Person Of Interest S5EO4- 6,741 Review

Its been a long year and a few months for those who were waiting for Shaw to be back onscreen on Person Of Interest. 

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The episode began with Shaw being operated on. It almost felt as if it was a different show. Not only during the first few scenes but throughout the whole episode. The music was not upto the mark and the scenes lacked graveness.
But I guess the end made it an easy way out for the writers to explain any inconsistency or storyline interruptions. This was indeed a revamp of a version of ‘If Then Else’. Sameen is interrogated numerous times by Samaritan agents and then is put through thousands of simulations, with a single aim in the AI mind of Samaritan, to find the location of The Machine and its agents.
To say that this is a Shaw centric episode is to state the understatement of the week. Or the month. Depends on the month. And there’s the whole ‘reuniting’ ‘scene’ of Root and Shaw which almost seemed unnecessary. But I’m willing to let that slide. For the sake of Root. Her killing Greer was a moment of gasp indeed. And I immediately found myself yearning for the look on Greer’s face after she had shot him. And Samaritan didn’t make it look like the MI6 agent was surprised or scared. Or should I say the writers, and directors.

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I hadn’t seen any ‘BTS’ pictures of Greer other than the scene from the church, so then I started to doubt whether or not Greer was really dead. I mean I began to doubt if this really was a simulation or reality.
Many of the viewers caught on to the simulation about 30 minutes before the big reveal.
My doubt completely vanished when Shaw shot Reese and blamed Samaritan. Even if Shaw was angry with Reese and Finch, she still would be incredibly sad if she had to kill Reese. And obviously , there was none of that musical tragedy that accompanies a character’s death or at least ‘supposed’ death.
But I do think that that was not needed. Maybe just to disable him for some time, but there was absolutely no need. Perhaps it was to increase the impact of Shaw not being able to kill Root and killing herself. But it was more or less unnecessary.
The story by itself was very good, though it lacked the intensity and the depth that most Person Of Interest episodes have. The final few moments were really good, where it was revealed that all of what had happened for the last 40 minutes was a simulation, 6,741st simulation to be precise out of many more.
I feel at least for me, that Shaw’s and Root’s romance is still not official by the storyline standards. I mean, Shaw just kissed Root to make her get into the elevator and for her to get to the ‘BIG RED BUTTON’.
By the way, these are all only my opinions. If anyone has a problem with them, they can always make me know.
FINAL VERDICT
The episode, for me at least is the worst of the season uptil now. Obviously it should have been a whopper as Shaw was returning. But I never felt involved in the story. I never felt that I could care for a character. I never felt that I would be furious or sorrowful, if anything happened to any character. Her killing Greer was a shocker. Her killing Reese was a shocker. But her not killing Root was more or less expected. This was a rare Person Of Interest episode that I did not like. My not liking is based on whether or not I might watch it again and again. I might watch it again, once or twice, to spot how Samaritan sees the world and how it sees Team Machine. This episode includes the small list of Panopticon and  Liberty, the two premieres of the fourth and the third seasons.   For me it was a serious let down. Coz I was really really excited and was looking forward to it.
FINAL RATING- 6

Person Of Interest S5EO3- Truth Be Told review.

Person Of Interest, two days in a row is a strange occurrence. This strange occurrence is going to be the trend for the next two months.
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Truth Be Told would have been more appropriate on a Thursday as Person Of Interest threw themselves back to the classic episode of a social security number in danger.
Its been a long time since Reese has been the hero of an episode of POI. This episode came as a welcome relief as Reese’s past comes into the fray. This episode more or less forgets about Samaritan PR as John put it, ” An Artificial Intelligence bent on world domination. ”

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This wasn’t completely a Reese episode such as Season 4’s Terra Incognita where there is next to no screen time for Harold and Root. This does include bits of Root and Harold’s conversations and what missions The Machine gave Root. But it is basically Reese.
Another welcome sight was Dr. Iris Campbell, played by the wonderful Wrenn Schmidt. I have never been a fan of their relationship, but I don’t mind it one bit.
Truth Be Told welcomed another character into the POI Universe, Terrence Beale played by Keith David. I loved this character. This Beale guy and CONTROL are my favorite government stiffs.

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The said social security number is of an Alex Duncan. I will not say anymore. Whoever is reading this without watching the episode… Shame on you!
Anyway, there isn’t much to write about in this episode without revealing more than necessary information.
So, in the serialized arc , Samaritan has been installing malware in every computerized place it can find its Artificial paws on.
The malware rewrites the code of the said device it is present in. But it does serve some other purpose. Our underground hackers have been able to decipher only part of its code. So perhaps Sam’s endgame might be revealed in the next few episodes. Nevertheless, its a very exciting prospect.
Final Verdict
This episode is not exactly as refreshing as rain in the desert, but it’s close. The past few episodes have been really hectic. And by the looks of it, they might just step it up a notch in the episodes to come. But it was nice to slow down go back to the basics and the numbers. Next week.. Shaw’s back! Does one need to say more?
Final Rating – 7.5

Person Of Interest S5EO2- SNAFU review

As those who watch CBS very well know, on May 3rd, CBS’ best crime drama return to  our television sets. Six days after the premiere, the weekly cycle begins with the episode SNAFU.
For me , that word is an old fashioned notion. I haven’t heard or found that word anywhere in a long time. But I somehow remember distinctly its meaning and use. But enough of the technicalities.
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The episode brings to light the changes that Harold might make while programming The Machine.

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This time I’m going to start with the negative points and the problems and inconsistency.
Firstly, Harold’s and Reese’s friendship seems to be ever more distant than the previous episode. Its almost as if something happened in the few minutes between last season’s Pink Floyd themed bullet shower and  this season’s Kill Joy themed beginning.
Secondly, Root still doesn’t ‘get’ the numbers or why a closed system is best for business. And even more weirdly, Harold agrees to keep The Machine an open system! The same guy that was pleading Greer not to make Samaritan, an open system, go live.
Thirdly, speaking of Sam, he was no where to be found. And so was Greer. Both of them have yet to appear on the show since it’s start. On a personal note:- I miss them. A lot!
Other than these three major drawbacks, I feel that the episode was a certain improvement on the premiere, in miniscule measures.
I feel there is something is wrong with that sentence.
Never mind.
This episode wasn’t as action packed as the premiere, but it is one where you sit and think, and contemplate. What should Harold do to make The Machine better? Is Root’s idea of an open system a good one, or more importantly, a safe one?
Side note:- When I said that Sam was missing, I do NOT mean completely. It does appear in the closing stages of the episode.
Fun notes..
Harold gets the felony jitters. And applies science to Breaking and Entering.
Mr. Reese becomes Charlie Sheen.
And Sam gets into the business of dialogue thieving.
The one character that has gone completely under the radar ( or at least my radar), is Bear. Well, he’s back and apparently likes fuzzy slippers.

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Final Verdict.
These types of episodes have become a classic in the past few seasons, especially the last one. The morality and implications of various risks and decisions come into consideration. You question everything at every step, asking why  wasn’t the  alternate option chosen. As I said before, this episode is a certain improvement. This slow moving, contemplative( I’ve used that word way too many times.) is the exact opposite to the action packed, fast paced premiere. But the timing of such an episode is perfect as more deeper into the season, one might expect more risks and stunts and gunfire.
Final Verdict – 7.5

Person Of Interest S5EO1-BSOD Review.

Person of Interest came back to the small screen with an action packed, fast moving and intense episode. It has been exactly one year since there were AIs on our TVs. ( Unless some other show has an AI.)
The episode picked almost exactly the same place YHWH. But I still don’t understand how they escaped the rain of bullets that they were facing at the end of Season 4.
But none of this amounts to the fact that this was a strong episode. But certainly not one of its finest.
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I know… That was a bit … out there. Never mind. Back to the show.

If anyone saw the video of the subway covered in smoke, which was released at comic con… Well that is the start of the fifth season of POI. The episode starts with a pay phone ringing. ( Classic POI ). Then Root’s voice fills our ears. Apparently, she doesn’t k ow what winning would mean anymore.. Umm hello?? Samaritan being destroyed… A world free of hunger ..destroyed. ??
Back on topic…
As The Kills’ No Wow started to play,  John Reese, briefcase in hand with a few minor damages was busy trying to escape Samaritan. I have no idea why or how they got separated.
Well, that’s the start and in fear of revealing too much I’m going to stop myself.
This episode was not the classic POI edge of the seat stuff where you keep trying to guess what’s going to happen and keep failing. This is one of those episodes which takes you on a journey and you go along with it. No questions asked.
There were a few puns and jokes delivered with Reese’s humorous seriousness and there obviously there had to be Root’s ‘in your face’ attitude. The episode also included Fusco’s wonderful cluelessness of everything that had happened and why it had happened. And we are once again reminded after exactly 365 days , why we watch Person Of Interest. 

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But there WERE some problems.
Reese was always out of place and had no  use in most situations. ( According to Harold).
Samaritan did not have that on the prowl AI feel. In layman terms, the episode did not have the required amount of dread, and darkness that is expected when an Artificial Intelligence wants you dead.
And there were some inconsistencies. For example, why would someone make a bulletproof, indestructible briefcase other than to protect the contents of it? Well, in the episode, the briefcase is shot at and it is not destroyed. But the Pizo Electric Battery somehow was damaged. ( Did I get the name right?) Which  in turn deduced the chances of The Machine’s survival.
And the most infuriating problem of all with the episode was that Harold gave The Machine a gender. He called it a she. Its a machine, Harold!! Its not a he or a she. Its an it.
Final Verdict
The episode is a good one if you watch the show for the show’s/writing’s sake. But if you watch POI for Reese’s sake, this episode is not for you.
FINAL RATING- 7

MORIARTY

A book, which takes you along with it on its journey to God knows where is a book, which is worthy of recognition. But this book doesn’t need no recognition as thee name of the writer itself and the name of the particular character upon which this book is based is enough to make the book fanatics go bonkers.
Anthony Horowitz has dabbled in absolutely everything now. Teenage secret agents, to mystical GateKeepers, to Sherlock Holmes and the omnipotent James Bond.
The above mentioned is the third one on that list.
I’m sure many people have read this already, so for those people this is not exactly the most interesting read in the world.
The story takes place after Sherlock and Moriarty fall into the abyss of the great falls known as Reichenbach.
This is an excerpt from the paragraph written on the back of the book.
” The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind. ”
I think I can guess what one might think. As I myself thought that. That how could anyone beat the ‘criminality’ of Moriarty. Well, apparently someone has.
A Pinkerton agent from America comes to Reichenbach to witness the death of the greatest criminal mind the Arthur Conan Doyle world had ever seen. He is also after the ‘fiendish new criminal mastermind’ in the above written excerpt. That person’s (the criminal’s…not the agent’s) name is Clarence Devereux.  The Pinkerton fellow’s name is Frederick Chase. He is on the hunt for Clarence and happens upon an able detective by the name of Athelney Jones, of Scotland Yard.
So this Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard is a devout follower of Sherlock Holmes’ methods. Deduction and elementary are his bread and butter.
The journey takes us from Boston, Massachusetts USA to Switzerland to the whole of Britain. And the best part about this book is that you are really engrossed in looking for clues while reading. You basically imagine yourself there, beside Mr. Jones and Mr. Chase. They get tied up, tortured..( a little bit.), bombed and shot at.
This a book , a vivid book reader would have already read, and which the part timers should definitely try out.
PS:-  This might not be for the sensitive at heart. Other than that, absolutely nothing to worry about.

GordonW

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. A fairly ordinary watch.

BEWARE: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ABOUT THE SUPERHERO MOVIE MENTIONED ABOVE. ( Most probably)…

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of those films which you go in with somewhat great expectations, and come out in exactly the same mood. Once the movie ends, you still think there is more to be said… That this is not the end..
You keep expectantly waiting for the MARVELesque ‘after/during credit’ scenes of vague future storylines. But after the theatre has emptied, and clean up staff are standing around doing nothing, waiting for you to leave, you hope that Zack Snyder might have put in some extra scenes just so that you do not look like an idiot. And I ended up the above mentioned.

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So if you have read the first sentence and have not watched the movie yet, you should have stopped reading this a long long time ago..
Now …back on topic.
So as I said Batman vs Superman does indeed have no surprises of extraordinary proportions. Except maybe just before the interval. I have to say, that was probably the best scene in the whole movie.
I know I should not say this, but at this point people must be thinking that anyone can play Superman as Mr. Cavill looked as if he had no enthusiasm to play the part. Of course, he looked the part but his mannerisms, his actions were completely ordinary. There was nothing of significant importance.
Ben Affleck did not have anything else to do other than look serious and say his dialogues on time. Both of which he did alright.
For me , the best actor on the stage was ….by far.. Jesse..
Mr. Eisenberg delivered a powerful yet disconnected performance which was needed for the importance of his character to be felt.
Lex Luthor II was young, cool, hipping and hopping circles around Superman and the government.
Another scene that impressed me was the painting.
“That picture should be upside down. Shouldn’t it Mayor? Because as we know so well, Devils don’t come from below but from above.”
I do concede that these may not have been the exact words , but this was the basic gist of that particular dialogue.

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I mean…look at him!!! How can you not admire this guy? Again… I’m getting off topic.
Even though Lex Mark 2 was the ever occurring cool yet evil son of the evil mastermind father, he brought it out beautifully. He wasn’t the rich spoilt kid. He was the deprived ‘ not loved by the father’ son, or at least that’s what I think he was trying to convey.
And then his hatred for Superman. Obviously he is not exactly going to be Superman’s biggest fan. (  I don’t see why not..? Apparently Superman killed his father.)
But enough about him. I cannot convince you to like him.. Or maybe I can.. But the only way you, The Reader can truly admire his ( Jessie’s) acting is if you watch this movie. Me saying this is probably pointless now that there is a snapshot of the movie itself… But never mind. True mistake… 🙂 🙂
Oh, just a small side note -. Superman dies. And I mean really dead. Poof. Gone. I know… Its bearly writable. And to the watcher it would seem that they have tried to make it that way.
When Superman dies, there are no tragic violins or cellos playing at their saddest, no slow motion, nothing. But they did put in some music after the fact. But it never seemed GRAVE. It never seemed that the world might just end without him. It did not seem hopeless without him.
And the fact that he got bombed twice.. Once in the Capitol and once in space..( with a nuclear deterrent) did not help the cause.

There were many things that did not help. Not only towards the importance of Superman but towards the uplifting of the show.
The action sequences were never engaging.
Its a long, lengthy arm’s length away from us. That always is not a good thing. The first half itself you begin to wonder when is the interval. If it were any other franchise or a non Superhero film, one would really struggle to even think about sitting through the next half. But this is Superman and Batman.
The last gasp effort of the movie is just enough to wake us from our metaphorical slumber and make us want more. If that had been the case for the whole movie it would have been the best movie of the year or even the decade. I mean, come on! The prospects were and still are hugely enormous!
And it seems the theme for the whole year. The need for regulating the activities and work of superheroes. Civil War too has the same basic principle.
Another small yet significant part in the movie was played by Wonder Woman. She seemed irritatingly uninvolved in the whole lot. Only when the movies start to close up on its conclusion does she come into the fray. There are numerous other times she could have done to prevent all this.  And while none of us think of this during the main part of the movie, we start to wonder about where Wonder Woman could have helped. And that again shows the show’s failure to connect with the viewers .
You start to fidget in your chair. The 3D glasses become infinitely more troublesome and heavy. You become Clark Kent and start fidgeting with your glasses.
An unnoticed yet wonderful role was that of the helper Alfred. Jeremy Irons continued his charm over the film world or at least over me with his grave voice and his continuous criticism of Batman’s/ Bruce Wayne’s loneliness and lack of heir. It would have been lovely to have more screen time given to him rather than to the mercenary who kidnapped  Superman’s mom and who shot and killed the ….who were they again?  The Somalians? The Nigerians?? Some where close to those places. His role which gave much promise from the start , amounted to the grand total of ZERO.
When the movie first came out, the buzz was not just big, it was HUUUGE! ( To quote D. Trump). But then slowly it started to die down. What began as a forest fire ended up a tiny flame or a glowing wick at the top of a candle.
This was further proven when I went to watch he movie during the second week and the theatre was empty. Not completely, but there were still the few believers, who truly believed that their favorite superheroes would not stoop to such lows. The immediate reaction after the movie s that it wasn’t so bad.
But then you get up the next morning and recap, and then you realise the utter waste of $250 million.
I will no longer bore you with complaints, but there is nothing much else to say. There were no exceptional dialogues, no shocking revelations and no ‘pipebombs’.
End Verdict
Batman V Superman does not knock down expectations but Sweet Chin Musics them to a far far away land where there is no happiness and satisfaction.  But you have to say, amongst all the bombing and blasting and laser eyes and shockwaves, the basic message is at least conveyed more or less clearly.
” Superheroes are not above the law.”
Or much better understanding of the message would be,
“SUPERMAN is not above the law.”
                   

GordonW

Manchester United, Attack!

The current form of Manchester United is utterly dreadful. The injuries overflowing, the manager stubborn, and the fans disappointed and furious. The situation is not good. Don’t be mistaken by this facade. They are winning and drawing a majority of their games. They have the second most no.  of clean sheets in the whole league.. But the style, the atmosphere and the spirit have all hit rock bottom, and are still going down. They are hesitant to pass forward, and ponderous in possession.  ( Not my words.) They pass backwards many more times than they pass forward. The misuse of talent in the team is also another issue. Mr. LVG is saying that he’s trying everything to this around, but nobody has any idea how much of this is true. Me being one of them. The ground has more chants of attack and of booing rather than cheering. Even though the team is still in contention for the title, the level of play is no where close one of that of a champion team…
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Even so, Manchester United’s win percentage in the first season with the current manager is better that that of the manager who is considered the best manager of the club, Sir Alex Ferguson. This season  has been a carbon copy of the previous one. That is not what the fans want. ( That kind of goes without saying.)
Make no mistake..( again) . There have been moments of utter glorious goal scoring prowess. An example of that is the 3-3 draw with Newcastle United. There have been matches where MU has completed dominated the whole game but still came up short or at best, with a draw. The main goal scorer , this year has been without a doubt, Mr. Wayne Rooneyimage

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This guy’s goal scoring started with the game against Swansea, where he flicked a ball from behind into the goal, with the assist going to Martial. And the streak ended with yesterday’s game with Southampton. Louis Van Gaal has been constantly barraged with accusations and pleas to quit as a manager for the Red Devils. But it seems the players continue to believe in him. And so does the board. ( The words of a certain manager of a certain team.)
But seriously? .. Am I the only who thinks that ManUtd is not playing badly???? I mean, its not as if they are losing every game… (Touch wood) . Yes, they did a play a really bad game against Southampton. With only one shot on target. But come on! They beat Liverpool! ( And yes, with only one shot on target, that being the goal.) The smash and grab job would have given them some kind of confidence, Ja? But as Van Gaal said, it is not the case.
Many of the fans want him to step down and let Mourinho or someone else take control of the reigns.

Then there’s the case of the stubbornness. Many say Van Gaal is stubborn. But it Manchester United who have gone through two managers without much difference. So maybe it might be time to ask, who is the who’s stubborn.
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Side note:- There might be few mistakes in the time words such as yesterday or tomorrow as it took me a few days to write this. Apologies.

GordonW

The Metropolitan Sherlock

All the writers and producers have got it into their minds that Sherlock Holmes is an insulting, cold and calculating, stoic person, who doesn’t care whether the Earth revolves around the Sun or not. Some of it is certainly true, but there is one thing Mr. Holmes has never been, and that is insulting in the face of a client or a case. And he has never ‘enjoyed’ Moriarty like Benedict’s Sherl did.
I guess one can come to that conclusion amidst the all elementary.
I agree that he is not exactly a ‘ likeable’ person, but he’s not also a ‘ dislikeable’ person. But one has to work very hard to like the hatted detective in the new series of Mr. Moffat. Even during the early days of Elementary, one doesn’t like what he sees in the deductive detective

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In fact almost all the classic fictional figures which have been around for quite some time are or have going/gone through a grumpy and emotionless period. Doctor Who being in the lead. The current Peter Capaldi role went through a whole season and a Christmas Special with his attitude of mystery based excitedness rather than loss based sadness. But I’ve gone off topic here.

Back on. I get that this post is somewhat unnecessary, but its been bugging my mind for quite some time now. The current Sherlock of England , based in England and working in England, seems to enjoy a good murder which I do not think the original Holmes did. I get it. There have been quite some changes in the new one from the old, but at least I would have hoped not to an annoying extent. Which for the first two seasons WAS pretty annoying.

Its true that all three characters which I’ve mentioned have relaxed their insults and have given room to more nerdiness and clichès.
But Benedict and Peter will always be remembered as the grumpy fellows who sort of, kind of hated (which is an unnecessarily strong word to use). I by far have absolutely almost no complaints about their attitudes.  In fact I quite enjoyed them, but its the conventional population that has gotten all riled up. And I don’t blame them. But it was a sigh of relief to see that their (Mr. Holmes’) character has more or less changed, but we still continues to see shades of the past in some moments where they can be cold and have nerves of steel. Couldn’t ask for more.

GordonW