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Person Of Interest: “2-Pi-R” (Season 2 Episode 11)

Person-of-Interest-person-of-interest-30429662-1280-1024Broadcast Date: Thursday, Jan. 3rd, 2013

Last year Person of Interest rivaled Revenge and Grimm as my favorite new TV show. Created by Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises with brother Christopher Nolan, Person of Interest follows the tale of Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and John Reese (Jim Caviezel) . Finch is a software engineer who helped design a computer system capable of tracking down terrorist activity. Unknown to the government, Finch built in a backdoor to the system; curiously, the system develops some sort of artificial intelligence, and spits out numbers to Finch. These numbers turn out to be social security numbers of people who the system predicts will be involved in a crime. Finch hires troubled ex-CIA man Reese to help thwart the crime before it happens. You can kind of get an idea of how Nolan’s work with Batman has influenced the series, with Reese as Batman’s muscle and Finch as the Batcave/Robin. A couple of cops, detectives Carter ( Taraji Henson) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman), play the role of Commisioner Gordon, helping the heroes from inside the police station.

The first season was incredible due to 4 (!) arcing plot lines, sandwiched around flashbacks that provided insight into Finch’s and Reese’s past. Sadly, those features have been lacking in the second season, and “2-Pi-R” is the worst of the bunch so far. The episode revolves around a troubled youth named Caleb (Luke Kleintank), who lost his brother to a subway accident and is on the road to destruction. It’s up to Reese and Finch to save the day. Only one problem – Reese was caught during an FBI raid, along with three other men, and is in jail while the feds try to determine which man is really “The Man in the Suit”, who is wanted for his involvement in several crimes. So Finch must enlist Fusco’s help, while Carter tries to tamper with evidence and free Reese.

The episode suffers from poor writing, as well as the absence of Caviezel, who is barely on screen. While the show takes a risk by trying something different, it just doesn’t pay off. While Kleintank is a fine young actor based on his recurring roles in Bones and No Ordinary Family, his talents are largely wasted here as a brooding, quiet 17 year-old with thoughts of suicide, in an episode that seems like its been taken right out of Good Will Hunting. Not only is Kleintank far too old to play a 17 year old, his suicidal deathwish in unconvincing. To make matters worse, Caleb makes money dealing drugs and laundering the money, yet this is completely overlooked by his protectors. And in a case of really poor writing, the drug dealers who Caleb has ticked off are still out there looking for him, and that’s not addressed either. Finally, although the episode really allows Henson’s beauty to shine through as a femme fatale, Carter is the one person who always tries to take the moral high ground, yet she completely ignores this, by slipping ruffies, breaking into a lab, and tampering with federal evidence – it just doesn’t wash with what has been previously established for her character. And the new character added to the show this season, an adorable attack dog named Bear, is left out along with Reese. For shame!

I normally like Person of Interest and look forward to each episode, but this one was simply terrible…

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January 6, 2013 - Posted by | tv shows

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