I just had some thoughts that I’ve been planning to put into words since “Provenance”, but never had the time to do before now.
I realized that there are two things the show handles really well, and have done since the beginning, which makes me feel like they connect to the viewer, instead of talking down to us like most shows do.
1. How they handle homosexuality
Ever since season 1 and “Baby Blue”, where Leila’s biological brother turns out to be gay, they have handled the subject of homosexuality very matter-of-factedly. We see this again with the doctor and her wife in “Critical”. Not once during the episode was there made a comment about the number being gay, or in a same-sex marriage, The words “gay”, “homo” “homosexual” or “same-sex” was not even mentioned. They were just married, and that’s it. In “Provenance” Reese goes as Finch’s plus one, even if they could just as easy have arranged for Shaw to go as Finch’s plus one, or Reese as Shaw’s plus one, or vice versa and so on. Endless possibilities with 3 people. It was also refreshing to see Reese being nervous of being seen as not good enough for Mr. Wren. He never reacted to being presented as gay at all. I like how the show presents homosexuality as a not-issue. They don’t comment on it either way, it just is. They don’t even try to force on the viewer an impression of how okay they are with it as some shows do.
Person of Interest just don’t to that thing where they go “look at this gay couple. We have gays in our show, we are so incredible accepting of gays”. By not adressing the matter, they are not making an issue of it, and that’s the best way of normalising same-sex relationships to the avarage viewer that I have seen in a long, long time.
2. How they handle Tall, Dark and Handsome
Never have they tried to pretend that Reese isn’t handsome, and ridiculously so. One of my favourite aspects about the show is how it has such a normal looking cast/characters. Both the main cast and the numbers are all over the scale, but Reese stands out being classically attractive. He is the prototype Tall, Dark and Handsome, and they all know it. Even him. I hate those shows that have an all pretty cast and then they try to pretend that they are all avarage looking. It feels patronizing and like they try to hide the elephant in the room. In real life, if you’re an above avarage attractive person, you know it, simply because people around you will never let you forget it.
However, at the same time, they don’t draw too much attention to the fact. The scale could easily have tipped the other way, but so far they have managed a nice balance. Reese cleans up nice, and so does the rest of them. And Reese, while he might use his looks to his advantage, never gets full of himself. As mentioned earlier he was afraid of not looking good enough for Finch.
Matt’s eyes are so beautiful, I would never trade them for book!Alec’s blue ones & I’m so happy they didn’t make him wear contacts. And his shirt brings out this gorgeous greenish shade even more. So wonderful, so pure, so precious.