I’ve had a random thought that won’t go away for the past one or two episodes now, and it’s not really a theory, it’s just an intriguing thought.
Basically, it’s this observation that maybe we the audience are a literal part of the POI universe.
I mean yes, we are watching them, but I think it’s a little more than that. I think that maybe the Machine is showing them to us.
So when the Machine doesn’t function correctly… we are no longer shown POI in the way it was intended to be shown.
That’s why last week it skipped to the Relevant list. That’s why we’re the ones who keep seeing the glitches, not Harold. That’s why each scene transitions using the feeds from surveillance cameras.
But if this is true in any way, the real question is - who told the Machine to show them to us?