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Is Shaw dead, or is she just “MIA”? Reese and Root hope she’s still alive as they follow the clues and take in some of the sights of Maple, NY and its town fair. (Talk about a couple of fish out of water.) But underneath the surface of a care-free town lies a puppet master, probing humanity to try to understand it.
In “Control-Alt-Delete”, Control finds out she’s not really in control;Samaritan is. And when Samaritan is done with you, he frames you as a terrorist and gets the ISA agents to take you out. Not the kind of boss you want to work for.
And when Team Machine has Control under their control, they play a game of “Bad Cop, Bad Cop”. That is, until Harold steps in and gives her a peek behind the Samaritan curtain. Will she open her eyes?
The Machine has to rescue its “acolytes” (as Greer put it) from a Samaritan trap. And it has to choose between hundreds of thousands of potential scenarios in its head; hence the episode title “If-Then-Else.” That, a truly stunning development for our heroes, and a 2003 game of chess with Mr. Finch is part of this second installment of a POI trilogy. Makes me worry for part three.
This episode, “The Cold War”, is the first of a 3-part trilogy, and in it we see the two machines size each other up and show what they can do. A prelude to, perhaps, a “hot war” to come, and a parallel, perhaps, to Elias and Dominic. Samaritan shows what it can do to get the trains to (literally) run on time, and what it can do to send the city into chaos.
And a little child shall speak for it.
Carl Elias is “The Devil You Know”, but Dominic and the Brotherhood manage to get him right where they want him. However, as Elias often points out, he has more than one way out of everything. And in the meantime, Dominic gets closer to uncovering “the game within the game”; how Team Machine has been helping Elias, and discovering who they are.
In “Point of Origin”, Reese thinks he’s found a mole in the police academy, but she’s really a cop who’s looking for the mole. Mole-ception! Reese’s therapist thinks he has a superhero complex, but as it turns out, he really is a superhero.
And Samaritan puts the pieces together, with some help from Martine, his “Terminator”, and bullets start flying around Shaw. Is she the next casualty on Team Machine?
In “Honor Among Thieves”, it takes a thief to catch a thief, but this week it takes one to protect one, from Samaritan. Meanwhile, Samaritan’s plot to put spy tablets in the hands of every school child is stopped by Harold and Root (playing a blonde version of Mary Poppins (sort of (and Root’s playing it, not Harold))).
Walter Dang is a mild-mannered insurance salesman by day. But when duty calls, he becomes Detective Jack Forge, a makeshift “Man in the Suit”. He is one of the “Pretenders” along with John Reese/Reilly and Harold Finch/Whistler. But you don’t pretend around the two biggest crime bosses in New York City; in fact, you might just enlist their help.
Simon Lee, the ‘prophet’ in “Prophets”, may see his profits plummet after someone manipulates both the votes and the candidates to get a governor friendly to his cause into office. And some back story of the Machine from 2001 gives us cause for suspicion for 2014.
“Brotherhood”, the gang and the relationship, both play big parts as Team Machine saves a couple of kids trying to escape the foster system, while inadvertently running into the top dog in the gang (and his mole).