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Not nearly as good as the penultimate episode of this season, not nearly by far. This was a cross-country goose chase, which, I must admit, was a major reveal for the Machine, but not a surprising one. After two seasons, however, they're still refusing to give us much at all about Finch's background. What they offered in this episode were things we'd already put together (just confirmed now), or so lack-luster for what the build-up promised that it was disappointing (a car bomber, really?). Root picking up the phone at the end wasn't a cliffhanger, it was a blaring announcement that she'll be a key player next season when her character's already had its run. PoI is starting to get away from itself; it will need careful maintenance to continue being the great thing it is this coming season.moreless
Quite a send-off to Season 3
Well, I'm hooked on this show, it's a personal favorite now. Pretty much in line with White Collar and Burn Notice.
Root is going to be an interesting character in the future seasons to come, I suspect that she might even grow from villain to heroine at some point. I know it's pure speculation, but, she's all about being this machine's BFF. So, who knows..
At least we now know why Harold is keeping up the "irrelevant" list, he's making amends for not having worked with Nathan when he had the chance.
It's funny, but this show is almost like Batman, in a way, where the Bruce Wayne character is divided mainly between John and Harold.
Carter helped Elias escape!! Well well, our straight by-the-book detective is starting to see a lot more in the shades of gray now.. But it makes sense seeing how HR basically backed her into a wall.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend kinda thing I guess. I have a feeling there will be some new things in line for this one.
I think that someone will eventually realize that if you have to put up with crime, Elias might as well be in charge. HR and Elias will be at odds, and the irony will be that Elias will probably be the one who will be the 'lesser' bad guy in many situations. Again, ironic. Wonder what the NYPD thinks of this show? :)
Things were actually pretty anti-climatic for Fusco, he got his ass out of the fire thanks for Carter's intervention at digging up Stiles body. That one surprised the crap out of me. In fact, I've been surprised at how little John and Harold did to help Fusco in his predicament.
Heard this Sam Shaw character is gonna be a season 3 regular. I'm kinda partial to this one. But, if the stakes are much higher in season 3, then John is gonna need more actual muscle.
Hope we get more Zoe and Leon in Season 3. Leon brings the comedic effect and Zoe's character has that charisma and directness which plays well against John.
Now, you gotta wonder who the new player is uh? That "woman" who gave the assassination orders?
How's that gonna go..
And more to the point, what will be the next evolution for this machine? I just hope it doesn't get into the realm of
1) android body
2) leaping into other people's minds, or
3) it has taken over the entire internet gig.
More to the point, how will this show actually end? When the machine is dismantled? If/When the machine becomes a threat to the world?
Maybe a merged between Root and the Machine, as Root teaches the machine that people are flawed. Who knows... That's the fun part! :)moreless
Rise of the Machine
This episode is kind of like an enigma wrapped in an enigma. Throughout two seasons the machine has, largely, served Harold. All the while it was becoming more cognizant of itself until Harold's "failsafe" measures circumvented his own administration. The machine has reached total self-realization enabling it to manipulate, seemingly, all threats by using all parties to it's own means. This is brilliant as it is now what the ultimate Ai is supposedly capable of: directing the destiny of itself as well as all it watches. Now, Harold has the big task of resuming the administrator job, but will the machine allow it even as it may still allow him back in the "loop"?
This finale wasn't conventional and is better for it. Being more about wrapping up so many story-lines served faithful viewers while presenting mysterious questions alike. Finally, it serves notice things have morphed as if a quantum shift is in the future for next fall (Carter's character being a prime example). So, no traditional "cliffhanger", but an imminent game changer is afoot. Brilliant as so many are lined up to attempt to control what is now, possibly, impossible to contain as it once was. The end effect is the best: we can hardly wait to see how this proceeds!moreless
"If you're working alone, wear a mask. "
Oh sure--awesome wrap up to OSC/Hersh (for now), Root (for now), and flashback (Nathan, Ordos) plotlines, but the big surprise is when a central character heeds Jonathan Nolan's scripted advice from Bruce Wayne and becomes someone else for HR to fear. Bring on Season 3!
Oh yeah, this little ditty was written by that Nolan guy too. Genius. (Jonah, please cross the WB lot and provide coaching for Arrow's writers who routinely pay homage to you but could use your :)
Zero Day was the Finale; God Mode was the Wrapping Paper
Zero Day had me on the edge of my seat for the hour. God Mode ended the Reese/Jessica storyline, closed out Nathan's storyline, and ripped at the heartstrings when a wounded Finch held back from letting Grace know he survived the bombing. This episode, Michael Emerson wins the "expressive face" award. (Re the bombing, the caution at the beginning of the episode, which sat on screen for double the usual time, worried me. With a half-second 'showing' of the explosion, message received, but not
The episode, which must have been "in the can" for a couple of months, could almost have been a series finale. 'Cause we all know bad things are will keep happening.
Trying to count the 8 people who originally knew about The Machine. Finch, Nathan, Alicia Corwin, Denton Weeks, OSC (Jay O. Sanders character). Of those five, only Finch survives to date. Am I missing someone? Now, add in "Ma'am" addressed by Hersh after he took out OSC. If my count is right, two more as-yet unnamed baddies in the wings to be drawn on by Messrs. Nolan, Plageman, et. al. What fun.
Exquisite writing, faithfully relayed by spot-on casting. What week in September will Season 3 begin?moreless
Need a little more
I h8 writing a review for this, when I just want to make a comment, but ah well; don't take it against me. Loved the show since day one and one of just a few things that bother me is how it's missing that "edge". For example, in this episode, instead of showing Harold hiding from the woman (we already know what happened), why not use the time to show something cool - like the helicopter spooling and taking off / in flight / landing (something, anything, doesn't have to be that in particular). A tiny bit - of a bigger budget - could make the show really awesome (like some of the X Files episodes, for those that were around to watch them back-in-the-day). You get the idea? :-)
Edit: && yes, longladbenny, thank god 4 no cliffhanger!moreless
This one had the best diss ever on tv!!
You just have to love Shaw for the way she does things and for the way she puts Reese in his place. Great writing AND acting. The should definitly keep her on the show for the next season.
Give a guy a shotgun and tell him its to make him feel less inadequate while she drives the Ferrari. AWSOME. your face, John :D
I haven't laught this hard in front of my TV for a VERY long time. That's why I love this show. Somebody should give the writers an Emmy or something. There isn't much out there that can compete with this level of action, suspense, character and comedy all put into one big bowl and shaken up every once in a while.
Story-wise I guess it was inevitable that the machine went all "distributed computing" on us. Also, that makes it sort of impossible to attack physically. Smart move, Machine. So, physically its not like "Data" or "Hal" - but more like Skynet. Although it is not yet clear if its like Skynet morally. I would suspect not, since it seems to "care" about human life. But it clearly is able to defend itself. I wouldn't want to declare war on it.
I wonder what it will do with Root. Can't wait for next season :Dmoreless
An episode of brilliancy creativity
wow, what an episode and i'm glad they didn't leave it on a cliff hanger. All through this episode i was on the edge of my seat with excitement. finally got an answer to what happened to Nathan and why finch's back was damaged giving him the limp and why his fiance thought he was dead. An absolutely brilliant finale. i predict season 3 will be great giving more of a personality to the machine in terms of AI. i'm looking forward to all the future seasons of POI...moreless