Thursday, May 7, 2015

Person of Interest - YHWH

With Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) held hostage by the Brotherhood it falls to Finch (Michael Emerson) and Root (Amy Acker) to save The Machine from Samaritan who is slowly closing in on the only other artificial intelligence in the world. The episode's other lingering storyline concludes Control (Camryn Manheim) search into what Decima Technologies' machine is really after leading her to uncover a terrorist plot which Samaritan is not only hiding from the government but arranging in order to eliminate dangerous elements that threaten its version of a perfect world.

Before the dust clears more supporting characters will meet their untimely ends, Samaritan will declare victory over The Machine, and Reese, Finch, and Root will make one last valant stand against Samaritan's warriors to keep their artificial intelligence from being destroyed. Although not as emotional as Shaw's (Sarah Shahi) death, seeing The Machine talk directly to its father for the first time certainly packs a punch as the episode, and season, come to an end with the last-ditch effort to save The Machine successful going into a very unsure world controlled exclusively by Samaritan next year.

The choice to wipe the board of so many chess pieces in the finale is unexpected (although Elias' is somewhat ambiguous). The twist of what Samaritan was really playing out was well-handled, although you could certainly poke holes in it realizing Control could just as easily called in a state of emergency to hold off what she believed was the bombing of the New York Supreme Court (thus destroying the A.I.'s little game). What we do know going forward is the heroes and The Machine (in a much more limited form) survive Samaritan's purge but without Root's god, now hobbled and disconnected from the world, looking out for them next season how long can they last on their own?

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