Person of Interest, Ep. 3.13, “4C” is necessary filler

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Person of Interest, Season 3, Episode 13: “4C”
Written by Melissa Scrivner-Love and Greg Plageman
Directed by Stephen Williams
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm ET on CBS

The last few episodes were a very exciting bunch, ramping up to a big climax and even then barely slowing down. Each episode has been such a slurry of top-grade action and story that only now have things calmed down to the point that it feels like the show is standing still.

Frustrated by the Machine and everything it entails, Reese (Jim Caviezel) tries to leave New York via an airplane. Tendering your resignation with The Machine is more difficult than simply putting a two-weeks notice in, though. Manipulating the system, The Machine puts Reese on an airplane which just so happens to have a number on board. As always, Reese is an asset and apparently he’ll stop being one when The Machine says so. Side note: The Machine is either the best or worst Human Resources manager that’s ever lived.

In all respects, “4C” is a fine episode. Its only function is to set Reese back on the path of saving people and wanting to save people, a goal that is accomplished by the end of the episode. It’s not bad and it’s not good, it’s just a filler episode. It has a clearly defined purpose that it shoots for and it’s unfair to expect more than that. That being said, the episode is rather outlandish in the sense that Reese beats the snot out of plenty of bad guys on the airplane and the only person who notices is the stewardess.

The greatest problem with this episode is that, for the most part, it’s completely surface level in almost everything it does. There’s nothing larger or more substantial, in a thematic sense. It’s just an episode of Reese running around an airplane punching people in the head, which is fine, but the show has much more to offer its viewers. Person of Interest‘s episodes usually have really interesting themes and subtext, an element that is so ingrained into the show that it feels utterly strange to have an episode that is so simple in comparison.

Where themes are concerned, “4C” essentially boils down to Reese being a bit angry that The Machine exists at all and, by extension, being angry at Finch (Michael Emerson) for creating in the first place. That’s about as surface level as themes get, considering Reese delivers that monologue to his number.

All in all, “4C” isn’t terrible, which isn’t to say that it’s good, either. In fact, this episode will probably have faded from most viewers’ memory twenty-four hours after watching it. What else can you expect from filler, though?

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By Drew Koenig

Drew Koenig lives in Cincinnati, OH where he can likely be found defending Lost, getting excited over a great that his friends will never see, and refusing to watch Signs after the sun has gone down. Drew hopes to one day finish writing a book or screenplay, whichever gets done easier. He also writes for his personal movie blog MovieBuffHaven.com and writes movie reviews for TheMovieBuff.net. You can follow him on Twitter: @_drewkoenig and let him know he's an idiot

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3 Responses to Person of Interest, Ep. 3.13, “4C” is necessary filler

  1. kenhong January 22, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I don’t understand the high rating this episode received on IMDB. If I didn’t know any better I’d say PoI has jumped the shark. All the fighting on the plane and no one notices? And what’s with that constant smirk on Shaw’s face? I’ll give PoI one more episode before I give it up….

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  2. Ms. A January 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    You missed the mark on this one Drew as I think it’s anything but filler. I’ve watched it 3 times already and want to again. It gets back to why I liked POI in the first place with Reese going badass and Finch helping out as best he can. I think it’s a great eppy and it’s staying on my DVR permanently! Love reading your reviews but I don’t agree with you on this one.

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  3. Shaun January 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Check the comment’s on facebook about this episode it seems the majority have said it’s been the best episode for a while getting back to basic’s with focus on the main two characters and not the new one’s.

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