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.