Person of Interest Review: Identity Thief

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After series creator Jonathan Nolan tried something vastly different - yet still important - to the overall larger story in "Relevance," this week's Person of Interest was back to more or less a case of the week in "Proteus."

With most of the focus centered on Reese and Finch finding an elusive serial killer who changed his identity, all while trapped on an island bombarded by storm of the century type waves, the title of the episode, a reference to the Greek sea-god of the same name who would often transform his shape, was a pretty spot on description.

Riding Out the Storm

Surprisingly, the mystery involved was compelling enough and not overly obvious when it came to the actual culprit. Mind blowing, no, but it was well done in keeping all of the characters involved potential suspects.

Initially, the only other new guest-cast member I recognized was The Wonder Years' Dan Lauria. More often than not, an actor with a pretty hefty resume filling out a smaller role on a procedural type show ends up being the surprise twist bad guy.

Yet, the variety of other suspects had enough potential to be the killer themselves that I couldn't nail my finger on who it might be. Each time I wanted to guess someone, my mind immediately thought someone else. Even that guy who mentioned being a dentist made me think of the teeth Finch found that hadn't burned.

So, the reveal of the "FBI agent" as the chameleon of the group was a good one at the same time, even if I wanted to claim I knew it all along.

The moment when Finch discovered who the killer was wonderfully shot with the lighting flashes showing him standing in the dark. It was creepy and fitting for the moody tone that had been established.

Now, the so-called identity thief turned into a bit of an over-actor when confronting Finch which seemed a bit silly, but it did work in his favor for scary when he began imitating him.

Although the classic I'm-dead-but-I'm-not-dead move for him made me laugh, at least when Reese essentially did it to take out the fisherman, it looked cool.

And are those glasses Finch wears actually fake? There really is a lot we still don't know about our hero of the show.

We do know that Carter is definitely still on Finch and Reese's side (where was Fusco?), but she was still questioning Cal Beecher's background. He saved them sure, but is he really a good guy that's misunderstood? Remember, Beecher is related to the head of HR.

I'm still not sure if he can be trusted.

Of course, in classic Person of Interest fashion, despite being a pretty basic number of the week, the larger story was still hinted at in regards to the Machine having something of a glitch.

Yes, while it did come up with the six numbers to sort of help out in finding the killer, Finch noted that it had been quiet for three whole days. What does that mean? Was it because Kara inserted that program before Reese could stop her?

I'm definitely intrigued at how the show is delving deeper into what makes the machine tick.

Whatever the silence meant, it's clearly not good. Like Finch mentioned, the real storm is just getting ready to happen.


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


I think it would be interesting if the killer's father showed up in 1981 to hook up with Phillip Jennings!!


Back on track after a couple episode blips ....


love me my Caviezel and Mr. Moore makes it a winning team, oops I almost forgot bear, they are the tv watchers trifecta; beauty, brains and loyalty (with a killer instinct).


We learned a couple things about Finch in this episode: first, he has a pilot's license that's apparently more than just show. Second, his eyesight is, quite possibly, perfectly fine without his glasses. Anyone who's put on someone else's glasses knows that it's very difficult to see properly while wearing them, plus they can cause headaches if worn for any length of time. The Evil Imposter Killer puts on Finch's glasses just fine, and Finch doesn't start squinting near-sightedly until Carter shows up to save him! Finch, you sneak!


I totoally enjoyed this show. Yes I figured out the FBI agent about half way through the show. When the woman was knifed and Reese knew the knife and the only guy it could belong to way to obvisious. Carter is still uncertian about Belcher . Maybe he is okay just doing his job. Finch is worried about the machine and 3days of quiet. We are being led into the new Storm ,that is brewing in the future. They still have Root and Samantha out there to create havoc. This show just keeps the interest alive and us wanting more.Good job.


Called the FBI agent from the start, so no suprise here


Sadly, I also called that it was the FBI guy from the moment the interrogations began. Kinda ruined the remainder of the episode for me. Major props though for the scene where the Police woman got stabbed with a knife. For a good amount of seconds I actually considered Finch to be the actual identity thief rather than the FBI guy. And yes, major props for the lighting in this episode.


I thought the killer was the FBI agent more than once but he wasn`t my number one suspect.


Did anyone else get beyond excited when Michael Emerson told the killer, "You'll never get off the island?" Benjamin Linus lives!!

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@j. - I do think it would have been interesting having to figure it all out with out technology. That would have been a good twist. @Jake - He did look familiar and I remembered him on the series Over There after I had written the article, but sadly I haven't seen brothers & sisters. It does make me want to check it out though!

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