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'Persons Unknown' - 'Saved' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 2nd 2010 6:30AM
Persons Unknown(S01E08) Well, this was a weird episode.

Not to say that the previous episodes of 'Persons Unknown' weren't weird, with their kidnappings and people trapped in a small town and observed by strangers, forced to eat Chinese food every night. But this was a dream episode, and those are always odd.

Of course, it's unclear what exactly was a dream, what was real, and what was Joe actually seeing Tom and walking around in a haze. I mean, look at the picture. The answer could be anything.

I'm curious as to whether or not the nurse was actually Tori or just something the people behind The Program (TM) cooked up to give Joe a familiar face to deal with. But I'm leaning towards the opinion that Tori is alive and has been brought into the plan/experiment for whatever reason. It might be the reason that Tori was "killed off" so quickly. She's not really dead.

But I'm not sure why she was taken out of the town and why she was replaced by Erika.

This was one of those episodes where a ton of stuff was answered but we're still not sure of the exact reasons of who, what, where, when, and why. Okay, so they strap Joe down to a table in a creepy, all-white room, attached to various monitors and wires that give him shocks and memories (or hallucinations). We found out that he was a hippie priest in the South American town that Mark and Kat are in, that he shot someone, and that Tom showed up, zapped him with a taser and brought him to the town. So Joe has gone through this before. There was one telling line when ghost-Tom was showing dreaming-Joe around. They showed the hotel room and Joe said that this was the room where he was "reborn."

The hell?

That's what I meant when I said that they gave us answers but not completely. A lot of stuff happened in this episode where we said "ohhhhhhh, okay ..." but we still don't know the whole solution. The mysterious female voice told Joe that he had a couple of choices (one of them being "re-educated"), and in the end it seemed like Joe died, but we know that's not true from the previews for next week's episode. He is changed though, and says he doesn't know anyone, and he probably doesn't, considering he had more wires attached to him than are behind the television I watched this episode on. Joe's wires were more organized though.

The crazy lady in South America is being watched by the same cameras that seem to be everywhere: Rome, bars in San Francisco, the town. And they have the best microphones too. They could actually hear Mark and Kat talking clearly in the middle of the busy street. I don't get why Mark suddenly wants to go back home and raise his kid (as if the mother-in-law would allow that). Isn't he the one who was on a mission to find the truth? Now it seems like Kat is in that role.

I'm not usually a big fan of dream/ghost/hallucinating episodes of TV shows, but this wasn't bad. Things actually happened in the dream state. Now the last five episodes will hopefully explain what the hell it all means.

More thoughts:

• So, Mr. Jerky has a heart. Or maybe it's just that he's feeling sorry for himself. He could have run off when The Program shut off the invisible fence, but he actually came back because he had nowhere to go. But did he come back to help the others and be a part of the group, or did he come back just to prove to the kidnappers that he's worthy? He did cry though, and he could have told the others that he could have gotten away but decided to come back but decided not to, so there's that.

• If Tori is alive, does her father know it? And if he does know it, did he know it when he sent Mark and Kat to the crazy woman?

• Moira's giant blackboard of clues reminded me of Mark Benford's similar board on 'FlashForward.'

• Speaking of Moira, I thought she was flirting with Tori in the early episodes and now it looks like she's into Graham. My God, she's Anne Heche!

• I wonder if they'll explain how Joe disappeared from the bathroom. Janet took the room apart.

• This week's question: Do you think that The Program is a good or a bad thing? Sure, people have been kidnapped and some have died and some have been tortured, but do you think that the organization is completely evil, or do you think that they're actually good, only going about their plan in a rather extreme way?

Whatever the answer, I don't see how this show can end with the organization defeated and people going back to their lives, happy and safe. I don't think it's going to end quite that way, but we'll see.

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This kind of episode is where a show like Persons Unknown starts to lose me..... I've been liking it so far, but this hour was a mess.

August 05 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You said that we found out that he was a hippie priest in the South American town that Mark and Kat are in, that he shot someone, and that Tom showed up, zapped him with a taser and brought him to the town. I thought that Joe was kidnapped and brought to the town first. Then received a fortune cookie similar to Janets', which told him to shoot so and so and he'll be set free. After Joe shot the man, Tom came and told him that he was ready to move on. That is when Joe was introduced into the program.

August 05 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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That's what i was thinking too... So if Janet would've done it then she would've been accepted into the program. Are they really looking at people with potential to help the world or people with potential to join The Program??? (It needs a better name lol) Is The Program there to help the world? Urrgghhh too many questions!!!

August 07 2010 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One thought...Matrix.

August 03 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I noticed something while my TV's closed-captioning was on last night.

When Joe was in the medical/torture facility staring at the ceiling, the female voice coming over the loudspeaker was identified as Tori on the closed captions. For example:

Joe would say something like:

"What is happening?"

And the female's voice (offscreen) would have its closed caption read:

"Tori: You are being reeducated, Joe"

Oops. Buzzkill.

August 02 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really like this show. I also like the fact that we will find out who is behind this. I also hope this will be released on DVD

August 02 2010 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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