They introduced "blue box" characters in this episode, Shaw and her unfortunate partner Cole. I'm guessing that their blue indicator has to do with the fact that they are assets tasked with the Machine's primary function - handling the relevant list - while still remaining ignorant of the Machine's nature. If they ever found out, presumably they would be reassigned a yellow box, as NSA analyst Henry Peck was when Harold revealed the truth to him at the end of episode 1.22. Harold gave Shaw a huge clue when he said during their first meeting that "Research" didn't exist. Will she, like Peck did, continue to dig into this? I think it entirely likely.
Fusco's a lot more competent than John gives him credit for being! Remember Matsya Nyaya in season 1, where he killed the HR captain who was about to kill Reese, and framed him for everything? I like Fusco more and more every time I see him.
My question about Beecher is this: why is he (apparently) being investigated? Is this investigation connected to HR in any way? Remember, Beecher's godfather is the head of HR!
I think the flashbacks were actually very important. Up until this point, it's been implied that the Machine might have eliminated Nathan Ingram since he was a potential threat. This episode, we see that the "irrelevant" numbers were initially directed to Nathan as the "Aux-Admin" - making it very probable that he got himself killed trying to help the irrelevants.
Here's a good question: what if Finch's number came up? And it was that threat that resulted in his traumatic injury and Nathan's death? And, thus, ultimately precipitating Finch's decision to take on Nathan's task of protecting irrelevants and finding someone properly equipped to do the legwork?
From the moment they introduced the DEA agent, I figured there was a better than 50% chance he was dirty. I'm just saying, I've watched way too many episodes of CSI and Law & Order.
Though, is it sad I just couldn't get enough of Rhys's accent? (I know, I know, I'm a pathetic stereotypical American girl!) I do agree with you, Ms. Brooks, that he wasn't exactly helping Sherlock's sobriety efforts, and it made me want to smack him around. Then again, the cocaine really is the only way he knows how to "help" Sherlock. Maybe this experience will teach him something!
@Ilk_vomit - Obviously, the boys need a Garage of Solitude, too! ;-)
I wonder if we'll ever find out what made the Men of Letters who operated the secret bunker/lair to flee so quickly? And why would they leave the place that's supposedly completely safe? Also, it's nice to know that the lair not only has mysteriously-sourced water and power, but WiFi as well! Handy, that.
I really did want to slap Detective Lance. Not only is he a jerk, he's a hypocrite, too! The guy who hates vigilantes so much turns around and acts like a vigilante himself. I really do like Paul Blackthorne, but he's getting such a unfortunate character to play!
It's worth noting that had Malcolm's voice not been altered so he sounded like a Goa'uld, there's a very good possibility that Ollie would have recognized it, which would have really short-circuited a lot of drama and suspense and whatnot. On the same note, why did no one ask, even once, who it was Moira was meeting with?
Interestingly, this isn't the first time our friends at NCIS have pretended to fly someone to Gitmo. They pulled a similar stunt in a much earlier episode, though they only got as far as the plane, if I recall correctly.
When they started talking "old school" tactics, I thought of the Mission: Impossible series, where the IMF did exactly this sort of elaborate deception on occasion. Classic! Jim Phelps would be so proud.
Definitely worth mentioning is the enormous smile on Reese's face when Bear greets him upon his return to the library. He has a fantastic smile, and we hardly get to see it!
@Mrs. alex o'loughlin- When asking the question "Is Harold Finch bad?", be sure to also ask the question "Is the source of information reliable?". Do you really trust a shadowy creepy dude with an unknown agenda to necessarily tell the truth? For all we know, the guy could have given Finch's name to Kara in order to set her to hunt him down, and *he* sold the laptop to the Chinese himself.
We are also left with the question as to the man's identity. There were only eight people (counting Finch) who knew of the existence of the Machine. Is this man one of the eight, or did he find out later? Whoever he is, I definitely don't trust a word he says.
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