Person of Interest 4×19 ‘Search and Destroy’: KHAAANNNN!

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Alright before you say anything, yes I know the title has absolutely nothing to do with the episode, but how could I NOT make the Star Trek reference given this week’s Person of Interest and the fact that this is a show done by Bad Robot? I was pleasantly surprised with this episode as it brought back how scary Samaritan really is in a story with a very interesting character. Team Machine attempt to protect a software CEO when a cyberattack reveals all of his secrets, unravelling his life and causing him to exhibit unstable behaviour. The only thing that I was curious about was why Team Machine did not automatically assume that Samaritan was behind this. I mean the POI is a CEO known for his antivirus software that could damage Samaritan. Either way this was an action-packed episode, let’s jump into “Search and Destroy.”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Source: CBS

Source: CBS

This episode’s POI is Sulaiman Khan (guest star Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show), the CEO of a giant anti-virus software company. Turns out he is hacked by an ‘unknown entity’ *cough*Samaritan*cough* that causes all of his personal information to be exposed leading to his resignation and potential divorce. This series of unfortunate events started with his financial accounts being ruined during the wall street crash orchestrated by Samaritan and continues when Khan is arrested for trespassing which turns into a dozen odd felonies leading to his incarceration in Rykers. Dam Khan cannot catch a break. Just as Samaritan hires some fellow inmates to dispose of Khan, Reese intervenes and takes Khan out, but they aren’t safe yet. Samaritan manipulates the traffic grid to stop Reese in his tracks, but somehow Root appears at the most convenient time to save them.

Khan explains to Team Machine that he believes an invisible hand, a conscious A.I., is trying to destroy his life and he wants to know why. Finch tells Khan he believes him, but does not give away any information. The team heads to a remote location owned by Khan’s former company that turns out to be an underground base. At the base they discover that Samaritan has implemented Khan’s anti-virus software for its own agenda. As the team exits the facility they are attacked by Samaritan’s cronies led by Martine which turns into a femme fatale battle in the snow between Root and Martine. During the firefight Khan runs off after learning the truth about Samaritan from Finch. Reese apologizes to Root for stopping her from killing Martine. Khan is captured by Greer, who explains everything from Samaritan to The Machine. He wants to look in the eyes of this ominous A.I. and he does, as he lays dying after being shot by Greer.

Source: CBS

Source: CBS

The secondary storyline is next to non-existent this episode, which is perfectly okay with the strong case of the week. This storyline had just enough to push the Samaritan story forward in unison with Khan’s situation. Root retrieves a nearly indestructible brief case, whose purpose is unknown, but the fact that it is nearly indestructible is pretty cool. Inside is some Faberge egg that Root ends up destroying at the instruction of The Machine. I’m guessing it was not useful to them or too useful for Samaritan? During this Samaritan also searches for what network The Machine is on by using Khan’s software and ends up finding nothing making the A.I. draw the conclusion that The Machine is not attached to any network on Earth.

Source: CBS

Source: CBS

I rather enjoyed this episode, it gave Person of Interest the kick in the pants it needed after a number of lacklustre episodes. I understand that these episodes are a slow progression to whatever season ending battle will occur and so they need some stories along the way, but some of these POIs have not been as interesting or unpredictable as previous seasons. However, the Sulaiman Khan story was particularly interesting because it was a story about a guy that could have helped Team Machine, but is lost in their battle. Not to mention that Aasif Mandvi is a VERY underrated actor.

Questions

  • If Khan survived, how could he have helped Team Machine?
  • What will his anti-virus software provide for Samaritan?
  • Will Finch need to use a gun before this battle is done?
  • Who will win between Elias and Dominic?

What did you think of this episode of Person of Interest? Was the story shocking or predictable? Do you have any theories as to what may happen in future episodes? Let me know in the comments below!

Dylan Phillips

Dylan Phillips

is a film fanatic and TV junkie from the mysterious land of Canada. He is an aspiring writer/director who hopes to make his mark on the industry one way or another, whether it be behind a camera or with a pen. When he isn’t watching hours upon hours of movies or writing scripts, Dylan can be found playing his guitar, avidly watching baseball or writing film reviews on his website and blog.

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