Sunday, October 13, 2013

What I’m Watching: Person of Interest

Person of Interest: Season 3, Episode 3 “Lady Killer” (B+)

I was thrilled enough with this show’s decision to add Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker to its cast, but it’s even more fantastic to see that old familiar faces are still more than up for stopping by. Utilizing Carter, Shaw, and Zoe as bait for the ultimately harmless Ian was an excellent ploy, and it was fun to see them all together, comparing guns and tasers and then talking about the various people in their lives. Shaw chatting Reese up about his non-romance with Carter and his apparent romance with Zoe was fun, and I like to see these off-the-grid characters given personality traits that aren’t always spotlighted. Warren Kole was instantly recognizable as Ian, though his accent was considerably thicker than when he starred on both “The Following” and “Common Law.” Ian turned out to be quite the likeable guy, far from threatening and ultimately interested in getting to know the son he never knew he had. Meanwhile, Root is off in her own world, but it’s such a fascinating one, especially as lived out by Amy Acker. Her sessions with Dr. Carmichael were creepy to say the least, but there’s something about the way that she delivers all of her lines that makes it work. Watching her walk out past all the bodies lying on the floor and excitedly answering the phone was mesmerizing, as was telling the doctor to run as she shot at Hersh and then hit him exactly where she knew he’d be, before sparing his life because the machine told her to do so. Where the show goes from here I can only imagine.

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