Sunday, June 12, 2016

What I’m Watching: Person of Interest

Person of Interest: Season 5, Episode 9 “Sotto Voce” (B+)

All this talk of the Voice brings up bad memories of the stupid villain of the same name on “Quantico,” but fortunately the writing here is substantially more sophisticated. Reese shooting everyone in the leg rather than killing them has always been a somewhat comical element of this show, but it’s an important thing since it distinguishes that our heroes don’t kill people. Those they come up against, however, are sometimes so nefarious that they have to decide whether it’s worth crossing a line, and an ally like Elias can help them make that decision very easily by pressing a button to blow up a perpetrator’s car after it seemed that he was going to walk away, at least without killing anyone else at the moment. Easton was quite the foe, hiring someone to play his kidnapped wife and taking a pre-recorded phone call with his disguised voice to dupe Detective Riley, who managed to stay alive thanks to the loyal quick thinking of one Detective Fusco. I’m glad to see that Fusco has now officially been brought into the loop, and I think he’ll do good things with the information. The best development is the return of Shaw who, so destroyed by her thousands of simulations, was ready to kill herself until Root found the perfect antidote and threatened to kill herself too. The gang is finally back together with just four episodes left on the clock, and I couldn’t be any more excited to see how this storyline plays out.