“Deus ex machina” (literally, God from the machine) is a literary or theatrical term that refers to “a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved by the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability or object. Depending on how it is done, it can be intended to move the story forward when the writer has “painted themself into a corner” and sees no other way out, to surprise the audience, to bring the tale to a happy ending…..”
Of course, “Deus Ex Machina” could also have a literal meaning, in which case Root’s god may be about to reveal herself in other ways – or possibly lose her ‘god status’ to the new Samaritan in town. What would Root do then? Switch allegiances? Lets hope not.
As Finch is put on trial with the rest of the hostages from last week, Reese rushes to save his friend with Bear and Shaw while the fight between the gods heats up. It certainly raises the question as to what or who will be the intervention in the (un)holy mess that awaits fans this Tuesday. Do we need another ‘plot device’ to appear in all this confusion right now? If it brings the story to a positive conclusion so we can all have a happy summer hiatus, I’m all for it.
Don’t miss the season finale of PERSON OF INTEREST Tuesday May 13 10ET/9CT of CBS.
The team takes desperate actions in its race to prevent the malevolent AI program Samaritan from coming online and making them its first targets. Meanwhile, the months-long battle with the anti-surveillance terrorist group Vigilance comes to a shocking conclusion.