Required to assume new identities created by Root, the team tries to adapt to their new lives, but a new number complicates things.

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With Samaritan up and running, it is a new reality for Reese, Finch, Shaw, Root and even Bear, who are on Samaritan's top five most wanted list, and thus are in hiding of sorts. Finch's Machine has manufactured undercover "day" jobs for each, Finch's which is close to his own mentality, while Reese and Shaw's are somewhat more surprising for different reasons. Root tries to explain to Shaw that these jobs, however inappropriate they may seem on the surface, were chosen by the Machine for a reason. When the Machine contacts Reese and Shaw with a new number, Reese is prepared to continue with their old work. Logistically it is a little more difficult for Shaw to take time away from her day job. But Finch is a little more difficult to convince, he believing that their work with the Machine has resulted in more direct deaths than the number of lives that they have saved. Regardless, they all realize that if they do go back into business, the likelihood that Samaritan will find them will ... Written by Huggo

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The term 'Panopticon' was coined in the late 1700s by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham for his concept for an institution where a single watchman is able to observe all the inmates without them being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. See more »

Goofs

When the woman leaves the screen after her 'mission', the camera info in the upper left corner says Szent Gellért kamera. The Gellért Hill is on the other side of the Danube (the river in the city). See more »

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John Greer: I wonder if our fine Senator has become more of a problem than asset. One that needs to be eliminated.
Samaritan: [On phone screen] NOT YET.
John Greer: And what about Harold Finch and his associates?
Samaritan: INVESTIGATION ONGOING
John Greer: Oh, that's unlike you. Still, I'm sure whatever rock they decide to hide under, we'll find them as soon as they emerge.
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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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I'd Love to Change the World
Written by Alvin Lee
Performed by Jetta
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Millions of Digital Eyes and Ears
7 April 2016 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

The fourth season begins with the team in hiding, assuming the new identities they were given at the end of the third season. We do not know how much time has lapsed since Samaritan went live. How long has the team been living alias lives? I would guess it's been at least four months.

Team Machine has disbanded. There is a feeling of sadness and loss, and a lack of purpose. Finch, John, and Shaw go about their new jobs, looking much like whipped puppies. Even Bear looks morose.

Slowly, in stealthy moves, the machine shows them they still have a purpose. The "irrelevant" world still needs them, and the machine will help them get back on their feet.

Root is a voice of hope. Finch, of despair. He seems to feel he gave the world his best when he first created the machine, and then created Team Machine, and has nothing left to offer. Yet Finch, born in about 1963, has forgotten more about old technology than most people ever knew. He remembers a world before the digital age.

Hats off to the writers and actors for creating a credible plot that progresses from hopeless limbo to the promise of reactivation.

The team still has a way to go before they are equipped to possibly confront Samaritan, but in this episode, they make a good start.

Excellent musical support: I'd Love to Change the World (but I don't know what to do. So I leave it up to you). Written by Alvin Lee. Performed by Jetta


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