-boy Jack Salazar. It isn’t easy to find a sailor among hundreds of them, but Reese tracks Salazar down and is satisfied that he’s a good guy. Salazar’s buddy, though, is involved in a little bit of Cuban cigar smuggling. This in turn gets Salazar into bother; he’s holding a few cigars for his pal, but those cigars conceal some delectable uncut diamonds that some bad people want to get their hands on. Happily – for Salazar, for Reese, and indeed for all of us – Shaw can assist. She now seems to be at the very least a semi-permanent member of the team, although perhaps not yet on the payroll. Carter, meantime, is back in uniform and also helping the boys out, while keeping Elias hidden, and tending to her HR Conspiracy Wall. And Root, in psychiatric care but still apparently in touch with The Machine, is debating whether to kill her counsellor.

As CJ mentioned in her preview, I must confess that I approached this episode with just a little indifference; it’s been months, and we’ve got a lot else on. I’d forgotten, though, just how good a show Person of Interest is. The balance of action and humour was just right, the plotting was tight without being convoluted, the supporting cast is a joy, and it continues to tap into our concerns about surveillance in a way which is both entertaining and unsettling. In short, I loved ‘Liberty’, and I’m delighted Person of Interest is back.

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8 thoughts on “Person of Interest s3 ep 1

  1. CJ Cregg March 28, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Fusco looked like a leprechaun in that beard.

    Shaw is great, Carter’s hair looked amazing (as did she in her non-work clothes) and I like their relationships with Reese a lot – it’s interesting that his interactions with Shaw are now more playful (as playful as two damaged super-assassins can be, that is) while he seems keener on getting into slightly deeper friendship territory with Carter: all those enquiries about her emotional well-being – “How are you, Carter? You can call me any time you need me, Carter.” etc. It was sweet. I could *so* easily get suckered back into shipping them… Sigh.

    It was nice that the whole crew was involved in the op this week, too, and nearly everyone got scenes together, rather than being split into different stories like they were so much towards the end of season 2.

    I liked the Number as well. I enjoyed the episode for the most part – not amazing but it was fine, except that I still cannot stand Root. This is clearly going to be a problem between me and POI going forward because the writers are clearly enamoured of her and she’s going to be a big part of the big team when she breaks/ is broken out of the institution.

  2. Jed Bartlet March 28, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Reese has lightened up in general since the first season, presumably in a response to the notes I imagine them getting from the network about how the show was good and all but a bit too serious.

    Carter did indeed look good in non-work clothes.

  3. CJ Cregg March 28, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Yeah, Reese definitely has lightened up. He’s still looking very handsome in the Suit, though, no change there…

    • CJ Cregg March 28, 2015 / 10:18 pm

      PS – in no way am I complaining about this.

  4. Kay20 September 9, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Seriously wondering if I can call Root smuggy mcsmuggerson. She blows. Why does everything have to be so damn baited with her? Her big reveal at the end I spotted in her first five minutes. Blegh.

    Rest of the episode was amazing and I laughed several times. I also ship Joss and Reese. *sniff* I know that’s now an impossibility and it sucks.

    Also love Enrico as the mob boss. He’s fantastic.

  5. Kay20 September 9, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Oh – Shaw and Fusco as a team are hilarity.

  6. Jed Bartlet September 9, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I think they get the humour right in this season, Kay. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. Almost as much as I enjoyed Root. But it’s become very clear over this run of episodes that when it comes to Root there’s a bit of a schism.

    • Kay20 September 10, 2015 / 2:59 am

      Totally agree Jed!

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