Person of Interest Review: Closer to Corruption

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At first, "Blue Code" felt like your run of the mill episode about an undercover cop.

The police officer, Cahill, was a family man with a personal vendetta and of course, the group he's infiltrated soon realized one of them wasn't as trustworthy as they once thought. Cue a few similarities to The Departed in trying to maintain the cover for as long as possible and avoid the dirty cops from blowing his identity into the open.

Standard stuff, right?

Carter and Reese Together

And, naturally, Finch was behind his computer the whole time clicking away and Reese did all the handy work in the field.

Although Reese did manage to get pretty beat up. Call it taking one for the team, but I wouldn't want to get shot or lit on fire, especially for a guy I don't know. But that's Reese, he's out to save people, even at the cost of his own life.

However, it was the ending that turned everything upside down and ramped up the drama, taking this episode into unfamiliar territory.

And if there's one thing I've noticed, it's that Person of Interest drives home powerful endings. There's always a sense of conclusion without complete cheesiness, and the greater story bleeds through giving a dramatic solid feel for the plot and characters.

Sure, Reese saved Cahill and Cahill was able to arrest the mysterious L.O.S. (I wonder if he is working with Elias?). Reese even saved Fusco from what seemed like certain death. But the victories were rather bittersweet.

Not only did we learn that the CIA is tied up in drug trafficking, clearly reaping the benefits, and so well connected that an arrest doesn't have any effect. The corruption rises higher than the local police, and when one of them makes a mistake, it costs them their life. Reese's former company isn't forgiving and that's scary.

But the worst was seeing lovably loyal Fusco standing up for the good, willing to die for cleaning his dirty hands, only to have Reese tell him he can't.

Reese would rather Fusco take the fall for the murder, so he can get closer to the dirty cops. It's understandable to want to remain close to the corruption, but forcing Fusco to go the opposite direction is disappointing.

Fusco has come closer and closer to joining the ranks of the good guys, but Reese's necessity for his cause throws a horrible wrench in his character.

Not only is Fusco reluctantly required to travel down the road he wanted to escape, but he's becoming indebted to another person. This guy can't catch a break and I feel bad. As much as I'm a fan of Reese, I'm not a fan of what he's willing to do to Fusco. Will the ends justify the means?

It was that somber ending overlapped with Reese and Finch's "victory" that made the episode more than standard. That's how to make some compelling TV.

And while the flashbacks did illustrate Reese's longing for his loved one and difficulties in completely giving himself to his job, they and subsequent flashbacks haven't been as interesting as the present focus. Still, unraveling the mystery of the characters in small doses gives the series more than just the procedural aspects.

Once again, Person of Interest delivers and it looks like the show is only going to get better.


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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


This show continues to raise the bar in quality writing AND acting. Kevin Chapman has really turned a regular but smallish part into a a character with nuance and (who'da thunk it?) soul. I am also really enjoying how both Finch and Reese are not lily-pure "white hats." They are more human, more complex, and realistically bearing guilt for past and present actions. We the viewers do, of course, root for them to win, but the cost they demand of themselves and others makes us ponder some deeper questions. Is good still good if it breaks a few rules in order to defeat evil? Are some rules more (or less) okay to break than others? Does good become no different than the evil it's fighting if it adopts the same tactics that evil uses? Does the importance of the end goal justify using people to reach it? I look forward to this thought-provoking show every week!!


One of the best shows to come along in a while....I hate to miss it...
great writing and suspense...always entertaining....keep up the great work.


Lovely that we are now feeling sorry for the 'can't catch a break Fusco' and we just go along! I have loved Ms. Henson for awhile, 'The Family That Preys' is a favorite performance!! A perfectly cast series with great writing, who knew it was still possible!! Long may it continue!!


What a fantastic episode. We got a Reese flashback with his female partner at the agency and his ex-wife, we had poor Fusco admitting that he like being a good cop, we had the return of Agent Snow (CIA), and an overall fantastic story. Every week I watch, I'm impressed how this show just continues to build and get stronger. OH.... I forgot. How great was the scene between Carter and Fusco at internal affairs. The way they both loot at each other wondering what the other was doing there.


Poor Fusco his life is not his own....and now he's really forced to enter the dark side.
Excellent episode...


Fusco made mistakes, we all do that is being human. He cleans up his act, tries to amend his past and starts to tread the right path. It nearly gets him killed this time serving good and his thank you is being tossed back into the filth. You have to do your penance for your mistakes, pay the cost but Fusco still has to pay for his past. What will be enough for him to come into the light?


Very well said!


Hey, hard to believe that reviewer and I are getting closer to agreement on one. lol I just want them to drop the Elias thing. This is just something for the writers to go back to when they can't think of a new story line. And can do without the flash backs. Other than that, the action, acting, and crime of the week are perfect. Please don't change.


This is such a great show!
I enjoy it every week
Poor Reese how can he survive the beatings he gets? He must have 100 lives, and I think he used his 99th...LOL
So Reese was CIA, I can not recall if we knew that or not? If we knew that then I just forgot
I feel bad for Fusco, you can tell he is a nice guy and got caught up in the wrong things before but really wanted to be a better cop and now he has to become even more dirty as that is the help that Reese needs from him
I am looking forward to next week as I think we get a new episode


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Person of Interest Season 1 Episode 15 Quotes

Let me guess, you need another favor.


Fusco: Anything else I should know?
Finch: Don't get caught.