Person of Interest: Season 1, Episode 3

Mission Creep (6 Oct. 2011)

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Joey Durban, a just returned veteran of Afghanistan conflict, is the next case for Reese and Finch. On the surface, Joey seems to be just another vet trying to adjust to civilian life, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Lionel Fusco (credit only)
Joey Durban
Detective Molina
Pia Moresco
Charles Borland ...
Businessman #1
Sam Latimer
Akintola Jiboyewa ...
Businessman #2


Joey Durban, a just returned veteran of Afghanistan conflict, is the next case for Reese and Finch. On the surface, Joey seems to be just another vet trying to adjust to civilian life, which includes reuniting with his long time girlfriend Pia Moresco and trying to eke out a living working as a doorman at an upscale residential complex. As Reese begins to follow him, Joey seems to have a secret life, which includes a relationship with a single mother. But the larger issue is that Joey works within a band of robbers, who rob a bank while on Reese's watch. Finch is initially confused as the machine only identifies violent crimes, and the robberies Joey has committed has had no violence associated. Reese, however, believes that Joey is the father of the young child and is committing the robberies to support the child and mother. He also believes that one of Joey's associates is the one who is planning on killing Joey. The only way Reese can find out for sure is to infiltrate the gang as ... Written by Huggo

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Near the beginning of the episode, Reese mentions that Joey had recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan and that his fiancée, Pia, had waited 6 years for him while he was deployed. Combat deployments last 18 months at the most. See more »


Sam Latimer: What kind of skills?
John Reese: You have a .45 under the counter and a shotgun next to the register, and I can get to them both before you.
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Well crafted story but Person of Interest is rusted by its episodic format and grounded by its chicken wings
7 October 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Ghosts was a decent second episode but it lacked what made the pilot so promising. Sadly this third installment was in the same vein but the elements that had convinced me to stick around so far were absent. The Machine ? It was missing in action when it's the one thing that differentiates Person of Interest from all the other cop shows. The episode begins, John Reese meets Mr. Finch, a new number is received and it's time for the new mission of the week. Such a by the book and endless format doesn't work for me. However the writers talent to serve us with well crafted stories is undeniable even if the way they end has become predictable. This one was moving and even intriguing at times even it wasn't original not really surprising. But some characters were inspiring and played by performers who should make you care for them. It's specially true for Jim Caviezel who carries the show on his strong shoulders. Moreover we learned more about his past and one the persons he left behind before going to war. Still the arc was far too anecdotic and I hate the fact that writers control the pace by leaving breadcrumbs behind them and hoping for some viewers to follow their trail passively. Worst I can't remember a single humoristic scene so I worry that the show could actually be taking itself way too seriously. I'm not asking to turn it into a one man show but the pilot proved that Reese can be hilarious, like Bruce Willis as John McClane for instance. Therefore it makes the series less entertaining. Even the good infographics linking the scenes and involving Mr. Finch from time to time can't push the barrier that prevents the individuals behind the show from taking things to a whole new level. And the déjà vu on-going investigation regarding Reese doesn't help ! To sum things up I understand how the formula can be appealing to some people but in the end Person of Interest is just an other cop show. It could have been more but its creator didn't take the risk and it's specially disappointing considering J. J. Abrams is one of its executive producers.

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