As soon as Person of Interest Season 3 Episode 15 started, I couldn’t help but immediately think of the ridiculous Halle Berry film, The Call.
While both contained 911 emergency operators, at least this episode had the competent team we all love to watch.
It’s just unfortunate this Person of Interest mission of the week wasn’t that interesting as it usually is.
The hour was certainly well intentioned, but the emotional impact and the gravity of the situation just felt bland. There wasn’t the spark of excitement this show so often finds even when it does standalone episodes like this one.
There wasn’t much to really care about from either the victim or the perpetrator.
Sure, there was some backstory to the 911 operator, as she wanted to do anything she could to save the little boy. But we spent so much time following around a character that just felt forgettable.
I’d rather see our main cast take on the action, and while there was some gunfire and fist fighting, it felt more like the episode going through the motions.
I loved Reese essentially challenging the collection of guys in the bar in addition to his response about wanting them to take the hard way. However, I was hoping that actually getting to see him take them all down would spice things up for a story that was trudging along.
And it’s always a plus to see Finch in action outside of his lair with Bear, yet following around the 911 operator just wasn’t cutting it this go around.
What’s more, the bad guy of the hour was a lone voice with campy lines. He just wasn't that menacing or engrossing.
Root was a character that was introduced to match Finch’s skill and smarts in Person of Interest Season 1 Episode 13. While we didn’t even see her face or hear her real voice, she still created a memorable presence.
Maybe this “voice” can turn into something down the road, as evidenced by Finch’s final call with him at the end. I’d be perfectly fine if we never heard from whoever it was again, though.
I did at least like the concept of a new partner for Fusco (and one who won't turn out to be a bad guy), but we'll see where that story line goes. Still. we did get Fusco taking the lead and not just following orders!
Sadly, this wasn't the fun and thrilling episode of Person of Interest I was hoping for. Luckily, the POI team can hang up and try again next week.
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.