Person of Interest Season 3 Review “Last Call”

Last night’s Person of Interest was bizarre. Team machine gets the name of a 911 dispatcher, Sandra, who receives a frantic call from a child who is kidnapped. She struggles to keep her cool as the kidnapper gets on the line and demands her full compliance. I have to be honest that I’m having trouble eloquently expressing my opinions of this episode. I watched it twice, thinking maybe I’d just missed something the first go around. But, even on the second pass, I just didn’t connect with it.

Team machine quickly learns that Sandra has been targeted for her access to the 911 call database. If she fails to delete recent call records, the boy will be killed. I think what threw me off was the voice of the kidnapper. It was too smooth – too phony. The combination of his cadence and word choice reminded me of the voice of the killer in Scream. I kept waiting for him to ask Sandra if she wanted to play a game. When the kidnapper escalates things, he sets off a bomb in a parking structure and tells Sandra, “Three cars were turned into flaming metal husks.” Who talks like that?



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