Season 3, Episode 22: “A House Divided” | Date: May 6, 2014
The sundry collection of action heroes and computer geniuses raced to save their kidnapped colleague Finch (Michael Emerson) in the penultimate episode of the third season of “Person of Interest.”
“Person of Interest” need not be all grim and gritty. But a show about umpteen terrorist groups, vast government conspiracies and artificial intelligence with the ability to predict future homicides and terrorist attacks really doesn’t seem the place for running gags.
Shaw, for example, kept asking Root (Amy Acker) for permission to kill a woman named Control. What a name. I’m guessing her parents weren’t hippies. Control can’t be killed. There’s one more episode left in the season. Nothing interesting happens in the second-to-last episode. It’s the lapdance of TV episodes: all tease.
After about 45 minutes of technobabble and the crippling of at least one Secret Service agent, the team finally locates Finch. He’s with a guy named Greer (John Nolan), who runs a technology company that wants to go into business with the government surveilling everybody everywhere all the time.
But the “privacy terrorists” known as Vigilance shows up and kidnaps Greer, Finch, Control and a couple of other characters not interesting enough to be described.
Vigilance seizes control of TV — now that’s going too far! — and promise to put on trial this group of government and corporate co-conspirators for violations of rights and having their pudding before eating their meat.
The series is tired and has lost its direction. It just isn’t a compelling watch the way it was in the first two seasons. Even Acker, whose charms as an actress have carried the uneven, meandering plots this season, seems tired and resigned.
There’s just one episode left, the teaser for next week’s finale says. I look forward to it with the same anticipation and enthusiasm I give to a hangnail that defies being cut off by the clippers.