I think Rust was right: Martin is in denial, as evidenced by that "unadorned finger" that you mentioned.
I really like the whole premise of the show, and the flash backwards and forwards between 1995 and 2012. How did Rust get to be so bedraggled? What happened to cause him to change so dramatically? And yet...his character really hasn't wavered, has it? He's always been somewhat of a nihilist, and that part of him hasn't changed through the years.
Frankly I like this show a lot more than I thought I would. Of all of the new ones, this one seems to have staying power.
One thought about Adam's nonchalance about the shooting: he truly seems to not be bothered at all about it. That's not normal. Either he's a master of keeping his emotions bottled (doubtful, given his outrage over being questioned again and again about seeing the doc for a debrief) …or….the man is a psychopath. The latter seems more likely. Which, if true, will ensure that he rises through the ranks quickly.
I like what the writers have chosen for Haley's "direction in life". It's been said that you should always play to your strengths: being a stylist suits her character perfectly.
The scene with Jay and Shorty near the end was sweet and believable. All in all a great episode!
The next episode is February 5.
With the caveat that I'm far from being an apologist for the show, I think what she does is what we've seen: her ability to pull disparate pieces of information together to form the information they're struggling to find. She uses white papers, text books, criminal profiles, whatever she can get her hands on, and treats them like puzzle pieces. Reid does very much the same thing, only he isn't limited to geography, but includes truly disparate pieces of information from everywhere.
Your reference to him actually reinforces my admiration for what the writers have done with Bishop. She's both unlike him and like him, being a little more plugged into social convention, with a magnetic brain for detail, respectively.
Let's not forget: Bishop isn't exactly a newbie to work in analysis (witness the white papers she has written). She was pulled from an already well established analyst position at the NSA. There are people in the world who having amazing intellectual abilities, who are scooped by intelligence agencies as soon as they're discovered: she is painted as one of them. I find this aspect of her character completely believable.
Not a problem at all, Jonas. Everyone is entitled to their opinion on these guys. I didn't mean to speak for all when discussion my relief that they're good with each other. Though there was an attempt to level it out by suggesting not everyone would be necessarily happy about how it turned out (one of my questions near the end of the review hinted at it), I likely didn't go far enough. The royal "we" just muddied the waters. : )
Interesting that Johnny Galecki in real life seems to be nothing like his nervous character. Some good acting there.
This show is about as metal as it gets. Root got one ear bone carved out? Man, that's heavy. And yet, despite what would be the normal reaction after overcoming Control - she accedes to the Machine's requirements instead and lets her live. Reese may think he's out, but….the Machine is watching, interfering. I predict he won't have a choice to stay away.
I was really curious about Finch ignoring the Machine's phone calls at the start of the episode. I'd really like to know more about that. We can guess that the toll of the work he and Reese and company have been doing has finally reached the point where he no longer wants to play the game. It could be that his mindset is a mirror of Reese's, in that it doesn't matter how many people they save, there's always going to be someone who falls (flashback to Jocelyn). I hope they explore his behaviour.
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