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Person of Interest: “Dead Reckoning” (Season 2 Episode 13)

Person-of-Interest-person-of-interest-30429662-1280-1024Broadcast date:  Thursday, Jan. 31st, 2013

Dead Reckoning is the followup to the excellent Prisoner’s Dilemma episode; unfortunately, it seems that excellence was short-lived as the series returns to the problems that have plagued it for parts of this season. Now that Kara has a bomb vest on John, she can make him do whatever she wants, because she knows (based on her past relationship with him) that he has a soft spot for civilians. And so she guides him to a building that is a front for Homeland Security to develop hacking programs for taking out rival government systems, a nice touch reflecting current events with Iran. But here’s where the story begins to run into problems. Kara doesn’t download anything – she uploads something for a shadowy organization that wanted the briefcase…you know, the one that had John and Kara escaping a big bomb in China. John goes up to the roof, ready to throw himself off. And then comes the contrived, made-for-tv drama: Finch has 3 tries to decode the bomb before it blows. Guess what happens? But the worst moment is yet to come, when the FBI concludes, a little too neatly, that Snow was the “man in the suit”. Umm, exactly what evidence do they have to draw that conclusion? And Donnelly was the only guy who knew what was going on – no one else in the FBI has a clue about where is investigation was at? Not to mention that Snow was actually tasked to bring in the man in the suit at one time, so how was it possible that he was that man? At least this story arc is over and the show can move on. I do have to say I like the reveal at the end, although it was also predictable – that the laptop belonged to Finch, who is in some way, directly or indirectly, responsible for John and Kara’s situation, a bombing in China by our government to destroy the laptop, and the shadowy organization wanting what’s on it…

February 18, 2013 - Posted by | tv shows |

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