Monday, May 21, 2012

What I’m Watching: Person of Interest

Person of Interest: Season 1, Episode 23 “Firewall” (B+)

It’s hard to find a guest star quite as good as Amy Acker, and what better way to use her than as the secret evil mastermind behind everything! She was talented enough as a high-end therapist able to diagnose Reese within moments of meeting him, and she played the part perfectly to get him to think that she didn’t have any idea she was in danger. Her swift and shocking execution of Alicia revealed that she put out the hit on herself, and she’s prepared to use Finch to take full advantage of the machine, which moments earlier, Alicia wanted to destroy. The action throughout the hour was intense, as everything converged together and HR was preparing to blow the whole floor. Carter confronting Fusco could have ended badly, but instead they both rallied and teamed up to save the day, guns blazing, and they managed to bring down the top HR mole while Simmons escaped undiscovered. After blowing up the HR car, Reese got the best line of the night, superbly delivered: “We should all grab a drink together sometime. My treat.” The episode’s end was terrific as well, as Reese looked and spoke directly at the machine, vowing his determination to get Finch back from Turing’s clutches. Answering an unknown phone call is the best way this show could have ended its first season, on a completely uncertain but strongly vigilant one. This show will be back in the same timeslot this fall, and I can’t wait to find out what happens and see more of Amy Acker in a major role.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Michael Emerson as Finch

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