Do we know anything about Root's agenda? Where did she come from? How does she knew all that stuff about the machine etc.?
Maybe I missed something back when Root was introduced.
Root has always been hard to pin down. At first she appeared to have an almost fanboy obsession with the Machine because Finch had written the perfect code and she wanted to "set it free". How she knows what she knows is still pretty much a mystery. She wasn't introduced into almost the end of the last season and only as a expert hacker in the same league as Finch. Now she wants to "rescue the Machine" from Finch who she believes is killing it. Don't know who, if any person or entity she is connected with at this point. At this point we still don't know why Finch walks with a limp, but we do know he didn't as late as 2010 thanks to this past weeks episode.
Originally Posted by WS65711
Would someone who has this "all figured out" please explain the gray haired guy? I believe he claimed that it was Harold Finch that was sending the the notebook (computer) to the Chinese (?) that Reese and (? Girl) were sent to intercept way back when? He said he wanted to meet Finch. Am I totally mixed up or what? Could Finch's original partner (can't recall name) have been the one to send the notebook while using Finch's name? I'm getting more and more lost . . .
Gray haired guy wasn't introduced until this season. He first appeared to be working for the Chinese in some capacity. It still appears he does with this "company" that is based in China and is probably a front for the Chinese government.
When Reese was in the CIA, he and his now dead (we THINK we saw her blow up mid season before Shaw was introduced) partner were sent to China to retrieve a stolen laptop. Actually the plan was for both of them to be killed, and the laptop destroyed, along with the disk drive in a "friendly fire" attack on the complex. (end of season one). The laptop, and both of them survived (we find out in season two), Reese going underground and living as a homeless person to stay off the grid since he was "killed" in China and where Finch meets Reese and Carter started tracking Reese down after his fingerprints came up on a murder. That is the start of the series. Checkout the pilot episode for how Reese, Finch, Carter and Fusco meet.
Fast forward into season two where the China mission is flashed back and Reeses partner is in a Chinese hospital recovering the from the attack and the Gray haired man is telling her that he has the laptop and drive. Reeses ex partner comes back tracking the Gray haired man and she is killed in a car bomb attack, see above. Through the Gray haired man and via his ex-partner, Reese and another CIA agent who is after Reese are goated into loading the virus into the system that gets to the Machine.
Now, I have tried to condense two seasons of a show that is a mystery by design to trickle at a drizzle info about the characters and plots through the run of the show. I have omitted a lot of stuff and tried to condense very complicated plots to bring you up to date. No doubt, others will add what I have left out because of the condensing I got wrong.
Bottom line is, no one really knows what is going on here, and that is by design. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Just go with it. We do.