Advertisements Pretenders isnt a mythology heavy episode. In fact, its lighter than a lot of other episodes but I dont recall the POI writers previously being this meta before. Reeses Man in the suit has often been referred to Batman without a costume and a gun on the Internet (which isnt a big surprise considering Jonathan Nolans involvement) but this time, it was taken further with the introduction of this episodes number, Walter the insurance nebbish. Walters a pretender as is John and the rest of our team are and Walter also affirms their mission by pointing out that crime went up after the man in the suit disappeared. Sure, Walters a fanboy but hes also a window for us into the POI universe and he figures out Detective Rileys secret identity. As it turns out, the Armorer was also a mask. One worn by Dominic to further his agenda to expand his criminal empire. However, it looks like it is also leading to an inevitable collision with not only our Bat team but a woken Elias as well. (Loved Enrico Colantonis performance as well. Dont forget that Elias wore the Charlie mask when we first met him.) I did laugh at Walters (ahem) appreciation for Shaw and at Not my girlfriend. Why Not!? and at Reese and Shaw looking at the gun in awe. Finchs trip to Hong Kong would appear to be mythology related, I had thought that he originally went to Hong Kong to talk to the Machine but it was all revealed to be a solo mission to install a tracker on business owners Beths computer because she has some algorithms that interest Samaritan (and I didnt miss that Greer didnt know what Samaritan wanted them for either). Ive never seen Finch be this ends justify the means before and I find it a little disquieting. The other question is that is Finch doing this on his own or at the request of the Machine?