Originally Posted by Ron Temple
The show has gotten more complex and backstory centric as the season progressed. The procedural aspect will always be the framework. It has to be, but the numbers and how they relate to the main characters are getting richer. I'm not saying you won't get bored, but for now, the show's quality is rising.
The Machine, which is a character unto itself, has certainly taken a backseat in recent episodes now that most of the back story of how The Machine came to be and who was behind it and creating a storyline that can be picked up later, if needed.
In this weeks episode, The Machine or technology for that matter played a minor role, compared to what is mostly done on this show. Couldn't track the target after she destroyed the phone, Reese dumped his phone so that left just the hack into the Marshall's service for tracking of the agent's car. Everything else you could get from Google. And that isn't a bad thing, because for the general viewers, they get lost in the nerdisms. My wife asks just about every episode, "Can they really do that?" See didn't ask it this episode. That is proof that the show is starting to stand on its own merits of concept, not having to rely on "computer tricks" to carry the stories week to week. The technology becomes a tool not the reason.