The first act following the Machine and Samaritan's cold war summit, which ended in a standoff, is that Samaritan starts to take the market down by crashing the New York Stock Exchange. Samaritan's plan entails a few small rebounds to prevent the fail-safe system from kicking in. Reese, Finch, Root and Fusco know that the best way to combat this take down is not to deal with anything on the market floor, where the minority of trades are actually made, but to deal with the server in the Exchange's basement, the server which processes the vast majority of trades. Shaw is not with them as she still needs to hide from Samaritan's cameras. As such, Shaw has her own task off site. Both the foursome and Shaw's tasks end up not being as straightforward as they would have liked, each placed in a precariously life threatening situation. Root has to wait for the Machine to evaluate all the possible options for success before moving. The question becomes if there is not one option which has a ...
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The drawing in the episode is "Dancer Adjusting Her Slipper" by Edgar Degas (1873). Between 1873 and 1874, Degas made a series of pencil, chalk and graphite studies of ballet dancers, shown in different poses and from different angles. These drawings served as preparatory studies for his ballet themed paintings of the same period. See more
While Harold is teaching the machine chess and is talking about the history of the queen and its use as a sacrifice, he forces the machine's queen into a position where he can take it with his rook, but then when the camera enters slow motion when he makes his move, it shows him taking the machine's king instead, despite none of his pieces having been in a position to do so. Furthermore, the king is never actually taken in chess, because if it's in a position where it could be taken (check) then the player is required to remove it from danger, either by moving it or by blocking the piece threatening it. If it's impossible to get the king to safety, then the game is over without the king ever actually being taken (checkmate). See more
We need a strategy.
[to The Machine
A little help, please.
[Reese, Finch, and Fusco look at Root
It's a hell of a time for your machine to go on the fritz, Harold.
Give it a second. It's got a lot on its mind.
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: VI. Lacrimosa
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by London Philharmonic Choir See more