Person of Interest Recurring Tropes

While I discussed Person of Interest and tropes before in a more serious context, I originally announced my interest in the show on this blog through a post that poked fun at a lot of the goofy cliches that cropped up frequently in the show’s earlier seasons. Since the show is ending soon I thought it would be cool to talk about all the series’ own tropes and recurring elements on this blog. Some of them I wouldn’t trade for the world, others I could do without, all are funny in their own ways.

– Reese suddenly showing up behind  or calling Fusco and saying “Hello Lionel” in a creepy voice.

– Reese being a creep in general, showing up in the back seat of people’s cars, and other such creep-like behaviours. Creepy Reese is more of an early series phenomenon.

– Eastern European criminals.

– Our heroes being held at gun point, the villains mocking them, previously unseen saviours arrive to shoot the kneecaps of the baddies, previously captive heroes make quip in reply to the mocking the villains just espoused.

– Shaw is eating something.

– Root says “I wasn’t talking to you”. Trope referenced for tragic results in “The Day The World Went Away”.

– Fusco is taken somewhere by some smug goon at gun point, is relentlessly mocked by said goon, then turns the tables on and kills him.

– Carter complains about the amount of laws Team Machine is breaking.

– Finch points out the obvious in a very shocked voice.

– Finch making weird pauses in his sentences.

– Reese quips about previously normal seeming number turning out to be not so normal. “Looks like Mr. Jefferson is delivering more than just mail in his route” is the kind of thing he’d totally say on this show.

– Greer makes a speech disparaging man kind.

– Named Samaritan operative dies an embarrassing death.

– Finch contemplates if building the Machine was the right thing to do.

– Root reassuring Finch that building the Machine was in fact the right thing to do.

– Root saying “Absolutely”.

– Shaw rolling her eyes at something stupid or Root’s pick-up lines (the fact that she genuinely smiles at the last one Root gives her in “The Day the World Went Away” kills me).

– A single blow to the head knocks a henchman out cold instead of giving him brain damage.

– A member of Team Machine tapping the area around their ear and talking to another specific member of the team over the phone as if the ear pieces they definitely aren’t wearing can be used to psychically communicate with anyone at any time.

– Greer has a person he’s made a transaction with killed. Either he shoots them, or they get bagged by his goones.  It’s funny regardless.

– *Phone Rings

– Someone pointing out that Reese isn’t a real detective, or doesn’t act like a real cop.

– Reese is sad about the darkness in him that won’t let him form connections with people.

– Reese realizes that darkness can be overcome if he sticks with his friends and finds new reasons to live through them.

– Reese once again realizes that darkness will forever keep him alone.

– Someone points out that Shaw is a sociopath.

– Shaw is shown to actually feel emotions, but just really deep down (something I like to call clinical Tsundere-ism).

– Someone making a startling discovery about a number right before the commercial break.

And that’s all I got for now. I’ll probably update this as more come to mind, but these are the recurring elements of this show that stick out the most to me. This isn’t meant as a critique of the show itself, but more of a celebration of all the aspects that makes Person of Interest what it is before it ends. I look forward to seeing the finale in just a few days…!

Quote of the Day:

Reese: Cooly delivered sadistic warning.
Fusco: Self-deprecating inquiry into the time necessary to infiltrate system.
Root: Funny yet insightful retort.
Finch: Mildly agitated declaration of mission completion…. Gentle exhortation to further action.
Root: Overly affectionate greeting.

Shaw: Greeting.
Root: Transparent rationale for conversation.
Shaw: Annoyed attempt to deflect subtext.
Root: Overt come-on.
Shaw: Mildly embarrassed defensiveness bordering on hostility.
Root: Playfully witty sign-off.

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2 thoughts on “Person of Interest Recurring Tropes

  1. Earlier in the show (season 1 mainly) — defenestration. Reese goes into a joint to confront the bad guy or guys (the view sees this from outside) and a few seconds later someone comes flying through the window.

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