Friday, 4 November 2011

Person of Interest - S1 E7 - Witness

Reese bodyguards a teacher who witnessed a murder as they attempt to hide and escape from the Russian mob. Meanwhile, Carter and Fusco are working the same case on the trail of the killers.

Spoilers after the jump.

So I'm not sure how much I want to talk about this here given I don't usually go too deeply into plot details beyond what's blindingly obvious, but my first thought here was, "Wow, Enrico Colantoni sure doesn't look like a sheriff anymore." Too many Reese's peanut butter cups, methinks. Second, well, we know why he "doesn't believe in cellphones" now.

Ah screw it, let's just say it. I was pretty surprised when it suddenly dawned on me just prior to the unravelling of the truth that the humble school teacher was actually the nefarious Elias. I didn't believe that the guy Finch eyeballed was Elias but didn't imagine it would be this dude who was holding a letter opener up to Reese. I can't think off the top of my head but this happened somewhere before where a guy who appeared to be living a regular life suddenly revealed himself as a big crime boss villain and left all that other stuff behind and just threw his weight about in every episode. That point is underlined here with Elias not turning off the stove as Reese hustles him out of his apartment on their initial meeting.

Reese claims that many more will die with Elias free to roam, saying that he only has revenge on his mind? Wasn't the revenge over? Now I though it was all about accumulating power. He plans to ensure they will cross paths again at some point, even though there are many more out there who need his help beyond the criminal-on-criminal violence that Elias mostly involves himself in. Isn't that how the real police tends to operate though? I'm guessing Elias's gang doesn't leave much of a digital footprint, so they will be hard to track but that won't deter Reese who could use some more capable allies than the rotund Fusco.

Fun episode - as Iden points out, somewhat cheesy what with dudes walking around in the street with automatic rifles, something that's only supposed to happen in Grand Theft Auto, namechecked by Elias. We also get this glorious exchange between Elias and a student of his - "Zombies?" "They're taking over the world." "Can't have that." I couldn't agree more.

"Person of Interest" airs Thursdays on CBS at 9:00pm EST

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