“I think it’s time for us to have a nice little chat about where you’re hiding that hard drive.” Root smiled encouragingly and prodded the whimpering man on the floor with the toe of her boot.
“I swear I don’t know anything!” Her new friend (She thought his name might be Roger? Or maybe Dennis? Oh well, wasn’t like it mattered anyway) wasn’t quite intimidated enough to spill his guts yet, figuratively speaking, but she figured threatening him with literally spilling his guys might help speed that along.
“My name is Frank.”
“We don’t have time for this, Roger. I’m on a bit of a schedule here, so I’m going to need you to tell me where you stashed that hard drive. This is me asking nicely.” She pulled a taser out of her coat pocket. “And trust me, you don’t want me to ask less nicely.”
“Okay! All I know is…”
A annoying little tune started blaring, cutting him off. Root made a face and fished around in another pocket.
“It’s nine already?” She silenced the alarm on her phone and shoved it back into her pocket. A little more digging around in yet another pocket produced a bundle of zip-ties.
“Okay, Dennis, I know you were about to tell me everything I needed to know, and I really do appreciate that, but we’re going to have to put that on hold for just a second.” She motioned at a nearby pole. “Put your arms around that and I’m going to tie your wrists.”
Her prisoner looked back and forth between her and the door out. Root sighed; she didn’t have time for this right now.
“If you make me take my gun out, then I get to shoot you with it. Those are the rules, Tony.”
He moved over and put his arms around the pole, sitting quietly while she secured his wrists.
“There. Much better. Now, let’s see…” Root fished around through the large pockets in her winter coat. She knew she’d put it somewhere in here.
“Oh, here we go.” She pulled a power bar out of the depths of one pocket and proudly held it up for her prisoner to admire. “I came prepared this time.”
The man whose name was probably Frank watched in utter confusion as she unwrapped the bar and started eating it.
“These things really aren’t that good. I should invest in better flavors.” She tilted her head to one side. “Is there a brand that tastes better?”
Root smiled condescendingly at him. “I wasn’t talking to you.”
Probably-Frank didn’t comment further as she chewed on her snack. Very courteous of him. Maybe she wouldn’t tase him after all. Especially since the Machine had just informed her of an extremely important incoming call.
“Oh, she is? Of course I want to talk to her. Put her through. She can’t be upset. I’m eating right now!” She waited for the Machine to connect the call for her.
“Hey, sweetie. How’s it going over there?” She tapped her taser against her leg, absentmindedly.
“I’m eating right now. I set an alarm and everything.” She was very pleased with the alarm. She could have gotten the Machine to remind her, but having an alarm set on her phone was something she could show Shaw as actual proof.
“It’s a-” She looked at the wrapper. “-chocolate brownie energy bar? It’s not very good, but it’s definitely food.”
She saw a small movement out of the corner of one eye as she listened to Shaw’s response. She rounded on her prisoner, turning her taser on for just long enough to get his attention. He stopped fidgeting with the zip-ties, slumped in defeat, and glared at her.
“Sorry, Sameen. Ralph here was trying to escape. See, I’m in the middle of questioning him, but I still stopped to eat, because I told you I would, and I always keep my promises. To you, anyway.” Promises to anyone other than Shaw and the Machine didn’t count.
“My name is Frank.”
She gave an exasperated sigh and bent over to zap him once, very briefly.
“Stop interrupting, Fred. This is a very important call and you’re being rude.” She hadn’t gotten to talk to Shaw all day. She wasn’t going to let this idiot ruin it.
“I know it’s not a real dinner, but I’m out trying to track down that drive. I can’t carry around a four course meal in my pocket.”
She didn’t see what the problem was. She’d gotten the bar in some yuppie food store so it had to be healthy, right? “Well, once I’m done with George here, I’ll see if I can’t find somewhere still open to get a full meal, okay?”
On the floor, Probably-Frank was still quietly twitching.
“Is She sending you a daily update of my calorie intake?”
Honestly, they both fussed so much. It was kind of sweet.
“Is that gunfire? Did you call me from combat to make sure I’d eaten? That’s so adorable.”
Shaw’s offended response and subsequent termination of the call made her smile, but also made her ache to be back in New York. She only had two days left before she could leave, but it felt like a million years right now. Well, there was nothing she could do about that, so she might as well get on with the mission. She turned back to her new best buddy.
“Sorry about that, Roger, but I made a promise to a lady. Now-” She hunkered down and prodded him in the ribs with one finger. “-I need to get out of here in the next thirty minutes if I’m going to be able to find food with ‘acceptable nutritional value’ tonight. So, let’s talk about this hard drive.”
Not sure if you've already touched upon this, but what are your thoughts on the musical motifs for our beloved team?
I don’t really know much about musical notes and stuff so my thoughts on the POI soundtrack basically boil down to “stupendous amazing brilliance!”.
I dunno if you’ve seen this but the s4 POI dvd extras actually included an almost 20 min video called Music Of Interest that is super informative about the process that Ramin, the showrunners and the writers go through while scoring the episodes:
Some quick thoughts about the music for our show (I’ve included some links):
There is a very noticeable overlap between Finch and TM’s themes and this is something I absolutely adore
SAM’s theme is the literal inverse of TM’s theme! Genius!!
I love every incarnation of Root’s theme –> her original music from Root Cause is so chaotic and dynamic and then has these strands that send a chill down your spine, which is the most Root-ish description of anything ever.
They played a more melancholy version of her original theme in The Day The World Went Away when she died and it still makes me cry whenever I listen to it
Harold and TM’s new badass theme that is prevalent throughout .exe is actually first introduced at the end of the Rules scene in ep 100 and this track is still one of the most deeply disturbing pieces of poi music. It’s really goddamn unsettlingly eerie!
Nolan and Co. have a “chill test” for any new piece of music and I’d say most of our villainous soundtracks pass it with flying colours – Control, Vigilance, The Brotherhood, Elias, SAM+Greer’s themes all have that moment that make you shiver slightly.
Reese and Shaw both usually have more action-y themes to suit their characters, but Til Death Do Us Part from If-Then-Else is one of the best adaptations from action theme –> absolutely heartbreaking theme.
And finally, since it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll get an official release of the POI s5 soundtrack, a huge thank you to everyone who has uploaded clean-ish versions of the s5 OST on youtube!