Scorpion, a new series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Winter is coming and summer hiatus is finally over. Fall is also the start of many new series. Everything that interests me I’ll watch and I’ll let you guys know about it. Just like last year.

For now, let’s have a look at Scorpion, a new series by CBS:

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Synopsis according to IMDB.

An eccentric genius forms an international network of super-geniuses to act as the last line of defense against the complicated threats of the modern world.

Official website

My thoughts:

Geeks, nerds, autism, hackers and highly intelligent people are hot at the moment. A lot of series use these characteristics as a main focus in their series. Look at Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, Sherlock Holmes in BBC Sherlock, Chasing Shadows, Numb3rs, the film Hackers, the Net and so many more. We have a huge hackers theme going on in the ’90, with the uprising of personal computers and the world wide web. And now it seems it’s all coming back.

If we look at Scorpion it’s a combination of all of these series above with a bit of McGyver in there as well. And I think it has a lot of potential, but for the love of god, please let the scriptwriters consult with real hackers. The numerous mistakes made in just the first episode are astounding and I’m not even a real IT nerd. But even I cringe at the ridiculous solutions the series presented. Although it’s supposed to be based on real events.

I mean, obtaining a LAN connection between a Porsche and a moving plane? Come on. Or what about destroying a hard-drive in a car door because of the speaker system?

The soon to be named Scorpion team consists of 4 people: Walter O’Brien, the über smart hacker. Toby Curtis, the über smart psychology major who can deduct human behaviour just like Sherlock. Happy Quinn, our über smart hardware / electrician and Sylvester Dodd, the über smart maths guy. Combined they have an IQ of almost 700. They can do everything they want concerning there field of expertise, but forget to eat proper, keep relationships or pay there bills.

But it does have a lot of potential. The first episode had a high pace and you really needed to keep your attention towards the screen to catch everything. I like the main character (although the first couple of minutes reminded me a lot of Hackers), a young boy, hacking into NASA and being picked up by one of the numerous US alphabetic agencies, his brilliant mind being used to develop (what later is explained as a weapons system, killing lots of innocent bystanders.

And one thing I didn’t like was the whole, oh we’re really smart, so we function on a different level. We recognise emotions but don’t know how to act on them. Although, if you look at the end of the episode, that was what needed to create a new human element in this ‘McGyverish’ team.

It is heart breaking to see the little kid being lost in his own mind and our four savvy techies recognising him for what he is, explaining his behaviour towards his ‘normal’ mum.

What I’m trying to say, it’s a lot of stereotype behaviour, and in my opinion, giving a very wrong signal about how these kids are, behave and function. Not all kids / people with a high IQ are beaving like autistic people. A lot of them can function just like you and me, although there interests lie elsewhere.

But even though I think the series got so many things wrong, for me it’s really good entertainment and I look forward to the second episode. Although I get the feeling, if they continue in this path, there won’t be a second season.

What new series are you looking forward to? Have you seen Scorpion? What are your thoughts? Let me know.

 

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

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The Fifth Estate, a movie review (with spoilers)

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I rarely go to the cinema since it’s so expensive and I don’t have a lot of spare time. But when one of my DCC friends scored tickets to the Gent (Belgium) film festival to see the Fifth Estate, I couldn’t refuse. Also because we would meet up with fellow Benedict fans in Belgium and because this film was high on my to-watch list.

Before I begin, let me state this review contains spoilers. Since the movie isn’t released everywhere yet, if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read it!

And now we begin.

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Synopsis according to IMDB:

A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

 

My thoughts.

Let me state first I absolutely love this movie. If you take out the whole based on a true story effect (according to the movie company, not according to Mr Assange himself), the story is something that peaks my interest a lot. I love films about hackers and computer stuff and everything, and although there aren’t many good movies about this subject, this one is definitely one I want to add to my collection when it’s out on DVD.

The main story tells the tale of Julian Assange and his (former) fellow friend Daniel Domscheit-Berg and how WikiLeaks started. One man with a vision to provide the world with free access of knowledge and to protect the whistleblowers behind it, providing said information. It tells the story about how they started out small, fighting for a good cause, but eventually ending up fighting against powerful governments and losing track of said cause to strife to get all the information published without editing. And eventually leading up to the situation today holds. With Julian staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, not being able to leave in fear of prosecution.

Julian Assange feared by this movie that he would be portrayed as the bad guy, some deranged hacker with no remorse. And although the movie lets us see a glimpse into his life and how he became the man he is today, I don’t think he has something to fear.

I think (basing my opinion about the fact the movie is true) that the circumstances pushed him into a path, combined with his strange upbringing. I think he had a brilliant idea and vision and he executed it to the best possible means he could with the limited resources he had. I think that the surrounding circumstances and his own nature pushed him beyond his limits and that he made the choices with only the best interest in heart. That doesn’t mean I agree with him.

I think his idea of free information and the public having a right to know are important, but not at the cost of lives. I mean, at the one hand he protects the whistleblowers by not revealing their personal information, but at the same time he publishes other peoples personal information? But I don’t want this review to turn into some political discussion.

I want to give credit to the people who made this movie possible. The scriptwriters, the actors, the director, producers and everybody else. This movie could have easily turned into one big blaming the bad guy scenario and I truly believe they did their best to try to be as objective as possible. I think Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed a brilliant role here. And even after having been in contact with Mr. Assange himself he continued making this movie only with the best intentions, is something admirable.

The movie itself, if you are not interested in the whole true story idea is still an interesting thriller/hacker movie to watch. The pace is high, the surrounding are beautiful. I loved how they filmed in different cities around the world and the more indebt computer stuff is brilliantly done, and reminded me sometimes of the movie Hackers.

This is a movie that leaves room for discussing when leaving the theatre. And although only the real people behind the story know all the facts I think everyone has an opinion when you have watched it. And I think that’s also the power of this movie. And I do recommend you should watch it.

So check it out in theatres near you and go watch it!

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Letter from Julian Assange to Benedict Cumberbatch: http://wikileaks.org/First-Letter-from-Julian-Assange.html

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Smaug writes open letter to Benedict Cumberbatch: http://celluloidheroes.co.uk/smaug-writes-open-letter-to-benedict-cumberbatch/