In the last episode of Person of Interest, Vigilance pulled a Snowden and made public the governmentâ€™s dirty little secret of spying on the American people all in the name of national security.Â We didnâ€™t get to see the publicâ€™s reaction, but it must have been bad enough to prompt Control to pull the plug on the Machine.Â So, the Machine is dead, Finch and Reeseâ€™s work is done, and we can all go home, right?Â Not quite.
I donâ€™t know what the Machineâ€™s shutdown button was supposed to do, but apparently it did not do what was advertised because itâ€™s still sending Finch (Michael Emerson) numbers.Â The only thing that seemed to change was the relevant numbers are now being sent to Root (Amy Acker).Â Neat trick.Â The government believes their system is powered off because the relevant numbers stop coming, but the reality is the Machine just cut them out of the loop.Â So, in last nightâ€™s episode, the team is pulling double-duty because they now have both a relevant and non-relevant number.Â Root and Shaw (Sarah Shahi) are Team Relevant and are off to Alaska, while Finch and Reese (Jim Caviezel) continue handling the non-relevant numbers.
The focus of the episode is on Finchâ€™s POI, an Illinois congressman by the name of Roger McCourt (John Heard).Â We spend a good part of the hour just following McCourt around and seeing what a great guy he supposedly is.Â He makes a habit of buying the homeless lunches.Â He seems genuinely interested in helping the machinistsâ€™ union.Â So, do we actually have an honest and good-at-heart politician?Â I wouldnâ€™t bet a dime on it, and itâ€™s only a matter of time before his true colors begin to show their ugly faces.
The first sign of trouble is when McCourt explains that heâ€™s the head of the Rules Committee, which means heâ€™s kind of the bottleneck for legislation. Â Â Short explanation â€“ if heâ€™s for a piece of legislation, it passes, and if not, it gets buried.Â After a couple of Decima Technologies spooks make an apparent attempt on McCourtâ€™s life, Finch and Reese begin to suspect that McCourtâ€™s history of support for anti-surveillance legislation may have landed him in the crosshairs.Â The problem is no matter how many times they ask McCourt, he swears up and down he doesnâ€™t know anyone from Decima Technologies.
Of course, the guy is lying but he doesnâ€™t come clean until Finch and Reese find out that Decima isnâ€™t trying to kill McCourt but protect him.Â But why?Â McCourt consistently supported past anti-surveillance bills, and so, why would Decima protect a man who could torpedo their plans?Â But, the bigger question is why did the Machine send Finch his number?Â Heâ€™s not a victim and not really a perpetrator either.Â Well, the first question was pretty easy to answer â€“ greed.Â Politicians may have an agenda but they are usually quick to change it if the price is right.Â In exchange for insider stock tips, McCourt was happy to swing to the other side and support legislation that would greenlight Samaritan. McCourtâ€™s intention was to spin the legislation as a surveillance system but one not controlled by the government.Â People tend to hate any and everything that is government-controlled and so, to most this would sound like a good thing.Â Little would they know that this new system would be completely unfettered and an all-seeing eye, with virtually no limits.
The second question is much more complicated.Â Reese finally comes to the conclusion that the Machine sent them not to protect McCourt, but to kill him.Â It is clear that the Machine sees the far-reaching ramifications of Samaritan coming online and the large number of people that will be killed.Â So, the Machine decided to sacrifice one man in order to save the many.Â This is something that had never happened before, and it was huge.Â Shaw has full faith in the Machineâ€™s logic in its decision, and Reese is about ready to off the guy, but Finch was not going to let that happen.Â Or, if it did, he would have no part of it and would have no choice but to abandon the operation.Â To be honest, Finch irritated me a little in this scene, which goes to show just how much heâ€™s changed since the Machine was completed.Â First, he didnâ€™t give a damn about the irrelevants (which was borderline murder in itself, since you knew it was going to happen but did nothing about it), and itÂ took Nathan Ingramâ€™s death to wake him up.Â Then, he was all about saving everyone, even if a POI turns out to be a really bad guy.
Reese ultimately decides to spare McCourt, which leads to a very intense final sequence.Â McCourt is, of course, found alive, but law enforcement is after all of them.Â They barely escape but not before Shaw is shot, and Reese is left desperately trying to find help for Shaw (maybe itâ€™s time to give Fusco a call?).Â The best scene of the episode was the final one where we see Finch looking into one of the cameras.Â Heâ€™s got this look on his face, almost like heâ€™s disappointed in what the Machine tried to get them to do.Â Then, the next thing you know, heâ€™s gone.Â Â Finch, donâ€™t expect to stay hidden for long, because Decima got their NSA feeds for New York City, and Greerâ€™s (John Nolan) first order of business is to find you.
Just like all episodes of Person of Interest, this was another good one.Â There were lots of character development, and with Samaritan now operational, the stage has been set for a very big season finale.Â In addition, Finch may have been convinced he made the right decision in sparing McCourt, but I think the full consequences of that decision are going to become apparent very soon.
Person of Interest airs on Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS.
Most memorable quotes
- The business of governments is business â€“ McCourt
- I could shoot you in the leg, sir â€“ Reese to McCourt
- These programs are always going to be controversial, but also inevitable. People get up-in-arms whenever they go public. But eventually the noise dies down. Because the truth is, people want to be protected, they just don’t want to know how â€“ McCourt to Finch
- Surely you didn’t think that in a world where you were surveilling everyone, that no one was watching you â€“ Greer to Senator Garrison
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From on EPIX Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks EPIX’s From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People, which US audiences still have not been able…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
Pegah Ghafoori Talks From “All Good Things…”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode] Tonight on From, Fatima’s anniversary celebration turned into a Colony House of horrors when a misguided Kevin let his monster bae in and she promptly killed him and left the window open for her crew. While the party devolved into terror and sent everyone running,…
Shaun Majumder Talks From “Book 74”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight on EPIX’s From, Father Khatri made a bold move, kidnapping Sara instead of turning her in, and then recognizing her as a vessel for some big messages. That startling realization speaks to him on multiple levels–as a man of faith, a man trapped in…
Avery Konrad Talks About Sara’s Struggle in From “Silhouettes”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Over the course of the season so far on From, we’ve witnessed Sara’s battle against the voices telling her to to do terrible things, and tonight we saw her unravel further, threatening the Matthews and lashing out in a moment of terror with horrifying results….
Hannah Cheramy Talks From “Choosing Day”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight, on EPIX’s From, the Matthews participate in the show’s version of the sorting hat, choosing where to call home–the town or Colony House. At the end of the episode, Julie makes the decision to split from her family and instead settle in with Fatima…
Ricky He Talks From “The Way Things Are Now”
[Warning: Spoilers for episode 102 of EPIX’s From.] Epix’s new series From is two episodes in and it’s already laying the groundwork for a seriously spooky season. Tonight’s episode demonstrated the careful balance of relief and horror that the show hits, with our characters’ worst fears realized, just not when…
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…