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Re: SHIELD is disappointing.
From: "Thomas J. Quinlan" <tom () thomasquinlan com>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:47:34 +0000
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Could it be that when Whedon meets a real geek (or hacker, as in the
case of those who are) they get way too fanboy and so poor Joss has
never seen a real hacker through no fault of his own?
On 21/11/2013 17:23, Dave Aitel wrote:
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 nerdy.
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
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