In a way, this episode was the inverse of "Matsya Nyaya", where we examine Reese’s various relationships. This week it was Finch’s turn. We learn that Carter and Fusco really do like him and care for him and that Reese would do almost anything to get him away from the evil (and awesome) Root. The centerpiece of the episode, however, was Finch’s relationship with the Machine.
Yes, Finch seems to have a relationship with a machine. And not in the way normal people do. Yes, I love my phone, but Siri does not spontaneously protect me from getting hit by cars. Bitch. Is the Machine sentient? Finch talks to it like it is; Root certainly believes it to be, but, then again, she’s sort of insane. Is making a sentient device even possible? Looks like we’re in for a more sci-fi season than last.
For his part, Reese is determined to get Finch back, even after realizing that Finch designed the Machine not to save him. The bond between Reese and Finch has become rock solid. Reese was willing to die (and let a mostly innocent man die) in order to save his friend. It really is sweet to see how far these two have come.
Carter and Fusco are also working hard on Finch’s disappearance. It should be noted that the team functions surprisingly well without Finch. They don’t need him back; they want him back. Fusco also seems particularly worried that, without Finch, Reese will go off the rails. Finch has only been gone one episode, and Reese already almost let a man die, so Fusco’s concerns seem reasonable.
I’m thrilled to see Amy Acker again. Who among us isn’t excited when a Whedonite pops up in one of their shows? I was imagining Root as being someone with the nerdiness of Fred (Angel) and the toughness of Peyton (Alias). I seriously underestimated Acker’s acting talent. Root is brilliant, terrifying, and unhinged. In short, she makes for the scariest fan girl ever. She seems to have been nursing her obsession with “Harry” for a while now. Let’s hope Reese finds them sooner rather than later.
I have to admit, as much as I love Amy Acker, the scenes between her and Finch dragged quite a bit. The writers seem to have bogged her down with too many long, grandiose speeches about human nature. Just because she can pull those off, doesn’t mean you should give her three an episode. I know every scene can’t be people running and shooting at each other, but lighten it up a bit, okay?
Bits and Pieces:
The Machine gives its numbers through library books, using the Dewey Decimal system. Oh my God. That is so cool.
Finch spends time training the Machine like you would train a dog. Funny, I thought programming something as complex as the Machine would require years in front of a computer screen. That, however, wouldn’t make for very compelling television.
Why did the Aryan Brotherhood have an Asian guy working for them in the first place? Aren’t those scumbags supposed to hate everyone who isn’t white, blonde, and covered in swastika tattoos?
Ken Leung (Miles from Lost) guest stars in this ep. Unfortunately, he has no direct contact with Finch, depriving the writers of the classic and overused “You remind me of someone I used to work with” joke.
Reese takes the dog, renaming him “Bear.” Apparently Reese really is a dog person. Does this mean our crew is getting a furry sidekick? Please say yes!
“You’re a murderer and a thief.”
“My mom told me to follow my talents.”
Reminds me of that meme. They told me I could become whatever I wanted, so I became a hacking, murdering, psychopathic genius.
“What are you going to be doing?”
“I’m not sure. Math, I think.”
Is it just me or did Reese not look that happy at the prospect of doing (gasp) math?
“Look you seem, well, crazy, but highly capable.”
“See I don’t have many friends. Just the one, in fact.”
“Okay, maybe two.”
I guess poor Carter doesn’t count.
“I’m guessing you don’t speak Dutch.”
Ha ha! Reese has bested you giant white men with his knowledge of random European languages! Tune in next week to see how he foils kidnappers with his cunning use of Hungarian!
“I wasn’t losing. I was just resting.”
And we’ll back you up on that, Reese.
Three out of four Amy Ackers