Strict31 wrote:Now...letting the HR guy go puts more lives in danger, as clearly shown by this week's episode. Seems like killing him when you've got the chance might be in line with the team's goal.
But with the HR guy...I mean, how do you beat that guy to a pulp and leave him alive to cause more havoc to the innocent? Seems like a dangerous oversight, Harold's morality aside.
and they shy away from killing...
...for reasons that are not always tactically sound.
So, here's me wondering why Reese, after whupping the shit out of Simmons a few episodes back, just walked away and left him alive. I mean, they had him right there. They knew he was a bad man at that moment. Maybe if killing him in cold blood was unpalatable, couldn't they at least have found another cage in the library with his name on it?
Leaving that guy on the street free to do as he always has done...well, that was gonna come back to bite them in the ass-meats.
And here's a question: the machine can figure out which humans are gonna be either victims or perpetrators days in advance. It craps out an entire list of HR members, followed in due course by Reese's own number.
But the HR guys weren't doing anything any differently than they usually do, which is to say, "being evil fucks". They're cops...which is already a dangerous job...and they're dirty cops who fuck around with the Russian Mob and various other murder-happy criminals...which is also a very dangerous thing. Never mind the fact that these HR guys are routininely killing witnesses and other assorted victims.
And then there's Reese, who also routinely places himself in danger and has been shot before.
None of these guys are really doing anything differently, so why is it that all of a sudden, their numbers are being produced by the machine?
Carter, by contrast, has been doing things differently for several months. She's become a one-woman anti-corruption detail, taking on one of the most dangerous organizations in the world by herself. This is a significant break in her usual routine which places her at grave risk to be either victim or perpetrator.
But she only shows up on the machine literally seconds before she gets shot. And hell, Fusco's number didn't show up at all.
Perhaps this is not just a tool by the writers to hide the eventual shocker from the audience. But if not, doesn't it suggest that the machine might have had a vested interest in actively removing Carter (and possibly Fusco)? Or if not that, then perhaps teaching Harold and Reese some sort of lesson, the way it's been "teaching" Root?
Shit...maybe while the machine wants Root to stop killing so many people, it actually wants Finch and Reese to kill more...
Seems kind of a significant oversight to me, though. Sure, the machine isn't perfect, but it's never wrong. And it should have seen this coming.