Femslash Friday: Root and Shaw, Psychopaths in Love - The Toast
I'm here to talk to you about Root and Shaw on Person of Interest. A quick note: Plus, honestly, at this point their relationship is barely subtext. Amy Acker shares what she likes most about Root and Shaw's relationship. Source. Sameen Shaw, also known as Indigo Five Alpha, Dr. Sameen Shaw or to first talk down a suicide bomber affected by the Flash Crash of the stock market. . Greer in his alias of Philip Hayes, head of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
Person of Interest S04E And no, I'm not talking about the high-stakes thieving by a group of international crooks, the potential deadly outbreak of Ebola's grumpier cousin, or the possible discovery by Samaritan that Shaw is out there hiding in plain sight.
I'm talking about the explosive sexual chemistry between Root and Shaw! By all means, this will-they-won't-they-oh-just-do-it-already-and-invite-me-to-watch shouldn't work in a show like this. But here they are, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker, reenacting the scenes you fast-forward through while watching lesbian porn, and it's flat-out amazing and distracting in the best way possible. Or maybe I'm blinded by the sexual innuendo and am just trying to justify it.
Shaw had the hots for Tomas right off the bat, making for some great jealous commentary from Root through Shaw's earpiece, and also giving Shahi some room to let her guard down and seduce every single person watching the show instead of play her character with emotional walls and a mean streak. But the highlight of the episode came when "Honor Among Thieves" brought back a team of Relevant number hunters to complicate matters even more.
With the whole Samaritan mess, it'd been a while since government goons were thrown into the mix, and they came in the form of Grice Spartacus' Nick Tarabay and Brooks, who both had a history with Shaw on account of her previous gig working for Control.
It was a little hard for me to tell whether they were getting their orders strictly from the government or if Samaritan, who is still providing numbers to the government, was sticking its fingers into their business, but an abrupt change of orders to secure the virus rather than eliminate it outright made me think it was the latter.
Harold built, known as The Machine, and makes all kinds of eloquent speeches about it: No one designed us. Root is many things, and one of them is a fanatic.
Your blood should be so lucky as to run in my perfect veins.
She is all about feeding the body, whether it wants food, alcohol, or sex, and she snarfs everything she consumes like a goddamn animal. Just a couple of cold-blooded hotties whose destinies collide via the all-knowing digital god.
But Person of Interest has given us ample basis to read both Root and Shaw as queer, or at least more interpersonally oriented to women than to men.
Plus, honestly, at this point their relationship is barely subtext. Root is pretty clearly pro-ladies. With one exception, every meaningful relationship in her life has been with another woman, including a particular very special one: She alone of all the characters considers the Machine—generally thought of as a genderless intelligence—to be female.
Root talks about the Machine like a friend and a life partner and pretty much loses her shit when their connection is briefly severed. Most recently, she got to the point of getting a cochlear implant linked to the Machine so that no one can ever separate them again. Shaw, meanwhile, is clearly bisexual and, I would argue, homoromantic.
At one point she explains that men and their gross feelings are useless to her: The third simulation features the Machine running a simplified simulation, in which the dialogue is broken down into descriptions of character-typical interactions: Transparent rationale for conversation.
Annoyed attempt to deflect subtext. Mildly embarrassed defensiveness, bordering on hostility. The Machine ultimately selects an option which was shown as having a less than two percent chance of success, as time ran out before the simulation could be finished.
The four team members in the Stock Exchange become cornered by Samaritan operatives after successfully averting the financial crisis, with Reese having been shot in the back and Root having been grazed. Root calls Shaw and appears to begin her final conversation with Shaw from the second simulation, but Shaw appears, having gotten explosives from the subway bomber, and the team's chances of survival skyrockets as shown on one of the Machine's graphical overlays.
She and Root give the others cover fire as they make their way to the elevator, and Root pressed up against Shaw's back as they move brings up the topic of their relationship again: We're so good at this together. You're gonna realize that someday. You're hot, you're good with a gun. Those are two qualities I greatly admire. But you and me together would be like a four alarm fire in an oil refinery. The team gets to their escape elevator, but the controls fail to work.
Shaw spots an override button across the hallway and says that someone needs to get to the button. Root tries to prevent Shaw from leaving, but Shaw shrugs out of Root's grip. Upon turning around and looking at Root, Shaw sighs, shakes her head, and pulls Root in for a kiss before shoving her backward, leaving the elevator, and locking the freight door behind her. Shaw engages the button and gets shot twice in the abdomen, and Root looks on in horror, screaming and crying as the doors close and the last thing she sees is Martine aiming a gun at Shaw's head.
The two are nearly killed in the search, and the woman they are tracking turns out not to be Shaw. Reese and Finch resign themselves to giving up the search for Shaw, but Root tearfully begs the Machine for an answer about whether Shaw is alive or dead. The Machine calls her to tell her to stop, and Root goes off on her own. The audience learns that Shaw is still alive at the end of episode 13, but the rest of the team remains ignorant. After a lengthy time on her own, she rejoins Finch and Reese, at one point nearly choking Martine to death when they run into her on a mission .
Ultimately she receives a call from Shaw saying she needs her help. Finch says it's a trap, and Root acknowledges it but is determined to go after Shaw anyway. The two trace the call to a psychiatric facility in New York and infiltrate the building, but it is soon revealed to be Samaritan's headquarters.
Root discovers the room Shaw had been staying in, including the blood-stained coat she had been wearing at the Stock Exchange, and catches sight of Shaw from the window being led into a van outside.
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Martine taunts Root about "her little girlfriend" telling Martine about Root's cochlear implant and threatens Finch. Root snaps Martine's neck and Samaritan threatens her and Finch's lives if the Machine does not reveal her location. Shaw is last seen in the front passenger's seat of the van, being driven to an unknown location. Shaw first reappears to the audience in episode 4 as Samaritan's prisoner. Shaw's interactions with Samaritan and their simulations are shown in episodes 4, 6, 7, and 8.
While initially Shaw appears to escape in episode four and reunite with Root and the rest of the teamit it ultimately shown to be a simulation meant to trick Shaw into telling Samaritan when the team and The Machine are located - something that she has failed to do at least 6, times. This reaches Shaw just in time, and she begins to plan her escape. In episode 8, Shaw finally escapes from where Samaritan is holding her which is revealed to be in South Africashooting Lambert despite his efforts to convince her it is all a simulation.
As Shaw drives away, a news report on the radio refers to events the rest of the team was dealing with - confirming this it is in fact reality.
I read your file, and I'm kind of a big fan. So, I really don't want to hurt you.
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I just need the name. You really have no idea what you're caught up in, do you? Who you're actually working for. Did you honestly think the source of the numbers was Guantanamo? Some sad taxi driver rotting away in a cage somewhere? I mean, you should know torture almost never produces good information.
Sadly, we are on a bit of a clock. Wilson's men started looking for Veronica here three hours ago. Now, Aquino was hired to build a home for something very special. Something I want to find. One of the things they left out of my file: I kind of enjoy this sort of thing. I'm so glad you said that. Root's phone rings Oh, and just when we were starting to really connect. Their first scene together.
Femslash Friday: Root and Shaw, Psychopaths in Love
Shaw wakes up in a car with Root, ziptied to the steering wheel Root: The tasing, the drugging, or whatever this is? I had to make sure you'd hear me out. She needs our help and I figured you wouldn't come willingly. The Machine's given me a mission, and step one is to team up with you. Besides, the Machine gives missions to Harold and the government.