Person of Interest Season 4 Review “The Cold War”

Person of Interest Season 4 Episode 10 The Cold War 08

How fantastic was this week’s Person of Interest? From beginning to end, it was the perfect episode to advance the mythology of Samaritan and the machine. Samaritan flexes its muscles, and it becomes all too clear that it has the upper hand. It turns the city upside down in order to secure a tete-a-tete with the machine. When the two finally meet, it’s nothing short of awesome.

The episode starts with Finch ordering a spicy pastrami sandwich clearly meant for Shaw. You know she must be upset after being drugged last week by Root. True to form, Shaw is crank-y. She wants to bust out of Team Machine’s lair, but on some level realizes that would be bad. It seems that Shaw’s panic to get out is a sign that she knows things are bad now that she’s been outed. I loved when Shaw said the only one she’s worried about is Bear.

Reese is tracking the newest number, but there’s a twist he’s not expecting. Decima’s agent meets up with the person of interest before Reese has a chance to intervene. Team Machine suspects that Greer’s man, Lambert, is trying to communicate with the machine. Lambert’s an interesting character and I don’t recall him being prominent in the earlier episodes. It looks like he might be moving up the food chain. Could he potentially be a nemesis counterpart for Reese?

Finch is reluctant to allow a machine/Samaritan powwow. He doesn’t trust either AI and reminds Shaw that machines will always be limited—because they are not humans. (As an aside, Shaw wiping off the straw after Root drinks from her soda was hilarious.) It initially looks like Samaritan is being helpful by pointing the way to criminals (to the delight of Fusco who’s able to fill the jail cells). Samaritan changes the game by letting the city tear itself apart. In the wake of the destruction, the machine agrees to a meet.

The use of a child as the host for Samaritan was clever. Throughout the episode, Samaritan manipulated crime in the city like a petulant child, trying to get its mother’s attention. Samaritan as a young boy versus Root as the wiser mother was a logical representation of the relationship between the two machines. After all, Samaritan is significantly younger and immature compared to the machine. Can we all agree that little kid did a fantastic job? It was like a little psychopath was sitting across the table from Root, coloring with his crayons.

The only thing that did not work for me was the Greer backstory. I understand that the point was to give us a reason behind Greer’s anarchical behavior. But the way it spun out was weak. Greer’s distrust of humanity stems from the discovery that his MI6 employer was actually a double-agent for the KGB in the 1970s.

I can’t stand that smug Martine. It’s going to be sweet when Shaw finally takes her down. I also can’t wait for Finch to become more proactive. He’s a computer genius. He built the machine. It’s time for him to work some computer magic and figure out a way to stop Samaritan. He’s acting too much like a victim and bystander. If Samaritan thinks its a God, it’s time it learned that it’s only a tool.

In the preview for the next episode, it looks like Team Machine is going to take quite a beating. Let’s hope this is their rock bottom and they can turn things around.