Originally Posted by MichaelDW
I'm a relative n00b to this show. I usually don't watch police procedurals but, being a software developer, I was intrigued that one of the lead characters (Finch) is an brilliant and eccentric programmer and the stories revolve around crimes predicted by his program. I never watched Lost, so I'm not carrying any Ben Linus baggage into my perception of the show. I've watched a couple episodes and I'm hooked, although I'm not sure about the long-term direction of the show. I felt that "Baby Blue" and the episode before didn't play up the technology aspect enough and there's not enough of Finch and its in danger of becoming just another Cop show.
I'm actually looking forward to reruns so I can catch up. I'm also predicting that Carter will turn against Reese/Finch for a while but some crisis will being them back together before the end of the season.
A lot of the technology of "the machine" has been revealed already. That is not to say there will certainly be much more to come. I don't think we have seen it all on that front. One of the running subplots is a hacker has gotten in to Finch's layer (NOT "the machine" that we know of, that is at a government site behind all kinds of firewalls and steel doors) and no one is sure how much damage or what was taken has been revealed yet (episode 13 "ROOT Cause"). That has yet to play out other than to say that it happened at the end of an episode. Little of Finch's past has been played out yet other than Finch is not what he seems, but then it doesn't take much of a stretch to figure that one out just by watching the show. Much more of Reese's past is known with lots of unknowns and quasi-friendlies/enemies along the way, like Elias, making reoccurring appearances.
I am not sure if they will rerun the early episodes again since they have already run them twice now. You may need to find them on the net. All the episodes prior to Reese being shot by the CIA (January 2012) have already run again. I will say that the early episodes were not that great. Everyone was trying to find their footing and you could see the potential. Each episode got better and the episode where "the lady fixer" showed up for the first time (episode 6) is really when things started firing on all cylinders so don't expect the level of story telling in those early episodes as you see now. Those are really more about background and how things work on top of stories than anything else. They were developing what we are seeing now.