Originally Posted by archiguy
And she and Philip haven't lost their souls yet, as Philip's angry conversation with Gabriel showed.
Speaking of which, I can't recall how Gabriel fits into the larger picture. He was their handler prior to the events of season 1, right? Philip mentioned Gabriel's betrayal, but do we know what happened? I recall some bad events led to his replacement by Margo, but maybe we're just talking about how Gabriel has been working behind Philip's back to corrupt Paige.
Also, am I missing something regarding the mail robot? Why would they want a bug there? Do they expect FBI agents to be having top-secret conversations in the hallways? Perhaps they're just desperate to get some
kind of replacement bug in place, even if it's not going to be nearly as useful as the one in the pen, but it seems like a bigger risk than necessary for the potential payoff it could yield.
As for the ratings and renewal prospects, I agree that it's wise to play the long game when it comes to renewing a critically acclaimed but underwatched show. As archi said, there are 500 channels on cable, but establishing your channel with a reputation as the one with excellent programming is the best thing you can do to ensure the eyeballs keep returning in the future.