Every Specialist Male/Cop Female show goes through the same pattern. Yes, they are not just formulaic in design and concept, but in execution. Here, we have the standards sidelining-of-the-hero-so-they-can-show-they-need-the-hero episode. I need to think of a catchy short form for that. Ahh, I’ll call it... episode #2.
So, instead of putting Finch in the field and using his vast, vast brain as a resource, they decide to put him in a room to learn a language thousands of people in the US know. Tens of thousands. More. This makes no sense. If you’re going to put him in a room, give him something substantial to do.
Why do these episodes? Well, the mentality behind it is that it allows the other characters, the cop’s partners, boss and ancillary players, to have a moment BEFORE the expert comes into play. Unfortunately, all this shows is that they are kinda terrible at their jobs.
For example, one of the plot points was identifying that the “target” was a regular at a coffee shop. This was a revelation presented by Finch, the expert. Do you think you could have come up with the same possibility hours before? Do you, with no criminal investigative training or super drug, would have suspected that if three of the victims were linked to the coffee shop that the fourth would-be victim would be also linked? Am I being arrogant to think that I would have suggested this as a possibility earlier than these supposedly smart people? Am I asking too many questions? How is this a major revelation?
I do, however, have a question which is not a leading-I-know-the-answer questions; is it true about Genghis Khan’s gene can only be passed through men? A woman would never have it, even in a regressive form? I’m no scientist, but that sounded kinda off to me.
I mention it because it is good to use more scienfitically minded stuff. The movie Interstellar, for example, used lots of great real science when telling its’ tale, for which it got some blow back. Some people didn’t understand what they were talking about. To them I say, read a fucking book. Perhaps one by Kip Thorne.
Here, however, Network TV doesn’t have the greatest track record at using “real” science. The CSI-clones were/are well known for leaving their science advisers in craft services while they do whatever the fuck they want. So, while the Khan gene might be correct, they don’t have the standing to make claims which sound outlandish without being able to back them up.
This feeds into what Finch can and can’t do. In the episode alone, he learnt at least one other language, fixed computers, used economic, art, and psychological theory in real world situations. His skill set is growing and at some point they are going to hit a story in which he already has the skills he needed.
In the finale, Finch was going to tell his Dad about what’s going on with Morra and the NZT and everything when the sassy nurse (Bradly Cooper’s proxy) shows up and spoils the discussion. But, she then leaves. Why can’t Finch tell his Dad then? There’s actually no reason why not. Can’t his Dad keep the secret too? Also, this scene is forced by a reversal from the first episode in which the Dad is the only person supporting Finch. Sure, we’re going through the first four, so reversals and Lysenko’ing is going to happen, but this is a little dramatic.
Apparently, Cooper’s Senator Morra’s a villain in this show, but I’m not getting villain from the actions. I’m getting controlling, sure. But, not so much villain. As for the whole computer thing... isn’t that a massive tell? Also, how is it done? A virus on every computer which causes a shut down? Does this only effect computers Finch is at or will it effect all computers? If he went to an internet cafe, would the cafe shut down? This is one of those events/powers that writers like to use, but haven’t considered the far reaching ramifications or effects.
A standard second episode to a standard formulaic show. Even the killer was a killer-by-casting. Not good. Not good at all.