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With each episode in the season The Machine begins to act a little more like its old self. In “QSO” it sends Root (Amy Acker) on a few seemingly unrelated tasks before making her a producer of a conspiracy radio talk show whose on-air talent has become a threat to Samaritan after uncovering a coded radio signal the artificial intelligence uses to instruct its operatives. Failing to understand how unbelievable the truth will sound on a show dealing with UFO stories and countless government conspiracies, Samaritan marks the man for death.

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“A More Perfect Union” balances three stories. The number of the week sends Reese (Jim Caviezel), Finch (Michael Emerson), and eventually Root (Amy Acker) all to a high-end wedding where a member of the wedding party (although not the one they initially suspect is in danger). While given the most time of all three storylines, it’s actually the one which has the least impact on the season’s arc (although the final melancholy shot of three of them at the wedding reception certainly fits the tone of the show’s final season). As expected, Fusco (Kevin Chapman) continuing to investigate the series of missing people (all of them Samaritan victims) eventually leads the detective into grave danger as the computer’s agents cover up their tracks. Has another agent of The Machine met their end? I’m not betting on it just yet.

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Whereas the previous episode was dominated by the long-awaited return of Shaw (Sarah Shahi), what “ShotSeeker” lacks strong central narrative it makes up for by juggling several disparate, but all very intriguing, elements. Finch (Michael Emerson) begins some disheartening experiments pitting scaled-down versions of The Machine and Samaritan against each other. Bruce Moran (James Le Gros) returns looking for answers about Elias‘ (Enrico Colantoni) death. A curious Fusco (Kevin Chapman) continues to poke around issues that threaten to make him an enemy of Samaritan. An analyst with keen ear gets on the wrong side of Samaritan when he brings Reese‘s (Jim Caviezel) attention to a murder the A.I. has done its best to hide. And, for the second episode in a row, a fan-favorite character returns from the dead.

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Although there is a late twist in the episode you’re likely to see coming well before the reveal that explains both the title and what Shaw (Sarah Shahi) has been up to in the months since she was abducted by Samaritan operatives, “6,741” delivers an emotionally powerful episode as a damaged Shaw escapes Samaritan’s clutches. But, after months of psychological torture and a nasty new brain implant, can she be trusted or could Shaw be the Trojan Horse which Samaritan needs to destroy The Machine once and for all?

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With The Machine now running properly again the latest number (Stephen Plunkett) hits close to home for Reese (Jim Caviezel) when his former CIA boss (Keith David) abducts the man for stealing classified government documents. Risking revealing to the CIA that John Reese is still alive, our hero is able to save the number but in doing so not only alerts his old boss to his whereabouts but also learns the number’s current actions were all caused by one of his old missions for the CIA (shown in flashbacks).

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The Machine may have been saved but it will take Finch (Michael Emerson) and his team the better part of an episode to work the kinks out of the system. “SNAFU” opens with a humorous scene involving The Machine’s inability to correctly identify people through its facial recognition software (allowing the actors to step in each other’s roles for a brief moment). Meanwhile, Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) spend the episode chasing down numbers who aren’t actually in any danger. The real trouble, however, comes when Harold’s A.I. decides to classify Finch, Reese, and Root (Amy Acker) all as dangerous threats.

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After an entire year off the air, Person of Interest finally returns for its final season. Picking up events on the same night immediately following the events of the Fourth Season’s finale, “B.S.O.D.” gives us Reese (Jim Caviezel), Finch (Michael Emerson), and Root (Amy Acker) all on the run from a city now completely controlled by Samaritan operatives. Although the spend little time together on-screen in the season premiere, it will take the efforts of all three members of the team to save what is left of The Machine and offer it a chance at rebirth.

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person-of-interest-season-4-blu-rayPerson of Interest‘s Fourth Season is a rough one for the operatives of The Machine. Spending all season in hiding and on the run from Samaritan and the new A.I.’s operatives Reese (Jim Caviezel), Finch (Michael Emerson), Root (Amy Acker), and Shaw (Sarah Shahi) will continue to fight the good fight.

Highlights of the season include the return of Elias (Enrico Colantoni) and super-fixer Zoe Morgan (Paige Turco), the introduction of Samaritan’s own Root, Fusco (Kevin Chapman) getting a few pointers on how to pick-up women, more flashbacks to Finch’s early troubles with The Machine, the introductions of new recurring characters such as the Brotherhood, Officer Danni Silva, and Harper, an entire episode from Control‘s (Camryn Manheim) point-of-view, the war between the computers, the desperate season finale, and the unforgettable fan favorite mid-season episode which delivered all fans of Shaw and Root could hope for… before ripping it all away.

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With Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) held hostage by the Brotherhood it falls to Finch (Michael Emerson) and Root (Amy Acker) to save The Machine from Samaritan who is slowly closing in on the only other artificial intelligence in the world. The episode’s other lingering storyline concludes Control (Camryn Manheim) search into what Decima Technologies‘ machine is really after leading her to uncover a terrorist plot which Samaritan is not only hiding from the government but arranging in order to eliminate dangerous elements that threaten its version of a perfect world.

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Pushing forward to what looks like it could be the show’s bleakest season finale yet “Asylum” offers three stories, each of which end badly for our heroes. Given the numbers of both Elias (Enrico Colantoni) and Dominic (Winston Duke), Reese (Jim Caviezel) attempts once again to stop a gang war from fully erupting only to find himself captured along with Elias and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) by the Brotherhood. Control (Camryn Manheim) gets her own subplot as, after finally realizing the truth about Samaritan, continues to root out the computer’s spies within her organization only to learn what Samaritan has planned. And after receiving a phone call confirming Shaw (Sarah Shahi) is still alive and a captive of Decima Technologies, Root (Amy Acker) and Finch (Michael Emerson) walk into a trap forcing The Machine into an impossible choice.

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