Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person: one that we reveal to the world and another we keep hidden inside, a duality governed by the balance of light and darkness.
POI‘s fifth and final season return on
Tuesday, May 3 at 10/9c with the episode “B.S.O.D.,” in which Reese and Finch (played by Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson) attempt to rescue The Machine’s source code before it deteriorates beyond repair, while Root (Amy Acker) fights for her life against an onslaught of Samaritan agents and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) is faced with hard questions following the deaths of Dominic and Elias.[x]
The twice-weekly farewell run continues Monday, May 9 at 10 pm with “SNAFU,” where a glitchy Machine swamps Reese and Fusco with the numbers of dozens of people not actually involved in crimes, while also locking Finch and Root out after identifying them as threats. [x]
Waaaaaay back in season one I predicted that if Carter ever found out about the Machine, she would try to take it down. She had a law degree; Carter would know exactly how illegal and unethical the Machine’s existence is. (Or maybe that’s me conflating my own feelings with how I would want Carter to react.)
But instead we had a season three last-minute revelation that she had figured out its existence, and she didn’t seem perturbed or angry about it. And I think that fits her just as well by then, because we saw her put people above moral judgment multiple times. That’s a very human quality; we all have our sliding scales of justice. But Carter started at one point and ended at a very different place. And that new place allowed for the Machine to exist for a greater cause, even though the Machine itself crosses so many boundaries.
The biggest moment demonstrating that evolution was, in my opinion, when Carter reburied Stills’ body to save Fusco. Because even though he didn’t kill Stills, he was absolutely guilty of murders, plural. (The show pulled its punches on showing that, dammit, but we have his words to back that up.) And Carter chose to save Fusco anyway.