“Person of Interest” gave its new enemy organization a name in the Season 3 episode “Mors Praematura.” After first introducing the group in episode 2, “Nothing to Hide,” Vigilance stayed under the radar until they popped up once again in this season’s sixth episode.
That’s exactly what Sarah Shahi teased would be the case when Zap2it spoke with her before the Season 3 premiere. She said that Vigilance — then unnamed — would flit through this season as Finch and Reese try to discover their end game. The face of the organization, Peter Collier, seems to have a very clear agenda, though, as Vigilance is all about bringing privacy back to the people and keeping it away from the government.
“Mors Praematura” introduced another member of Vigilance: Jason Greenfield. Though he’s likely a one-off character, his introduction was an interesting look into the way Vigilance works. It’s clear the Machine views this group as an enemy organization, as it managed to unwittingly bring Finch and Reese together with Root and Shaw to not only save Greenfield but foil Vigilance’s plan.
Collier got away once again, but hopefully this second run in will force Finch to dig into Vigilance a bit more than he did in the past. It’s likely not a group that will lay low for long, and Collier now clearly knows Finch and Reese are threats. And now that Root knows about Vigilance, it will be interesting to see whether she begins to question why it’s around instead of blindly following the Machine’s commands like she’s been doing.
One big question left at the end of this episode is whether or not Finch holding Root captive is part of the Machine’s plans. She certainly thinks it isn’t, and it’s unclear if he’s just messing with her or if he knows something the rest of us don’t by saying this could be what the Machine wants. Hopefully Shaw shares with Finch what Root told her about her relationship to the Machine, and that forces him to reevaluate his own relationship with it and see if he can use it for other good purposes.
“Person of Interest” airs Tuesdays on CBS at 10 p.m. ET. What did you think of the developments in “Mors Praematura”?