Monday, December 22, 2014

What I’m Watching: Person of Interest

Person of Interest: Season 4, Episode 10 “The Cold War” (B)

The idea of two machines talking to each other through human manifestations of themselves is certainly appealing, but practically speaking I don’t think it played out all that well. Making a little kid a mouthpiece for highly pretentious talk about playing god and other such endeavors is a risky move and one that did not in this case pay off. I also like Root when is motivated by the machine rather than completely guided by it in terms of her speech, and this didn’t present the best opportunity for that. It was intriguing to show the backstory of Greer’s career, as he discovered that there really was no such thing as loyalty back in the 1970s and that inspired him to burn his treacherous boss and go rogue to right the injustices of the world. He’s definitely come a long way, ready to wreak havoc on New York City and seemingly on a larger scale than just the island, using Samaritan to demonstrate human fallibility. Samaritan’s “desire,” if it can be called that, to exterminate the machine is worrisome, but something tells me that this show would come to a swift end if our team didn’t have the machine looking out for it and Samaritan ruled the world. The crime rate spike in the episode kept both Fusco and Reese busy as they pursued their real-world jobs as cops, and it’s only going to get more intense as Samaritan is purposeful about who it gets killed and who it decides to save.

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