“Person of Interest”: Legacy Review

By Jordan Magrath

In what is developing as a theme, “Person of Interest” delivered another quality ending.  What makes Jonathan’s brother’s (Christopher) movies so awesome aren’t just the stories, effects, and characters, but the great endings.  Although Jonathan probably doesn’t construct every ending, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has put an emphasis on creating stellar endings.

In the case of “Legacy,” the newest episode, the ending really saved the episode.  While I don’t think the episode lacked for any particular thematic reason, I felt (like usually), the one-shot story wasn’t anything to call home about.  The story seemed pretty one-sided from the beginning, as the number seemed like an innocent damsel-in-distress.  Where some episodes have more conflicted characters, this time around, she seemed like a target almost instantly.  And actually, this was oddly fresh.  I was sort of sick of the bait-and-switch mentality, where “Person of Interest,” makes you think they are guilty, then they turn out innocent (or vice versa).

So if it was refreshing, what went wrong?  Mostly, I felt like every character that was introduced had some sort of role.  This may seem like an odd statement, but right when the P.O. was shown, I had a feeling he’d come back.  When they flashed to the inmate’s kid, I knew he was involved somehow.  When they showed the desk jockey, I knew he’d come back, too.  I’d like to be surprised a little more from week to week.

This brings me back to Elias, who has been visibly missing.  Not only is he not featured in episodes, but he hasn’t even been mentioned.  It’d be nice to get some sort of movement in his case, since that seemed to be where the season’s conclusion was approaching.

But like I said, the one-shot stories don’t tend to be what is so lovable about each episode.  The flashbacks, generally, are the best parts of the episodes.  Finch connects with the son of his previous employer, which sent immediate shockwaves into the rest of the season.  Since the new character has plans to uncover what exactly his father was doing, the machine suddenly became vulnerable.

This seems like a perfect time to do this because Reese and Finch were just becoming a little too comfortable with their roles.  Everything seemed to be going their way.

This includes their relationship with Carter, who has slowly been coming to their side.  Last week, she got to see how they “predicted” a crime, and she helped stop it.  This week, she got to meet Reese face-to-face.  It’s kind of funny seeing how Reese and Finch use Lionel (Kevin Chapman) to their advantage, not even letting him know that Carter in on their side (for now).

By the end, though, we’re not even sure who is on whose side.  Reese still has some serious trust issues, including Finch’s past.  With Lionel now tailing Finch, Reese seems to think there could be something up.  It took the two awhile to trust each other, but it looks like they were just faking it a bit.  With crime-stopping as his motive, Reese is willing to stay with Finch for now, but can he trust him?

And can we trust Reese?  He’s been considered a “dangerous killer” before.  Seeing him as a gray character, rather than just a black-and-white one, would be fun to see.

I hope they continue to make the situation uncomfortable, and bring Elias back in.

Rating: B

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