Blue_Finch and I were discussing the family dynamic of Team Machine.
As Reese/Finch seem to have settled down into the roles of Reese!FunDad and Finch!StrictMom with The Machine as Harold's daughter from a previous relationship. Bear is their CHILD (unplanned) and they recently adopted a troubled runaway:Shaw.
Carter and Finch are the voices of reason as adopted siblings.
Fusco and Reese are the step-brothers from the wrong side of the tracks.
Reese is Leon's sponsor in the "Idiots Anonymous"
Zoe is the mutual friend who got Mom and Dad together wants she realized she and Reese were not matched.
TM is an AI so she grows fast. 11 human years are 33 AI years. During TM's late teens and early 20's Harold and TM, fought she ran. Harold lost touch with his daughter during the divorce with Nathan.TM got pregnant and gave the baby up for adoption. That daughter became a precocious and unstable 11 year old who went looking for her BIO MOM. She found her Grandfather and demanded he take her to BIO MOM. THAT IS ROOT
Now TM is trying to retrain the extraordinary daughter who doesn't quite fit in either the human world or the AI world.
Harold does not know Root is his mixed race granddaughter
Blue_Finch feels that TM is an 11 yr old. Root is TM's teenage rebellion. Getting a friend that Mom would not approve. Like having an older internet friend.Mommy and Step-Daddy think TM is being good at away camp but has his doubts about that- thinks it might get itself into trouble...Root is the trouble