One minor turnoff of “Person of Interest” had been the serialized nature. Unfortunately, mainstream television relies heavily on this to invite viewers to tune in some weeks. Since the “best” television doesn’t care (as much) about viewership, those stories seem to be connected each week. “Person of Interest” bridges the gap between the divides by mixing it up week to week. It’s still procedural and serialized, but at least it doesn’t feel as predictable. This week, in “2 Pi R,” they kept Reese out of basically the entire episode and let the others do the leg work. The departure was welcome and tragic story behind “the number” gave us an interesting insight into Finch’s past.
At the end of the last episode, Reese was cornered and captured along with 3 other men in suits. With the CIA on his tracks, Carter also becomes involved with the investigation. She becomes a temporary CIA agent, putting her occupational goals in the way of her support for Reese.
This week, Finch tries his hardest to get Reese out of his predicament while still trying to solve the mystery behind the number.
The number turns out to be a high school student, putting Reese undercover as a substitute teacher. It’s funny how the media (television, movies, etc.) portray high school because it couldn’t be any less realistic to my experience. But maybe I’m the weird one…
Finch gathers intel on Caleb (the number) and witnesses him getting into some drug run-ins with other high schoolers. Fusco joined the investigation and eventually they realize Caleb has a drug connection, too.
Running side-by-side is the past where two years earlier Caleb’s brother was tragically killed in a train accident, which could’ve been an accident or potential murder. We find out by the end that it was an accident that Caleb hasn’t gotten over and his answer is apparent suicide two years to the date of the first accident.
Finch is able to intervene and give Caleb a bunch of wisdom about how smart the kid is and how bright his future could be. He also hints about his tragic past, something that likely has connections to the flashbacks we got weeks ago.
We also find out Finch was some sort of crazy-good hacker back in the day, which lends some credibility to the inception of this “Machine.”
This is a prime example of what I was saying in the intro, where “Person of Interest” juggles the procedural stuff with overarching stories. They’ve got so many stories going on throughout the show that it’s fun to think ahead and guess who or what may appear in a given episode.
A notable thing missing was Reese, and after the beginning of the episode we don’t see him until the conclusion, when he is about to be released. The CIA is having none of it, though, and Carter realizes she is the only person to be trusted by them. This again puts her in the middle of trying to help the most powerful agency – something that could land her a potential job – or helping the most powerful vigilante. Talk about a pickle.
“Person of Interest” succeeds again in “2 Pi R” and I’m looking forward to next week. I wonder how long they’ll keep Reese out of action, but Finch has proved to be just as good (if not better) and his emotional depth is really coming out as of late.
Join me Thursday for another episode.
*”Person of Interest” kept Caleb and the software stuff open for the future. I think it’d be a little unrealistic to have Caleb come through as a teenage coding genius but then again, look at Facebook…
*Although it may been cumbersome to show Reese getting interrogated, I think it would’ve been interesting to see his cover story. Since he’s still in prison, though, this could come up next episode.