When's It Back? Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. on CBS
Where We Left Off: Samaritan is online, and everyone — even The Machine — is now in hiding. Greer revealed that terrorist organization Vigilance was just a patsy so Decima could gain access to government surveillance feeds.
Cut off from Finch's formerly deep pockets, the only thing Team Machine has going for it is a tiny virus Root installed that makes them invisible to Samaritan. They can't meet up because Decima is still looking for them; the only thing they can do is hunker down and wait for an opportunity to strike back.
What We Know About Season 4: Reese, Finch, Root, Shaw, and even Fusco will be trying to find a way to keep up with The Machine's numbers, while at the same time avoiding the watchful eye of Samaritan.
It's hard for the show to maintain its science-fiction edge — telling stories about living in an age of surveillance — when real-world facts like the Edward Snowden revelations keep topping the fiction. The one thing that's still pure fiction is the show's artificial intelligences: thinking software with varying amounts of morality. As The Machine continues to display more personality, we'll likely see Samaritan do the same, which will drive the show through the next season.
Our Burning Question: Obviously, we want to know what happens when two gods go to war — the nearly omniscient Machine now has a rival who just might be insane. But really, we want to know when we'll get our spinoff of Shaw and Root as merciless assassins working the cosmetics counter at a mall.
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