CBS has been doing some interesting scheduling of late.
I’m not sure why this episode was run this week instead of last, but….
When we left our dream team, they were dealing with the ramifications of Shaw’s cover being blown and how it’s affecting our team.
Shaw is not happy but (eventually) agrees with the necessity and ably proves that they can’t hold her.
Meanwhile, Samaritan is flexing it’s powers because it wants the Machine’s attention.
First, it tries to help our team but it’s solution to the current number’s abusive husband is to kill the husband, which our team doesn’t approve of.
Then, it helps out the police by giving by tipping them off to criminals.
In short, it turns NYC almost into a crime free utopia.
But when the Machine refuses to do a sit down with Samaritan, it goes the other way and shows how bad it can make things by tipping off criminals and leaking sensitive information, requiring our team to run themselves ragged protecting innocents (and without Shaw in the field).
In this, we again see how little regard Samaritan has for human life.
When the Machine agrees to the sit-down, we get to see one of the better written scenes of the series so far.
I had thought that Claire, the hacker that Samaritan recruited, would be it’s analog interface.
But using a child makes sense because Samaritan really is a child.
It didn’t like how the Machine was refusing to speak to it, so it kicked over the board.
It bragged about how it was better than the Machine and how it would win in the end.
And while both “Gods” acknowledged how they needed humans, I suspect Samaritan would rather we serve it like Vaal.
Then, in what appears to be a tantrum, Samaritan decides to hit us where it hurts by crashing the Stock Market.
We also saw some backstory on Greer (who has essentially spoiled Samaritan instead of enforcing a moral code) as an MI 6 agent who was betrayed by his double agent boss.
So it’s somewhat understandable as to why he thinks that Samaritan running every thing is a great idea.
But with all the chaos going on, Shaw can’t sit back idly anymore and goes out to help our Team, putting herself in Martine’s crosshairs eventually.
A fascinating kickoff for this episode trilogy.
Also, Root in the bear suit.