The shower scene was included in this week's "Previously On ..." recap. This usually signals something important that is going to be followed up in the episode.
"if you're in the trunk of a car, try to kick out the tail lights. While that didn't work out for Meg, it was still a great idea. Had she not been bound, she could have waved through the hole to any cars traveling behind." All recent model cars (I do not know for how long this is but I think it is at least 5-10 years) have a pull tab that will unlock the truck. It is often made of a plastic that glows so it can be seen in the closed/dark trunk. The above tail light advice applies to real life but ignores the safety tab's existence. As to the show, I have the impression that her hands were bound in front not behind her so she could have pulled it to pop the truck open unless the car was old enough to not come with one or the perp had removed it (which I would expect him to have done to be honest). I have the impression that its existence played a part in some other crime show episode where it allowed a victim to pop the lid and escape when the car was stopped.
I like how they hedged their bets by giving an ending that could serve as a Season Finale OR (If ABC screwed them by not ordering a Season 2) a Series Finale.
"We need to know if Jo accepted his story with as much grace as Abigail did once upon a time or if she's going to shut him out and that will be the main storyline for Forever Season 2." There is one MAJOR difference between Jo and Abigail. While Abigail saw him vanish in her arms, Jo was not there when he died (only later finding the watch and photo). IOW: Abigail had proof while Jo did not.
"Nice trick Sonja Percy pulled with the GPS chip. It was awfully lucky that the thing was compatible with Baitfish's phone." That was not a GPS Chip but a SIM Card. If you rewatch the episode, they SAY the SIM Card was missing so they could not track the phone. Once placed in Baitfish's phone (and the phone turned on) they could track his phone.
I like how they hedged their bets by having the episode end in a way that can serve as a Series Finale if ABC screws them by not green lighting a 2d season. While I want a 2nd season, I do not feel cheated if it does not happen.
The episode just aired and I am amazed at how close my comments predicted what the events of the episode showed.
I am a long time Science Fiction reader and based on some old stories about self aware computers, there is a solution to the "Where is the Machine?" issue. Up until now both machines are being treated as programs running on certain machines - Find the hardware and you find the program. In the stories I read, the program moved around and thus was not bound to a specific machine. One solution could be for the Machine to place inactive backups in other computers which would wake up if the current copy goes offline (ie: If the current machine is located/captured). Remember that it was online while it was being moved/relocated. Thus it has been shown to have the ability to work while not all of its hardware is connected. Another solution is for it to be running on computers in different locations which talk to each other. This is current technology for 24/7/365.25 networks so the Machine could do it.
While there were names on the list that he wanted revenge against or were there to lead to those who he wanted revenge against, I think he is being more subtile. He has names that he is offering up as a diversion to hide those he cares about. That makes it harder to tell why they are on the list beyond all being criminals.
Also addressed in this episode, aside from Ghost Brides, was the fact that Money with Serial Numbers containing the number 4 is unlucky as well as the supposed practice of the Treasury doing special runs of 4-less bills for sale.
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