Person of Interest, Season 3, Episode 9: “The Crossing”
Written by Denise The
Directed by Frederick E. O. Toye
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm ET on CBS
“The Crossing”, the second installment in Person of Interest‘s three-part arc, picks up directly where “Endgame” left off with Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Carter (Tarji P. Henson) transporting the head of nefarious organization HR, Alonzo Quinn (Clarke Peters), to the FBI headquarters in New York City. Making matters more difficult, HR has put a hit out on Reese to every criminal in the city. One thing’s for sure (mainly from the promos that CBS has put out): someone from the merry little Number Squad is going to bite the bullet, but which one is it going to be? Could it be Reese, who is in the cross hairs of every criminal in New York; is it Fusco (Kevin Chapman), who finds himself kidnapped by HR; perhaps it’s Carter, who’s often been on HR’s bad side; or maybe it’s Shaw (Sarah Shahi), who is given the fun task of rescuing Fusco. “The Crossing” excellently twists the audience to and fro with which character is about to be killed off. Just when it seems clear who it is, the tables are turned and the focus is switched elsewhere. By the end, it’s the character you least expect. It’s expertly done and, well, kudos.
“The Crossing” is also a nice play on the fact that most episodes involve Reese running to the rescue of a number and kicking some butt. This time, Reese is the one that needs protecting and who better to protect Reese than Reese? It’s a great switch with the format, but the episode still feels every bit the show that fans are familiar with. Of course Reese and Finch are the two stable stars of the show, so it’s more than obvious that the show won’t kill Reese and, as a result, he never really feels in danger, despite the touching moments that he shares with Carter.
Person of Interest is rarely ever viewed as a great show as a whole, and receives even less praise for its acting, but this season in particular, it has been rather stellar. Caviezel, who is often accused of being monotonical and flat, really shines in this episode with some real and profound emotion throughout. The same can be said for the rest of the cast. Chapman, who often times blends into the background of an episode, has some incredible moments when he’s bouncing off of HR’s menacing threats and throws back a sardonic remark. Carter has an appropriately static feel here and she works incredibly well.
Person of Interest‘s three-part arc has hit the viewers with so much story and emotion that it’s hard to keep up and even harder to view these as stand-alone episodes, rather than a cohesive story. It’s working really well with two of the episodes down and next week’s “The Devil’s Share” promises resolution of some kind on the HR storyline. Until then, it’s fun seeing the kind of story that Person of Interest is wanting and willing to tell right now unfold.