I‘ve watched and purchased the first 2 seasons of Person of Interest. I’ve found the writing and quality of acting in this show to be way above the predictable pedestrian level. Of course, there’s an inherent danger in walking that knife-edge between character and plot development which brings fan loyalty and the need to be able to be flexible and take risks with story line as well as characters. Tonight is a story that transitions among 3 episodes. This evening was the 2nd out of 3 but it certainly gave us all a surprise in the end.
For a moment, let me review the basics of the show which is a police, crime, drama and computer wizardry all rolled into one. The series revolves around a former CIA officer (Jim Caviezel) who has attempted to drop out of society but has a run in with a youth gang on a New York transit train. He looks like your average unkempt homeless person, but once attacked he moves and strikes as one who has a high degree of physical combat training. He’s brought in by the police for questioning and meets a young, intelligent, highly experienced police detective named Carter (Taraji P. Henson). She thinks there’s more to this guy and starts to check into his background but finds the files seem to be closed on him.
Meanwhile, he’s suddenly free to walk but as he leaves the police station, he’s asked to meet someone who reveals he’s his benefactor. The man he meets is a mysterious billionaire, Finch (Michael Emerson) who has developed a computer used by the government to prevent future acts of terrorism. One of the by-products of this pattern seeking artificial intelligence machine is it’s also able to predict planned violent crimes in New York City through all its data gathering capability. Finch wants and finally convinces Reese he not only needs to get his head back in the game of intrigue, he can help a lot of people through various covert protection schemes.
Well tonight in an effort to stay fresh and edgy, the writers may have stepped off the edge and landed into a pool of previously devout fans that may become Piranhas. Criticism of tonight’s plot has reached a fever pitch because one of the main characters was killed at the end of this episode.
Reese and Carter have been working closely together after she found out the real reason Reese, seemingly a vigilante, is actually working as close as he can to support the police in their efforts. She finds an ally in many situations and he as well when they’ve both faced dirty cops and sophisticated crime syndicates. Tonight, many of us have wondered and anticipated a little romance between these two seems to be in order, however their feelings for each other come under extreme duress as they are both targeted by a large number of dirty cops aided by street hoodlums that now have his picture circulated. Just as we see how boyishly romantic Reese can be with Carter while they pause to talk near a dark alley, out from the shadows proceeds one of the lead dirty cops who shoots and hits both Reese and Carter. Carter takes a couple of shots to the chest and dies in the arms of Reese just after she had put a couple of 9mm forget me nots into the back of the fleeing officer.
At the end of this episode I believe you can hear the collective frustration of fans as they say, “Oh hell no!” We shall see what comes forth in the next and final entry in this trilogy, but I’m concerned this show may have jumped the shark. If there was any plausible plot device available to bring back Taraji P. Henson, I think we would all be thanking the writers.
Just remember, your fan loyalty can completely evaporate while you (the writers) attempt to be clever…
- Fine Tuning: How much can Person of Interest change? (timescolonist.com)
- Person of Interest Bosses: The Battle with HR “Will Not Come Without Loss” (seattlepi.com)
- Shows You Should Be Watching: Person Of Interest (meplustv.wordpress.com)
- 6 Reasons to Watch Person of Interest
- Jim Caviezel on The View 10-18-2013
- Person of Interest EPs Defend Shocking Twist