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I'm excited to come back here for Broken Earth because this time I too will be unprepared! I haven't really read ...anything in about 5 years, so it'll be nice to go through the experience with everyone.
She's also does nice stuff with university life. I have LOTS of thoughts on that.
Overall, highly recommend, but why don't we have a release date for the next book so I have something to hold on to?
Why oh why didn't I wait until the second book is released (however long that may be)?
How the hell am I supposed to survive until then?
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Does anyone besides me feel like in Abrams-universe, Echelon is the precursor to The Machine and that Finch's surveillance feeds that he gets from the NSA could actually be Echelon?
The contrast between how government agencies and mass surveillance are viewed in Alias (produced at the start of the War on Terror) and for shows made during the post-Bush era political climate (ex. PoI and Nikita) is interesting to watch. Will, our anti-government surveillance stance, is basically shot down by Sydney who argues that the NSA is benign and the program is well-intentioned. By the time we get to 2010 with Nikita and PoI in 2011, government is shown as antagonistic to civilians and its use of surveillance in both shows is shown as inherently abusive.
SuitAndGlasses guy commits a bit of an O-Chem fail in his explanation of curing epoxy. Curing agents still require either time, heat (in excess of 150 C) or exposure to UV light to speed up epoxy's very slow curing time, which Marshall would know as the gadgets guy who doubtless uses epoxy in many of his creations. Of course, this is Alias land, so abuse of basic science abounds as soon as Rambaldi and mysterious science labs enter the picture.
I liked the introduction of Will to the CIA. It's nice for Sydney to have a non-work-related friend that she can talk to about her job. Will gets to be the straight man and point out the absurdity of so much of her work and both of the organizations she works for are. I also enjoy Will as being the "friend-zoned" friend who is not only not a douche about it but supportive of Sydney both in terms of helping her deal with the strain her job puts on Sydney's relationship with Francie and in terms of setting Vaughn straight. It's nice to know that this kind of friendship existed on TV even as far back as 2002.
There was a line in the opening of Echelon where Sydney talks about how Echelon can comprehend "any common language on Earth", and, for some reason, all I could think of was the Navajo, Hopi, Comanche and Meskwaki Code Talkers during WWII whose language skills the US exploited in both theaters because 1) There were so few speakers 2) Their language was impossible for Japanese and German analysts to decipher. Tangential, but interesting.
Finally, I love Ariana Kane here because it's nice to see a credible threat to Sydney and Jack's covers at SD-6. By the end of season 1, it was getting kind of hard to buy that the security section at SD-6 could be so dense.
(General Nikita series spoilers)
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On that note, even though I think Mark has already seen 3 episodes of Nikita, I'd love to see him do the whole series, especially since he'll have Alias to compare it against.