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SHIELD is disappointing.
From: Dave Aitel <dave () immunityinc com>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:23:50 -0500
Those of us who loved Buffy watch anything Joss Whedon puts out, because
we KNOW he's capable of genius. That said, he always has a hacker
character, and they've been getting progressively worse. Willow is
entirely believable - conflicted, dark, and at the same time cheerfully
Avengers' hacker character is essentially Tony Stark, although the
flying carrier also gets hacked by an arrow - built by someone off
screen and off script.
But in his new show, S.H.I.E.L.D., Whedon takes the hacker schtick and
makes it extra inane with a dash of confusing. For example, one of the
major plot points was his hacker character Skye coming on board with
SHIELD and then suffering the inevitable conflicts of interest that
hacker subtypes have when working for big brother. Which COULD be a
really interesting story, except it's clear that Whedon has never met a
modern hacker, but just sort of heard about them from one of his friends
who at one point read a blog post about Julian Assange.
In other words, it's awful. Hackers make for great TV, despite the fact
that they spend most of their time sitting in one place staring at a
screen. That's because they're as weird as it gets in real life, and
they have interesting common traits. For example, in the show Whedon has
a bracelet put on Skye which renders her unable to use computers. But no
hacker can look at anything like that without trying to constantly
fiddle with it, and probably finding a way to take it off, as opposed to
meekly submitting to it, the way Skye does.
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