Season 3, Episode 16: “RAM” | Original air date: March 4, 2014
Go figure. He shares a last name with one of the worst bank robbers and killers of the Great Depression. This seems like too obvious foreshadowing on the part of the writers. But I am probably giving them too much credit. I’m not sure they are very good at their job, especially this season.
This episode shows the government was always trying to steal the secrets of the machine. It also shows that Finch was long aware of the morally ambiguous Reese and had previously crossed paths with the angry murder machine Shaw (Sarah Shahi).
This feels silly and unnecessary. There is this overused convention in fiction where all the good guys and the bad guys are somehow connected. I don’t see why this is necessary. That’s now how it works in life or history.
The Germans didn’t know the Polish all that well. They were just neighbors. Then Germany showed up one day and said, “Hey, all this stuff is ours now.” And Poland was like, “The hell it is.” Thus began a long disagreement that involved several other parties, many of whom knew each other in passing or not at all.
This episode was a testament to why prequels don’t work. We know Finch isn’t going to die because he’s still in the show in 2014. We know Reese isn’t going to die. We know the rest of the characters are temporary.
It serves only to reemphasize what we already know. Reese and Finch are good guys. There’s a big, scary government conspiracy. And it’s all going to end in confrontation, likely during a sweeps week or perhaps the season finale.
My interest in the show spiked just once. That was the cameo appearance by Root (Amy Acker) at the end of the episode. That’s only because Amy Aker is very attractive. I am probably supposed to be a better person than that and not notice she’s a good looking woman. But I am not. And I was happy she was on screen.