Just sharing a few interesting science and science in the media links:
“The Stuff We Don’t Do,” by Marissa Lingen
This story is too short for me to give too much away, but it’s a cute look at what people should really be doing with their time machines. Written for Nature Physics’ Futures.
Also, I need to get some of my backlog of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ranting out of the way, to clear the path for discussing the awesome, awesome new direction it’s taking. Whenever I get to that.
So, “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
Victoria Hand determining which agents were loyal to SHIELD and which weren’t by asking them to switch loyalties to HYDRA or die actually convinced me that she was, in fact, working for HYDRA. Because otherwise, that plan is so stupid.
I imagine most intelligent and highly trained people would take the option of swearing loyalty, because then they have the options of 1) looking for a way out or 2) sabotaging from within. Because, you know, this is an organization of professional infiltrators and spies. Infiltrators and spies, people.
Option 3, dying because they refuse to swear loyalty to HYDRA, is the option that does no good for anyone. They have no future ability to influence the situation for SHIELD’s benefit. Because they’re dead.
In fact, who would even make an offer like that? There’s too much risk that someone converting at gunpoint is faking their conversion. This was a terrible idea, in no way realistic.
The only way it makes sense is if Hand is indeed working for HYDRA, and she’s weeding out the stupid SHIELD agents who suck at their job. Then she can manipulate them into thinking they’re helping SHIELD, while they’re actually helping her.
As for the end-of-the-episode reveal and the follow-up in the ensuing episodes? Yes, it’s fantastic. But I’ll be talking about that probably somewhere around the season finale.