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Panopticon 

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

Director:

Richard J. Lewis

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (created by), Erik Mountain | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... John Reese
Kevin Chapman ... Lionel Fusco
Amy Acker ... Root
Sarah Shahi ... Sameen Shaw
Michael Emerson ... Harold Finch
Enrico Colantoni ... Carl Elias
John Doman ... Senator Ross Garrison
Cara Buono ... Martine Rousseau
John Nolan ... John Greer
Jamie Hector ... Link Cordell
Frederick Weller ... Novak
David Valcin ... Scarface
Andrew Polk ... University Department Chair
Michael J. Burg ... Department Store Floor Manager (as Michael Burg)
Navid Negahban ... Ali Hasan
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Channel 5 [United Kingdom]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

John Reese: What brings you up to The Bronx, Detective?
Detective Lionel Fusco: Last I checked, I was in Homicide. This here looks like a body. What's Narcotics doing here, Detective?
John Reese: [Gestures to the body] Felix here was an affiliate of a street gang taking over the heroin trade.
Detective Lionel Fusco: Yeah, well, now he's unaffiliated.
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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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The real "AI" is behind the camera

First, this cranky old reviewer will share a secret.

When you are dealing with a show as sophisticated as POI -- perhaps one of the most sophisticated in the history of the medium, with such extraordinary talent in the production pen -- you need to change your reviewing rules.

This episode is the first of a brand new season, and is especially noteworthy because, moreso than other series, POI has shown a willingness, a zeal, a "penchant" for completely changing the ground rules as they move forward, EVEN THOUGH THE OLD FORMULA WAS WORKING JUST FINE.

So, reviewing this 'sode as a "season opener," and not a mere week to week entry, it is wonderful.

I loved it. I loved the snarky dialog about how big their team was compared to the opposition, "even if you count the dog." I love the casting, especially the "dream team" of Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi. I loved the return cameo by Colantoni as Elias. I loved the segue from the last season where they spent an entire episode moving servers just to able to confound Samaritan and "blend in" (brilliant).

But what strikes me as most interesting about this show is that, although the theme is AI, the "real" AI is clearly behind the camera where, almost unique in the world of episodic TV, you have a production team with the willingness and the resources and the drive to constantly reinvent themselves season to season.

That's impressive.


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