- In an episode filled with evil technology, a reference to Bad Robot Productions feels about right. Kruger steps into the elevator on floor number 47, which is a nod to Alias.
- The elevator scene also brings back memories from the opening scene of the Fringe episode Power Hungry, in which case-of-the-week character Joseph Meegar unintentionally crashes an elevator.
- Parallels between the Machine and Kruger’s company ”Lifetrace” are quite obvious and mostly pointed out by the characters themselves already. The reason Sommers decided to go after Kruger was because Kruger’s company had the information to save Sommers’ daughter, but ”didn’t do anything”. Instead, the information was released to the public. It’s the opposite of what Team Machine does: they use the information they receive to save a person’s life.
- Peter Collier’s organization has different intentions: their goal is to restore personal privacy and take revenge on those who take privacy for granted. When Collier was telling Kruger about the importance of privacy, he obviously didn’t know the message was being recorded by Reese! It will be interesting to see if Collier’s organization will ever learn the truth about the Machine, and how they would respond to it. Definitely something to keep an eye on!
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING
- We can add Peter Collier and his large organization to the growing list of possibly recurring villains. So far, we’ve had hints of reappearances for three other characters: First, there’s Alistair Wesley (Critical), who could be considered Reese’s resourceful counterpart. The last time we saw him, he promised to meet Reese again at a later point in time. Then there’s Logan Pierce, the billionaire genius who was labeled a threat to the Admin by the Machine after a failed attempt to track Finch. Last but not least, there’s the mysterious ”Ma’am”: the faceless leader of Control.
- Besides these four characters, Team Machine still has to worry about Carl Elias, Root, Alonzo Quinn (HR) and Hersh. Eliminated threats are Alicia Corwin, Nicholas Donnelly, Kara Stanton and Mark Snow. It’s not yet clear whether we’ll see Greer (Decima) again after his failed attempt to control the Machine, although he did mention looking forward to meeting Finch.
TROPES OF INTEREST
- No shot kneecaps this week, but we do get another sweet car crash to add to the list!
- Sommers: ”Who are you?” Reese: ”Someone who knows what this is about.”
- Kruger: ”And you are?” Reese: ”Right now, your only option.”
OBSERVATIONS OF INTEREST
- Mike Laskey calls Carter ”Ma’am”. The last time we heard someone call someone ”Ma’am”, they were speaking to a mystery woman in a car. Hmm.
- Was it a coincidence that Laskey appeared behind Carter just as Fusco mentioned ”too many prying eyes”?
- It sure is interesting that Laskey made his first appearance after Quinn called his corrupt friends about their Carter problem!
- For the first time since the Machine’s malfunction, a Person Of Interest is killed. This has happened a few times before (not counting the Decima virus days) in Number Crunch, Flesh and Blood, Triggerman, Prisoner’s Dilemma and Relevance. In Foe and Dead Reckoning, the deceased POI’s were the perpetrators.