Person of Interest "Critical" Review: Bring On the Bad Guys

Person of Interest S02E07: "Critical"

My knowledge of the Batman universe is pathetic at best. Something about a guy who jokes or riddles or both? But I do know the Caped Crusader has a Christmas list-long dossier of villains built up over several decades spent foiling crimes. And as Person of Interest continues to venture toward becoming a televised comic series with a vigilante do-gooder and his billionaire partner, its roster of villains is growing, too.

But we have to ask ourselves how many villains is too many villains? Can the tried-and-true overpopulated world of villains in comics translate to television? This stockpiling of recurring bad guys is going to be an interesting experiment for Person of Interest, and Season 2 is showing no signs of slowing down on what was a curious idea in Season 1. Elias as a big bad was a breakthrough for the series. Suddenly our cyborg superhero had a person to wear the black hat. But one was definitely not enough for Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman; now there's also the crooked cops of HR with Simmons and recently unmasked boss Quinn, adorable hacker Root, Donnelley and his FBI goons, vengeful ex-partner Kara Stanton, and former foe but potential ally Agent Snow, not to mention mob bosses representing every country in the United Nations. And introduced in last night's episode "Critical" was our most comic-bookish villain to date: Alistair Wesley.

Played by the always enjoyable Julian Sands, who makes the act of talking an art form, Wesley is as close to The Riddler as we'll get in this real-world Batman series. Wesley, like Root, is a villain who enjoys the chase as much as the reward. He's into sick games, and he orchestrated an elaborate doozy of a ticking clock that Reese and Finch found their way into via their latest mystery social security number. This made "Critical" a slight departure for the series, but one that I think that, if it's done more frequently, will up the show's geek cred, really separate it from most of the procedurals out there, and give it legs for a long, enjoyable run. John and Harold can't just save randoms each week for seven seasons. They're an elite team fighting on the side of the good guys, and deserve worthy opponents they can have run-ins with on a regular basis. And how much more exciting will it be for Reese and Finch to every once in a while put these guys, built up over several recurring appearances, in jail or a wooden box? So I say bring on a whole League of Extraordinary Gentlevillains, and LET'S DO THIS!

This week's number belonged to Dr. Maddie, a brilliant surgeon (aren't all TV surgeons brilliant?) who had a powerful patient in Oliver Veldt, an energy tycoon worth a gazillion dollars. His ticker was having problems ticking and tocking, so Maddie was asked to rip open his chest and slap the thing around a bit until it was working correctly. But powerful CEOs and illness do not mix well, so Veldt wanted this operation done on the hush-hush so as not to mess with the stock prices of his company.

Stocks are games with winners and losers, and one player who stood to win big if Veldt croaked was Wesley, who played the Don't Pass Bar against Veldt with some risky investments that would only pay off if Veldt's company tanked. Wesley had a proposal for Dr. Maddie: Botch the surgery and kill Veldt, and Wesley wouldn't send his elite team of retired SAS agents to put a hole in Maddie's wife's (yes, wife, more on that later) head. This caused John to say that Maddie was forced to be the perpetrator in another twist on the show's basic tenet, but let's be honest here, in my log of Person of Interest victims vs. perps, this one is definitely going down as "victim."

What transpired after that was something straight out of the Die Hard series, as Wesley laid down some rules for his game (no telling the cops, no warning the wife, no telling Veldt, etc.) and Reese and Finch figured out a way to make sure everyone except for Wesley went home happy. There were double-crosses and switcheroos all over the place (I for one thought Veldt's assistant, Mr. Raines, was the mole, but he was just there to trick us—nice one, POI) and in the end the bad guys were foiled and Dr. Maddie didn't have to deal with all the paperwork that comes with a dead spouse. Things didn't come together all that smoothly, however, as Reese, Finch, and Maddie just decided they were done playing the game and the plan was undone with a few well-placed punches and kicks. It turned a potentially interesting case-of-the-week into little more than just a sloppy introduction to Mr. Wesley.

Meanwhile, Carter was chasing clues that led her to our old pal Agent Snow. But Snow was a broken-down man, running errands for Reese's ex-partner Kara Stanton—who is NOT dead, if you'll recall. The specific errand Snow was sent on involved shooting up a tech company for some reason (I assume we'll get more details later), with a bomb strapped to his chest as incentive for not goofing up the job. That Kara Stanton don't play around, I like her style. Carter got wind that this mystery woman had something big planned, and went to Reese to get to the bottom of it. Reese's reply was something along the lines of, "You don't want to know," and that's that. The plot thickens.

"Critical" was an average episode of Person of Interest that didn't take too many steps with the overall plot. Carter's storyline was the equivalent of a Post-It note reminding us that Stanton is still in the mix, and the case of the week was resolved fairly easily, without any mysteries unraveled.

But what I'm going to take away from this episode is the addition of Wesley and the potential for him to return with his sick games. He's the most unique villain we've seen on the show so far, and the most similar to someone who jumped out of a comic book. Reese and his opponents will never strap on capes or adopt nicknames, but they should be able to do everything else their comic counterparts do.



NOTES

– In my mind, Leon (Ken Leung) will always be welcome to come back. Leung is perfect for the series, and his ability to serve as a stand-in so Finch can go into the field is useful. I loved how much he enjoyed doing the work: "This is fun. This is what you and John do all day long?" Leon wants in on this operation, and I'll totally allow it.

– LOL @ a nauseated Finch saying "It's so squishy" when he had to assist in Maddie's open-heart rescue.

– Backwoods dopes might object to Maddie being in a lesbian relationship (an interracial one, too!) but dammit I have to give CBS and Person of Interest a big high-five for this. Not only did they include this progressive and totally okay detail, they did it without making any note of it. It almost makes up for Partners.

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I am amazed that Finch and Reese turned Leon loose in the library with all that equipment. Leon is a loose cannon with poor judgement and a shaky grasp of right and wrong. I won't be surprised if we learn in a future episode that he has hacked into some of Finch's billions, or blithely messed with something else.

On another topic: Every time The Machine does something Finch refers to as a "bug," it is apparent that Finch himself doesn't understand what he has created. And was it really a whole year between the time The Machine first brought Grace to Finch's attention (2004) and the time that Finch actually for the first time said "Hello" (2005)?
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So who's hoping by season 5 they have to put John as a famous billionaire and Finch becomes his butler and John starts wearing a suit that looks closer to Nightwing and they start doing that kind of stuff lol. NAH show looks great as it. They have new threads though that make you wonder where it's going. First the psycho bitch who wants to free the system, which I think the system already is free, but she doesn't realize it. Then theres anti John who does equal to what John does but does it for money and doesn't care who he kills. Interesting. Just realized what if anti John and anti Finch, aka crazy bitch, hook up. YIKES. That would be scary shit.
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I never understood the "free system" thing anyway. Like what is it suposed to do? Pick up a gun itself and start offing people? lol How can it get any freer if it (and only it) updated itself and patches itself?
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The movie "Eagle Eye" gives an idea of a "free system".
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Enjoyed the ep very much. The dog was great, as usual! LOL! :-P
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All sorts of news to report this week!:
- Ken Leung has been signed by NBC for their new pilot, "After Hours" about doctors working the late shift. If it succeeds, Leung will be the series regular. (No more POI???)?
- Good news - Jim Caviezel was included in People Magazine's current issue of their sexiest men 2012. Bad news - he's a tiny little photo on page 136 of a group of graying men who are still sexy. Did I say "little photo?" He was in good company BUT, he's probably the hottest property on TV today! People should be arrested for trying to write - under the influence of blindness!
- TV Guide this week has an article on BEAR!!! Not sure what page, but he's there! Good boy! Michael Emerson is in the photo taking Bear for a walk.
(Michael and Bear should have been included in People's 2012 Sexiest Men)!!! ; )
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"Played by the always enjoyable Julian Sands, who makes the act of talking an art form, Wesley is as close to The Riddler as we'll get in this real-world Batman series." Now, this is what I call proper reviewing, with great writing skills.. other than that, I do not think this is an average episode.. the number of elements involved in the plan, the diversions in the flow of the plot, and return of a previous poi, to help the guys, nope this was not average.. I truly love when previously saved guys do stuff for the team in return, and I wish we had seen this more often.. and it was really, really nice that Leon repeated twice that "he would not let them down".. I don't think any of them would let our guys down and it would be great to see them paying back.. also, as we have waited quite long for that story to come back, I like that they keep reminding us about kara, and making that cocky, snobby snow a poor puppet.. also the way fusco backed carter up, was another nice touch to add.. and finally the loveble lesbian couple, presented in a very subtle way, without any, any clichés.. this is great writing, great filming and great acting, altogether.. I am following quite a lot of stuff on tv, but POI is by far the best..
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I don't know, for some reason I wasn't impressed with Sands character like I was with Elias, Root and even Quinn. I was just kinda "meh" on him. I have not see any of the actor's other work.
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I am not that much impressed with sands either, I am impressed by the way he was described by Tim:) other than that, as Tim very well stated, he maybe is the most comic-bookish villain in the series, so far.. maybe because he reminds me of Bond villains:)
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My only problem with this otherwise great series is, as always, how little love Carter gets. Love both the actress and the character, but she went from being the good cop/moral compass of the team to being, as you said in one of your previous reviews, the eternal gopher. I get that John respects her principles and tries to keep her out of the most ambiguous jobs most of the time (that's what Fusco is for), but except for a handful of episodes, she just comes around for about three minutes per episode to say "oh no tell me you didn't!"/"your request is a pain in my ass but I'll help you anyway" (to be fair, she's had a few pretty funny scenes with John, like the "stay in the car" scene, but they're rather rare). Really hoping that she gets a little more action after this episode's ending.
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I agree. I think they do an ok job with her character certainly better than they did prior to Number Crunch, but there is always room for growth.
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I agree. She has become totally under used and I love her scenes the most. Which is why I cringe when others state they want to see some of the recurrent actors bumped up to regular. They can't even write well for all 4 of the ones they have now. :(
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I love that there is more than one "Big Bad" lurking in the shadows and ready to strike whenever. It makes things just that much more intense! Higher stakes and all that good stuff. I like the idea of Reese having someone out there with his type of experience...makes for a bigger challenge.
-Leon should always return. Clearly...or rather hopefully, he'll be sort of like Zoe, a great recurring character who pops in when a case allows for it. I love his burgeoning relationship with the always lovable Bear, and the fact that his extensive knowledge allows Finch the opportunity to step out into the field more, but he's still completely in the dark. I love that the assets are just as awesome to watch as the dynamic duo.
-I noticed the casualness to which they threw in the interracial homsexual relationship, which was awesome. Hats off CBS.
-Plus the diner scene with Carter and Reese was a highlight. Sometimes so much goes on that its hard to really think about this house of cards they have going on with all the characters. They're all throwing their trust into the ring but its fragile and tenous at best. Everyone is always guarded no matter how much closer they all allow themselves to get. The relationships and dynamics evolve just enough to be realistic and make for progress but not too much where this intensity isn't lingering over it all.
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Even an average show is fantastic! So many little nuances!!!
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Quote "aren't all TV surgeons brilliant?" Well Jack Shephard was anything but brilliant.
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It stands to reason that some Bad Guys will be responsible for a lot more numbers than your average thug, and I find it both reasonable and good plotting that Our Heroes don't vanquish these Big Bads in one episode. To start with, if they did so, the writers would perpetually have to keep upping the odds with more preternaturally invincible Bad Guys. As the Good Guys gain in contacts and confidence, they'll rattle a few cages. (And "It's so squishy!" I'm in love!)
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To be honest, I thought the wife would be the "inside man". But then again that might have been to obvious.
Still, good solid episode. Not all episodes can advance the main plot in a mayor way, and as long as they keep up this sort of quality, the show will stay great.
Oh... I did notice a mistake - the fake cop, when trying to shoot the wife, had a gun with a closed barrel. So, he would've blown his hand off.. or something. But then I don't mind minor things like that....
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THIS JUST IN!:
"NBC's graveyard-shift medical drama After Hours is assembling quite the diverse cast. First it booked Freddy Rodriguez in the lead role; now Lost's KEN LEUNG and Alcatraz's Jeananne Goossen have signed on. They'll both play doctors, obviously."

I hope we will still get to see Ken Leung guest starring on POI!!! He's terrific!
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One of the best episodes of the season so far! I like Leon being in the office while Finch and Reese were out in the field, two people in the field can accomplish so much more than one. I mean, Reese is pretty good, but he can't be in two places across town at once. Hopefully this trend can continue. Still waiting for the moment when Reese and Kara meet up again, it will be very interesting. The whole Kara and Agent Snow situation reminds me of Burn Notice with Michael running errands for Carla while not having any idea what they were for. Of course, Michael was a little more investigative than Agent Snow but, Michael didn't have a bomb strapped to him either. Best parts of the episode: Reese wondering who would be dumb enough to need their help twice and Finch's "squishy" comment while assisting Maddy with the heart surgery.
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I feel like Person of interest was just showing the mob doctor how it is done! Whoo!!
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Apparently, there can never be enough villains. The show utilizes them perfectly, so its fine. POI is back to its awesome roots though. Loved this episode. Reese and Carter's final scene, though cheesy, was highly intriguing.
The suspension of disbelief moment of the episode occurred when the British SAS guy and his team got beaten easily by Reese. Still, can't wait to know more about this new development.
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2nd the LOL @ Finch's "It's so squishy." I had to pause it there so I could finish laughing. Great episode overall and I would be more than happy to see Leon or Wesley back anytime. Plus, this gives them a surgeon in their pocket for the next time that they need surgical assistance. POI, though art a great show.
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Good thinking, pcsjunior! Don't they also have Nathan Abrams son who has graduated from medical school as an emergency back up?
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I think Nathan's son might become Finch's enemy,if/when he learns truth
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I never thought about that! You can bet they will be calling on Maddy to offer her assistance if needed.
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Though resourceful, going to Maddy sure beats a Coroner!
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Favourite quote: "Agent Snow, freeze!"
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I liked “This one has your name written all over it … literately”
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Dang...I don't remember that one.
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LOL :D
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This was one of my favourite episodes of the season so far. It was fast, funny and action packed. I totally agree with Tim, the writers are thinking 'comic book' and are introducing characters like Snow, Stanton, Elias, Root, in this episode Wesley, and not forgetting and the Machine to create a wonderful comic book world for our 'super' heros Reese and Finch to operate in. The whole thing is just brilliant.
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people are gonna go crazy over last Fringe episode:D....post it as soon as you can Tim...can't wait what you will write and others will say:D

POI again awsome
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i loved this ep! i love how this show is actually the MOST realistic 'comic' ever! and i loved every single detail of the story....
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Fantastic Episode.

But one problem however: SAS is arguably the best team in the world (or at the very least one of them). They could have showed John having more of a struggle, maybe even losing one hand to hand or getting a knife wound or something..

Also, agree about the last note, Tim. I was sure they were gonna say something about that relationship, but they stayed away. Very cool of them.
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Good episode, but how crap were those supposedly ex SAS men. Surely they would have put up more of a fight than they did. And I'm sure one of them had an irish accent. Not really sure there are many irish members of the SAS.
ALso knew it wouldn't be long before there was a british baddie. That's a requirement of any american series isn't it?
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Julian Sands gets my vote to show up in Elementary as Moriarty someday. He can send this episode as his audition tape. His villain is classy, a man of his word, he's got a main plan, a backup plan, and even a backup backup plan. And yes, he really does make the act of talking an art form. Every show could use a bit of Julian Sands in it. He's awesome.
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How the hell is Reese gonna defeat a warlock?! Mobsters, neo-nazis, FBI agents are one thing but a villain who has actual magical powers? I'm sure CIA hitmen get trained to get out of a lot of extreme situations, but nobody prepared him for a fight with an actual warlock. Not some poseur like Charlie Sheen. Julian Sands is the real deal.
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Another solid episode of POI. In my opinion, there can never be enough baddies in their line of business. It's not like crime, whether major or minor, takes a holiday. This is the world we live in, and the writers are displaying it great to me. Wesley would make a great recurring bad guy given he knows Reese by his full name, plus he's former MI-6. The guy had an amazing sense of planning, forcing Reese and Finch to work their butts off to outsmart him, which made for great dramatic television. I loved that he practically strolled away, saying they'd meet again, which I believe they will. I also like that he's still a mystery. Don't put everything on the plate at once. Just give us a few breadcrumbs here and there, so it can be stretched out a bit.

As for the Backwoods thing, didn't really notice. I watch POI for the great show it is period.
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I disagree on the resolution being "sloppy" with Reese resorting to an on-the-fly intervention. If you caught the conversation with Wesley and Reese at the end, Reese's style and methods helped Wesley remember exactly who Reese was--apparently they crossed paths when Reese was a CIA agent (as he called him "John Reese"--he wasn't Reese until Stanton named him). Which begs the question: Is Wesley going to be a recurring but unconnected villain character, or does he factor into Stanton's big plot, as he would have obviously crossed paths with her at that same point in pre-pilot history?
Either way, I smell some cool backstory flashbacks coming!
(Which probably smell way better than Finch's library right about now, given that Leon broke Bear's special diet rules.)
And remember, Tim, the very introduction of Elias that you and the rest of us were so impressed by last year (right about this time too!) was preceded by a Carter-Post-It-Note episode (when she learned about Elias' childhood from retired cop Murray, right before Murray was shot). Setup pieces in POI are sometimes clever red herrings, but are never wasted. :)
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Funny this review would mention an aspect of this episode as being "straight out of the Die Hard series." While watching, I noticed that Wesley called Reese "Mr. Mystery Guest" -- which is exactly what Hans Gruber calls John McClane in Die Hard. Another Brit with stylish enunciation, referring to the interloper ruining his devious plan as Mr. Mystery Guest? Totally not an accident.

Loved the reference to Finch's hospital phobia; apparently he is phobia-prone. Loved Ken Leung. Always love John.

And I was amazed that this show managed to make me pity Mark Snow, after making me dislike him so thoroughly last season.
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TIm I surprised you didn't mention that Alistair Wesley knows who John is by name (CIA name at least). They crossed paths in Istanbul.
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Backwoods dopes might object to Maddie being in a lesbian relationship (an interracial one, too!) but dammit I have to give CBS and Person of Interest a big high-five for this. Not only did they include this progressive and totally okay detail, they did it without making any note of it. It almost makes up for Partners.

Guess you missed the totally unnecessary full-screen close-up of them holding hands.

I thought the episode was rather poor overall. The show creators obviously went into this episode with agenda and spent way too much time on explaining the relationship between Maddie and her significant other and not enough time fleshing out the villian wesly.

As a result we have no idea of the thought process behind Wesleys actions. Who hired him. Why he continued the mission eventhough Maddie refused to play his game (he went to plan B but still continued plan A???).

I think the show is getting too cheesy in general. It seems like since the introduction of Dutch the show is trying to hard. I cringed when Dutch licked the Donut knowing full well Reese was going to pick it up and then make a snide comment.

I would like this show to get back to it's roots of season 1 and become more dark.
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You know you have a very good point. That not only was the focus on the relationship an artistically poor distraction (setting aside any moral opposition for the moment, though am mildly surprised Caviezel didn't press for a change given his devout Catholicism), but it actually hurt the depth of the story in other respects. However, perhaps they would argue that since we're likely only seeing Maddie for one episode and Wesley Will Be Back, we didn't need to know more for now.

Totally agreed on the cartoonishness. I think it started with Root. She's a little like the Joker, except way more grating/annoying. I was actually scared of the Joker. With Amy, I just want someone to strangle her.
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As for the multiple villains, I agree, it's getting crowded. Elias is still my favorite (PLEASE bring him back). Still, we could look at it this way:

Elias is Carter's nemesis.

Quinn is Fusco's nemesis.

Root is Finch's nemesis.

And now, Wesley is Reese's nemesis.

Everyone gets their own villain. Not sure how to match up Stanton---guess we'll see more of her later. Maybe she'll become like a new match for Carter now that Elias is out of the loop for the moment?
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I would think that Reese is going to go up against Stanton. It sounded like he didn't want to tell Carter the deatils of that little issue. Not that Carter is going to stop investigating it. What I'm Interested it know at the moment is if Snow has told Stanton that Reese is still alive too. She may not know that fact yet.
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Actor, Enrico Colantoni, who plays Carl Elias, is also a star on the Canadian police show, Flashpoint. If we see him on POI, it may not be for a while as Flashpoint ends this season's filming. This is also the series last year. It is not being renewed.
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Sorry. Flashpoint is not being renewed after this year. No news yet on POI renewal but it's almost half way through the season!
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What?? Which one, Flashpoint or POI??
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This episode was a mixed bag. The main highlights were Sands being a BBB (Big British Baddie---and did anyone catch the little joke in his first line? "I'm rather enjoying the VIEW," wah-wah-wah-waaaaaah) and Ken Leung being a smart-ass. Anytime Ken, any time.

Otherwise, meh. Maybe I qualify as a backwoods dope, but I thought the lesbian deal was a forced attempt to be politically hip and just did not work at all. It's like they're trying too hard. "Hey look, we have a FEMALE genius surgeon who's ALSO a lesbian AND a minority. Beat THAT!" I mean, really, we get it. It's almost as bad as having Carter take out the white supremacist who was blathering in Contingency ("Hey I know, we'll have the black female cop kill the giant white supremacist! Get it? I mean isn't that the most original, brilliant touch EVER?")
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I agree. It was basically a "Save the gay unborn whales" bumper sticker as the Number of the Week.
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LOL, funny. I think you're mixing your political activists there though. Aren't the ones who want to save the whales not so concerned about saving the unborn humans and vice versa?
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With all the other bad guys on this show, adding another is like tying more fringe on Grandma's afghan. I don't really care for Julian Sands (and haven't since the first time I saw him in a film--"A Room With a View" about a hundred years ago. I loved Leon coming back and Finch's reaction was wonderful--"It's so squishy" should be on coffee mugs at CBS.com, along with "Why is there a crossbow on the bed?" I'm much more interested in Stanton's plans than some international baddie with a line delivery that sounds like he's about to croak "A horse! A horse! My kingdom yada yada." But it was the exchange between Reese and Carter at the end that made the episode a keeper. Reese tells her--without any detectable irony--that he and Finch once had people they cared about. Reese, Finch, Cater and Fusco are the makings of one fairly functional anti-crime family. A few quirks here and there, but every family has 'em. They've shown that they care about each other rather much, and it will be interesting to see how that continues to play out.
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"A Room With a View" - whatever, he's: "Warlock"! :) Anyway, I disagree, think he's ok; He's just not been too lucky to get the right writer(s) for him, much like whoever wrote this episode is sick in the head. Seems like I'm going on a (negative) rant here about it, but I can't shake it off - as it was that bad. :\
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I liked the episode, but I don't want to see a recurring cast of characters cycled in regularly. I'd rather see a case of the week with new characters brought in. My biggest problem with the episode was the final assassin (from this group that we've been told is so well trained) stopping to tell Maddie's wife what he was going to do. I guess he had to in order make time for the commercial break, and for Fosco to save Reese again, but it seemed contrived that he didn't just shoot Reese and then his target without warning them. I was half expecting Snow's vest to be triggered in that tunnel. All in all, this was Sean Hennen's best episode so far--not as good as last week's episode, but better than the two episodes following the episode with the diplomat's daughter.
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Horrible episode.
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It sucked really bad. You can tell by other people's comments, pointing out all of the 'good things' that 'we need to see more of' because it's not in the regular episodes - while, in fact, there's nothing else to talk about (but reaching for straws).
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I've seen maybe all of ONE episode of Lost, so maybe someone can let me know if I'm wrong: Was some of Leon's (Leung) dialogue with Finch (Emerson) little calls to their characters on Lost? "Do I seem like the kind of guy that would let you down?" near the beginning, or "You know I'm not the kind of guy that would let you down." near the end. I assume it's a small joke? Anyway, I'd have no problem with Leon as another helpful recurring character like Zoe.

For most of the episode -- especially when he's first introduced -- I TOTALLY got a Kobayashi from The Usual Suspects vibe from Sands' Alistair Wesley. The character developed a bit by the end and the comparison kind of stopped, but they were eerily similar.

I like having a bunch of different baddies around. In the world Finch and Reese operate in, it makes sense that there'd be numerous powerful people that want people dead, so there should be a recurring number of these people that Finch and Reese have to fight with.
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There was also the Hot Pocket refrence from when Ben scared Hurley and he tossed it at the wall behind Ben.
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There has been a sprinkling of throw-backs to Lost throughout PoI. I couldn't tell you the episode, but in season one, when Finch is driving a taxi Carter gets into, there's that moment when he starts up the meter and we get the smoke monster noise. There was something in Emerson's eyes that was so playful then. It was great.
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Which is why the moment worked.
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Well actually the smoke monster noise was created from a taxi meter so...:)
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I liked the episode and I hope we get to see more of both Leon and Wesley. Also, I really like the fact that the show keeps using the Dutch commandos for Bear, even though it often sounds more German than Dutch. This episode however, Finch really did use a Dutch commando (ontspan means relax). It's nice to see the show remembers little details like that.
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I rather enjoyed this week's episode and the addition of both Wesley and Leon. Rather than have just a case of the week, the episode went for a case of the week that adds to the world and its characters. Even if Carter's appearances could be summed up on a Post-It Note, there was still that slight progression of the over-arching plot. I'd much rather have that than episodes that are either completely involved or completely removed from said plot.
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Whoever wrote / directed / assisted this needs to be fired, immediately. Like, right now, asap. "Wanna be a tough guy, you want me to save your friend's life?" Please, no, just no: n.o. Thank you.
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Solid episode delivering a nice paint by numbers mission, bringing back an interesting character but most importantly making the shows universe even larger. None of which came off as cheesy, lazily written or overly convenient.

The only strange part to me is that once Dr Maddie had bailed, why continue on trying to kill her significant other? Seems to be a relatively useless endeavor from an otherwise intelligent and methodical villain. What is the motivation to risk those assets?
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"None of which came off as cheesy, lazily written or overly convenient." && then you woke up?.. "but, I'd like to buy you a drink, or, Amy dies immediately".
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I wondered about that, too, but I suppose when you're a bad guy, you have to follow through with your threats or you lose your teeth in the eyes of those you interact with. So it made sense on that level, at least.
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Since the Machine picks numbers and has AI, there's a ready-made explanation for why Reese and Finch keep coming up against the same regular bad guys, rather than random crimes.
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"I for one thought Veldt's assistant Mr. Raines was the mole" By now, we should always know that there's some twist coming. The only surprise was that the real culprit wasn't the hospital administrator at the beginning.
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I was a little bit disapointed of that episode (which means, in the POI-universe it was still better than any other new episode this week). Perhaps, because somewhere in the middle I thought: wouldn't it be great, if Wesley where the head of a team which works for the other side of the machine? (Or hasn't the governemnt still access to the terrorist-datas?) I think this would have been a nice plot: the CEO would be a purpatrator for the government eye but the machine still sees other things in hin - or the doctor. But well, my imagination went too far.
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LIKE THIS!
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Who's to say your imagination went too far yet? I think it's still entirely possible that this could be the case.
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I really enjoyed this episode (and yes, he is the most comic book of all the villains, but I like the idea that Reese has a kind of counterpart on the bad side like Finch has Root). I must confess though...I am still a little confused. Was Wesley in it for himself? Was he working for someone? Maybe I was too focused on other stuff, but I think I missed that...

I love the addition of Leon and if you will go with me on the counterpart theory, Reese has Zoe out there as his counterpart of being able to blend into the world and get information in creative ways, but has a public persona to maintain and Leon is kind of like Finch's...lots of similar skills but with a total persona non grata. I hope he shows up like Zoe shows up. Just enough that you smile and almost want to clap when the character shows up but not so much that you wonder why they are around. Like, I would guess people kind of feel about Carter (how about randomly learning her first name?) I am wondering if she will take the risk and Reese would tell her about him (but not the machine yet, I think he believes that is Finch's secret to tell). Of course if he doesn't, I bet Snow will (but will he finally tell her the truth? you know that he was the one who ultimately sent Kara and Reese on basically a suicide mission that really caused them to, well, you know wreak the havoc they do today).
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You missed nothing. As someone else has pointed out, they were too busy falling all over their progressive lesbian couple to give us any real background on Wesley. Really kind of insulting to those of us who just came for our dose of crime thriller TV for the week.
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We actually knew quite a bit about Elias before actually meeting him. There were a couple episodes of buildup, in fact. We knew his father had murdered his mother in front of his very eyes. We knew there were signs of something big stirring in him from childhood upwards. We knew he was a dangerous criminal with people who would work for him. So by the time we met him, it was like "Ohhhhh, so YOU'RE Elias." Elias as a character was already firmly established in our minds.
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They also dwelt on this week's marriage a whole lot less than the married couple last week.
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All 3 minutes of the relationship? I'll bet they spend a lot more time on the non-progressive hetero couple in the next episode. Meanwhile, they didn't tell us much about Elias in his first episode. They still haven't told us much about Kara. It took them three episodes to give us Root's "origin." If you find a lack of background on a major bad guy in his first appearance insulting, you've been insulted since season 1. :)
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They seem to suggest he was a mercenary and he and his gang of ex-SASs did this kind of thing all the time. It'd be odd for him to just put together a team otherwise. They also mentioned the "conspirators" when they told Leon that the bad guys were beaten.
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