'Person of Interest' Season 3: Samaritan is stolen in 'Aletheia' - Recap

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The enemies are swooping in on "Person of Interest" now that HR has been defeated. Control, Vigilance and the organization Greer is a part of are all honing in on Samaritan, the sister program to the Machine that was revealed in the CBS drama's fall finale.

In episode 12, "Aletheia," Finch and Shaw have to work solo after Root is incapacitated and Reese is moping in his post-Carter death misery with Fusco. The team divided is a much weaker one, and together Finch and Shaw make one major error. Though they think they find Arthur Claypool's saved Samaritan drives (and then that Arthur destroys them), it's actually revealed by Root that they were stolen by an agent of Greer.

That means that Greer's mysterious group is the one that got its hands on the faulty version of Samaritan. This could be the threat that the Machine has been warning Root about, but at least Root is free again to stop it. After being captured and tortured by Control, she proves that the Machine truly is on her side by allowing herself to be taken over by the AI and suitably defeating Control.

With Root on her own, it seems the Machine has found the bringer of justice it needs. So what future is there for Finch? Shaw is still his ally and it doesn't seem like Root has any ill will toward him, but Reese wants out of the game and is skeptical of the Machine after following its missions led to Carter's demise. Then there's Fusco, who Reese believes will slide back to being a dirty cop without Carter to look out for him.

Things aren't looking good for Finch and his band of merry agents, and this division couldn't be at a worse time. Control might be out of the game for now and Vigilance took a hit in failing to get Samaritan, but both groups now know who Finch is and can probably easily find him. With him down quite a few allies, he's also down a lot of options.

Root's relationship with the Machine continues to grow more complex and more interesting. Finch has been toeing around whether he considers her to be an ally or enemy, but it seems like he's quickly falling out of relevancy because of his hesitancy. It's time for him to commit to a side, and it seems like if he's not with Root, then he's going to be against the Machine.

What did you think of "Aletheia"?

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