One of the worst crimes a show can commit is to ruin the potential it has. Going into the fall season, it seemed like one of the shows with the most interesting outlook for the future was Person of Interest, which has some great creators and actors working on it. With the sixth episode airing last night, and the first since the show has received a full season pick-up, the show is rapidly going down the road of mediocrity. For a show that is about catching crimes before they occur, Person of Interest very much needs to repair the crimes it is committing on a weekly basis.
With this week’s episode, “The Fix,” Jim Caviezel’s John Reese may have finally met his match as he follows a female fixer, played by Paige Turco. From there, really all that needs to be known about the episode is that the episode puts Turco’s Zoe into a blackmailing scheme with a pharmaceutical company that put her in over her head. She starts an unlikely alliance/potential romance with Reese, the good guys beat the bad, Zoe leaves, suggesting that she will probably be back. A few episodes ago a potential bigger threat was hinted at, a M. Elias. We get some information that her name was Marlene Elias and that she had been murdered by stabbing. Besides that, the episode doesn’t bother to try to get out of the consistently simple storyline it cranks out now on a weekly basis.
The last three episodes have focused on the “Person of Interest” for the week, which have featured guest actors like Linda Cardellini, David Costabile (who played Gale on Breaking Bad) and now, Turco. While all great actors, all they really do is add to the lineup of people with impressive resumes working on a show that is altogether unimpressive.
It’s also absolutely painful to hear Jim Caviezel say the absolutely putrid dialogue he’s given week after week. The biggest offender this week has to be after “his character” tazes a man working for a drug corporation in the head and says something along the lines of, “headache? I hear there’s a pill for that.”
The problem that Person of Interest is facing now is it has an entire season to decide where it wants to go and it could go down two roads. The first is the one where the show lives up to its potential and tries to be something different than the other procedurals CBS has on its lineup. The second path is for the show to become one of said procedurals, with each episode falling into a similar patters, indiscernible to the casual viewer as anything other than “just another Person of Interest episode.” With all the talent behind the show and the great things it could be, hopefully Person of Interest will find where it should go, rather than what is easier.