The machine is busted. Fusco is AWOL. An obvious HR plant lurks and sets Carter up for a fall. Reese is sardonic. Carter is silently incandescent. Shaw used to work for Northern Lights; the government group that deals with numbers. Root quits her job at Northern Lights. Reese looks around a weird company. Stuff blows up. The machine reaches out. Reese uses Carter’s first name in jarring fashion. The machine is about to do a hard reset. Decima stake out every pay phone. Finch has incalculable plans. Dot matrix printers print. Finch misdirects and knew the machine was an AI all along. Reese learns about Finch’s secrets. Decima want Finch.
Flashbacks to 2010 show Nathan brooding and Harold proposing to Grace. Harold and his endless Kevin Spacey impersonation grates. Nathan set up the library and was protecting people. While Harold was a jerk who didn’t want to know. This was okay.
“Any suspects or angry family members?”
“What about your loyal protector?”
“Hiding in the IT department of your own company.”
“No more lies.”
“You put a bug on your friend?”
“When I care about someone, I plant a tracking device on them.”
The machine chats to Reese and Root. Fusco is still AWOL. Root is smug. The machine sees Shaw as Team Machine. There is causal cruelty as Reese finds out more of Finch’s glacial sprawling secrets. This miserable farce of an ep was kind of a disaster as it was frustratingly perfunctory and had no brio. Reese the lump of boob-meat grunts. Finch and his social experiments bore. Root is demeaning and not fabulously effervescent not matter what TPTB think. There is no devastatingly witty repartee. Elias the rubbish gangster does not die. Finch plays Root. More HR nastiness goes on. Where is the machine? The heavy looms working for a new unknown boss. Root ends up in a nuthouse.
Flashbacks show the government killed anyone connected with the machine. Finch was pompous, unlovely and smug. There is no emotional impact as Nathan’s murder and the cause of Harold’s injuries are revealed. Grace experiences social asphyxiation as she thinks Harold died in the ferry bombing. Harold stops being petty and bitter. This was mediocre. Still I'll be there for season 3.
“Your recovering dirtbag partner.”
“Sit here and take it.”
The irrational and unreasonable perpetrating of stupidity goes on. Clarke pouts. The gang of tools led by Bellamy build a wall. Wells is dead. There is a near lynching of the suspect in ‘Mad Max’ attire until Charlotte admits to the murder. Bellamy is a bell-end. Finn and Claire run with Charlotte and hide out in a fallout shelter. Murphy the ‘Mad Max’ wannbe who has recovered from his beating and near lynching very fast chases Charlotte in a furry of bad acting and roaring. There is more death. Meanwhile Raven finishes the pod but is it viable? Kane’s mother runs a church to which Kane still seems to have some allegiance. There are bad decisions all round and this was crap.
“I mean bad dead.”
“You’re the one who got in a knife fight with him!”