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Person of Interest 1.20 'Matsya Nyaya' Review

By now it’s become clear that there are basically two ways to watch Person of Interest. Either you’re just there for the fun of the procedural POI of the week format or you’re into it for the bigger picture. Last night’s episode proved that those of us that have been paying close attention to the flashbacks of the characters have some nice payoff story-wise in the coming final episodes of the first season. Which is a bit of a relief as initially John Reese’s flashback sequences didn’t seem to provide much for the show other than background Intel on how Reese was like before he met up with Finch.

From the 2010 flashback sequence, it’s apparent that Reese has reason for his trust issues as we witness his final mission with former partner, Stanton. The parallel is clear between Reese and Tommy Clay (The POI) in the present and Reese and Stanton in the past as he wound up protecting and then targeting both. In 2010, after the order was given to take her out at the end of their last op—a mysterious trip to China referencing a ‘machine’ that resulted in the duo coming upon a mass of bodies at their destination. Suddenly Reese’s flashbacks inch up to the level of interesting that Finch’s inherently have as the question about what machine was being referenced to is left hanging. But what at first seemed to be a doomed fate for Stanton when their employers turned against she and Reese turns into a great reveal at episode’s end—Stanton is alive. Read More...


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