Friday, April 18, 2014

Person of Interest: for the greater good

if the Machine was meant to be a shield to protect people, and it in fact, has protected everyone, will you trust it enough to take a life, when requested by it to do so?

the show Person of Interest has always been, ever since i started watching it, very compelling and moving.  it makes you aware of your surroundings as a citizen, what little things you can do that affect the lives of others.  we unknowingly do things that trigger motion in another person's life, good or bad, which is the theme of this show, particularly this episode.

following the leak to the press of the financial statement of the Machine, Control shuts the program down so that the relevant numbers are routed to Root while the irrelevant numbers continue to go to Finch, Reese and Shaw.  their latest number is a state congressman, a self-confessed deal maker who receives insider trading tips from Decima in exchange for favorable legislation that will allow it to receive the government's surveillance feeds.  at first the team thought that Decima wanted to kill the congressman, but as it turns out, it is a "request" from the Machine to the team, to "eliminate" the congressman so that Decima will not go online.

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John does not fully trust the Machine, owing mostly to Joss's death but he believes and trusts Harold.  over the course of the series, their characters have become close friends who look out for each other, even though both know that they might eventually die protecting people.  even Sameen, who starts off as uncaring (i love how the creators did not write her as someone who was violent because something  happened and it made her that way, but that something happened and it woke something up that was always there to begin with) keeps her principles but has now become an ally, one who is more concerned about saving the lives of others, instead of taking them.

this episode particularly touched me because it made me question my government even more than it already has.  it showed me that all government is corrupt and every thing is a deal to everyone.  while there are people who save lives, do their work and protect others, without asking for anything from anyone, there are still more people who do not care, who are only after their own benefit.  here the Machine presents the team (and makes us think, too) with the dilemma of taking the life of one person for everyone's greater good and the aftermath of that choice.

i really love this show.  plus, i finally got to use the word "aftermath".

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the team leaves McCourt in the abandoned house and runs into the woods, away from the authorities. we see them drive away after Shaw is shot in the leg.  and this song starts playing.

Medicine
Daughter

Pick it up, pick it all up.
And start again.
You've got a second chance,
you could go home.
Escape it all.
It's just irrelevant.

It's just medicine.
It's just medicine.

You could still be,
what you want to,
What you said you were,
when I met you.

You've got a warm heart,
you've got a beautiful brain.
But it's disintegrating,
from all the medicine.
from all the medicine.
from all the medicine.
Medicine.

You could still be,
what you want to be,
What you said you were,
when you met me.

You could still be,
what you want to.
What you said you were,
when I met you.
when you met me.
when I met you.

i swear, i love this show.