Person of Interest (1.23): Firewall

person of interest[Guest poster Dogdrovenorth reviews the series finale of Person of Interest: with spoilers aplenty…]

The closing episode of Person of Interest sees messrs Finch and Reece protecting a female psychologist.

The psychologist holds the secrets of at least three patients that are wealthy ne’er-do-wells. When one of them pays five million dollars to the corrupt HR organisation to be murderers for hire the threat to her life becomes great.

Several of the threads of this season are being tied up very tightly:

  • HR becomes a murderous police organisation;
  • the FBI begins to close the net on Mr Reece;
  • Miss Morgan returns to help Mr Reece;
  • a mysterious, tired-looking woman tracks down Mr Finch.
  • Fusco and Carter work on opposite sides of the same case;
  • The mysterious ROOT makes herself known.

The set pieces in this show have always been well done: this week sees a full-blown shoot out Michael Mann would be pleased with, a car chase, plans to blow out an entire floor of a building and the quick-thinking, rapid avoidance of a murder.

Tension is ramped up superbly this week as Mr Reece becomes trapped between murderers and FBI agents. What makes this quarter of the programme superb is that there are options for evading them but these options keep changing every minute.

The showdown between Fusco and Carter has to be the highpoint because the two detectives have been dancing around each other while both working for ‘the guy in the suit’ since the early episodes – when the show settled into its routine.

There is some great tense music based on the rhythm of the theme song to keep the action moving. Also notable are the plenty of surprises in the middle of the episode – people turning up in place of someone else.

With the final thread tied up, the machine – the mysterious series of filing cabinets with blinking lights, sold for $1 to the US government, shipped out of the room it was created in, watching everyone and monitoring all communications – suddenly became a character that could understand Mr Reece and call him on a telephone.

I do hope this show returns to Channel 5 later in the year. It is good to know that it has an increasing audience in the US and has been given the green light for a third season.

Posted by Dogdrovenorth

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2 responses to “Person of Interest (1.23): Firewall

  1. Tim

    PoI has rapidly become my favourite new show of the year, after a rocky first few episodes. (Although how Five have allowed the UK to fall a whole year behind is frankly ridiculous.) In fact, I’d go so far as to say the run of episodes since the mid-season hiatus are an equal to anything I have seen on TV for at least a decade – every story consistently entertaining with some truly outstanding ones.

    Not least the finale, which as you say brings a number of dangling threads together superbly (although the decapitation of HR occurs with disappointing ease). Really looking forward to season 2 – Five have said it will be back “later in the year”. Sooner, please.

    I’ve taken a look back on the season as a whole in my review:
    http://slouchingtowardstv.com/2013/04/24/person-of-interest-season-1-review/

    • dogdrovenorth

      There was an early episode that left Mr Reece in a beach house with a stalker, and he was weighing up whether to kill him or let him go. Disappointingly, the episode just stopped rather than resolving. The question of whether the reformed, re-purposed Mr Reece will simply shoot people in the legs or kill them outright has been unanswered for most of this season.

      This week’s episode had him murder the fleeing HR guys with their own explosives (and hopefully not setting off the explosives still in the hotel) – in front of two detectives as if it was all perfectly fine. Given detective Carter is already jittery about Reece killing people (having spent a whole episode trying to figure out what he had done to his deceased girlfriend’s husband), I don’t think that was the smartest move.

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