Person of Interest S5E10 Review

Episode 100 is always a special moment for any show and I'm glad the writers and producers pulled out all the stops on this one.

S5E10 'The Day The World Went Away'

Fortunately this time, the episode did not begin with Reese following a POI. The episode starts with Harold talking to the machine in a café, one which is significant to his history as he used to come to the café with Grace. When he goes back to the subway, Harold is told that he has been identified by Samaritan and is now a Person of Interest. The gang take Harold to the safehouse where Elias takes Harold to a safer location while Root and Shaw take out some Samaritan agents who have a company card for an organisation which Reese and Fusco investigate. Unfortunately for the cop boys it is a trap but they manage to leave the office safely

At the shoddy neighbourhood Elias hides Harold in, they are discovered and attempt to escape but sadly Elias is shot right in front of Harold, who is then taken to see Greer. But after meeting Greer, Harold is rescued by Root and Shaw who engage in a shootout with the operatives. Shaw tells Root to go and take Harold while she would handle the enemy.

While Root and Harold on the run, they engage in an interesting conversation about the Machine, but are quickly interrupted by a Jeep with a machine gun on top of it.  Letting Harold take the wheel, Root successfully takes out the vehicle, even leaving behind a cool explosion (I can now understand why Greg Plageman and Jonathan Nolan were so excited about this scene in their earlier interviews. It was pretty awesome). But after all that epicness, Root is shot by  Jeff Blackwell who used a sniper rifle on a rooftop. Root and Harold are apprehended by the authorities where Harold is taken for questioning while Root is taken to the hospital. After a serious interrogation where Harold ends up stealing the spotlight from the interrogator, he gets a call from the Machine, now speaking to him using Root's voice since she had succumbed to her wounds. He asks the Machine to get him out and she initiates a prison break for Harold to escape.

Like I said, they pulled out all the stops. This is definitely worth putting on the Top 5 episodes list. From the actions, interactions and all the pain Harold endures, everything was perfect. While I am sad about Root, I'm glad she died for something she believed in. The same goes to Elias, who has gained my respect over the course of the show. It was nice to see that the show provided him with a meaningful departure. With Root gone I wonder how Shaw will handle herself. I hope she'll be alright in the end. Lastly, this episode was giving me difficulty about the quote of the week, especially since there was a great quote showing up every 3 minutes. But ultimately I settled on the one you are about to read now. I know it is a bit long but if you have seen the episode, you'll understand why I put it here.

Quote of the week:  "I have played by the rules for so long.... No, not your rules. You work at the behest of a system so broken that you didn't even notice when it became corrupted at its core. When I first broke your rules, a sitting President had authorised assassination squads in Laos and the head of the FBI had ordered his men to conduct illegal surveillance on his political rivals. Your rules have changed every time it was convenient for you.

I was talking about my rules. I have lived by those rules for so long, believed in them for so long, believed if you played by the right rules  eventually you would win but I was wrong wasn't I? And all the people I care about are dead or they will be dead soon enough then we will be gone without a trace. So now I have to decide, decide whether to let my friends die,to let hope die, to let the world be ground under your heel all because I played by my rules. I'm going to kill you, but I need to decide how many of my own rules I'm willing to break  to get it done"

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