Summary: In flashbacks, Reese and Stanton are sent on a mission to retrieve a laptop which contains data about the Machine. They are both given instructions to kill the other by Snow. They discover that the CIA wants them both dead to erase all evidence of the Machine. In the present, Reese works on a POI mission where he investigates a man named Tommy. Tommy robs a grayling truck of over $1 million worth of platinum. Reese investigates but gets caught by Tommy's girlfriend Ashley. Ashley kills Tommy, but Lynch kills Ashley. Lynch was part of the deal to get a cut from the platinum. Lynch sees Reese and threatens to kill him but Fusco shoots Lynch. Reese is freed. Snow finds a lead on Reese and investigates but finds himself captured by Stanton.
The Good: This was another solid episode with plenty of things to enjoy.
The humour presented in the show has gotten better as it has gone on. I thought the opening scene with Carter and Reese was pretty strong and did a good job of showing Reese's sense of humour. The decision to give Reese more of a sense of humour was great as he has become a lot more enjoyable than in those early episodes of the show.
The POI story was pretty fun. I liked Reese's infiltration of the grayling services and his fear of a robbery allowed those scenes to have an appropriate sense of tension. I particularly liked the prank scene as it served to be a strong tease of an action scene. Perhaps more importantly, I thought the actual robbery scene also delivered. The explosion that derailed the truck was surprising and caught me off guard. The chaos of the ensuing scene was conveyed really well with a clever use of sound and cinematography which helped put us in Reese's disoriented state as he tried to save Tommy's life. I thought it was a very clever way to make us understand that Reese's usual ability had been lowered which left him vulnerable to getting shot.
I thought the climax of the story was strong too. I like the way that Fusco's story combined with Reese's at the end and it led to a lovely moment where Fusco willingly saves Reese's life. It was a great way to show how far their relationship has grown from that first episode. By waiting 20 episodes for this scene, the show was also able to use longevity to their benefit, making it appear that Fusco and Reese have known each other for ages. It makes it much more plausible that the two of them have grown attached to each other over the course of the show. The drama with Ashley and Tommy was solid too and there were some good twists at the end of the story. I feel like a terrible person for laughing at how sudden Ashley's death was when she attempted to run away.
The flashback story was really good too. It was important for us to know how Stanton "died" and to see what led to Snow's claim of Reese killing her. Learning more about what happened, it has become clear that Snow is the real villain here. Evidently he somehow got involved with some shady dealings regarding the Machine, and was willing to sacrifice both Reese and Stanton to keep the Machine hidden. It's a very interesting plot development that increases my overall interest in the show. I also like that this information was given through a story where Reese was put into conflicts regarding him wanting to help Jessica vs him not wanting to murder Stanton.
The ending was fantastic too. The reveal that Stanton is alive feels very important and it provides an exciting ending. I'm very excited to see how she slots into the story and I'm intrigued by what she has planned for Snow.
The Bad: Reese recovered unusually quickly from that gunshot wound. It stands out more since the last time Reese was shot, he was out of action for a while.
The Unknown: What is happening with Jessica? Is whatever this is the event that led to her death?
What is the CIA's involvement with the Machine? Were they doing something illegal with it? Who were the people that got the laptop that had information of the Machine on it? What did they learn?
Why has Stanton captured Snow? What will she do with him? Did she get him solely for vengeance or does she have other plans?
Best Moment: This episode had a lot of strong reveals, but the best one was at the end. Stanton surviving was a great twist and mixes up the story in an interesting way. The end of the season is being set up very strongly.
Character of the Episode: Reese.
Conclusion: This episode delivered good reveals, some solid character drama and a few powerful moments. This was probably the most consistently enjoyable episode of the show so far. I had a good time watching this and I'm starting to get pretty excited for whatever the show has planned for the end of the season.
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