I don’t get the Machine’s “give me more power Harold” requests post 5x10 when she has the power to change her own code and infiltrate secret government facilities.
I don’t know what the writers were going for with this because there was barely any change re: open and closed system.
As an “open system” anyone can take a peek as to how the Machine operates. I also thought the one thing that would change when the system would be open is that they’d no more about the person they will save or stop. But The Machine still spit out information via social security numbers, and is still not telling whether the person they’re after is a victim or the perpetrator, and when it comes down to it, the Machine can pursue her own agenda while fully following the rules to the letter. (QSO).
As a “closed system” the only thing that changed is that no one else can find out how the Machine was able to reach the conclusions and probabilities the Machine reached.
The Machine still knew, and still had information. But it means, no one can come in and access her code but her. No one can change the Machine but the Machine.
The Machine isn’t crippled by being a closed system. It just means, a more secure system.
It meant the Machine won’t say anything unless the Machine wants to say something.
It’s annoying the heck out of me during rewatch because the Machine isn’t limited.
The human agents are, because the human agents won’t be able to access the info at will. They won’t be able to use the Machine like an overpowered “Ok Google”/Siri/Cortana.
(That’s still debatable too. Since Root and John can frequently get the Machine to do what they want just by virtue of being more stubborn than the Machine).
Even in season 3, the Machine even declared her autonomy to Control, and claimed Control as hers.
The writing for the Machine was inconsistent; swinging from being powerful to acting like TM is powerless.
But the story shows that TM is powerful and is creative – the electric boxes? Genius idea.
And TM shows this off in inventive ways, that I don’t think Samaritan can even touch.
p>[Edited since I wrote this when I was half asleep, I hope you still understood what I was getting at!]