5.03 - Truth Be Told

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If you didn't knew the fifth season schedule is a bit different from previous season. Instead of coming out in Tuesday evening, it'll also in schedule for Monday as well and it'll go like that till the final episode on June 21st.

What's surprising is that in this time, we are not in the beat of main year and the episodes so far has all situated in 2015. Even this one that surprisingly starts from Reese's meeting his doctor girlfriend parents.

Does that mean he's finally going to put a ring in her finger? I don't know. We see what Nolan has reserved for this special season. But for now we have numbers back and The Machine had chosen for this occasion a defence contractor, who has important role inside Pentagon's Cyber Security section.

That doesn't surprise me because there are still a lot of stuff the Machine could use to gain an edge over the Samaritan. In fact I strongly believe that closely related to the question r00t posed in the end of the last season, when she asked: "How do gods wage war?"

In this case a war between sentient AI's.

To be honest, I haven't read any novels that have fleshed out an AI war, and all I've read have only referred to AI wars instead of showing them. But in this case I think POI is an excellent show which could show an AI war to a larger audience. The sad thing in this is that there's not going to be season six if POI doesn't post huge audience numbers.

But in this war the pieces are far larger and more sophisticated than anything we've been able to imagine in conventional warfare methods. In there, piece like a server banks play a huge role, and they can be considered a huge asset. Something the Machine doesn't have. Not while it's sitting in Finch's subwar car.

All that we know about Machine's assets are mostly humans, while Samaritan has invested heavily in the hardware. However the army on Samaritan side is made from very bad people, and there are huge number of them. It is almost as if it's really evil.

Is it?

Remember what Greer said about Samaritan's new world order.
 
Funny how Reese yearns for a "normal" life, while most people with normal lives would quickly trade for the type of life Reese has as The Machine's "primary asset."
 
To be honest, I haven't read any novels that have fleshed out an AI war, and all I've read have only referred to AI wars instead of showing them. But in this case I think POI is an excellent show which could show an AI war to a larger audience. The sad thing in this is that there's not going to be season six if POI doesn't post huge audience numbers.

But in this war the pieces are far larger and more sophisticated than anything we've been able to imagine in conventional warfare methods. In there, piece like a server banks play a huge role, and they can be considered a huge asset. Something the Machine doesn't have. Not while it's sitting in Finch's subwar car.

All that we know about Machine's assets are mostly humans, while Samaritan has invested heavily in the hardware. However the army on Samaritan side is made from very bad people, and there are huge number of them. It is almost as if it's really evil.

Is it?

Remember what Greer said about Samaritan's new world order.
They touched upon this in the last episode when they said that the homicide rate had fallen off a cliff. Many people would trade having their world ruled by an AI for the safety of knowing they could walk to the shops without being gunned down. The thing is that power corrupts people, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and even if Samaritan really does want to make the world a better place, as you say, its army is made from very bad people. That is strange though, because we saw their recruitment process with the puzzles and they were going for normal people with high intelligence - not mercenaries. I think the main difference that can be seen is Greer. He is a particularly cruel man, and I wouldn't want to live in any world designed by him.

This new backstory for Reece fills in some gaps. The little twist was good. I suspect the main reason was to introduce his ex-boss, who I expect to see again before the end.
 

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