As the best show on CBS will return very soon let’s talk about the best episodes of each season.
It’s almost like I have an obsession with Root. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I do like Amy Acker very much and Root brings so much to Person of Interest as a character. But there is a lot more to the show than just Root. Still, most of the episodes on my list feature a lot of Root. Which is no problem by any means of course. In Mors Premaetura Root kidnaps Shaw and get her to go with her on a mission. Their target is someone who is held captive by the CIA. Reese and Finch end up helping his brother as he is the number of the week. Vigilance is trying to kill him because he is looking into the death of his brother. In the end everything comes to together and both brothers are free. Collier from Vigilance, who is behind the threat to the brothers, gets away. Another strong episode of the underrated CBS drama with strong performances by all around. The interaction between Root and Shaw is always a pleasure and Leslie Odom Jr is a good actor and I love him as the leader of Vigilance. In season 3 the premiere didn’t have the wow factor but Mors Premaetura certainly did.
For this season’s trilogy the showrunners made known that one of the cast was going to die. Now even though Nolan once said that he expect all of Team Machine to die in the long run because of the high risk job they are doing it was clear that it wasn’t going to be Finch or Reese. In the trailers and during the most part of the second part of the trilogy, The Crossing, everything pointed towards Fusco being the lucky one. But in the end it was Carter. Damn! Taraji P Henson was wonderful on this show. Her character was a bit boring in the beginning but the better material she was given the more Taraji got to shine. Her moments with Reese were great and even though the romance was sort of a surprise, it didn’t feel forced. It was good to see Carter have a personal triumph in finally bringing in Quinn and delivering the killing blow to HR. The organization had played its part for the series, it was time to wrap it up. This episode was full of great action, heartfelt moments, a shocking death and some great humour.
“If my number was up, I’m just glad I was with you, the one I’d rather be with at the end.”
The Devil’s Share
If Endgame was a body shot and The Crossing was a hook then The Devil’s Share was an uppercut. The episode that knocked the trilogy out of the park. Wow! That opening montage with Hurt from Johnny Cash playing was super emotional. The hunt for Simmons was riveting. The showdown at the safe house where Quinn was stashed was masterful. Fusco vs. Simmons was gripping and the end with Elias and Simmons was just perfect. This episode was so damn good. It was masterfully direct, well written, supremely acted and excellently scored. Even though Carter was not in this episode her presence was felt strongly. This is one of the best Person of Interest episodes of all time and that’s saying something. I also thought it was ingenious how we got a look into everyone’s psyche by seeing them interact with different kinds of councilors. It was interesting to see why Shaw didn’t make it as a doctor, how Finch tried to deal with survivor’s guilt, how Fusco probably became dirty and how Reese had to take out some sort of recruiter of his black ops unit. The Devil’s Share was Person of Interest at its best.
“Well, there remains a debt. Civilization rests on the principle that we treat our criminals better than they treated their victims, that we not stoop to their level. But you and I are outliers. We’re not really a part of civilization. We’re something older. Which means, of course, that we can do the things that civilized people can’t. I offered to kill you for Detective Carter many times, and she always said no. She was civilized to the very end. I don’t think she liked me. But I liked her very much, and you killed her. So now I consider it my responsibility to fix the particular problem that is you, Officer Simmons.”
If season 2 was exceptionally good than season 3 was amazing. I could put more than half of the season’s episode on this best of list. But I won’t. Hard decisions have to be made. In Lethe and Aletheia in flashbacks we see why Harold started working on the Machine. His father suffered from memory loss and he wanted to create something to help his father. In the present the new number Team Machine receives belongs to Arthur, a friend of Harold from his time at MIT. Arthur created a program called Samaritan but it was shut down by the government. Vigilance was after it because they wanted to expose it and Control was after it as a contingency. Control captures Arthur Shaw and Finch and says she will let the person live who gives up his respective machine. Root comes to the rescue but is captured herself. Arthur tells Harold the location of Samaritan which is on drives locked in a safety deposit box. At the bank both Vigilance and Hersh and his team arrive. In the end Arthur, Shaw and Finch escape with the help of Fusco and Reese. Greer however ends up with Samaritan.
The middle portion of season 3 was off the charts. The backstory in this one was great again. It was such a treat to see a young Harold creating the machine and trying to help his father. Arthur’s story was tragic and the introduction of him and his program was very well done. The showdown at the bank was cool as well. I was loving every second of these episodes.
“There’s a time for a hammer and a time for a scalpel. It’s hammer time.”
A House Divided/Deus Ex Machina
A House Divided and Deus Ex Machina were an excellent ending to a stellar season. We see Collier’s backstory where his brother is arrested for being a suspected terrorist in the end his brother commits suicide. Collier finds out that his brother was innocent and that sets him on a path that leads him to be recruited by Vigilance. The Machine gives its team the numbers of Control, presidential assistant Rivera, Senator Garrison and Greer. They are all taken by Vigilance including Finch. Collier sets up a trial to prosecute the group for illegal surveillance and murder. When Rivera doesn’t cooperate Collier kills him. Senator Garrison implicates Control. Control doesn’t cooperate and is about to be killed Finch stands up and takes the stand and confesses to building the Machine. Decimal ends the trial, lets Control and Garrison go and Takes Collier and Finch to the rooftop of the building. There Greer explains that he created Vigilance because the Machine was doing its job too well. He needed to create a devil to get the government to agree and the Samaritan program. Greer has Collier killed.
In the meantime Hersh and Reese are trying to rescue Finch. They split up and Hersh finds a bomb in the building. Reese rescues Finch but the bomb goes off before Hersh can disarm it. Garrison says that he will provide Decima with the government feeds they need to start up Samaritan. In the end we see Greer asking Samaritan for its commands. Shaw and Root have found one of the server rooms of Samaritan and they install servers there which make Samaritan blind to Team Machine. It’s a small victory in a battle they have lost.
I loved these two episode. The Vigilance backstory was so interesting. I feel so bad for Collier. He was a good man and if his brother was never falsely accused his life would have been very different. Greer and Decima were great villains and Greer’s plan to get the government to go for Samaritan was brilliant. The ending was strong as well. The music was great and it sets up an epic battle between the Machine and Samaritan
“The Machine asked me to tell you something before we part. You once told John the whole point of Pandora’s box was that once you’ve opened it, you can’t close it again. She wanted me to remind you of how the story ends. When everything is over, when the worst has happened, there’s still one thing left in Pandora’s box: hope.”