Person Of Interest Review: 'Many Happy Returns'
When you find that one person who connects you to the world, you become someone different. Someone better. When that person is taken from you... What do you become then?
Over the episodes Reese has managed to slowly make his way through from the glossy eyed times of the pilot, proving his worth and getting a purpose in the world by saving lives, making him something more and the connections he has with Finch have turned him into a force of good. "Many Happy Returns" gave us the perfect insight into Reese's downfall, the scary potential of an uncontrollable Rees on rampage, realisation that the past doesn't have to repeat Itself. Having Reese storming around without a care in the world, pushing his emotional brink, and determined to get the job done that hadn't done before was very intriguing. Even though he normally does that but this time it was different. There was a change in his character, a shift to a steely soldier with nothing to lose and everything to terminate. Did you see how he entered the federal building and attack multiple law enforcement agents like it's no big deal? Who else could do that? Read more after the jump. On the other hand, it was something of a terrifying experience for Reese's colleagues. It seemed as if no one was able to stop him. Reese was actually about to return to his dark days and kill Jennings without remorse. It's not to say that the abusive husband didn't deserve a little kick ass for his actions, but Reese was almost to cross the line from mere protecting to blatant execution.For Reese's lack of emotion and voice, Jim Caviezel really nailed a multitude of nuances for his different feelings. He was stone cold on his Jennings mission, broken and quietly unstable after hearing his wife's death, just enough teary eyed when discussing Jessica with Finch, and briefly cracking a smile when entering his new apartment. Even having the photo of Reese with a wide and happy smile really shows how much the man has changed. And thank goodness it wasn't one of those poorly photoshopped pictures you mostly see on the television.
Finally getting to see Reese take that ultimate tumble into the empty nothing we first met at the start of the series was a great way to help bring the show full circle. Not only was the super soldier dealing with the betrayal of the CIA, but finding out that the woman he loved was killed by an abusive husband and he not getting to save her in time was tragic. Just watching him stare at the wedding video in the dark was haunting enough and, even though we never actually saw him hurt Jennings, the absence of any action sequence was plenty impactful. The tone was certainly revolving around a certain darkness, especially with him snapping and going rogue against Jennings. I really believed that he would kill the man and, in many ways, the fact that he didn't is a huge step for him. Sure, the subject brought back painful memories, but Reese managed to push ahead rather than fall back. He did the right thing and still did what was necessary.
Carter did a little detective work to discover more about Reese on her own as well. It was just another example of the show allowing all of the plot lines to find significance while connecting to each other. Each one was just as important for each character and the story as a whole. Even the small detail of Reese's birthday further pushed his relationship with Finch and the recognition that Finch is trying to do something good. The final flashback of Finch in the wheelchair and his sincere "I'm sorry" made me feel as if that particular situation was the catalyst for Finch wanting to bring Reese in to help him with his cause. These characters continue to develop wonderfully.
There's something truly entertaining about watching a show that feels like it has the potential to be predictable, yet manages to flip concepts on their head or find a nice balance between character and story rather than lay out a simple cookie cutter hour of television. Even the raw emotions and ideals that delve into morality and change while ignoring simple happy endings make Person of Interest continue to stand out. What a solid episode.
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