(I’ll try to avoid specific spoilers for the post but the comments are likely to spill stuff so beware.)
Maribou and I finished up Person of Interest: Season 4 last night. We had a nice little “binge watch” of the last 4 episodes of the season.
Let me just say that episode 88, “Terra Incognita”, was the best episode of the season. Hands down. Like, Maribou and I both turned to each other and said “Holy crap. That was a good episode.”
As we finished episode 89, we turned to each other and said “Just one more…” and I realized that I had one complaint about this season: the amazing song picker guy that they had to pick songs out for each episode in seasons one through three was, apparently, let go. Those first three seasons had me saying “wow, it’s like this guy was an adolescent at the same time that I was!” when he picked songs for various scenes. Season four made me think that they had to cut back on the budget and the quickest and easiest way to do that was to quit licensing songs and, instead, pay for the house composer to put something together on his or her synthesizer. (“Play something hopeful.” “Play something ominous.” “Play something sad. No, sadder.”)
Then, at the end of episode 90, we both laughed when they brought the amazing song picker guy back for one last scene.
The amazing thing that this show does with some regularity is it takes characters that you are told/trained to not like (given that they are operating in opposition to our favorite characters) and then, slowly, has you start liking them. The characters don’t even change that much… it’s just that circumstances change and, instead of fighting against our heroes, they say something like “okay, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt here” and, suddenly, they’re no longer working at cross purposes. Instead of being so frustrated that the opponent of our heroes is so very good at what they do, you’re suddenly delighted that this guy or gal is now on “our” side.
Maribou tells me that I’d eventually turn around on Jaime Lannister.
I’d say that that’d pretty dang unlikely but, hey. I turned around on… well, I said that I’d avoid spoilers.
I am beginning to suspect that Person of Interest is a show that said “Hey, let’s do that Game of Thrones thing only, you know, more upbeat.”
Or, I suppose, they’ve got no idea what they’re doing and they’re just trolling internet forums and saying “holy cow, this fan theory is really good… we should totally do that.” Instead of the fan theorist saying “THEY STOLE MY IDEA!!! I’M GOING TO SUE!!!”, the entire forum says “Wow! BringBackLost68 totally nailed it!”
Which, now that I think about it, would be an awesome way to write anything and you wouldn’t even need a George RR Martin anywhere in the works.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?