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The last few minutes of Person of Interest ep 10? Wow. I LOVED the musical cue and the whole atmosphere. Also the Finch-Reese interaction was great. Reese is telling Finch that things aren't looking good aka he is obviously badly injured and in trouble and in response you only see Finch's car speeding along the road. Then there is Reese thanking Finch aka saying goodbye and Finch is really flooring it. And nevertheless, Reese is still going to the ground floor to be picked up by Finch.

That is something I have to give this show kudos for. The two main characters can be rather laconic, they are not prone to passionate displays of emotion and I imagine in a situation like that, there would be great temptation to break that mode and have either or both of them be more obvious with their feelings. But the writer didn't. Relying more on the actors' performances and their actions. And the actors themselves also still play it all somewhat subdued, in keeping with what we know about them. I actually wish more shows would encourage the "less is more" instead of going at it like a theater play.

I know nothing about fandom opinions on this show - what's hot, what's not and all that stuff - and it is certainly easy to dimiss such characters and especially actors as blank or wooden or whatnot but I enjoy the subtlety tremendously. Certainly took me a bit to warm up to the characters because of that- especially Finch because he used the "I know everything about you" intel with a certain superiority that rubbed me the wrong way but they've done a nice job already of making him more layered. Let me guess, the machine killed Brett Cullen's character?

And can I say it again: Reese is badass. I took me two rewatches to catch onto the fact that his own shots didn't go wild because the CIA sniper hit him twice. I mean, sure, in a bit because that's the physica of it. But he actually aimed for the car's headlights and succeeded. After he got shot in the gut, he took one out, then after he got it in the leg, the other. And why? Because a) other CIA dude and Carter - both armed - were standing on either side and had to duck for cover that way and b) in the dark, he could slip away easier from the sniper's sights. Bad-ass.

Only thing I'm not too keen on is Elias. His "introduction" was quite good but I'd rather see him catch a bullet sooner than later.

Nice to know it's already been renewed.

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mareen
Apr. 1st, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
hah! Someone else watching on my flist. Finally!

I know nothing about fandom opinions on this show - what's hot, what's not and all that stuff -

Carter is getting a lot of hate (personally, I liked her in the beginning, now she's just bugging me most of the time). Fusco gets all the love instead. And everybody loves Reese and Finch and their relationshp with each other, especially because it's all so subtle and continues to be so.

. I took me two rewatches to catch onto the fact that his own shots didn't go wild because the CIA sniper hit him twice.

I also only caught that during a rewatch.
Other than that, I love Reese and his bigass guns. Just wait till he mentions the "Plan B"-bag... heh.

astri13
Apr. 1st, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Carter is getting a lot of hate (personally, I liked her in the beginning, now she's just bugging me most of the time

I'm okay with her right now but the last few eps I saw (have now watched ep11) were rather Carter-heavy and I'd be fine if they eased off a bit. Though I imagine that won't happen?

Fusco gets all the love instead.

Considering how he was introduced in the Pilot, I like him as well. I find it hilarious how he has pretty much gotten used to Reese and/or Finch calling him up for police favours all the time. Even going os far as helping them out of his own volition sometimes.

And everybody loves Reese and Finch and their relationshp with each other, especially because it's all so subtle and continues to be so.

Well, that was to be exptected. *g* And it is totally earned IMO.

I loved Finch emptying the money bag in the beginning of ep 11 so the doctor would stitch up Reese. His look was so, I don't know, a mixture of worried but also pleased in a "best reason to be rich EVER" way, that he could use it to save his only friend. Aww.

And them watching the building tennants together like a cheesy soap and commenting on it. Hee. Then of course swapping roles, with Finch doing the leg work, breaking and entering and Reese working the computer. Then of course "poke him in the eyes" totally works. :D And Reese is badass even with crutches. \0/
mareen
Apr. 1st, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm okay with her right now but the last few eps I saw (have now watched ep11) were rather Carter-heavy and I'd be fine if they eased off a bit. Though I imagine that won't happen?

The problem with Carter (in my opinion. part of the fandom hated her from the start, that's not how I felt) is that the network wanted her more in the middle of the action a lot sooner than the producers originally planned.
And for the last few episodes that's lead to Carter getting called about and pulled into stuff they could have done without her in the past. They actively seem to be searching for ways to put her into the episode. It's not organic anymore, as it is with Fusco. And that's why she has started to bug me personally.
However, if you go to the TwoP Forum for the show - and I wouldn't recommend it because it's just one big bitch war there - most of the posters there have hated Carter from the beginning, mostly because they find the actress over-the-top or something.

I loved Finch emptying the money bag in the beginning of ep 11 so the doctor would stitch up Reese. His look was so, I don't know, a mixture of worried but also pleased in a "best reason to be rich EVER" way, that he could use it to save his only friend. Aww.

I adore that scene. I also love that a) he obviously planned for that, because why else would he have so much cash lying around and b) he was in so much panic, he "forgot" to play Harold Finch. If you listen to his speech pattern in that first scene especially, it's totally different than how he usually talks when he's with Reese. He talks like his 2005-version. At this time, we've seen so many versions of "Harold" I doubt he even remembers himself who he is anymore. But I think he comes closest when he's with Nathan Ingram and slowly whenever he's with Reese, starting with episode 11.

I loved the whole Super episode by the way. I'm all in all a bigger fan of the second half of the season than the first.
astri13
Apr. 1st, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
And for the last few episodes that's lead to Carter getting called about and pulled into stuff they could have done without her in the past. They actively seem to be searching for ways to put her into the episode. It's not organic anymore, as it is with Fusco.

That's unfortunate. I don't think her role as the "outsider" was all that bad. Granted, it made for a certain repetition as Reese would have continued to slip away at the last minute but I don't think it made her look particularly incompetent or anything. So I see no reason to bring her into the "inner circle" already. Oh well.

most of the posters there have hated Carter from the beginning, mostly because they find the actress over-the-top or something.

Hm, odd. She never was the obvious "slash couple cockblocker chick" where you could see the hate coming. And I don't have a problem with the actress.

he "forgot" to play Harold Finch. If you listen to his speech pattern in that first scene especially, it's totally different than how he usually talks when he's with Reese. He talks like his 2005-version.

Comparing flashback!Harold with now!Harold, I think after his friends' death, he became immensely guarded. Even while empathizing with the people/numbers the machine gives him, he kept himself aloof from people. A polite, unassuming outsider. It's only now working with Reese that he is coming out of his shell.

And of course Reese had his own shell but since Finch allowed him to channel his energies into a positive purpose once more, he thawed out sooner.

I loved the whole Super episode by the way.

I could tell it was the penthouse guy who was the stalker and the super was only trying to be a good guy but his boasting being the truth? Didn't see that coming. Hilarious.

The show doesn't go for outrageous comedy moments - which I like - but those little bits are nice. For instance I have never seen Reese as close to panic (not even when he was tortured) as at the hairdresser. *g* And boy, did I spend the entire episode trying to figure out why the one POI was so familiar. Then, it came to me, Legend of the Seeker. *headdesk*
mareen
Apr. 2nd, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
Hm, odd. She never was the obvious "slash couple cockblocker chick" where you could see the hate coming. And I don't have a problem with the actress.

I don't know what their problem is. I find the actress fine. She's Oscar-nominated for god's sake. She can't be that bad. But they've hated on her acting from the first episode on, they nitpick every single thing Carter does. They are actively searching for faults. It's creepy in a way. I've stayed far away from fandom for a long time, so this is the first time I saw something like that first hand. It doesn't even make sense to me, and I've heard people commenting who believe they hate her so much because she's black. I don't know if that is actually the reason, but it would make as much sense as anything else.

Comparing flashback!Harold with now!Harold, I think after his friends' death, he became immensely guarded. Even while empathizing with the people/numbers the machine gives him, he kept himself aloof from people. A polite, unassuming outsider. It's only now working with Reese that he is coming out of his shell.

I am not sure that flashback!Harold is the real Harold, but you'll come to that later in the season. But as I said, flashback!Harold and today!Harold after episode 10 are less guarded around Ingram/Reese, and for me it shows in that he's using less of the strange pauses in his speech pattern. "Harold Finch" is just as much a role as every other person he's been around other people. And Harold Finch has his own speech patterns and ways of holding himself.

For instance I have never seen Reese as close to panic (not even when he was tortured) as at the hairdresser. *g*

The panicked look at "Girls, he's single!" was hilarious.
leelust
Apr. 1st, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Know nothing about this fandom and don't want to know. I enjoy the show and that's it.
I love those moments too. I actually like Elias (cause of the actor).
Did you see the last (so far) ep? It was hilarious!
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