Person of Interest s3 ep 10

An episode which starts with the funeral of a much-loved character, and scenes soundtracked by Johnny Cash’s aching version of Nine Inch Nails’s ‘Hurt’ – one of the finest covers of all time – is letting you know that it’s going to be gruelling. Simmons is in the wind, which is a particular problem for Finch, who now has two mad dogs to try and keep on the porch. On being told that one particular outrage bears the mark of his “psychopathic vigilante”, he replies “Which one?”

Finch is assisted by Fusco, and manages to locate Shaw, but Reese – grief-stricken, unshaven, and slowly bleeding out – is on his own, and on Simmons’s trail. Root, still in touch with The Machine, persuades Finch that she can help. So he sets her free, and even Shaw is eventually prepared to let her have a gun. (Or two. Whoa.) She also drops occasional allusions to what will presumably be the next multi-episode arc, but Finch isn’t too interested in that for now: Reese and Simmons, for different reasons, both need to be found. Simmons needs to be dealt with – and there are, as we will see, different ways of going about that – but Reese, even if he survives his injuries, looks as if he’s going to go back to what he was before he was saved by Finch and Carter.

As it happens, in an episode which is never less than intensely thrilling, Simmons’s ultimate fate will be determined by an unexpected protagonist. There are also brief but telling flashbacks to past events in the lives of Finch, Reese, Fusco, and Shaw, which do a remarkable job of illuminating key – and occasionally unexpected – facets of their personalities, even if the effect is spoiled a little by the fact that the “present day”, according to the onscreen graphics, is 2013. But that’s a very minor gripe. ‘The Devil’s Share’ is achingly sad, gratifyingly violent, thoughtful, morally complex, and drop-dead cool into the bargain. Network TV really doesn’t get much better than this.

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6 thoughts on “Person of Interest s3 ep 10

  1. CJ Cregg July 1, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    My gosh, the “Hurt” sequence was just… wow. The music was the perfect choice, and having the courage to let it play without any dialogue for the full duration of the song while letting the beautifully shot, slow, gut-wrenching visuals tell the story more than paid off – my gosh, it was astonishingly powerful. I’ve actually watched it a few times now and it’s just perfect – the lyrics, the music and the visuals all in perfect harmony. “What have I become?” and “Everyone I know goes away in the end” when we see Finch visibly blaming himself; those incredible shots at the end when the haunted, ravaged avenging angel Reese appears and strides inexorably to the car with the passport forgers in it. “I will make you hurt”…. My God. What an incredible piece of tv.

    And that’s just the first five minutes.

    I agree, the rest of the ep was absolutely fantastic as well. Heartbreaking, thrilling, painful, beautiful – and Jim Caviezel was just amazing. He had so little dialogue (and I think less screen time than the other team members?) but said everything with his face and body – Reese’s grief and pain were practically coming off the tv in waves. Finch, Fusco and Shaw were great too, but it’s the haunted look on Reese’s face that’ll stick with me.

    The coda at the end with Elias was brilliant too.

    The one thing I didn’t like was the exceptionally smug and annoying Root being turned into the heroine of the piece. Oh yes, only Root can find John. Root knows where to go, Root knows who’s coming, Root knows when to shoot, Root knows…. Root can naff off. Why not just change her name to Mary Suet and be done with it?

  2. Jed Bartlet July 5, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    Root’s amoral. She does what the Machine tells her. I don’t think she’s being portrayed as the heroine. But then I like Root, and I heart Amy Acker. Perhaps I’m biased. Who knows?

  3. Kay20 January 10, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Finally watched the episode and it was great. One thing that’s interesting, now more and convinced that Carter was trying to tell John to not let her death drag him backwards, when it looks like it likely will. Oh, theirs was such a great relationship and I still mourn it. She knew him like no one else on the team.

    I also really like how they’ve quietly done Fusco’s redemption. You could tell how much his partner meant to him too, and his scene at the end was great. He’s ready to become more of a hero, and I hope the show does more with him as their lone remaining connection to the NYPD.

    The less said about Root the better.

  4. Jed Bartlet January 10, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    In just about any other show Fusco would be MVP – his journey has been extraordinary, but carefully calibrated every step of the way. And, as you say, done quietly – there’s never been a Big Moment of Realisation, as there would have been on a lesser show.

    You can just leave Root alone, btw. You and CJ both. #Root

    • Kay20 January 10, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Agreed Jed. He’s not the traditional leading man, and I kinda like it that way. His gruffness and classic cop demeanor offsets the slickness that is everyone else. He’s rumpled, and it suits him.

      Oh, and I forgot to mention Elias at the very end. So good. I love Enrico. He’s so good at playing someone that looks so “good old boy” but isn’t. Yet there’s an inner honor in him, be it evil or good, that shines through.

      • Jed Bartlet January 10, 2016 / 9:46 pm

        Elias is an amazing character. I genuinely can’t fathom him at all.

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