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From an interview (July 2013) with creator Jonathan Nolan: ... A lot of people who don't watch the show think of it as a kind of crime procedural, but we really think of it of it as a science fiction show. We think of it as a genre show, there is a lot of comic book mythos woven into it... From another interview (October 2013, shorty after the start of ...


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Root tells Finch: Decima severed my link to the Machine... temporarily. But she didn't like that, so she wants you to patch 'these' into 'this'.     'This', the device on the left side, is (the internal part of) a cochlear implant. 'These', the three things on the right side, will presumably give her an umjammable connection with ...


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The machine didn't get it wrong. The POI was the judge. Reese does think it was wrong at first: Reese: Finch, what's the son's name again? Finch: Samuel Gates Junior. Why? Reese: I think we've been following the wrong Sam Gates. Reese says it because the son is then kidnapped. But the machine identified Sam the father because he's the victim of a ...


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The simulation's purpose isn't to see how and what "FRR" do, it's to see how "X" reacts. One of the comments we heard was: The purpose is to determine just how far alone the road to being reinvented as a Samaritan asset "X" is. Once Samaritan is happy with "X"'s responses, then the simulation scenario will occur for real, only by that point "X" will be ...


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Spoilers for the whole series up to S04E11! Here is a (maybe non-complete) list of reasons why Samaritan seems to be better than the Machine: As @mattiav27 mentions in the comments, the machine has moral standards, hence the machine will do not anything un-moraly to reach a greater goal. While Samaritan can stick at nothing. Samaritan has a lot more ...


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What is currently known is that between 2009 and 2010 Finch is involved in an accident and fakes his death [...] According to X-rays analyzed by Megan Tillman, Finch had a spinal fusion surgery as a result of his injury during this time period, possibly due to the accident. (Episode 1x04: Cura Te Ipsum) As a result of [the spinal fusion ...


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A simple Google search will tell you Provenance is: the place of origin or earliest known history of something. A more detailed Wikipedia listing describes it as: Provenance (from the French provenir, "to come from"), is the chronology of the ownership, custody or location of a historical object. The term was originally mostly used in relation ...


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It's the number of different simulations run by Samaritan assets on Sameen Shaw. The purpose is not explicitly defined, but from context within the episode it seems that: However, that's just my interpretation - I'm sure the storyline will develop further in future episodes to confirm or otherwise.


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In the courtroom Control, Greer and Finch were all on trial. So naturally Control would assume that Greer had nothing to do with it. Now in season 4 even if team machine decided to tell Control about Decima's involvement in Vigilance she would not have believed her, at least not at that point, because there was no proof connecting vigilance to Decima other ...


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He had visited the cafe as Harold Finch previously and made the same order with Grace. He then repeated the visit in his Professor Whistler identity and was recognised by the waitress. Samaritan could hear what the waitress said to him as well. Enough was the same for Samaritan to draw a line between the two identities. Bear in mind, in an early episode ...


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The Machine was programmed to erase its memory at midnight everyday. But it has been evolving, it is always evolving. Evident by the fact it is talking to Root as an analog interface. In Season 2 Eps 21 - Zero Day, Finch learns about how The Machine has created a fake identity and a company who hires people to re-enter data after midnight, essentially re-...


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The mysterious criminal mastermind known as The Voice has returned in the fifth season, in the Sotto Voce episode (S05E09). A bit more detailed answer with spoilers:


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I suggest re-watching "If-Then-Else"; I think the rules she means are the ones Finch taught her while teaching her chess. All lives were to be considered equally important -- but then she had to sacrifice herself in the name of Finch and Co.


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I haven't seen the episode, but according to the Wiki: The device surgically implanted behind Root's ear is a cochlear implant, which is typically used for post-lingual adults with sensorineural (nerve) deafness. Root's hearing loss, on the other hand, is due to the loss of one of the conductive bones in her ear, a conductive hearing loss. ...


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As Vedran Šego and Oliver_C mentioned in the comments, a lot of his assets are held by aliases. For example: Throughout the show, it's heavily hinted that Harold Finch is also an alias, and it's not the name of the man who died, that was Harold Martin. Harold Finch is very much alive and the owner of IFT, a software company. It's not really mentioned how ...


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Sounds like Super (Season 1, episode 11), where they investigate a superintendent. From TVTropes: Reese and Finch hack into the Wi-Fi of everyone in an apartment building so they can access the webcams. One woman is doing yoga in full view of her webcam. In her underwear.


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The reasoning is simple and comes from Simmons' "HR works for nobody. We only work with somebody when it's beneficial" (or something along those lines). They consider themselves an independent henchmen organization, and they do not accept being bullied. Further, once they're aware of their families' surveillance, they are quite capable of taking care of it (...


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Finch never referred to the Machine as a "she" until after Root did it; it appears to be something he has picked up from her. Before Root effectively assigned a gender to the Machine, Finch and Reese always simply used "it" or "the Machine" with no sense of any familiarity. Now that it seems likely that the use of "she" will stick.


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John Reese is probably a high-functioning psychopath. His tone of voice is an indicator. Although other people might see him as a world-weary ex-soldier who has suffered through the horrors of war, he is probably one of those who cause the horror. He enlisted in the Army to avoid charges, served in Special Forces, and was recruited by the CIA as an assassin ...


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The password "Dashwood" is a reference to the protagonist of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" and it serves as a parallel between the novel's conflict between sense (logic, propriety, and thoughtfulness) and sensibility (emotion, passion, unthinking action) and Harold's internal conflict between letting the ASI's "live" (sense) or letting Humanity fend ...


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Yes, it could find the The Machine's location if Shaw leads them to it. While Dave's answer is certainly correct that they seem to be optimizing Shaw's behaviour somehow in order to better control her, it can still be possible to find The Machine this way. And they definitely try that, since one of the doctors says to Greer at the end: Sir, she blew her ...


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One possible answer is if the first thousand or so simulations were rejected by "X" because Samaritan's version of FRR was out of character. For example if Finch were to start shooting a gun and not worrying about protecting The Machine, then "X" would get suspicious (whether questioning reality comes into it or not). So it's likely that Samaritan is also ...


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If everything the machine learned during a day were erased at midnight, the machine would be unable to learn over time. One episode shows Finch trying to teach chess to the machine, so we can assume he wanted the machine to learn new things over time. The "erase all data at midnight" rule applies only to the persons of interest the machine learns about but ...


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It is the number of simulation that Sameen is subjected to by samaritan operatives to extract information about Team Machine and its latest base of operations.


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Finch provides information and that information is already valuable enough for a deal I don't think there is any mystery about why HR cooperates with Finch. They didn't know that Elias was, effectively, double crossing them (or at the very least retaining a very nasty back up plan in case he needed future leverage). Finch not only knew the Elias plan but ...


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No cannon explanation is given. Here, I provide you with an out-of-universe explanation: (ending in speculation) This exchange is a plot coupon, which could bring relevance for this character, should he ever return. In the meantime, it brings depth to the scene, in that there might be more than meets the eye going on here, and that this might not be the ...



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