Advertisements It is with a sense of sadness that I approach the final episode of this wonderful, thoughtful series. Part of me wanted to put it off but the other part wanted to see what happened. We open on the Ice-9 virus reeking havoc across cyberspace and we hear the same speech that the Machine gave in the Season Premier. We catch up to Harold, seemingly dead tired on the roof of a building, discussing life and death with the Machine. We see Shaw at Roots grave and she realizes that Roots body was stolen. The Machine starts communicating with Shaw and explains that Decima stole Roots body for her cochlear implant to track the Machine and the Team. In the throes of death, Samaritan wants to take out Team Machine and its time to rally the troops. While we flash back to a memory of Harold explaining to Grace abut how his father learned about birds to calm him down, Reese and Fusco are captured by Samaritan duped police who have finally realized that Detective Riley is the Man in the Suit. While being transported to jail, Samaritan paid goons set up to execute Fusco and Reese but they are saved by the timely intervention of Harold and a Thornhill sniper. Our heroes reconvene at the Subway station and Shaw lays out the plan, Reese and Finch will break into the Federal Reserve to destroy Samaritans last backup copy server farm while Shaw and Fusco defend the Machine from the inevitable Decima goons. Finch gets them into the reserve by telling the guard that he has a briefcase nuke. Reese and Finch get to the server farm but Decima goons are hot on their tail and Finch takes a bullet while Reese fends them off. Finch manages to infect the final Samaritan copy but it manages to get one copy out, set to upload to a satellite and out of reach of Team Machine. The solution is for someone to go to a rooftop and use the antenna to upload the last copy of the Machines core code to the satellite but since Samaritan has launched a Cruise missile at that rooftop, it will be a suicide mission for whoever goes there. Harold decides it will be him and locks John in the vault while giving him a very touching goodbye. In the meantime, a Decima squad led by Jeff Blackwell attacks the subway station but Shaw and Fusco manage to escape by blowing a hole in the wall and riding the Machine driven subway car out. Blackwell manages to get on before they get away and nicks Shaw with a shot Fusco knocks him down and captures him. Going through his things, Shaw realizes that Blackwell is the one who killed Root. The Machine orders Shaw and Fusco off of the subway car to save their lives but Blackwell stabs Fusco and manages to escape. Harold is waiting o the rooftop for the satellite to get into range and is talking to the Machine (now visualized by Amy Acker) about life and death and the Machine explains that it learned that everyone dies alone. But if you mean something to someone, if you help someone, or love someone, if even a single person remembers you, then maybe you never really die at all. Finch realizes that something is amiss. Hes on the wrong rooftop because the Machine deliberately sent him there. Reese is on the right rooftop because he had a deal with the Machine that hed take the bullet for his dear friend Harold as his way of paying Harold back for everything. Reese uploads the Machines code and dies while fighting off Decima goons and then the missile hits. (Noooooooooooooooooo! Not Reese!) The Machine battles Samaritan in the satellite and destroys it while it triggers the tape recorder of its speech in the Subway hideout. We then see Jeff Blackwell trying to escape the city but Shaw has tracked him down and kills him in revenge. We catch up with a recovering Fusco and Bear a little while later with Shaw meeting up with him to get Bear. Harold has tracked down Grace and we see a duplicate version of the Machine coming on line (was this Root's enhancement?) and listening the audio recording the Machine made. As Shaw walks down the street with Bear, a pay phone rings and she answers it. A very fitting end to a marvelous and highly underrated series. Everyone had their moment and a touching goodbye scene, even Shaw saying goodbye to Root. I also liked the description of Shaw as a straight line. Im going to miss this show.