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Deus Ex Machina 

The team takes desperate action in its race to prevent Samaritan from coming online and making them its first targets. Meanwhile, the months-long battle with the anti-surveillance terrorist group Vigilance comes to a shocking conclusion.


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Jonathan Nolan (created by), Greg Plageman | 4 more credits »




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
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Peter Collier
John Doman ... Senator Ross Garrison
John Nolan ... John Greer
Julian Ovenden ... Jeremy Lambert
Boris McGiver ... George Hersh
Peter Scanavino ... Adams
Joseph Melendez ... Manuel Rivera
Camryn Manheim ... Control
Diane Davis ... Madison
Joel Perez ... Mask


Having taken over the power system causing a blackout, Collier and Vigilance have managed to capture all the people they feel need to be brought to justice for creating and/or operating the ever knowing surveillance system, the only one of which he knows by name being the government's Northern Lights project. Among those they have captured and have placed on trial, with a live video feed going out to the entire world, are Finch, Control, Senator Garrison and Greer. Those on trial seem to be standing in solidarity against Collier's judgment even before the facts come to light. However, that solidarity may break down based on insider information one of the accused has. Meanwhile, Reese has an unlikely ally in the form of Hersh, both of who are looking for the secret location of the trial to free their respective bosses. And Shaw is assisting Root in trying to locate and shut down Samaritan, needing to pose as Decima to do so. But Shaw only has a small part of the picture as Root does ... Written by Huggo

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FBI Agent Adams, while undercover with Vigilance, refers to "doxxing" a Senator. Doxxing (also spelled doxing) is the practice of using internet resources to research and publish material from databases, social media and/or hacking in order to identify an individual. The practice has been used by law enforcement and the media, but originated with hackers and cyber-bullies whose intention was to harass or embarrass their targets. See more »


Officially, the government gave Nathan Ingram the credit for building the machine. At least two people Vigilance had on trial should have known this (Finch and Greer) and either one of them could have offered up Nathan's name as the machine's creator in an effort to dissuade Collier from killing them. See more »


Harold Finch: It had to be a closed system. It was the only way to protect people's rights.
Peter Collier: You expect us to believe you gave one thought about people's rights as you were building the government a weapon of mass surveillance?
Harold Finch: It's not a weapon.
Peter Collier: What else would you call it?
Harold Finch: I would call it the best I could do.
Peter Collier: And it never occurred to you the damage this thing could do, the lives it could destroy?
Harold Finch: It occurred to me on day one, Mr. Collier, and every day since. If you're asking me if I feel at ease with what I've ...
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References The Prisoner (1967) See more »


Exit Music (For a Film)
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(IMHO) One of Finest Hours of Television
26 June 2018 | by raden-17267See all my reviews

This episode has it all. Great setup and payoff, great use of a finale for each of the heroes and villains, and to date the most out-of-left field twist for the series

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13 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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