Person of Interest 4×20 ‘Terra Incognita’: The return of Carter

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This episode might be a little slow, but Person of Interest brought us something completely different this week. Instead of the next step against Samaritan or the war between Elias and Dominic, we are brought what was the essence of this show for so long: The relationship between Reese and Joss Carter (guest star Taraji P. Henson). Nothing else matters this week, case closed. Well not exactly, as Reese attempts to honour Carter’s memory by closing a cold case of hers involving a murdered wealthy family and their last living son. No amount of boring, soap opera style storylines could take away from the return of Carter, let’s jump into “Terra Incognita.”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

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This episode’s POI is Chase Patterson, the son of a family who has been brutally murdered potentially by a gang affiliate. Reese starts to work the case when he finds that Carter (guest star Taraji P. Henson) was investigating the case as well before her demise. He retrieves her case files and opts to go lone wolf on his investigation, avoiding Fusco and Finch. Reese knows he cannot solve this case if others are prying at his emotions and asking if he is okay. He is obviously not okay, Carter is gone. Case closed, let him be.

The episode is filled with flashbacks of Carter working her case and Reese retracing her steps. I think the most eye opening scene is the stakeout with Reese and Carter as she gets him to open up. He explains to her that he left Jessica so he doesn’t worry about leaving someone waiting at home. Reese makes his way to the Patterson’s cabin where he finds Chase, but another person lurking in the shadows is able to wound him. Reese is dragged into the snow while the assailant forces Chase to overdose on drugs. As Reese lies dying in the snow, he has a conversation with Carter after opening up to people (which would have changed his current situation drastically) before managing to shoot the attacker. Turns out Chase’s assailant was an angry half-brother.

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The secondary storyline is not important because Carter was back and therefore screw Samaritan and Dominic. But if you must know Root showed up at the lair in a wedding gown as her own twisted version of a runaway bride before Finch asks her to help check if The Machine is functioning properly through the current gang war between Elias and Dominic. YES FINALLY.

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Half-brother? REALLY? This episode was very mixed for me. On one side it was a heaping pile of you know what with the soap opera style storyline and the slow dragging narrative. But on the other side there was Carter, and the only way to make her comeback was through flashbacks and hallucinations and of course the latter can only be plausible through drugs or a dire situation. Don’t think we expected Reese to shoot up some heroin, so at least they stayed within the realm of reality for this one. I like the idea of Reese working one of Carter’s cold cases. I wouldn’t mind an episode where we flashback to POIs that Reese and Finch weren’t quite able to save during the early stages of their team up with Carter constantly intervening making them realize she would make a much better asset. (I might just start writing that!)

Questions

  • How will the hallucinations of Carter affect Reese? Seems like he is almost ready to tell Iris how he feels.
  • Is this Reese-centric episode a reason to make him more human before axing him?
  • Who will win between Elias and Dominic?

What did you think of this episode of Person of Interest? Was the story shocking or predictable? Did you enjoy the return of Joss Carter? 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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